Monday, November 9, 2020

The Oscar x Gracie Puppies: Week Two


It's been a great week for the Oscar and Gracie puppies.  It is calm and quiet in the nursery and my focus is on supporting Gracie so that she can best care for her puppies.  We make sure she always has cool fresh water to drink and she gets several meals throughout the day to help her produce enough milk to feed her large family.  
We added soft toys to the whelping box for the puppies to crawl around and over and the pink octopus is a favourite for cuddling up to.

Puppies are weighed twice daily and collars checked to make sure they are fitting comfortably.  The exercises that I spoke about in our last update continue this week and they will wrap on on day 16. Every three days the puppy nails are filed with the dremel which does take quite a while considering there are 200 of them to do!

A glimpse into the whelping box on the evening of November 4th with Gracie and her nine day old puppies 

The little princes and princesses are growing well and getting up on their legs now as they move around the box. What's most exciting is that by the end of the week everyones eyes have opened and next week their ears will open and they will be able to hear. 
Gracie and her pups on Nov 7th. 
There is 17 pounds and 14 ounces of puppy in this great big pile!

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