The Daisy Blog

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Milestones

July 24

Today the exodus began. Blue has gone to his forever home.

Tomorrow will be the girls’ turn to say good-bye. Sunday, it’s adios for Red.

I admit to shedding a tear at Blue’s departure, mainly for Daisy’s sake. She is a nurturing, loving mom, nuzzling them and teaching them vital communication skills. She’s actually still allowing them to nurse, too. I can’t say what she’ll do when the last puppy goes, and she realizes they aren’t around anymore.

June 21

Happy Father’s Day Regis!  We hope we become worthy to be known as your kids when we grow up.

And guess what else! We’re moved! Mom B moved us down to the Puppy Palace, with bigger digs, and an awesome view of the outdoors. The whelp box now has an easy-in, easy-out passageway so we don’t have to climb over the sides anymore. Mom Daisy has her place mat right next to the Palace to keep ears and eyes on us.  Shucks, this means we can’t pee on it anymore.

And guess what else! We’re cyber! That’s right, we’re on the internet 24/7, with 6 cameras transmitting images for the whole world to see. You can watch us play, sleep, eat, poop, etc. You can watch mom Daisy and mom B come tend to us, and people coming to visit and socialize. Our world is now an open book.

Take care, Dad, and watch for us, we’re on a roll!

Love, the kiddies

June 17

Three weeks old today! It’s amazing how much these guys have developed in such a short time. Today’s milestones:

  • 4 out of 5 have their baby teeth breaking through. The one hold-out is Green Boy, as expected. Consequently, I’ll be keeping an eye on how Daisy tolerates those needle-sharp teeth when nursing; the weaning phase is imminent.
  • It appears the “pee place” is working already, for at least one of them, who made a point to turn and head into it to do her business. This is a 3-sided paper box (with a lined bottom), and a soiled but plush crib sheet to hold the pee smell.  Once they all “get it”, and move into the Puppy Palace, the box and sheet will eventually morph into a pile of shredded paper (looking a little like grass…), and voila! housebroken puppies. Well, that’s the hope, anyway. Like kids, dogs can prove you wrong. I know George and Daisy are extremely good about not having accidents in the house, and prefer grass to pee on outdoors.

June 15

Puppies are well aware of each other now. Some are engaging in play, or trying out mom’s ear. One of them, Blue Boy, climbed out of the whelp box, which now means we have to get serious about the Puppy Palace.  Their walk is no longer like a wobbly polar bear’s.

Today they spent some time outside, exploring the grass and having a picnic lunch with mom.

June 8

Puppy weights are now around 3 times the birth weights, a mere 12 days ago.

I put a few of them on the laundry room floor after getting weighed to see how they handled the foreign surface.  One puppy in particular is doing a pretty decent job of walking. None of them liked being on the hard floor

June 7

Today’s milestone: blinking, and licking with their tongues. Now that the eyes are open, they are starting to notice their littermates and taking exploratory nibbles of them, to see if they are mom.

June 6

Green Boy and Yellow Girl now have opened eyes, joining the rest of their sibs. Green Boy may be a younger puppy, since he’s smaller (perhaps conceived at the second coupling, 3 days after the first), so I’m not surprised his eyes opened up last.

June 5

Blue Boy has both eyes open tonight. The eyes on Red Boy and Pink Girl are also peeking through narrow slits.

Today we formally introduced the puppies to Uncle George, who has been quite uncertain and uncomfortable about the new presence in the house. He did fine, better than I expected, and should warm up to them before too long.

June 4

Tonight while I was weighing and admiring the kids, Blue Boy surprised me by looking back at me, with one half-opened eye. Normally eyes don’t open until puppies are 10-12 days old, but Blue likes being first.

The eyes on most of his sibs are on the verge of opening. They don’t have that squeezed shut tight look anymore.

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Growth Stats

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Weigh-in Date
Blue Boy,
born 2:07 am
Yellow Girl,
born 3:13 am
Green Boy,
born 4:12 am
Red Boy,
born 5:34 am
Pink Girl,
born 6:28 am
At birth 12.5 oz. 13.0 oz. 9.45 oz. 14.25 oz. 13.4 oz
5/27 pm 13.1 oz. 13.4 oz. 9.4 oz. 14.7 oz. 13.75 oz.
5/28 pm 13.5 oz. 13.45 oz. 10.15 oz. 15.65 oz. 14.45  oz.
5/29 pm 15.4 oz. 15.05 oz. 11.10 oz. 1 lb. 2.3 oz. 1 lb. 0.4 oz.
5/30 pm 1 lb. 0.85 oz. 1 lb. 0.85 oz. 12.5 oz. 1 lb. 4.1 oz. 1 lb. 3.0 oz.
5/31 pm 1 lb. 3.85 oz. 1 lb. 4.1 oz. 13.9 oz. 1 lb. 7.1 oz. 1 lb. 5.05 oz.
6/1 pm 1 lb. 6.2 oz. 1 lb. 6.85 oz. 15.45 oz. 1 lb. 9.15 oz. 1 lb. 8.85 oz.
6/2 pm 1 lb. 8.05 oz. 1 lb. 9.25 oz. 1 lb. 0.45 oz. 1 lb. 12.3 oz. 1 lb. 11.3 oz.
6/3 pm 1 lb. 10.5 oz. 1 lb. 11.5 oz. 1 lb. 2.6 oz. 1 lb. 13.5 oz. 1 lb. 14 oz.
6/4 pm 1 lb. 12.5 oz. 1 lb. 14.4 oz. 1 lb. 4.3 oz. 1 lb. 15.6 oz. 2 lbs. 1.0 oz.
6/5 pm 1 lb. 14.5 oz. 2 lbs. 0.1 oz. 1 lb. 5.65 oz. 2 lbs. 2.5 oz. 2 lbs. 3.25 oz.
6/6 pm 1 lb. 15.55 oz. 2 lbs. 2.3 oz. 1 lb. 7.6 oz. 2 lbs. 5.3 oz. 2 lbs. 4.85 oz.
6/7 pm 2 lbs. 1.75 oz. 2 lbs. 4.85 oz. 1 lb. 8.9 oz. 2 lbs. 6.5 oz. 2 lbs. 6.55 oz.
6/8 pm 2 lbs. 4.85 oz. 2 lbs. 7.75 oz. 1 lb. 11.15 oz. 2 lbs. 9. 75 oz. 2 lbs. 10.65 oz.
6/9 pm 2 lbs. 6.5 oz. 2 lbs. 9.05 oz. 1 lb. 11.75 oz. 2 lbs. 11.1 oz. 2 lbs. 11.9 oz.
2 weeks 2 lbs. 7.6 oz. 2 lbs. 11.1 oz. 1 lb.  14.05 oz. 2 lbs. 13.7 oz. 2 lbs. 13.2 oz.
3 weeks 3 lbs. 5.9 oz. 3 lbs. 7.65 o z. 2 lbs. 10.7 oz. 3 lbs. 13.75 oz.l 3 lbs. 15.8 oz.
4 weeks 4 lbs. 9.75 oz. 4 lbs. 11.9 oz. 3 lbs. 9.35 oz. 4 lbs. 13.3 oz. 4 lbs. 14.9 oz.
5 weeks 6 lbs. 4.35 oz. 5 lbs. 15.75 oz. 4 lbs. 9.0 oz. 6 lbs. 5.75 oz. 6 lbs. 6.5 oz.
6 weeks 8 lbs. 7 lbs. 5 oz. 5 lbs. 14 oz. 8 lbs. 8 oz. 8 lbs.
7 weeks 9 lbs. 1 oz. 9 lbs. 1 oz. 7 lbs. 6 oz. 10 lbs. 8 oz. 10 lbs.
8 weeks 11.5 lbs. 10.5 lbs. 9.5 lbs. 12.5 lbs. 11.5 lbs.

For week 8, the puppies were finally too big for the postal scale I had been using, so we took their weights using a baby scale.

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The Puppy Cam

Under Construction

Puppies on Parade

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Son Joe and I created a web-cam page that broadcasted 6 points of views aimed at different locations of the “Puppy Palace”. One photo uploaded from an alternating camera every 5 seconds.

Now that the puppies are gone, the page will be shut down soon.

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The first puppy contract I read years ago threw me for a loop. Since then, though, I have come to appreciate what it means: a pledge that the puppy under consideration came into the world with the Breeder’s best of intentions, and it would live its life under the Buyer’s best of intentions. It is a win-win for the puppy, Buyer, and Breeder. The Buyer comes away happy knowing the puppy has an excellent pedigree and genetic health history, and the Breeder comes away happy knowing their puppies are going to excellent homes.
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2 Comments »

  1. Bah they are hiding for me… But I’ll keep looking.

    Regards,
    Lora @ http://lorawow.wordpress.com/

    Comment by Lora | April 20, 2009 | Reply

  2. Well those are just the cutest little boys and girls!! You’re doing a good job Bee — with the blog and with the babies! You must be enjoying every minute of it!! have Ted and Jane been allowed to see them yet?? They will love them!

    Have fun —
    Marie and Susan

    Comment by Marie T. | June 8, 2009 | Reply


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