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Teddy and Surrey – Week 3

“Does This Fur Coat Make Me Look Fat?”
We’ve already placed the call to Jenny Craig....just in case. Surrey’s pups are doing very well and are gaining weight as expected. They all have plump little fur-lined bellies, but those will all taper off as they grow. If they’re anything like their mom, it will be quite soon as Surrey is a latent Olympian. Since the mini-pack’s move from the bedroom to the living room, we spend a good amount of our time in the adjoining kitchen and dining room. Despite the presence of a barrier, Surrey, who’s normally quite laid back, will catapult her body over the barrier just to be able to spend time with us - up close and personal. The puppies’ growth isn’t limited to their bellies. They now require weekly pedicures to keep both mom and their siblings safe from scratches. The benefit of Surrey and her crew moving into the living room is that Surrey now has something akin to a V.I.P. lounge at her disposal. She has both a sofa and a love seat to stretch out o…

Teddy and Surrey Litter - Week Two

“Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”
As if the expectations for Surrey’s brood weren’t high enough! Surrey now spends her nights in the whelping box getting as comfortable as she possibly can. This entails sleeping on her back. Not only did Surrey’s little ones need to learn to stagger along on all fours, they also had to hone their climbing skills if they wanted a late night snack from the inverted milk bar.
The main attraction this week is that the puppies’ eyes have opened. Puppies are born with their eyelids tightly shut because the eye itself is still developing and is extremely fragile. The closed eyelids serve as a barrier to protect the eyes from potential damage. Many of their critical organs including their brain are not fully formed and they will spend several weeks developing rapidly. The same is true of the eyes. Now that their eyes are open, it will take a couple of weeks before their eyes mature and their eyesight begins to approach normal. The ear canals begin to open at arou…

Teddy & Surrey Litter – Week One

Surrey Day 57 days (pre-parturition)

The excitement is starting to build in our household once again as we await the much-anticipated arrival of Surrey’s puppies. Surrey is entering the final week of her pregnancy and is doing very well but we are certainly seeing her slow down. She is now eating three meals daily and her abdominal area has expanded to 82.5 cm or 32.5 inches. Today we will increase her food intake to four smaller meals daily. 

At this stage Surrey is shedding the hair on her belly in preparation for the birth. We can actually feel the puppies moving at this stage - we’re not sure if it is the stimulation of our touches or if they are just anxious to bust out into the world! The puppies have a full coat of hair and can be feltmoving around in her tummy. The coat is one of the last organs to develop along with the intestinal tract. The majority of the puppies’ growth in size takes place the last couple of weeks of gestation.
With just a few days left to go, we are getting the whelping box prepared for the bi…