OK, so the honeymoon has ended. The puppies will be 4 weeks old this weekend and they are well and truly growing up! I’ve moved them out of the whelping box because they kept trying to jump out of it and I was worried they would hurt themselves. I tried turning it round so the lower part was against the wall, but they constantly cried to get out and Peggy didn’t seem to want to go in. All 6 now have their own bed and blanket in the corner of the kitchen with a playpen around them so they have plenty of room to run around and play.
Peggy lost interest in feeding them after about 2 and half weeks. She still gives them a couple of feeds a day but they need a lot more than that! I started weaning them at the beginning of week 3 just onto forumla puppy milk as a top up and one small meal of mushed up puppy kibble. Not all of them would eat the puppy kibble so yesterday I bought a load of Nature’s Harvest, Chicken and Brown Rice with Country Vegetables puppy food.
I have never seen anything like it! It’s like an abstract artist has come in and ‘created’ a materpiece all over my kitchen floor and all over the puppies! They absolutely love it – they walk in it, sit in it, eat it and lie in it. I spent the entire feed time removing them out of the bowls and asking them politely to stand with their feet on the floor and eat like a proper dog. The noise level when they are hungry and demanding food is LOUD! And then when they are happily chomping on their grub or slurping their milk you get a contented murmering from all 6.
So my day is spent trying to work at the kitchen table, feeding, cleaning and cuddling puppies, cleaning kitchen floor 4 times a day, walking dogs and cuddling puppies, making up formula milk and cuddling puppies!
We’ve sold 2 boys and 1 girl so just have 3 left. They’ve all got their own personalities now and I’ll be very sad to say goodbye to them in a few weeks time.