*Click on each puppy for more details and pictures!*
The eyes are open, and the excitement is running high with our children - it's time to cuddle these puppies! We don't allow our children to handle the puppies before their eyes are open. So, now the time has arrived! We keep the cuddling sessions very brief at this age because all the puppies truly want right now is food and sleep. They are beginning to awaken to the world around them as their eyes and ears open, but Mama is still the center of their world.
The puppies' second week of life can be summed up by these two photos below.
The pile of puppies is growing rapidly and filling up the whelping box. All the puppies have doubled their birth weight. King leads the pack at 1lb, 7oz. Noel and Angel remain the smallest at 1lb, 2oz. The others all fall between those two weights. Overall, they are all mostly the same size and all growing beautifully!
The puppies are not walking, but a few are trying out their wobbly legs. As they continue to become more mobile, we will be changing their living area. Below is a picture of their current living space. Notice that Tachi has a bed outside their sleeping area where she can "get away" as needed. We keep free choice food available to her while she feeding her babies (We ONLY feed free choice during the end of pregnancy and lactation.). Her appetite has greatly increased as she meets her babies' nutritional needs. She remains the sole source of their food at this age.
In the next week to week and half, we will change the whelping area to begin house training. Yes, house training at 3 weeks! We believe we can lay the foundation for house training even at this young age. Our puppies will not be house trained at 8 weeks when they go home, but they will be ready for crate training, and they will have a basic understanding of a living area, potty area, and sleeping area. I will give more details on that next week.
Below are some pictures of our children holding the puppies for the first time.
I walked past the whelping box one day this week and found a scene that brought to mind the words, "A Mom's Life." As I looked at the pictures later, I decided "A Mom's Blessed Life," fit better.
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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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