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Sheerah and her babies continue to do well! We feel very blessed to have her taking such good care of her babies. She has been a model mother - feeding, cleaning, and snuggling! Her babies show the results of her care in their weight gain and shiny coats. Their weights at 2 weeks are as follows: Shadow - 1lb, 10oz; Rex, Thomas, and Annie - 1lb, 9oz; Elsa - 1lb, 6oz; and Clarabelle - 1lb, 4oz. Their eyes and ears are now open and they are beginning to realize that life exists beyond the whelping box. However, they still spend the majority of their day sleeping peacefully in a pile.
Our care for the puppies continues to be keeping their whelping area clean. We change their bedding several times a day and clean the whelping area with Life's Abundance Biodeodorizer, a safe, deep-cleaning spray that helps keep odors away.
Another aspect of our care for the puppies is, of course, care for Sheerah. She makes mothering her litter look easy. She's eating, drinking, romping, and alerting us of any strange noises as she always does. We feed her extra food and give her vitamins to keep her energy level up as she cares for her babies.
In the next week, we will be rearranging the puppies' whelping area as they become mobile. Some of them are taking tottering steps, but their little bellies barely get off the ground at this age. That changes quickly, though, and we want to take every opportunity as they grow to begin laying the groundwork of house training. In an effort to do so (and as we follow the Misty Method), we will add a potty box to their whelping area as they become mobile. They learn quickly to keep their bedding area clean (because we've kept it clean all along). We've found the Misty Method to provide great results when our puppies go home in preparing them for crate training.
I'll close this week with a few snapshots of the children holding the puppies for the first time. They are only allowed to handle them once their eyes open up. Early, gentle socialization is best! Notice how the puppy MJ (our daughter in blue) is holding snuggles in the crook of her arm. Puppies at this age naturally look for a warm place to burrow into, which is why they sleep in a pile. We keep the holding sessions very short, usually only a few minutes, because the puppies really only want food and sleep at this age.
Vanessa from Russell Homestead. Follower of the Lord Jesus, wife of my knight in shining armor, mother of 5 wonderful children, and joint-keeper of the Russell homestead. Thanks for stopping by!
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