|Such a cuddly bunch.|
“The Hunt for Big Red”
Since the puppies are quite well established, Paige, who’s been a stellar mom, has been taking some breaks outside of the whelping box for a bit of much deserved “me time”. She spends much of this time with her fellow-mom and roommate Chanel. Their favourite pastime is that they’ll sit by the glass living room door which has a walk-out to the yard and watch for their nemesis, “Big Red”. While the name sounds foreboding, Big Red is actually a tiny red squirrel who seems to delight in taunting the duo and scurries up a tall cedar tree to safety. You be careful, Big Red – these moms are fast!
Now that their vision is established beyond simply being able to detect light, dark and movement, the puppies are becoming increasingly curious about their surroundings and each other. They’re staggering around and beginning to get acquainted with their littermates. They can often be seen standing in a group gently colliding or rubbing their noses and heads against one another whether awake or asleep. This activity resembles jousting or bumper cars at the fair. This is the beginning of a key period for the puppies as they are developing rudimentary social skills. They are testing each other’s limits and learning the difference between hard and soft biting and they also take turns sleeping at the top and bottom of the sibling pile which is a sight to behold. This bunch has the cutest sleeping positions from face up to face down to sideways to leaning on a rail to sprawled on a toy or a sibling. Yes, cuddling is learned at a very young age.
When Paige isn’t busy squirrel-watching, she’s attending to the needs of her mini-pack who can be heard cooing with delight whenever she steps into the whelping box for their snack time. This is one milk truck that doesn’t need a bell. They just know!
That’s it for now but be sure to join us next week for another highly educational instalment of “Puppy Tales”.