Monday, June 2, 2008

June 2

How quickly Confetti has stopped cleaning up after this brood!  One meal with meat, and she is finished! I was hoping to eke out a little reprieve on being the primary caretaker for eleven growing, exploring and HUNGRY puppies, but alas! my time has come!

I took them outside this morning for their breakfast.  They dove into it without hesitation, but oh! what a mess they make now.  And Confetti is more interested in cleaning the dish when they are done than in washing their little faces.  There is a goat farm a couple blocks away, and I'll have to make a trip today as we are out of fresh goat milk. Goat milk is more nutritious for puppies than cow milk.

I picked up two puppies who were laying near the Xpen fence, and took them inside with me. I put down a fleece bed and a rug for them on the hardwood floor. One male (with the spot by his butt) went quickly to sleep with his full tummy, but his partner, the mostly white male, wasn't ready for a nap.  Instead he ran around and explored, bit and thrashed the edge of the dog bed and then wanted to snuggle abit. Now he is having vocal puppy dreams! He is the most adventuresome of the pups at the moment.

We have the play-fighting occurring and prey-kill, but no sexual behavior observed yet.  I recall that in the last litter, it was as if a switch was thrown and they ALL started doing it one day!

I think I will have to address them by some form of name so that the readers can understand who I am referring to. I have never mastered the rick-rack or ribbon collars well, and since they are quite individually marked I'll probably just pick a call name and use that for the time being.  For those buyers who have selected names, don't worry!  It doesn't mean your pup will be stuck with that name or respond to it, as I use "puppy, puppy, puppy" as a recall with the babies.