Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2 weeks old

My apologies for the lack of posts, I was out of town for a few days and the pups were in the very capable care of Nancy.  Amazing how much they grow in such a short time.  All the pups had their eyes open by 2 weeks of age, so fun to see all the cute little puppy faces when I got home.  With private nursings, we have been successful keeping the puppy weights very tight.  Two week body weights ranged from 3 lbs (London, Summer, Olympia) to 2 lbs 14 oz (Butterfly).  The pups have had a second nail trim and I gave them their first dose of wormer today.  BioSensor exercises end tomorrow.  Yesterday, they got their first taste of canned food, and it was a hit. Bridget is currently eating around 7 cups of high calorie food, plus 1 hard boiled egg and some chicken, although she still often requires a bit of coaxing to get eating.  Not sure why Bridget doesn't have the typical ravenous lactating retriever appetite. 

Nancy and I have noticed that this litter is especially cuddly.  They act like a bottle fed litter.  We suspect this may be because they are getting less tactile stimulation.  Bridget is not spending much time with the pups, partly because of the heat, but also her general attitude towards this litter - she is ready for retirement.  With the warm temps, the pups tend to spread out and sleep individually.  But now that they are seeing and walking more, they are starting to interact with each other.

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