Weekly "Pupdates" are posted below on Fridays around 7PM (to start your weekend off on the right foot)! The 1, 2, & 3 Week Pupdates will simply provide weights and a general litter update. The 4 & 5 Week Pupdates will include a brief description of each pup as their personality emerges, but remember, a lot can change during this time period. The most in-depth individual personality descriptions will be posted on the 6 & 7 Week Pupdates. Temperament testing results will be included with the 7 Week Pupdate to aid with Puppy Selections the following day.
5 Week Pupdate
Sometimes it takes a little longer for these itty bitty ones to start seeming like "real" puppies, but Bella's babies are finally starting to come out of their shell and it is ALL SWEETNESS! When family comes to visit, they always end up surrounding Bella's pen because the preciousness of these little ones is just too much to resist. This week they transitioned from our bathroom to the dog room and it is like a whole new big world has opened up to them. When we played music in the Dog Room, this little crew even decided to howl and bark along! They are loving toys and they are really starting to play with one another- full blown wrestling matches in miniature form. I expect that these babies will be similar to their mommy Bella in that they will be "big dogs" in a small body.
Mr. Green: (2lbs 6oz) Green is a larger pup in the group, but he sure doesn't act like it! He lets his little siblings crawl all over him and he lets the other explore new things first, while he watches until he feels comfortable with the situation (just like his daddy, Charlie). He has a very expressive face. grams
Ms. Purple: (2lbs 0oz) Similar to Mr. Green, Ms. Purple hangs back a little bit when exploring something new, but she is quick to jump in once she realizes that all is well (just like her daddy, Charlie). She still plays with great passion, and her BFF is Mr. Red. grams
Mr. Blue: (1lb 10oz) Blue is still the smallest male, but you wouldn't know it by his personality. He is peppy and downright adorable. He likes to wrestle with his larger siblings and often "wins." He runs right up to people who reach into the playpen. grams
Ms. Yellow: (1lb 8oz) Yellow is a super tiny little gal and she has absolutely stolen my heart. She has come to life this week and has earned the nickname "Dottie" because of the little black dot on her nose (her nose will likely fill in with dark pigment completely as she gets older). She is super confident and uses her paws like hands to swat during playtime. grams
Mr. Red: (2lbs 8oz) Red is STILL hilariously vocal (this guy howled along to Adele's "Someone Like You" one morning in the dog room and had us in crying stitches, we laughed so hard). He loves to play with his best friend, Ms. Purple. He has a whopping personality and is going to bless his family with constant laughter at his shenanigans. grams
Ms. Pink: (2lbs 6oz)Pink is still the little adventurer of the group and will confidently explore new items that are placed in the puppy pen. Even at this age, she is already showing some ball drive and likes to chase mini tennis balls around the pen (as well as she can on her tubby little legs). grams
4 Week Pupdate
Bella's boogers are so tiny (but all area a healthy weight). They have enjoyed the small amount of toys they have had access to (foster mommy Stella takes them out as soon as we add them) and they are proudly using their litter pan with surprising accuracy for their age. As expected for smaller sized babies, they aren't maturing quite as quickly as Tessa's litter, but they are definitely beginning to act like older puppies... wrestling, playing, and running about the pen at a surprising pace! They are even beginning to eat soaked kibble. Personalities are just beginning to show, but all pups are extremely similar.
Just a quick update on mommy Bella- she lost a bit of weight last week but is on the mend and her mood is back to normal! She has another checkup this week to make sure that everything is back to normal, but it looks like the worst has passed and she is feeling MUCH better. Because of her break from nursing and the medication she is on, we have opted to go ahead and let her "dry up" and head back to her guardian home. Surrogate mommy Stella is doing a fabulous job and is actually starting to wean this litter now that they have started solid food.
Mr. Green: Green is the most recognizable pup because of his unusual markings going down the side of his face. He very expressive and makes the cutest faces that show exactly how he is feeling! 853 grams
Ms. Purple: Such a sweet little gal, this pup is the middle-sized female in the group and is very playful with her siblings. She uses her paws like hands and swats at everyone! 741 grams
Mr. Blue: Blue is the smallest male. He is a combo of peppy and cuddly. He has a big personality in a small package. 619 grams
Ms. Yellow: Yellow is a super tiny little gal! She is still sleeping a lot (common for small pups) but has moments of spunk inbetween her naps! 587 grams
Mr. Red: Red is hilariously vocal, and enjoys wrestling with his siblings. 941 grams
Ms. Pink: Pink is the little adventurer who loves to investigate new items in the puppy pen. 826 grams
Midweek Pupdate... why isn't Bella with her puppies anymore?
Hello all! I wanted to reach out, as I am sure you have noticed some changes to the litters on the puppycam.
Bella has not been feeling herself since Saturday. Since then, she has dropped weight very quickly, and her milk production has decreased dramatically. Her vet appointment today confirmed that she has a common yet nasty stomach bug called giardia. Poor girl! We actually started treating her for this on Saturday (we had suspicions) and, though she is on the mend, we have decided to pull her from her litter to give her time to rest and recover. Since Stella's pups are ready to start the conversion to "puppy mush" we have swapped nursery rooms and will let Stella nurse Bella's babies. This should not negatively impact either litter's health or well-being.
We are going to be EXTREMELY busy this week scrubbing our home from head to toe to eradicate giardia- quite the chore. Please be patient with us getting back to phone calls and emails.
3 Week Pupdate
Bella's little bitty cuties are just PRECIOUS. They are starting to play and we will be introducing toys to their playpen this week. Mommy Bella is a wonderful mommy who doesn't mind anyone holding and visiting with her babies (unusual for a new mommy).
Mr. Green: 755 g
Ms. Purple: 603 g
Mr. Blue: 563 g
Ms. Yellow: 536 g
Mr. Red: 773 g
Ms. Pink: 703 g
2 Week Pupdate
Momma and babies are doing wonderfully! Pups are growing quickly and beginning to open their eyes!!!
Mr. Green: 485g
Ms. Purple: 478g
Mr. Blue: 386g
Ms. Yellow: 341g
Mr. Red: 534g
Ms. Pink: 497g
Weight Pupdate -
Bella are her sweet six are doing wonderfully. We have been so impressed with Bella's mothering abilities and all babies are growing so fast. We hope you are enjoying the puppy cam!
Mr. Green: 298g
Ms. Purple: 336g
Mr. Blue: 280g
Ms. Yellow: 252g
Mr. Red: 364g
Ms. Pink: 360g
Mr. Green: Wavy red/apricot parti boy. Born at 12:54 AM
Ms. Purple: Wavy red/apricot parti girl. Born at 1:07 AM
Mr. Blue: Wavy red/apricot parti boy. Born at 1:23 AM
Ms. Yellow: Wavy red/apricot parti girl. Born at 3:41 AM
Mr. Red: Wavy red/apricot parti boy. Born at 3:48 AM
Ms. Pink: Wavy red/apricot parti girl. Born at 4:32 AM
WHAT IS UP WITH ALL THE PARTIS! It is so weird! Seriously- I really do understand color genetics. We are supposed to have about half solid colored and half parti. Luna and Bella must have some sort of secret to this whole parti thing ;) I will be contacting a geneticist to see if we can get some insight.