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Puppy Chronicles–Day 36

Monday, September 28, 2009

Puppies Day 36 001

Little Darlin plays with his crazy chicken



The puppies spent nearly one hour in their kennel sans mom, and they settled very nicely–no one screamed murder.   Then each puppy got to spend individual time with me.  We played a game of tug and the “let’s follow the human” game.  I tossed a ball, but they weren’t interested in going after it.  They are too young.

Cody played for a short while with her sister Athena, and I was so relieved that they played nicely.  I played a game of “relay fetch.”  It’s a simple game.  I hold two balls in my hand, toss one and send one dog to get it.  While she brings it back to me, I toss the other ball and send the other dog after it.  We keep this up for as long as I can stay coordinated.  It’s great exercise for me, and fun for the dogs.

Anyway, back to the puppies.  This is, afterall, their link.  Turbo Puppy and Little Darlin have learned how to stabilize their food dish with their paws.  Turbo Puppy has this cute habit of pulling the dish to her when she wants to eat.


Puppy Chronicles–Day 35

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Puppies Day 35 015Little Darlin plays with his toy.






Good Lordy!  My house is fast becoming a giant kennel with five adult dogs and three puppies.  The babies are now very mobile and very strong.  They no longer walk: they run, and they will race me to the door to get out of my bedroom.  When they are in the living room, they will race me to the kitchen.  Everywhere I go there’s a dog. 

The adults are all house trained, but not the puppies, though Cody still cleans up after them.  She has, however, relaxed her maternal duties somewhat, and it’s only a matter of time when the puppies are on their own.

Cody, the consummate mother dog, now teaches her puppies to play with toys and basic manners.  She’ll pick up one of the toys and walk around with it, encouraging her babies to follow her.  Yesterday after she was done playing and trying to get comfortable for a nap, The Screamer went up to her to play some more.  Cody just barely lifted her lips to expose her top teeth.  The Screamer took the hint and backed off.

The puppies enjoy playing with their toys, especially Turbo Puppy and Little Darlin.  They will drag Mr. Moose around my room.  It’s so cute to watch them because the to is slightly larger than the puppy.  They remind me of wolves in the wild hauling home the catch of the day.

They play with each other, too, and sometimes in the heat of play they forget to eat.  Little Darlin was eating his dinner when Turbo Puppy snuck up behind him and bit him on the butt.  Little Darlin turned out and reciprocated in kind.  A scuffle ensued and somehow Little Darlin ended up in the supper dish.

Maybe one day in the not too distant future mealtime will become a serious affair where the puppies will settle down to eat their meals in one sitting, but for now, meals continue to be a source of entertainment.

Puppy Chronicles–Day 34

Saturday, September 26, 2009

The puppies turn five weeks on Monday, and already I notice that they are not nursing much from Cody.  They are now getting gruel made from really soggy kibble mixed with puppy replacement formula.  Tomorrow I’ll add ground beef to the mix.  I got home too late to cook.

I’ve found the secret to making puppy mush from kibble:  soak the kibble in milk for a REALLY long time (like three hours, at least), and you’ll be able to mash it with a fork.

The little rascals now come when you call them.  Sometimes they’ll come to you even when you don’t call them, but that’s because they want to bite your ankles. 

Last night I was awakened from a sound sleep by the sound of a puppy yelping.  I sprang out of bed and noticed that the baby gate separating my bedroom from the living room was opened.  The puppies had gotten out, and Cody was trying to herd them back in my room.  For some reason, she doesn’t like when they go into the living room.  Whenever I take them to that room, she tries to herd them out!

Oh well…I suppose mother knows best…

Puppy Chronicles–Day 24

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Puppies Day 24 003

Little Darlin and Turbo Puppy enjoy dinner from a bowl.  The Screamer thought exploring the living room was far more exciting than eating out of a bowl like a big dog.


Today was the first day since the puppies’ birth that they have been left alone with Cody for an entire day.  It was hard for me, as I constantly wondered what they were up to, whether they would be okay.  I go through puppy withdrawal during the day when I’m away from them, but there’s always someone at home to give me updates.  I managed to survive, somehow.

And the pups survived just fine, but were clearly happy to see us when we came home.  During the evening I left the baby gate to the living room open for the puppies, but only one puppy took me up on the invitation to check out the room.  After yesterday’s fiasco with the Pomeranians, I put them in another room so the pups could explore freely.  Cody clearly didn’t like the puppies in the living room, though, and kept biting at the pup to get her back in the bedroom.

Weaning went okay today.  I’m truly amazed that the puppies are not making a mess.  They’ve been lapping like civilized dogs out of the bowls.  I accidentally made their food too thick today, but they loved it.  Little Darlin ate most of it, while Turbo Puppy cleaned him up.  Cody came by ocassionally and took a few laps as though to encourage the pups, but  The Screamer went off to explore the living room.

Puppies get their final dose of worm medicine tonight.

Puppies Day 24 001Turbo Puppy plays the role of mommy by cleaning up Little Darlin while he eats.

Puppy Chronicles–Day 22

Monday, September 14, 2009

Puppies Day 22 005Weaning time!  Mommy shows them how it’s done, while Turbo Puppy looks on (in disbelief, no doubt)

The Three Muskateers turn three weeks today.  I walked into my bedroom this morning to find the whelping box empty.  I looked under my bed and saw six little paws.  The little poopsters climbed out of their box and went to sleep under my bed where it’s cool and dark.  I put them back in, but the climbed out again.  It wasn’t until the late afternoon when they settled on their moistened towel that they stayed in their box.

Today officially begins weaning, and it wasn’t as messy as I anticipated.  The puppies got Gerber Rice Cereal mixed with a homemade puppy replacement formula.  The Screamer took two laps then spent a few seconds afterwards licking her lips.  Turbo Puppy mouthed the edge of the bowl, and accidentally tipped over the bowl, at which point she got one lap.  Little Darlin remained oblivious to the whole proceedings.  At dinner time they all came up to the bowl, and The Screamer sat in front of the bowl lapping up the cereal.  Turbo Puppy joined her later.  A family member put Little Darlin to the dish, and I think he got more cereal than he bargained for.  He backed away from the dish and spent a few seconds licking his lips.

Cody finished off the rest, and when I filled the bowl with seconds, The Screamer came up to it once more and resumed lapping.  Incredibly, there was no mess to clean up, just an empty bowl to wash.

The puppies got their first worming today, too.  I have them 1 cc of 10% Panacur.  They willingly took the medicine, the innocent babes.

I cuddle each puppy several times per day, and stress them mildly.  Yesterday it was a gentle ear pinch; today it was squeezing their toes gently.  I even clipped the front claws of each puppy, but I forgot to do the dewclaws!

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