Day 12 – Eyes Wide Open
Yes, you heard that right, their eyes are open! They still can’t see much, I’m guessing mainly shadows and light as there is a haze over their eyes still. The first puppy’s eyes started opening Saturday night. At this point their eyes are open and they are following the shadows. I try to make googly faces at them when I’m holding them close. I’m looking at adding the puppy play mat to their whelping box or at least part of it to give them some visual stimulation. Some breeders add stickers to the inside of the whelping box, but it’s not my box so I don’t want to deface it. Although, I could tape them up… Hmm… anyone got any stickers you’d like me to add?
Bio-Sensor exercises continue for another four days. They LOVE being held upright, infact that is probably the easiest way to calm them, next to being held on their back while scratching their belly or chest. Most of the time, they are pretty easy to snuggle unless Mama is around and they can smell LUNCH close-by.
They are starting to walk a little here and there. Mostly in the whelping box when Mama is nearby. They are usually racing each other to get to lunch first. They are also starting to crawl out of the whelping box and kiddie pool. Although at this point, I think it’s by accident rather than knowing what they are doing and crawling out intentionally. Once I see that they are crawling out on purpose, I’ll add the doors to the whelping box and I’ll have to figure out something else for the “evening out” box (i.e. kiddie pool) in the dining room.
As for sleep, it’s getting much better these days. The temperature in Sacramento is warming up so the bathroom in-which their whelping box currently resides stays warmer in the evenings. Plus I received the extension arm for my heat lamp so I can keep the box warm without having to use a space heater… all this means that I don’t have to keep getting up to close the door after Roxie goes in/out of the room to feed. She is also getting more self sufficient in making room for herself in the box with them. That is, unless I’m awake and she can look at me with those “help me Mom” eyes and can get me to move them out of her way. So generally, I’m sleeping better at night.
The puppies are getting visitors from neighbors, family and friends but they still need more visitors. At least every other day so if you’re in the area, feel free to give me a call (or email) and come on by. I’ll be here!
Well, that’s all for tonight! Have a good week everyone!
Renee, Roxie & the “First” litter.
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