Category Archives: Molly’s first litter – July 2016

Play time!

We’ve had some major events in a puppy’s life this week! Firstly they got introduced to toys. The most loved toys are the soft toys with a squeek or a bell in them. The pups compete over them and tug at them. Chew toys are liked by some for biting, but not all the pups like the rubbery texture / taste (I’m not sure which).

Some hints about Toys for Puppy: by pet toys not children toys. They are tougher and not filled with any fillings that could be dangerous for puppies. Also, the “fluff” doesn’t come off to choke puppy. All toys should be safe and not have eyes, noses or ears that can be pulled off and swallowed. Make sure all appendages are well stitched on.We had a dog who swallowed a ferule from a garden chair which blocked up her plumbing and had to be operated on to remove it. (Costly and stressful). If you search under “toys” on this blog I have written a piece all about toys for puppies.

So here are the little ones with some of their toys.

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Weaning Begins!

Its time! Poor Molly is struggling to keep up with demand. She has the monopoly on the Puppy Milk market, but demand is simply too great. Enter Mother-and-Baby puppy starter food. The little ones took to it like they have been eating it all their lives. It always amazes me that they know immediately that it is edible and they start eating it without a thought!

 

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We can reach!

We are now tall enough to reach mom-Molly’s teats! So when she comes in to feed us we can stretch up and drink while she stands. She has to stabilize herself otherwise we can knock / pull her over. She spends more time away from us now and comes in specially to feed us. She is starting to set routine meal times. Molly eats as much as she wants. She can down 2 bowls of food in one sitting, and yet is keeping her slim little figure!

I have siblings!!

The puppies are becoming aware that they have siblings…. someone to play with, to gum, to chew on their ears, legs, tail….They are able to bark and growl – so cute as it is high-pitched!

Growing, growing

See how we have grown this past week!! First we grow out and get chubby, then we grow up and get thin, then we grow out and get chubby and then we grow up again.

Mom-Molly is still feeding us, although our little teeth are staring to come through and we will begin to chew on mom’s teats, which she doesn’t like. Weaning will begin by the end of this week.

Nails cut

Everything grows on the pups, ears, legs, bodies…. and nails!! They are long enough now to scratch Molly when they feed, so I had to get out the tinies nail clippers I could and trim all the little nails. Do you know how many nails a puppy has?

Answer: 5 on each front paw and 4 on each back paw. There are 10 puppies with 18 nails each…..okay so maybe I missed a few. I literally trim off 1mm from each nail-just enough to take off the sharp point.

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Size

Although the little ones have grown, they are still tiny. They are like cute little live teddy bears.

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Eyes opening!

The pups are two weeks old this weekend and their little eyes are starting to open! The pups cannot see yet, although I think they can see some light. The little eyes are blue and as they open more and the pups start seeing, they will turn to brown.

Puppies walk!

The puppies are so funny! They cannot see or hear, but they are already trying to get their balance to walk!! They wobble along on their little legs and then fall over because they are top-heavy. The funnies part is that they are walking flat-footed!! This means that they trip over their own big feet! This reminds me of Richard Scary’s books, where the dogs ¬†illustrations always showed the animals walking on flat feet. They need to learn to walk on their toes!

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Puppy heap

The little ones are starting to recognise siblings and realise that there is warmth, comfort and protection in a heap, especially when Molly is out for a bit.

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See how small the hep is relative to the box. Watch this heap grow in size over the next few week