|Hard to believe we are 4 weeks old today!|
“In the jungle, the mighty jungle, the lion sleeps tonight….”
So maybe it’s not a real jungle and of course it’s not a real lion, but the puppies’ habitat had all the makings of it this week. Miss Linen demonstrated this as she stretched her mouth open as wide as it would go in order to fit Mr. Camel’s head into it, not unlike the hapless lion tamer. Now that the extension has been added to the whelping box, their area has doubled in size and the action inside of it is continually ramping up. We have the requisite stuffed animals in the box, further adding to the jungle theme. Since their hunting and chasing instincts are emerging, the gang practices with their plush toys using them as both pillows and playmates, but the most fun they’re having is the increased interaction with their littermates. And none of them care if their sibling is awake or asleep as was confirmed by Miss Strawberry observed munching on the sleeping Mr. Tangerine’s tail.
Mealtime is just as entertaining as the puppies are still lacking in table manners. Mr. Mint insists on belly surfing through the food dish before he actually gets down to business and Miss Carnation amuses us by pushing the food around with her paw arranging it into little portions of sorts. Somehow everyone has managed to actually eat their food since they all resemble plump little Buddhas as they lay snoring after dinner. The proof is revealed on the scale as they are now approaching six pounds in weight.
To work off the effects of this fine dining, the gang has an elaborate play station at its disposal. The little ones are developing their strength, co-ordination and cognitive skills as well as learning how to engage in an activity with a littermate, even if it’s just bumping heads. The puppies have saved the best part of their interactions for us. They react to each and every little sound and their little heads bob back and forth as we move about the room; their eyes taking in every trace of movement. Above all, they delight in being picked up and cuddled. Some enjoy belly rubs while stretched out on their backs while others content themselves by trying to bite our noses or lick our faces. Good thing they’re all just baby teeth!
That’s it for now, but be sure to join us next week for another chilling installment of “Puppy Tales”.