Family Dogs that Work

Week Three

This has been a huge week for the pups. They are walking, running, wrestling and barking. They get some “floor time” with the big dogs and even short ventures outside. Sky continues to help with them, but over the last couple of days Willow has taken up more or less permanent residence in the box. Madeline still nurses them, but takes advantage of the babysitters and seeks out time alone in her crate or for a snuggle with the humans on the couch. She’s spending more of the night upstairs with us, venturing down several times a night to nurse or just check on the babies, which of course causes them all to squawk like a flock of seagulls, usually around 2 am. Puppies are great fun 🙂

Their box is now separated into half sleeping/play area and half potty area. Even at this young age, they “get it”, most of the time. We’ve started them on goat’s milk, which is a mess but a BIG hit, and they will transition to rice and oatmeal baby cereal and finally crushed kibble/goat’s milk mash over the next week. I can’t believe how fast time is going; we are almost half-way through our time with them.

Rachel Fentzke, who is owned by Tala from our last litter, came to spend the weekend. We had great conversation while watching puppies play. The Kramers from Skyland Chinooks stopped by for an afternoon visit as well, and helped take some good pictures. We had a bit of a jolt when we brought the pups out to learn about snow; while we were musing over whether or not the pups were being tortured or having a “learning experience” in the cold, a hawk swooped over our heads with a loud “kree-eee-ar!” causing an abrupt end to the photo shoot. Enjoy.

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Puppy Weights

Ull – 4 lbs, 9.4 oz

Rhiannon – 4 lbs, 3.6 oz

Aske – 4 lbs, 1.3 oz

Aquilo – 4 lbs, 10.3 oz

3 responses

  1. Tiffany

    Wow! They are really growing. You must be doing something right with the feeding. Is that Aquillo with his tongue sticking out. He’s going to be quite a licker when he gets a bit bigger.

    Pretty cute out in the snow. Their backs are all hunched up like they are trying to get as far from the cold stuff as they can.

    Are they drinking goats milk out of a bowl or are you bottle feeding them?

    January 15, 2012 at 4:47 pm

  2. Tiffany

    Happy 4th week birthday!!!

    January 19, 2012 at 9:33 am

  3. Laura Morgan

    Maria- those pups are awesome! They look enormous. Aren’t they the same age as my guys (give or take a couple of days)? They are doing the same stuff, but my guys do not look as huge as yours!

    January 20, 2012 at 10:07 am

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