Dam: IntCH CH Hollyhock Racy Lady “Diamond Lil”[View Pedigree] [View OFA Health Certifications] [View Lil’s Photo Gallery]
Sire: IntCH CH Hollyhock Go Figure, CGC “Jack”
The Fifth Week — Outdoor time…and weaning begins
We introduced all kinds of new things this week, including outdoor time, food, and new toys. Daily grooming also began and they have to stand on the grooming table when we clean their eyes and brush their hair every day. Tom clips their toenails every other day, and he usually volunteers to give them a “butt bath” after most meals. Weaning them means more “poop patrol duties” and a watchful eye to keep their kennel clean. Next week we will introduce them to children if we can find some volunteers, and some more startling noises. We will also permit them more time to roam free in the house. For now, that privilege has been granted to Yellow girl as you will see in the videos. She just insists on being out “free to explore” with the big dogs and the humans.
The 5th Week. Weaning begins. (duration 37:43)
The Fourth Week — Starting to walk and play
During the day, the puppies are now in a larger “learn and play” area. They are learning to walk around and navigate over and around the obstacles we introduce. They had more family visitors and had more time with the adult bichons this week as Lil invited them into the larger play area (under her and our supervision of course). Jack and Dee Dee seem to be anxious for them to grow up so they can play with them. A few times in the video you may hear the “distress call”. Lil is always on alert for that and will come to the rescue of any pup that cries out. It was difficult making the video because she thought she heard a puppy in distress and couldn’t find one that needed attention. Next week we will introduce them to the outdoors and to real food…and the daily pee and poop duties will become more challenging…LOL. Oh, and a WARNING for you movie nuts. This week’s video is long, so go get a drink and a snack and sit back and enjoy watching the pups as they made progress this week.
The 4th Week. Learning to play (duration 29:57)
The Third Week — Starting to walk
The girls 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 a “crackle toy” 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. Stay tuned for that.
The 3rd Week. Learning to walk (duration 18:18)
The second week — Socialization begins, Eyes start to open
This week was mostly about continuing their Early Neurological Stimulation exercises but we also began to introduce the pups to other family members and to our adult bichons. There was a lot of “mutual sniffing” going on and everyone got along. Lil even lets Holly and Jack inside her litter kennel and sometimes Holly naps with the babies. Holly thinks all babies are HER babies and wants to play a role. Well, they ARE her grandbabies, but she respects Lil’s role as “mother”. By the end of the week the girls began squinting and by day 14 their eyes would open each time we picked them up. It is a wonderful milestone and now they should also be able to hear. Soon they will be trying to get up on their legs and crawl around more. Next week should be even more entertaining.
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 have doubled their birth weights and 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. They are becoming more active and once their eyes and ears open up toward the end of this week, the videos will be more interesting. Sorry to bore you with this week’s rendition…not much to show for now.
The birth day and first vet visit
Lil and Jack welcomed 3 girls to the Hollyhock Bichon family early on Saturday morning. She delivered her babies in about one and a half hours with absolutely no stress or complications. Her labor was a bit “vocal”, not unlike her mother, Holly. After a short nap and snack we took her and her babies for a quick trip to the vet for their birth day wellness exam. For the first few days we will focus on making sure mommy and babies are gaining weight and peeing and pooping regularly. Then we’ll take another trip to the vet to have their dew claws removed. After a day to recover from that we will begin their daily Early Neurological Stimulation exercises. Stay tuned to this page (bookmark it now) for weekly updates and to follow the development of this litter.
Anticipating Lil and Jack’s 2nd litter
We are happy with the way Lil and Jack’s first litter are developing, so we decided to repeat the breeding. Lil and Jack are anticipating 3 pups this time.
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