It took a quite a while before they stirred and they were all rather groggy in the morning. It was a particularly late night and everyone had enjoyed themselves at the milk bar, which thanks to Sierra acclaim as one of our best moms ever, is still open 24/7. This must be the dreaded milk hangover. That doesn’t mean that the puppies are exempt from gym class. The group now has a great deal more room to stagger around in since we’ve added the extension to the whelping box and a play station too. Miss Kahlua was the first to spread herself out and take advantage of this new block of real estate at her disposal while Sierra keeps a watchful eye on her family from her vantage point perched on the sofa. Despite the many options available to her now, Sierra chooses to sleep in the “dorm” with her little ones quite regularly.
When the puppies aren’t eating or sleeping, they’re managing to hone their motor skills as they stagger around in their little den. They are interacting with each other as well as their stuffed animal roommates; playing, snuggling and nibbling and learning rudimentary social skills. Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, they are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. They coo with delight as we pick them up to cuddle. And picking them up is becoming a workout in itself as the puppies are growing in leaps and bounds. That also means they need their nails clipped every few days, but fortunately mom is looking after the rest of their grooming needs for now.
Every the caring mom, “Aunt” Whitney looks in on Sierra’s litter on her way past to attend to her own flock while the little pack eye her curiously wondering if this is yet another milk delivery. Their world is now extending beyond the confines of the whelping box they call home and before long they’ll be joining Whitney’s group for a romp in the yard.
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another nail-biting installment of “Puppy Tales”.