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

Dam: IntCH CH Hollyhock Dazzle And Delight “Dee Dee”

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Sire: IntCH CH Hollyhock Skywalker “Sky”

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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! Red girl was the first of all 3 litters to open her eyes first. The other two are just starting to squint a bit. 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

Dee Dee and Sky welcomed 2 girls and 1 boy to the Hollyhock Bichon family. Although she was a bit distracted by the fact that Emma was also there delivering her babies at the same time, once her first big girl came out, Dee Dee delivered her babies in just under an hour.  All the babies arrived with very little fanfare but the amount of activity kept Deb and Linda on their toes.  The next morning we all visited the vet for their birth day wellness exams and everyone checked out great.  Dee Dee and her babies are nursing at momma Linda’s house and will begin their puppy exercises after they get their dew claws removed in a few days.

Listen to sounds from the birth day.

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