Party puppies

Wow! We had a very busy past week with 3 different graduation parties and tons and tons of socialization by all ages of people. They even had a temporary change of location (next door back yard) and took that very well. These puppies should be bullet proof. They continue to love being outside. Lets hope for less rain this coming week. Makes for wet stinky puppies.

They are 100% for pooping outside! Yes! They do continue to potty on the pads, as well as outside, which is to be expected as they realistically can only hold their bladders for a couple of hours at most.

They are really playing rough with each other which helps build future social skills and limits with other dogs. They are starting to pull at our clothes and bite us which we are quick to correct as it hurts!

They are still sleeping nicely from about 10 PM to 4ish AM. Sorry if you aren’t early risers.

Stud dog owner is going to be picking her puppy this coming Tuesday and we will decide also soon if we are going to keep one. Please get in touch with me if you are still interested in a puppy but haven’t kept in contact. We will be taking them for their eye exams next Wednesday and probably the following Friday to the vet for checkups and first shots. Then they can go to new homes next weekend!! Crazy it has come so fast.

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5.5 weeks old

They are getting so big! 5 week totals: David 6.2, Alexis 6.2!!, Moira 5.11, Patrick 5.10, Stevie 5.13, Johnny 5.13

They are getting cuter and more fun every day. We are all loving this weather and it is really great that most of the pottying and almost all of the poops are outside. Makes for lots less work for the washing machine. They do like to wake up very early in the morning so I hope you all are early risers.

This past week and the coming week are very busy for our household and the puppies have taken the extra noise, extra visitors and general chaos in stride. They are all happy go lucky and so far I am not worried about any of these guys going to any type of house. We have started spending one on one time with each puppy which will help them gain a little independence from littermates and help us further evaluate for potential placements.

They are still nursing a little whenever they can chase Liz down but their main diet is ground up kibble mush and solid kibbles. They like chewing on nylabones and softer gummy chewies. They’ve had some chicken jerky and rawhide ‘flips’ that they enjoy gnawing on.

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Catching up

It’s been a busy few days. The weather has been awesome and we’ve been getting the babies outside a few times a day. They are now sleeping without Mama in with them. They are eating mostly smush and crunching on some kibbles. They also still manage to corner Liz for about 6 feedings a day although their teeth are so sharp.

They are starting to tug on the toys and the beds sometimes. The last day or so, they have started rough and tumble play with each other.

They are slowly growing into holding their bladder a little so we will work more on getting them out the door when they finish a meal or wake up in the coming weeks. The poops are starting to land farther away from the sleeping/play area in the pen. Our washing machine is getting quite the workout because we work very hard to keep the environment the puppies are in clean. We really believe that makes a difference in housebreaking.

We are still playing lots of different sounds for them. We did have a loud, thunderous storm yesterday and nobody cared.

Weights from their 4 week weigh in: David 4lbs8oz, Moira 3lbs14oz, Alexis 4lbs2oz, Stevie 4lbs2oz, Patrick 4lbs4oz, Johnny 4lbs5oz

Lots and lots of photos! First one cracks me up. We put a mirror up in the pen and Patrick, who I think of as Prince Charming, clearly likes his reflection.

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Yep. we’re crazy.

These are 2 of Bonnie’s puppies due at the very end of may. We’ll have about 5 days of quiet between Liz’s puppies going to new homes and Bonnie having hers.

In other news: This is one of 2000 reasons I love Malibu so much. Below is a snap from one of the cameras on the puppy pen. She is the best Auntie ever!

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First meal

Things are getting a little crowded at the milk bar.

So we gave the puppies their first and second meals of mush today. They seemed to love it and the Aunties and Grandma loved cleaning them up after the inevitable mess.

From the top and going clockwise: David, Stevie, Johnny, Alexis, Moira and Patrick
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Moving day

They’ve been pretty bored the past few days with their limited view and lack of space but not now! We moved them out to the big kitchen pen today. So much more to see and experience.

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3 weeks old

This week has busy. After eyes and ears opened they discovered each other and toys and people. They can now chase Liz around the box which sometimes they have to do because she doesn’t love that they are getting pointy teeth. This week will be big changes as they move out of the box and into the big puppy enclosure in the kitchen. We’ve started playing noises for them like thunderstorm and fireworks. Our ultimate goal is for them to be acclimated to lots of different sounds, sights and environments.

David 3lbs 5.5 ounces
Moira 2lbs 10.5 ounces
Alexis 2lbs 13.1 ounces
Stevie 3lbs 1.1 ounces 2nd to get teeth
Patrick 2lbs 15.3 ounces
Johnny 3lbs 2.4 ounces 1st to get teeth
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Toys

We took out the “pig” rails that were protecting the puppies from getting smushed when they were “little” and introduced toys and a little bed. Big hit!

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Random cuteness from today

They are really starting to recognize things and to play with siblings. Toys soon!

Tongue out David
Playing
Chonky David
Patrick resting on the piggie rail
Moira
Johnny
David and Stevie on the pig rail
Moira
Stevie
Flat Moira
David
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Last day of torture

Yesterday was the last day of puppy early neurological stimulation. Yay! We always do these exercises with every litter. More info if you are curious http://www.breedingbetterdogs.com/article/early-neurological-stimulation

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