Mario x Rainey Puppies
04/29/20: Puppies eyes have opened!
04/20/20: Puppies went to the vet today to have their dewclaws removed and were also given a thorough health check-up. The report couldn't be better! All of the puppies are healthy and vigorous and are gaining weight everyday.
One Week Puppy Update
All of the puppies continue to thrive. We're really thrilled with the progress of the little puppies; they've already more than doubled, almost tripled, their birth weight and are quickly catching up to their bigger siblings. We'll soon have to stop calling them little puppies.
Two of the puppies have hit a major milestone - they're 2 pounders!
We'll have several more two pounders in just a few days.
Early Neurological Stimulation (ENS)
Puppies began receiving ENS this week and will continue to receive it daily for the next two weeks. ENS consists of five exercises performed for five seconds each that stimulate neurons in the puppy's brain. The procedure is used by the U.S. Military for puppies who will enter their training programs. ENS has been statistically proven to improve a puppy's overall health, intelligence, and trainability.
Little puppies are such fun to watch. There's always a whole lot of cuteness going on!
One Week Puppy Portraits
At one week of age, some of the puppy noses are starting to turn black. There's a little more white on their muzzles, and a little less pink on their noses and toes. One thing that changes a lot during the first few weeks is the markings on their face, head, and neck. White markings diminish each week. You'll see this very clearly over the coming weeks.
The Littles & Bigs!
Maybe we should have named this litter "The Littles & Bigs"! Five puppies were born weighing over 1 pound; four puppies weighed only 7-8 ounces at birth.
Puppies nurse every two hours round the clock in 3 groups: the little puppies, 3 big puppies, and 2 big puppies. Nursing all 3 groups takes two hours, and then we start over.
Mama on Duty
Rainey is being an exceptional mother and never leaves the whelping box except to eat or go outside. She keeps a close eye on her babies day and night.
Meet the Puppies!
The Birds 'n Bees are all gaining weight and doing well so far but we know the first two weeks are critical, especially for the little puppies. If we can get them through the first few weeks, the little ones will catch up to the big ones when they transition to puppy food at about 4 weeks of age. This is a beautiful litter... all of the puppies have very pretty markings.