Saturday, February 28, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
A couple of years ago I lived with Rio. I was one of the five Goldens. And yes, SIX of us shared TWO staff! Can you imagine! Let's just say that we kept Scooter and Melvin VERY busy.
PS-Rio-I think Merlot LIKES being a mother.
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Even with the all the great support I get from Team Cheers (they were up at 5:30 AM this morning to feed puppies and change bedding) and Helping Paws (they brought puppy pads and dog food today), being a single mom of 10 is not easy, so tonight's post is intentionally lazy. So here's day in the life of a puppy:
Sunday, February 22, 2009
And as the staff at Team Cheers continues to getter better with the camera, expect more video. Here's a few clips from this weekend:
Kelly attacks one of the toys. I think she was protecting the rest of the litter from the menace of the big purple bird.
This clip shows me right after I hopped in to clean up after them (A mother's work is NEVER done). I really thought it was safe to jump in because the pigs were all passed out. But as soon as they heard or smelled me, they arose from their stupor and accompanied me on my rounds. PLEASE NOTE-We used stunt puppies for this shot-do not try it at home.
Pigs in the trough Warning-not for the faint of heart :)
Thursday, February 19, 2009
And they have definitely begun to fulfill that potential. They have progressed from eat/sleep/GROW to actual puppy behaviour. They bark. They can walk without too much stumbling. They've begun to play with each other and sometimes even wrestle. Some of them have begun to seek out places under the "pig rail" to sleep. And some of them even sniff and circle before, well, this is a G-rated blog, but you know what I'm talking about.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Anyway, you are probably not here to hear about me, but about the pups. They are still in their Eat/Sleep/GROW mode. They are now able to get up on all four legs and stumble a step or two. And some eyes are starting to open. Diane was the first to show a gleam in her eye. And I'm pretty sure that gleam was directed towards Sam. (I must credit that line to someone from Helping Paws.)
As you can see in the pictures below, their nursing behavior has become much more 'disorderly', to put it nicely. Even though they can't see me very well or hear me if I come in the box, they can smell me, and now that they can actually move with their legs and not on their bellies, my entrance is starting to have a 'jailbreak' quality to it. As you can see, they crawl all over me once I get situated.
I think they have realized that if they come at me from multiple directions, I can't get them all bathed as they come in. I think I saw a bunch of wolves exhibit the same pack behavior on a deer the other night on Animal Planet. Come to think of it, I guess the pups are feeding on me too...........
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
This afternoon Cheers received a phone call. As soon as she hung up the phone, she raced to the computer and started blogging. When we checked the computer we were surprised to see that there were no new posts on her blog. Subsequent investigation revealed that the phone call was most likely from Faith, and the last website that Cheers visited was www.faithhp.com We suggest that you look there if you are still curious about her behavior.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Also , to those that have asked, we are not veterinarians and are not qualified to dispense whelping advice.
Anyway, there seems to be a growing demand for more updates to the blog. Quite frankly, the puppies are not doing much that is 'bloggable' as they simply eat, sleep and grow. Hence the lack of updates. One might say that we are enjoying the calm before the storm. (Eyes and ears and legs will soon be working)Team Cheers maintains that the pups are bigger when the get home at night than they were that same morning. And they are getting more mobile every day. Some are almost able to stand up on their front legs for a few seconds. They have also started doing this thing where they try to get up on their front legs while their back legs are also moving. The end result is that they wobble around in a little circle until they get frustrated and end up exactly where they started. Team Cheers has been placed on full alert to try to capture this on video. FYI, in case you care, most tend to spin to the left. Tails also wag with more frequency, tongues seem to be flattening out and the noises sound more like barks every day.
So, without further ado, here are more puppy pictures. We hope that you can see as much growth as we do.
Below is a typical puppy pile.
Here you see me taking inventory after the bedding had been changed. I am happy to report that all pups are present and accounted for!