And just like that, the Transitional Period (14-21 days) has come and gone. Puppies have all opened their eyes and they can hear. They can walk, too! No more crawling around looking for lunch. Now they make a run for it. And they’ve got teeth. And they’re loud. And they pee a lot.
This week, we began taking them out of the whelping box, one at a time, to spend some quality one-on-one nighttime television on the sofa with them. Everyone got at least an hour in. And everything went really well… until I realized they took turns peeing on my lap. We also added little foam blocks in their box, so they had fun colors to look and objects to navigate past.
Here is a summary of how Week Three went:
BLUE BOY: Demonstrating the walk. And also a very good nose to the ground. No more crawling… they’re on all fours, sniffing around with purpose and direction!
GREEN BOY: Demonstrating the look. The can definitely see now, and they move around the box like they’re planning to attack!
PINK GIRL: Definitely moving with a purpose.
ORANGE BOY: This one has a definite sense of adventure. He’s definitely not afraid to get out of his comfort zone.
PURPLE GIRL: The little white spot on her chest melts my heart.
BLACK BOY: I’ve got a new favorite, and it’s this guy. He’s quickly catching up to his GREEN BOY brother to be the biggest kid on the block. But unlike his squawker brother, he’s still a cool, chill cat.
YELLOW GIRL: She’s not dobe marked, the color is just weird. See those big, beautiful eyes?!
A few more Week Two photos:
It’s getting harder and harder to capture all the puppies nursing on Friday. They’re getting big! And also, bold about climbing all over one another.
Just another post-lunch afternoon. PINK GIRL has her tongue hangin’ out, and BLUE BOY is pissed that PURPLE GIRL walked all over him.
Happy BLACK BOY!!! And right behind him, someone chomping on someone else. Let’s call this “Awkward Family Photo, Take One.”
Awkward Family Photo, Take Two: The one where PINK GIRL has her pose ready and GREEN BOY is not amused.
Note: There’s a limit to how many photos I can upload to the blog, so the rest of the Week Three photos are upload here.
This week, we enter the Awareness or Identification Period (21-28 days). The goal for the week will be to introduce lots of lots of noises. So… “we’re gonna bang as many pots and pans as we can!” We’re also going to start weaning the babies. (!!!) In short, a lot is going to happen this week. Stay tuned. Photos and updates will be posted to Facebook.