well they're now 2 weeks old, eyes and ears are open, they're toddling around the whelping box like drunken prize-fighters and are growing like weeds -- well more like crab grass!
All the pups are over 3 lbs including Ms Pink. The whelping room sounds like an outtake from Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds. Cassidy is reporting that they are starting to push through some little teeth. Although she didn't use the term "little". And we're starting to see some personalities developing.
Overall, we're very pleased with the litter. It appears to be very consistent and all the pups have lovely bone and head structure -- but it's way too early to tell for sure.
So, here are the evil eight in birth order:
first up, Mr. Red.
Followed by Mr. Teal who was the first on his feet and the first to open his eyes.
Professor Plum. Obviously impressed by this whole portrait thing.
Ms Pink looking petite and lovely.
Mr Green the noisy one!
Ms Yellow who is anything but petite at a chunky 3 lbs 2.6 oz.
Mr. Lt. Blue one of our favorites at the moment.
And Mr. Lt. Green who is one of Cassidy's favorites.
The litter has come through one of the first "fear" periods without any problems and is now getting to the level of mobility where we'll have to move them into the kitchen during the day to give them enough room to roam. We'll probably start to wean them next weekend -- those teeth are going to make it more difficult to convince Cassidy to enter the whelping box.
This is when things start to get to be real fun: I can't describe how cool it is to go into the box first thing in the morning and watch them wake up and then scurry over for their morning group-hug. Pretty soon they'll respond with ear and nose nibbles. Puppies are just very cool.
More later in the week. Liz, hope this gives you your puppy fix for now.