August 20, 2018 – Bella’s puppies are four weeks old today! They’re coats are starting to fill in and they’re getting more wavy and looking so cute. Today, they all had a bath and blowdry, lots of holding time during a loud thunderstorm (recorded and played loudly) and then it was time for photos. They all sat so calmly and we can tell they’re becoming more emotionally conditioned and relaxed. Here they are at four weeks old.
August 19, 2019 – The pup’s teeth are starting to come in and so we started them on some soft kibble today. They loved it! They’re enjoying their new pen with lots to climb on, places to hide and lots of toys to play with. Tomorrow will be time for a photo shoot, but here’s a snapshot of a worn out pup after lots of wrestling and play. We’ll post their four-week old pictures soon!
August 16, 2018 – Today we moved the puppies out of the whelping pen into the puppy play pen that gives them more space. Now we begin the next phase of litter box training, crate training and desensitizing to new experiences and sounds. Today we listened to an epic thunderstorm on Youtube as they were comforted and feeling safe. Not sure they all hear yet, but definitely some of them are reacting to noise. They’re becoming really snuggly and they come right over whenever we approach the pen. You can see how big they’ve gotten in comparison to mama, and it won’t be long to start them on kibble. So far though, no teeth to do that. Here are several pictures we took today as we watched them explore and adjust to their new pen. They loved the enclosed feel of the crate and that is where we’ll often find them sleeping from now on.
August 13, 2018 – Bella’s puppies are three weeks old today. Time is flying by! They’re fun to watch as they wobble around the pen and become more active, with eyes wide open. At three weeks old, we usually start to see the pups start to get their hearing. Today, we noticed that Sam and Cliff both responded when we made certain sounds. Within a couple of days, the pups should all hear pretty clearly and we can start working on sound desensitizing. Emotional conditioning moves from the Bio-sensor program soon, into emotional conditioning that involves sight and sound. More and more socialization with visitors and family members will be important over the next few weeks.
Today was a day for baths, massages (done daily to condition them to touch), blowdrying and then a photo shoot. Puppy spa day at our house! They enjoy the warm bath and mama watches over closely to make sure we don’t hurt her pups. All good!
Woody, Diane and Norm have continued to be the biggest in the pack. We rotate them during the feeding times to make sure the smaller ones get their fair share. Norm, especially, seems to be hungry all the time. He roams around the pen squawking for food, asking mama to come back and feed him. She’s a little tired. 🙂 We’ve offered the pups supplemental puppy formula, but they just want mom. We can already see at this age, which ones will be the biggest and love to eat.
Here they are at three weeks old. Are they cute or what? We love their coats and the beauful color. Some of them still have some pink on their noses, but we’ve always seen that fill in as they continue to develop. Cutie pies, for sure, each one of them!
August 6, 2018 – We’ve seen some significant changes in the litter this week, especially over the past two days, with eyes opening and even starting to walk. They’re pretty wobbly and unsteady, but walking for sure. They still mostly sleep, but we know that will change soon as they become more alert and engaging with each other and humans. We’re still doing the Bio-sensor program daily and we see them becoming more comfortable with each step and more and more relaxed in our hands. They had baths again today (a pretty regular thing here) and of course, it was time for a photo shoot! They are two weeks old today! They’re gaining weight and become stronger every day. Here they are.
July 30, 2018 – One week ago Bella and Gunner’s puppies arrived. It’s been a quiet week here with them, and uneventful, just like we like. They’ve nearly doubled their weights since birth and continue to eat well. Their pigmentation is starting to change and you can see in the pictures that their noses are darkening. We’ve started the Bio-sensor program with each pup: five steps done daily that begin their neurological stimulation and conditioning. They all had baths today and we spent time holding and massaging them. Baths will be a regular thing so it’s good they get used to it at an early age, and the more we hold them, the more they become comfortable with human touch. Hopefully, by the time we post pictures next week, their eyes will be open. At this point, all they really do is eat and sleep, and mama Bella stays by their side all day long.
Here they are at one week old!
July 24, 2018 – Bella’s puppies are doing great! Seven pups arrived yesterday: five boys and two girls. The pups have now been moved out of their whelping pool and into their pen that has a guard rail to keep them from being accidentally crushed by mama. This is Bella’s first litter and she has taken to motherhood quite well! She is gentle, protective and never wanting to leave their side.
We’ve named this litter the “Cheers” litter, and some of you will recognize these names. Welcome to our world Norm, Sam, Cliff, Woody, Frasier, Diane and Carla! The pups all latched on immediately and are nursing well. All are active and thriving. Always so thankful when we have healthy pups arrive. Though there’s rarely been a problem, we’re always extra cautious the first week as we keep a careful watch of cleanliness of the pen, temperature of the room, and making sure all are eating and gaining weight. Other issue is making sure mama doesn’t step or lay on her pups. All is going well here! Here are some pictures of mama and the babies in their first 24 hours of life.
July 23, 2018, 6 p.m. – Bella has brought us six puppies so far: four boys and two girls in caramel/red. All are nursing and look healthy! She is still in labor and we’ll post an update tomorrow (if not sooner) along with a picture. Mama Bella is doing a great job!