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:
It has been a big week for Tessa's tots! They were finally able to expand to a larger pen and they are using the litter box like pros with fabulous accuracy. They are also well on their way to being weaned. Normally we soak dry food in goats milk for a week or so before making the transition to dry only- but they did such a great job eating that they are already primarily on dry kibble. Mommy Tessa is still feeding them every now and then, but with their sharp little teeth she is staying out of their reach and will likely be completely done with feeding this week... but don't worry, our pack will help her with keeping them socialized and by teaching them manners (they are used to puppies)!
Mr. Red: 3lbs 0oz/Mr. Red is a curious, cuddly little guy who enjoys being loves on and fed treats!
Ms. Yellow: 2lbs 10oz/Ms. Yellow is too cute for words! She melts in your arms during cuddle sessions and has some serious puppy dog eye skills.
Ms. Purple: 2lbs 10oz/Ms. Purple has pulled a 180... she was quite a vocal young pup but she has settled into a pretty quiet gal this week. She has a very expressive face and you can almost read her thoughts from her facial expressions.
Ms. Pink: 2lbs 6oz/This precious girl is still just an absolute sweetie! We are also still impressed with her build, she reminds us of a litter golden retriever (without the high shedding coat).
Mr. Black: 3lbs 0oz/Mr. Black is all boy and a rough and tumble type player- he likes to act tough but we all know he is actually a huge baby because he loves cuddles almost as much as he loves playtime.
Ms. Green: 2lbs 6oz/This little bitty gal is still pretty chill compared to her littermates, but she has come out of her shell a bit this week and we are starting to see some small bursts of spunky play between naps.
Mr. Blue: 2lbs 14oz/Mr. Blue is a stunner with his blocky build! He is quite photogenic with his block head and is solid in color all over. He is still pretty gentle and calm compared to his siblings.
Mr. Orange: 3lbs 0oz/The smallest male in the group, Mr. Orange is a feisty player who makes up for his size by playing with gusto! Despite his ability to play confidently with his siblings, he likes to hang back in new situations and allows his siblings to explore first before he dives in.
4 Week Pupdate:
Does anyone else feel like Tessa's tots are growing faster than they should be? They are eating solid food, drinking from a bowl, and we already have regular escape artist who climb over mom's 12" tall entry panel! We added a litter pan this week and they are still figuring out the concept but I expect by this time next week they will have it down pat
Mr. Red: 2lbs 12oz/This boy is so funny- he kind of has a "grumpy cat" look going right now because of his extra fluffy coat, which totally doesn't match his loving personality!
Ms. Yellow: 2lbs 6oz/Ms. Yellow is a sweet combo of spunky and relaxed.
Ms. Purple: 2lbs 2oz/This chick is already a diva! She is vocal and quick to let you know if she is uncomfortable.
Ms. Pink: 2lbs 8oz/Such a sweetheart! This gal has a precious blocky face and enjoys being held.
Mr. Black: 2lbs 14oz/This booger is full of personality, he is super playful and likes wrestling with his siblings.
Ms. Green: 2lbs 4oz/This little gal is calm and cuddly, she sleeps a lot but is playful when she is up and about.
Mr. Blue: 2lbs 10oz/Mr. Blue is blocky built compared to his siblings and is a lazy chunky monkey.
Mr. Orange: 2lbs 4oz/This handsome "dood" is very playful and loving, he and Mr. Black wrestle often!
Midweek Pupdate... why isn't Bella with her litter 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:
Eyes are OPEN and babies are on the move! Tessa is still doing a fabulous job keeping everyone clean and fed. They are beginning to really explore one another and are showing infant play styles.
Mr. Red: 995 grams
Ms. Yellow: 845 grams
Ms. Purple: 770 grams
Ms. Pink: 786 grams
Mr. Black: 1079 grams
Ms. Green: 750 grams
Mr. Blue: 917 grams
Mr. Orange: 960 grams
2 Week Pupdate:
Mommy and babies are doing great! Tessa is feeding them a LOT and they are all chunky monkeys!!! They are beginning to open their eyes :)
Mr. Red: 748 grams
Ms. Yellow: 632 grams
Ms. Purple: 600 grams
Ms. Pink: 575 grams
Mr. Black: 562 grams
Ms. Green:594 grams
Mr. Blue: 656 grams
Mr. Orange: 709 grams
Tessa is a seasoned mommy, and it really shows with her care of these babies! Everyone is growing quickly and Tessa is keeping them clean, well fed, and content. Mommy and babies are thriving <3
Mr. Red: 542
Ms. Purple: 441
Ms. Pink: 428
Mr. Black: 486
Ms. Green: 455
Mr. Blue: 486
Mr. Orange: 506
Happy Birthday Puppies! 03.10.19
Tessa has kept us up and guessing for about 36 hours now... but pups are FINALLY arriving. Send Tessa baby dust and good thoughts for an easy delivery. We will post each pups' birth here as soon as we get a break between each one. Sometimes it is hard to tell whether they are wavy or curly immediately after birth, so we will put it in parenthesis if we are not sure.
Mr. Red: Apricot/Gold curly male with small white markings born at 12:55 AM. Healthy and nursing!
Ms. Yellow: Red/Apricot curly tuxedo female born at 1:16 AM. Healthy and nursing!
Ms. Purple: Red/Apricot (wavy?) female born at 1:25 AM. Healthy and nursing!
Ms. Pink: Apricot/Gold curly female with small white markings born at 1:52 AM. Healthy and nursing!
Mr. Black: Red/Apricot wavy male with white markings born at 3:06 AM. Healthy and nursing!
Ms. Green: Red/Apricot curly tuxedo female born at 3:25 AM. Healthy and nursing!
Mr. Blue: Red/Apricot curly male born at 3:47 AM. Healthy and nursing!
Mr. Orange: Red/Apricot wavy tuxedo male born at 4:10 AM. Healthy and nursing!
I think it is safe to say that we are done with 8 puppies (but don't be surprised if she pops one last baby out in the coming hours... it happens sometimes)! Tessa did a fabulous job and is doing just fine. Below is a litter collage for your enjoyment <3 We will add Tessa's litter to the Puppy Cam once mommy and I get a little sleep.