Wednesday, December 19, 2012

3 weeks old

The pups are thriving in the small puppy pen.  They are getting more mobile, even looking over the low half gate that Yoko and the other adult dogs use to get into the pen.  The pups are starting to interact more and more with each other and their environment.  If you sit down in the pen, you are quickly swarmed by a bunch of puppies that climb into your lap, looking for chow and attention.  As their ear canals are opening, the pups are vocalizing more, a combination of puppy yips and growls.  Last week, the pups gained around 1 lb each again.  Weights are amazingly uniform.  Penny is the small pup at 3 lbs 7 oz.  Maggie and Rita are the big pups at 3 lbs 13 oz.  Rita, the weak pup at birth, has nicely demonstrated that she is a vigorous pup.  The pups are currently getting 3 tablespoons of canned food divided into 3 meals, plus nursing and a bottle as needed.  I just started some kibble soaking in the refrigerator for the pups tomorrow.  Yoko is eating 8 cups of kibble and looks great. 

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