Every day their distinctive colors develop more fully. Blue boy is dark chocolate, Pink girl, Red boy and Yellow boy are chocolate sable, Purple girl is black sable and White girl and Green boy are black.
The chocolate sables will lighten over time to cafe cream with possible chocolate tips. The black sable will lighten to silver gray with possible black tips. Right now the sable coats have a marbled appearance. Several puppies have lovely white accent patches. I'm excited to see how they continue to change.
The way Yellow boy's color around his eyes is changing, it looks like he is wearing a mask--should we call him Bandit, or Zoro, or Mister Incredible or Rocky Racoon or ?
We already have been calling little white girl "Little Sox" for her four white feet. She was the first to walk and the first to get teeth. She has almost reached two pounds and is slowly catching up to the rest of the litter--pretty good progress for a puppy that only weighed 4.1 ounces five weeks ago!
A few of the puppies in Bella's litter have very interesting colors developing. We're watching them progress--at this point, though, I think we have four that will be sable--three chocolate and one black (purple girl). A couple of the chocolate puppies even look like they have some phantom markings appearing, so we may have some chocolate sable phantom puppies--how exciting!
These puppies look and act more like dogs every day! After a great breakfast and playtime, everyone settled down for their nap. Of course there's always at least one that likes the litter box--go figure!--there's the group that gathers around the "water cooler," some like the "cave" under the Kuranda bed, some just crash where they land. Such fun to watch these puppies grow into little dogs!
Well, it's just dinner, but it does get messy! Mama Halia just couldn't keep up with feeding all these puppies, so a few days ago we started them on real food--and they love it! We start the puppies off with a thin gruel of goat's milk and baby rice cereal. Then we begin adding softened kibble to the mush and over the next few weeks we'll gradually make the mush thicker and chunkier.
The first few meals the puppies wore almost as much as they ate, but they caught on quickly to standing around the dishes rather than in them. We let Halia in at the end of the meals to tidy things up--she does the dishes, mops the floor and gives everyone a bath. A few of the puppies always take the chance to grab dessert while she is preoccupied with her housekeeping duties. Then we change the bedding, and everyone settles down for a few hours of sleep.
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