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Puppy Diary

Four weeks old

Posted by minasviewkennels on October 23, 2016 at 7:35 PM

It's been a very busy weekend in the nursery! The pups are now four weeks old and full of energy, socialization is in full swing. We welcomed all of our new owners into our home to meet thier new fur babies, it was a very  exciting time for everyone, we feel blessed to know our puppies will be raised in such loving families. Saturday evening was a huge event for the pups, they had thier first meal of puppy gruel, microchipped, nails clipped, ribbons replaced with collars, and their now weekly weigh in. Jack is the heaviest pup at 7 lbs 12oz and Leo is not far behind at 7 lbs 6oz! Puppies are teething and have been given soft chew toys to soothe the gums.

Lulu is getting some much needed rest away from the pups now, she is losing condition of her coat and muscle mass, this will quickly correct itself once she does not feel solely responsible for their feeding and care, and begins to use her caloric intake to meet her own needs instead of the milk supply. She was happy to show off her babies to their new families and greeted the strangers with a " I'm the momma !" Bark followed by a wagging tail once she was secure that they were not a threat. Lulu was very protective of her puppies for the first three weeks and did not care to share them with the other dogs, however hormones are beginning to level out and she is now okay to have Lucy and Beau prance among them, Raven has special privileges and is allowed to lay with them and snuggle! I was asked by a couple of our new families "how does the mom adjust once the puppies are taken away?" It's a simple answer, Lulu will be very content when her pups leave the nest, her job will be done and she can get back to running in the field, and being cared for by her people, she never "mourns" the loss of a pup as we people would, she simply returns to her place in our pack.

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