This was a busy week for the puppies! Though it is harder to get good photos of them now that they aren’t so cooperative about holding still, I did get some new photos and I added them to the litter’s photo gallery.
On Monday, I moved the puppies out of their “nursery” (the 500 crate bottom located in my tv room) and into an ex-pen in the front room, where they’re exposed to all the hustle and bustle of the household. They adjusted very well to their move, and now that they’re more reliably able to move away from their sleeping area to the opposite edge of the pen to eliminate, tomorrow I’ll expand their pen and put in their potty area with shavings to get started on their potty training. I’ve also had them out in the sunshine a few times over the last few days and they’re getting used to the feel of the grass under their feet.
Yesterday on their 3 week birthday, they had their first solid meal. I feed a raw diet so I start my puppies right onto minced raw beef mixed with goats milk. These puppies knew just what to do when I put down the bowl for the first time, and polished off their first meal in no time flat. It looks like these puppies are taking after their mother and father in the chow hound department!
Their little personalities are really starting to emerge, and so far I’m pleased with how uniformly outgoing they appear to be at this early stage. Of course, some are more outgoing than others (notably #3 boy, who REALLY reminds me of his Uncle Tiercel at this same age, and #7 girl), but all in all, none appear to be shy or retiring. They all come running and wagging when I come over to the ex-pen and clamor to be picked up. They all like to be handled and enjoy their one-on-one time with me every evening when I watch TV.
I shot a couple video clips documenting their “firsts” this week.
First trip outside:
First meal (complete with maternal editorial commentary):