This week has been a bit of a long week. We have puppies escaping every 2 minutes! We’ve never had this many able to climb out of the whelping box this early…oy! They’re cute, but Ruby is ready for them to go, and i’m ready to get my Living Room back:)
Lots of outside play this week, their food intake is increasing rapidly, and well they are as cute as ever. Their ears are getting so long, as are their legs! Really starting to like miniature adult vizslas! We’ve got pups being picked up this weekend and next.
Holy Smokes our time with these pups is nearly over! We are absolutely thrilled with the caliber of families taking in our pups. We can’t wait to see how wonderful these beauties do, and the happiness they will bring their families. We sure love this breed, and love what we do. Vizslas are a remarkable breed, and it’s such a privilege to watch how they fill the hearts in their homes.
SHERBET: This gal is fiesty. Definitely the most playful gal in the bunch:)
TIGER: This guy is sweet and smart, he was one of the first to figure out the whole potty area!
AZURE: This little guy is growing quick! He’s closing the gap in the size differential. he sure is gonna be tough learning to stand is own with pups twice his size!
VIOLET: This sweetit is average size, average energy level, and has such a fun personality.
PERIWINKLE: This girl gets really into her play as well. She gives her shadow a total run for it’s money! haha. such a cute sweet girl! Very attentive and very aware.
THE BULK: SO SO playful this one. He is just barely holding onto the biggest pup position. He so enthusiastic in his play, and probably has THE wiggliest bum i’ve ever seen:)
I’m always super careful about the pups playing with ropes. (they can chew it into pieces and that has the potential of getting caught in their intestines) i kept my eyes on them though, and they loved playing with it. It was long enough that they could all play with it at the same time and it was too adorable. The Bulk, Tiger, and Sherbet all really got a kick out of playing with the tennis ball too. These little cuties always look forward to their yard time. They get about half an hour of time in the backyard 3 times a day. They are almost completely weaned, and are on dry food. They’re just growing up too fast!
This week has flown just as all the rest. I was waiting to post because I was having some technical difficulties with my photo program, but I have yet to resolve the issues-so i apologize if the pictures are a bit rough! These pups have spent more and more time awake and wrestling one another. Their personalities are really starting to pop and we will be starting puppy picks. They are doing great on puppy food and Ruby has kicked up the notch on weaning this week. I don’t blame her, those teeth and nails are brutal!
now for the always entertaining candid shots…
They are interacting well with one another figuring out their boundaries. Learning how to work out their little tuffs, and how hard is too hard to bite one another. They’ve reached the stage where they just CRAVE human attention, so we’ve been giving them lots of love. They also just use every moment of their playtimes outside and then crash once they’re back inside. Potty training is moving right along. We’ve had some repairs we’ve had to make to the potty platform outside but all the moisture has been delaying those, so the pups haven’t had access to the platform, but we’re hoping in the next few days we’ll have that available to them.
Another week has flown by! These pups are 2 weeks now! Their eyes are opened or opening, they are walking pretty well, and doing a lot less worming and crawling:)
Now that their eyes are opened we’ll be moving them to the potty area as we see them needing it. Hopefully by next post we’ll be able to report that they are taking themselves to the potty area when they need to go!
FERN: this girl was nearly impossible to get a good shot of her face. she was in exploration mode!
It’s so cute to watch their little puppy pile migrate around the whelping box as they try to climb under and over one another and secure the perfect nap position. Now that their eyes are open their movements seem a little more intentional. The little purrs and cries are sounding more like growls and barks. We catch our kids and ourselves saying “AWW” everytime we pass the whelping box. Let’s face it everything puppies do is cute! Except poop, pooping is never cute in my opinion. Right before we had a family come visit the pups saturday morning one of them decided to diarrhea (i’m assuming it was the pup that had the position at the top of the pile) and it got everywhere and on each of the puppies. Needless to say they got their first bath that morning:) I usually try to get pictures of that, but it was a little rushed…
As always here are some candids from this week.
Ruby held onto these pups a little longer than I expected her to. Thursday morning I took Ruby’s temp and it had dropped to 98.6. anytime it has dipped below 99 we’ve seen pups within a matter of hours. We had a crazy day though with screaming cranky kiddos, and i think she was 2nd thinking bringing pups into this world! haha. Then the next morning my sister dropped off her great dane pup Jaeger for us to watch for 10 days, so i think that stressed Ruby out too so she continued to hold onto those pups. We were rushing around the house prepping for our family coming into town for Easter. They got to our house around 10;30 pm and i like to think Ruby thought ‘holy crap i’m gonna have these pups before anyone else shows up!’ She started contracting hard all of a sudden on our laps while we were catching up with our guests. We actually had to lift her into the whelping box cuz the contractions were so strong she was having trouble walking over and climbing in.
SHERBET-11:11p the first pup arrived, a female weighing in at 12.4oz
TIGER: 11:32 the 2nd pup arrived on the scene. He was completely limp, his lungs must have just been filled with fluid. We had to work hard for 10 minutes to resuscitate him! He eventually started breathing on his own, and was able to start feeding off of mamma within the hour:) This little miracle was 12.1oz.
AZURE: Ruby was in the groove because the next pup got here at 12:02 am it was a male. This itty bitty boy weighed 6.6oz (1/3 the weight of our largest pup). I’ve been keeping a close eye on him, insuring he gets a nipple and have done a few supplementary bottle feeds.
VIOLET: Ruby took a little break, and we weighted a over 2 hours for this miss to arrive. 2:25 am Violet made her debut and weighed in at 13.5 oz.
PERIWINKLE: Another girl followed at 2:47am weighing 12.5 oz
THE HULK: this massive pup arrived at 3:11 am and weighed 1lb. .4 oz!
FERN: Ruby took another 2+ hr break and then another gal joined us at 5:21am weighing 14.4 oz.
I stayed up until atleast 7am making sure Ruby was definitely done whelping. We knew there was for sure 7 pups, but thought there might be an 8th one in there. It’s been a crazy few days, with Easter, nightly weigh ins, and my occasional bottle feeding Azure in conjunction with the rest of my daily responsibilities of having 5 kids and being a stay at home mom- but it’s such a joy to be able to provide families with these wonderful pups! All the pups are consistently gaining and Ruby is just so in love with her babes:) We will be headed to the vet tomorrow afternoon to do their tail dockings and dew claw removals, so more excitement yet to come this week.
Here are some candids from the last couple days…a little cuteness to hold you off until saturday’s weekly post!