Pups are a month old and in another month will be leaving to start their new lives. It’s going so fast! Milestones this week: moving out into their new accommodations which consists of a larger indoor pen in the garage with access to a grassy pen outside. They were struck by the newness and a little cautious at first but the grass and dirt soon proved too interesting and their little sniffers were busy cataloging all the new scents. We’ve been blessed with a respite from the heat so pups were comfortable exploring their new space. Only the occasional rain shower and the hotter parts of the day keep them in the garage.
One nice advantage to having the outdoor pen is that the pups can interact more easily with the others dogs and the cats. Jackson (our younger cat) seems by turns intrigued and insulted Hopefully he’ll see the value of the pups as playmates as the weeks go by. Our old cat, Serafina, has been through this puppy thing more times than she cares to count and generally stays clear of them. Alice loves the babies and is happy to babysit. They seem to like her too (especially Camaro). Queen is extremely interested in them but wants to play and we have to watch that she doesn’t get too rowdy. Sawyer shows mild, benevolent interest. Rudy steers clear. He has a thing about pups. They are pesky ankle biters in his opinion.
They have started eating a mush of soaked puppy food twice a day along with their nursing sessions. Toys have become more interesting and new ones have been added to mix things up. Just like children, they often make their own toys. Blankets are fun to tug across the pen, weeds and grass stems provide tug of war practice and of course who can resist a litter mate’s tail?
I’ve noticed this week that all the pups have their father’s propensity to slap with their paw (also something I saw in Sawyer’s last litter with Alice). In addition, most have their mother’s propensity for “flying frog legs” (laying with the hind legs splayed out behind them). Having had other litters, I can say that not all puppies do these things. I find it interesting that there may be a heritable component in these behaviors.
One last “aw moment” photo. Although Mustang is featured it’s pretty indicative of all the pups and their sweet friendly personalities.