Litter Diary: Lucie’s Puppies Born 05/11/18


Dam: IntCH CH Hollyhock My Heart Stood Still “Lucie”

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Sire: CH Belamour’s Sugardaddy “Romeo”

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2 weeks old – Gaining a bit of independence

This week the puppies began demonstrating a bit more independence. They nursed a bit less, but still slept most of the time. We would see them in smaller “piles” and often solo. Mommy leaves them to themselves more often too. We introduced the bolster beds so they could begin to learn to crawl out of their sleeping area if they felt the urge to pee. So, I guess potty training has begun. So far no accidents in the bed! A few of them have started to squint but no one has their eyes wide open yet. They are also starting to explore more so we put them on a harder surface from time to time to give their muscles more stability than the soft bed areas. Next week we should see both eyes and ears open, and much more active pups!

1 week old – Early Stimulation Exercises

The puppies continue to nurse and sleep most of the time. Their eyes and ears won’t open for another week. This week they had their second trip to the vet and had their dew claws removed. After a day to recover from that we began their “puppy exercises”. They are entering the “baked potato phase” where they are starting to plump up quite nicely. We are starting to see pigment fill in and we’re seeing nice coats developing. View the slideshow and read the captions to learn more. Watch the video to learn how we introduce Early Neurological Stimulation (aka puppy exercises) to give our pups an advantage that should benefit them for life.

Newborn Dreaming
Newborn Frustrated Searching For A Nipple

The birth day and first vet visit

Lucie’s first litter arrived right on time and this first-time bichon mommy made it look easy. Her 4 boys and 2 girls were whelped in just over an hour. Lucie is a very attentive mommy and all the pups are nursing fine and appear to be very active crawlers, and not afraid to push each other around as they seek out a tasty nipple. We took them in for their birth day wellness exam and they all passed with flying colors. They will spend the next few days developing into little tater tots…staying warm, gaining weight and learning to find mommy’s nipples. On Monday they will have another visit to the vet to have their dew claws removed and another wellness check. Then they get another day to lounge before we begin working with each one as they experience their daily Early Neurological Stimulation puppy exercises. Lucie and her pups are at the home of Jewel and Jeff Weien who are her co-owners with Deb and Linda and who have been instrumental in helping us raise another extraordinary Hollyhock Champion so that we may continue Holly’s line.

Listen to sounds from the birth day.

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