|Mr. Frostbite can see the world!|
The big news for Sierra’s mini pack is that the puppies have opened their eyes allowing us to peer through the windows to their little souls. That is, all except the cyclops: Mr. Moonbeam, who decided he would be opening his just one eye at a time! At this stage, the puppies can only differentiate between light and dark, but the haze will clear up very quickly over the next week or so as they begin to experience normal sight. They are however, able to hear quite well as soon as their ears have opened. All in all, this is a very quiet bunch. Normally puppies will bellow whenever they’re hungry, but with the all-day buffet at their disposal, this brood is so well fed that we barely hear a peep out of them save for little coos of contentment. Miss Sunshine has overtaken everyone in the weight department and now resembles a plump little Buddha. Leaving nothing to chance, we rub her belly and make wishes.
The other big event is that the group has been moved from the bedroom to the library. It’s business as usual for the puppies and it hasn’t really mattered to them. Sierra however, is not amused and is spending some of her leisure time searching for another venue in the backyard. That aside, she’s a dedicated mom and seldom leaves her puppies. Since their body temperatures will not have been regulated until after week three, the little gang relies on mom and each other for warmth. We use a heat lamp for good measure when mom’s on her break. As they lie there asleep, they are constantly twitching. These involuntary actions, referred to as “activated sleep”, help strengthen their leg muscles allowing them to plod along with the grace of little dinosaurs.
This new arrangement in the library is also big news for the rest of our pack and their curiousity has certainly been piqued. Our Surrey has already vaulted over the barrier to get a closer look at the puppies. Bailey, who has now come into season, has also been pining to get better acquainted with the little ones. Even the big boys have come sniffing around to see what the fuss is all about. Fortunately Sierra is not possessive and welcomes all visitors. That, of course is a good thing because we can never seem to get our fill of cuddling each and every one.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another riveting instalment of “Puppy Tales”.