Puppies 1st 4 weeks

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    In more than 25 years, this is only the second litter we have whelped on premises.  Three boys and four girls arrived on Sunday June 5, 2005.

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Green boy

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sack time

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da den

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Mom's still the best

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     Even at birth, the puppies are active and surprisingly mobile.
    At one week, eyes and ears are still closed, but they can crawl pretty fast.
    They started to stand up at 11 days.  "Toddling" would be an understatement.  Fall down is more applicable.  Fortunately they don't have far to fall, and they seem to be made of rubber anyway.
    Eyes are opening at 12 days.  At least they can see what they are running into.  Picture quality deteriorates because we cannot use a flash until their eyes mature a bit more.  The pictures are at slow speed and blur with wiggly puppies.
    By 15 days, they are starting to recognize what they see.  They move to Blaze or people on sight.
    At 17 days their ears are opening and they are reacting to sounds.  Still can't use a flash.
    19 days and they are interacting - wrestling, etc. with each other.
    20 days marks a big event -- they move out of the whelping box in the "nursery," and into a pen in the kitchen.  Not babies anymore.
    21 days - Blaze is more stressed by the move into the kitchen than the puppies.  She liked the control she had with the whelping box in Bill's study.
    26 days - two puppies got into a real scrap.  Miska went in and said "Woof, woof" with clear meaning, and they stopped their fight and behaved.  There is nothing better than real pack socialization.  Blaze also has started to wean the pups.
    28 days - first trip outdoors.  Firecrackers concerned Miska, but the puppies were not bothered.

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