Jo Jo's eyes are wide open by tonight, but this was the view this morning. The middle picture is Lizzy. She has dramatic eyes and is a little bit of a drama queen too (in the most sweet way!)! Then - just a pile of puppies with Maxwell piling on top!
Today was the last day of Early Neurological Stimulation exercises. All the puppies came to peace with them except being inverted vertically. No one liked that from day 3 through day 16! Imagine that! From now till they are 4 weeks, we will just concentrate on them developing however they naturally want to. They will continue to meet new visitors, probably go for a car ride or two, begin the weaning process, graduate from the whelping box to larger indoor and outdoor areas and be separated from their litter mates (with one of us) for short periods of time. But daily structured development activities will begin in earnest at 4 weeks.
Today, I saw more puppies sitting, more wagging tails (still no video) and observed them beginning to interact with each other in play. I think they would take to the "litter box" if Rhani would stop interfering. They mostly head that direction when they wake up, but when I am not in the room with them, she flips the cookie trays, shreds the papers I put in them and around them to catch the pine pellets and make them less slippery, and generally messes up the entire whelping box set up. I guess I should have consulted her on this!
Because they are developing so quickly, Dave constructed the outside pen today. We have lots of fun things planned to add to this area when the puppies are ready to begin hanging out there in a week or so.
I'll leave you with a couple cute photos of the boys resting their chins on the pig rails. Well, actually, Maxwell is trying to eat it! 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 saved them off as pdf's and was reviewing them last night. It was a good refresher on all kinds of things and brought back lots of good memories. Looking forward to Imagine memories too!