This litter has been unusual from the get go. Maybe that is why it's so hard to believe the puppies are already six weeks old. Here are their six week "mug" shots!
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We had not weighed the puppies in a couple weeks. But we did yesterday. Guess what? They are still growing! Goldy and Yadi weighed 9 lbs, Waino was 8 1/2 lbs and Albert is 8 lbs! They are getting harder to transport from floor to floor two at a time!
I ran out of milk replacer on Sunday. They eat their puppy kibble floated in water now. I don't even soak it anymore. Tomorrow I will start mixing the last of the puppy food with an all life stages food. About 4 days from now they will have transitioned totally to all life stages. Sadly, my favorite of those, Purina Proplan Turkey and Barley, seems to be permanently out of stock everywhere, so I am going with the Lamb and Rice. Lamb is another lower purine meat and this carries the same protein level as the Turkey and Barley. We shall see how it goes. I feed Jo Jo Sensitive Skin and Stomach Turkey and Oatmeal, but it is not an all life stages variety. I've gone on in past blogs about why I don't feed puppy food past about six weeks. They really don't need all those extra calories and in some cases, it can actually be harmful to their development. So I switch them off puppy food before they leave my house.
While we are on the subject of eating, today they dined in the kitchen out of ceramic dog bowls. The new surroundings and containers did not slow them down for a second! They've now eaten in 4 different locations and from 6 different types of dishes. Linda asked why I do that. It helps build their confidence and make them good lifelong travelers!
Yesterday was a rare "no visitor" day so we did nails again and the puppies had to just be entertained by Dave and me on the patio. They actually had a pretty good time entertaining themselves which entertained us! Surprisingly, ALL the puppies love water buffalo horns! These are great (when you can find good thick ones), but not all dogs like them. Some actually fear them I guess because of the way they smell to the dogs. They played with their new big ball, their funny crab toy gifted to them by our friend, Donna D, were raucous in the tunnel, and explored the teeter! Lots of videos to share!
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!