Albert is fine! Here is a little video of him dining alone to prove it!
When I checked on the puppies throughout the AM they were sleeping or seemed to be finishing up eating. When we got back from Purina, it was the same. It bothered me that I had not observed Albert eating during the day, so I decided right before our dinner to weigh him. Well the scale said 12 ounces! OMG! Was he failing? Was I going to have to figure out how to tube feed him? Should I take him to the emergency clinic? You will think I am awful, but I decided to eat my dinner before doing anything since I had not eaten all day. I wolfed down a pork chop and headed back down. He was eating like a little pig, so I took a deep breath and waited for him to finish. Then I weighed him again. Now the scale said he weighed 1/4 of an ounce. Well I knew that wasn't right! I dug out our old postage scale and put him on it. It immediately registered over a pound! Shew. However, the next morning, he'd gained only 1/4 of an ounce from the day before. But he gained. And my instincts about him not eating much on Saturday were correct. I kept a close eye on him throughout the day, and he was consistently eating with gusto. I think perhaps dew claw removal might have been harder on him than the others given his weight loss early last week.His weight this AM was up to 1 lb 4 3/8 ounces. Still the smallest, but I think he's on his way now. More about Albert and not catching a break later....
We've continued the ENS exercises every morning along with weigh ins. They are becoming more tolerant of the Early Neuro Stimulation exercises (except for being upside down). The biggest puppy, Yadi, has already doubled his birth weight and is knocking on the door of 2 lbs! (Remember, he was smallest at birth!).
The babies have had two mores sets of visitors since I last posted. Our dog loving neighbors, Dave and Margot, met the puppies Sunday AM. Rhani was not much happier to see them than she was to see Linda on Friday. This afternoon, other neighbors - Cindy, Stephen and Stephen's girlfriend, Sarah - came to visit. These visits by them 10 years ago resulted in them becoming owned by a Dalmatian - Lexie, Baili's daughter. They love puppies and are great with them. Rhani got her dinner and an outing in the yard when they first arrived. She settled down eventually and gave up the stink eye!
Back to Albert not catching a break....Stephen noticed that the underside of poor little Albert's tail is basically one big scab! I assume this is from Rhani's obsessive licking. Deep sigh. One more thing to keep an eye on. I sprayed on some Vetericyn which is a miracle worker for skin abrasions. Hopefully, it will heal quickly.
The puppy Daddy, Liam, went to shows this weekend in Pennsylvania and brought home a big Group 3! Congratulations, Dad, from your Cardinal babies!
We'll do mug shots tomorrow, so stay tuned for that!
Until next time....
I like to keep a diary of the puppies as much for myself as for prospective puppy buyers and interested friends. Sadly my blogs for Lucy's and Baili's litters are no longer available due to legacy systems, but I recently reviewed the Imagine Litter blog. It was a good refresher on all kinds of things and brought back lots of good memories. Looking forward to Cardinal memories too!