Little Darlin snuggles in the basket of the scale while I take his weight this morning. The puppies are all gaining and growing.
The Three Muskateers are one week old today! They look and act so different from last week.
They continue to gain weight, and their color is becoming more pronounced. This morning when I woke up and looked into the whelping box, I was stunned at how bold the gold circles on Turbo Puppy’s cheeks had become, almost overnight. Even the white puppies have lost much of their biscuit color and are starting to look like…well…white shepherds.
Yesterday I saw Turbo Puppy raise her back legs– butt in the air–to poop. It was quite amusing. The puppies can now raise themselves up, either front end or back end, though briefly. Before long they will be able to raise both ends at the same time.
Although their eyes and ears remain closed, the puppies seem to take in more of their surroundings than last week. Newborn pups have an acute sense of smell; that’s how they are able to find the milk supply. Today when I went to pick up The Screamer for her Early Neurological Stimulation, she actively sniffed me, as though trying to memorize my scent. It was so nice to hear her little nose working.
From the photos that I’ve taken in the past two days, I notice that the puppies will need to have their nails clipped soon so they won’t claw Cody while they nurse.
I offer up a silent prayer of thanksgiving that we have made it this far, and look forward to this new week filled with such promise.