Okay, so I`m a bit behind – giving you the “two-week” puppy update when the pups are almost three weeks old already!
They are continuing to grow and develop. From itsy-bitsy things you could easily hold in the palm of one hand, they have tripled their birth weight and are becoming daily more mobile. While the vast majority of the time is still spent sleeping and nursing, they do on occasion liven up and tussle about a bit, or go exploring on their wobbly legs. They are starting to be able to carry their own weight with the legs underneath them, instead of “swimming” along the ground like little crocodiles with their legs splayed to the side.
The big difference, of course, is that they have EYES!!! They all opened their eyes between 13 and 15 days of age. What a difference it makes to see them with their eyes open, gazing back at you – it makes their faces more alive and interesting. Their vision will remain blurry for several weeks, but will slowly improve as they get outside the whelping box and begin to become more active and explore the big wide world.
They had their first deworming on Sunday and took it well. Everybody seemed to like the medicine - it's made to taste nice!
Uncle Aspen and Grandma Amore are now allowed inside the puppy area – Garnet has reduced her level of protectiveness and no longer growls when the other big dogs come to say hi. It is really fun to watch Aspen with the puppies – he lies on the ground and they toddle towards him; he licks them and they fall over; they tussle with each other and he nudges them with his nose. We’ve caught a few of the pups trying to latch on to one of his teats with little success!!