The pups were weighed and played with yesterday morning, and what a lovely surprise when we saw their little eye's were just opening. I adore the blue eyes on black puppies, but the green eyes on the brown are just enchanting. On average, puppies open their eyes between days 12 to 16, so this little bunch have perfect timing. I won't be using a flash to take photo's for a while, so we just have to make do with sleepy pups amongst the tulips for today. They are now two weeks old, crawling and stumbling around just trying to walk, maybe in the next couple of days they will be up on all four legs.
The days have certainly been very busy here! Thank you first to all who have sent their best wishes for my Dad who was taken into hospital last weekend with Pneumonia. He is feeling a bit better today, and may be back home in the next few days. The puppies have been thriving, and several have now weighed in today, on day 10, at three times their birth weight, so to say I am pleased is an understatement. We have been getting enquiries from several countries, and I am happy to pass these on to others in my breed in other countries who have puppies now or very soon, but these home grown babies are all staying firmly put in the UK (for now)!
Nelly is being a great little Mum, though getting very hot, as are we. The heating has been going full blast since last Sunday, so it is nice to get out on short walks with the other dogs just to cool down a bit, I've been living in vest tops and shorts. It is snowing up North, but just very cold down here, but Spring is now here, and in a few weeks, the puppies will be able to delight in the joys of digging up my plants (again) in the garden, and getting out in arms and car for some socialisation.
It is quite obvious that listening to different folk talk about training or understanding dogs, there is a huge difference between one and the next. The same goes for how gullible some people can be, I'm always being reminded, just because somebody told me, or I read it, doesn't mean it is true. I came across this website a little while ago, I enjoy reading it, and this month they talk about the values of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Test, and how it may well be inappropriate for those like me living in a busy city. If you click through and read all of the entries for March, it also discusses the talks that were given out to the public at Crufts. Very interesting indeed.
Just finished weighing the pups, a twice a day event, and am soooo pleased as they have now at only six days, doubled their birth weight. Photo's tomorrow for st Patrick's Day.
Enjoy your weekend.