Thursday 6th October 2011 – Accidentally getting it right

Another day and we are still worrying about the puppies weight gain. Or at least we were until we put them on the scales this morning to find that the smallest increase was 40g and the largest was Alan who put on a massive 120g. It’s Alan and Amigo (110g), they keep crying for more food as does Arnold to be fair. Shadow is doing a fantastic job and as you can see from today’s video she even got back in to give a second feed only 45 mins after they’d finished the last one because Amigo shouted out that he and his buddy were still hungry. You can see them here.

Yesterday they wanted to eat Shadow’s food, but they are only two and a half weeks old so my Mistress is going to ask the vet today if there is any reason they shouldn’t have some. She made some up yesterday, all mushed up with hot water and they were in it like a shot and then afterwards slept for two and a half hours before being ready for the next feed. We’ve tried giving them extra as formula milk from a bottle or from a saucer, but they just aren’t interested. They aren’t supposed to be ready for mushed up puppy food for another week.

We have accidentally done something right. We would like to thank the makers of the vet-bed we are using for making it too short for our whelping box. It means there is a strip of newspaper down the side and that is meaning that even at this tender age the puppies are choosing to be clean in their sleeping area and when they actually have any say about where they pee they are going on the newspaper. They are starting their own house training. These puppies may be small but in some ways they are way ahead of the game.

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