Litter Diary: Dee Dee’s Puppies Born 01/23/20

IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock Alfa Romeo "Romeo"

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

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Sire: IntCH GCH CH Hollyhock Alfa Romeo “Romeo”

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The Fourth Week — Starting to play

The puppies were moved from the litter kennels to a larger “learn and play” area this week. They are all getting really comfortable walking around and navigating over and around the obstacles we introduce. They seem to love cuddling and they got lots of that this week. We will keep Lil and Dee Dee’s litters separated for another week to be sure everyone is ready to play nicely together. Stay tuned for a potential “merge” of the litters next week.
The 4th Week. Learning to play (duration 12:27)


The Third Week — Eyes open and starting to walk

Dee Dee’s puppies finished up their daily Early Neurological Stimulation exercises right about the time their eyes opened up. Within a few days they were taking their first baby steps. They are still pretty wobbly, but they are starting to roam around the kennel. We introduced the pee pad and they got the hang of it right away…taking a pee upon waking from their nap. We also introduced some “crackle toys” that they can walk over and feel and hear the noise. Socialization with family and the adult bichons continued. Next week we will move them to a larger area where they will have more space to stretch their legs and experience some more toys and close interaction with Lil and her litter. Stay tuned.
The Third Week (duration 8:14)


The second week — Eyes start to open

The pups were introduced to more family members, including the adult bichons in the house. Holly still thinks she needs to oversee ALL the babies, but having the litter kennels really helps the mommies feel like they have their private and safe space. Holly respects that, but still gets a few licks on her grandkids whenever the opportunity arises. We continued their Early Neurological Stimulation exercises this week and a few of them now have their eyes open for that experience. They are not a fussy group and seem to be used to the exercise routines. Purple boy was the first to open his eyes, and next was Green boy. The others are squinting so we will see their eyes soon. They are crawling more and exploring and learning to climb over small obstacles. By the end of next week they should be trying to get up on their legs…unless of course, their big bellies weigh them down too much!


The first week — Early Neurological Stimulation Exercises begin

This week the pups had their dew claws removed and then they began their Early Neurological Stimulation exercises. They don’t do much other than nurse and sleep…and plump up. We like to say they are entering the “baked potato phase” this week as they are a robust handful. The videos will get more interesting once their eyes and ears open up toward the end of this week. This litter appears to be a bit more “active” than Lil’s litter, perhaps because there is more competition for nipples!


The birth day and first vet visit

Dee Dee and Romeo welcomed 4 boys and 1 girl to the Hollyhock Bichon family late Wednesday night. She delivered her babies in about 3 and a half hours, similar to her prior deliveries. Dee Dee just loves having babies and is a great mommy.  After a restful night we made a quick trip to the vet for our routine birth day wellness exam.  Dee Dee seems proud to show off her litter.   Stay tuned to this page (bookmark it now) for weekly updates and follow the development of this litter.
Watch the video of the day Dee Dee had her puppies (duration 6:52)


Questions? Send email to: info@hollyhockbichons.com or Call Deb Gibb: 858-531-2890