We've had no internet except my phone's hot spot since Sunday! That means we've had no Internet! But the puppies carry on regardless! During their second week on earth, they've been busy growing, getting spots, finding their legs, having visitors, developing their sense of smell, and finally opening their eyes! Sorry for a longish post, but a lot happens in 5 days!
This week's visitors included some new friends and some old friends! One of the great things about walking my Dalmatians everyday is the people we meet! We see Shawn walking her dogs almost everyday. We always say hello and I always think to myself - what a nice lady with such well-mannered dogs! I never knew her name until Rhani had the babies! I told her she should come see them and she took me up on the offer since her daughter, Sorell's birthday was Tuesday and she was trying to plan a fun day. Well - what could be more fun than visiting puppies?
The next day, the Marino's came to visit! More people we met walking, although only once. Valeri and her daughter Amelia stopped to talk to Baili and me one day a couple months ago while we were drawing one of our chalk drawings. Valeri told me that she and her husband had a Dalmatian when they were first married and they've always wanted another one. I told her Rhani was expecting puppies and to look us up. Well, they apparently registered to be notified by AKC Marketplace when puppies in the area were available and got notice of Rhani's litter. Within days, I had a Facebook message from Valeri and then a puppy application. Their first Dalmatian was from my friend, Elaine Lindhorst, where we got our Cooper! These puppies are related to their first Dalmatian! Valeri and Mike have triplet daughters that are 17 years old - Amelia, Cambell and Riley! They were totally smitten with the babies! The girls emailed me after the visit offering to help with the puppy "curriculum" that will start when they are 4 weeks old. I might just take them up on that!
Today, Steven and Cindy from across the street came back to visit for the second time. They couldn't believe how much the puppies have grown in the past week! Steven made sure Rhani got personal attention too which she greatly appreciated!
The puppies have all grown a lot this week! The photo is of Lizzy getting weighed in on Wednesday! Everybody is well over 2 lbs and Sadie is still the largest - fast approaching 3 lbs! Most of this week, Lizzy, Maxwell and Jo Jo were without collars. I decided to order buckle collars which arrived today to make it easier for those of you at home to know who's who! So as a reminder - Maxwell is purple, Sadie is pink, Rita is red, Lizzy is now yellow as they don't make "rainbow" collars, and Jo Jo, the liver boy, is blue!
On Wednesday night, I finally saw some eyes opening! As of today, everyone mostly has their eyes open, except Jo Jo! He is still squeezed shut! You can see Rita's pretty open eyes in the photo above with Cindy holding her.
In addition to gaining weight, these puppies sure do grow toe nails! I clipped them last week on Tuesday. On Monday this week, they got their first dremmel nail job. They all tolerated it pretty well. Of course, on Tuesday, they couldn't see, hear or smell, so what's not to like? By today, they really need it again. I did Maxwell's nails again tonight with the dremmel while Steven and Cindy were here and he was a very good boy until the very last nail. Better do the rest of them tomorrow!
Tuesday evening, I noticed them starting to sniff, so their noses are now operational!
They are all eliminating on their own now. Oh joy! This means lots more loads of laundry for me! I am trying the "litter box" with these puppies that I've seen so many friends use successfully. For now, it's disposable cookie sheets with pine pellets. When they are bigger, they will graduate to rabbit pen trays. The cookie sheets have only been in the box for about 24 hours. So far there is some action there. Not sure if it's accidental or not. Hopefully the accidents will become habits!
Spots are really starting to come through! Clockwise in this photo are Maxwell, JoJo, Lizzy, Rita, Sadie.
And they have legs! They are definitely drunken sailors but they are getting up and about. I predicted early in the week that Jo Jo would be the first to be walking and I was right.
And one more funny video from a couple days ago - of course, starring Rita! They love to eat!
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!