We have an unoccupied granny flat on our property so the family are in there enjoying peace, quiet, warmth and plenty of food.
The pups are 3 weeks old, they can walk but don't go very far from the bed. Mostly just to their mum when they want to feed. I decided to weigh them so I can track their weight gain and make sure they are all getting plenty of food. I used my housemates posh kitchen weighing scales and a plastic hat to put the dogs in. It wasn't sturdy enough, the fat one squashed it... then one of them wee'd in it.
I weighed them on day 1 (Sunday) and again last night, here is the tale of the tape: The fat one pictured above is 'Female - White, black stripe'. Due to their quality breeding no two look alike, this makes the weigh-in easier...
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Deep breath.... and calm... right, back to it.
The mum is very attentive and from my limited knowledge seems like a great mum, it is quite impressive to see her mothering the pups, she checks on them, rolls over to feed them, noses them along and over things, cleans the den, licks their bums clean etc. She gets fed up of them every now and again and has some mummy time in Smelly / Shenzi's old kennel - a bit of peace and quiet from the needy youngsters, seems fair. I have given her plenty of chewy things so she has something to do in-between her duties.
The mum is on Vets Choice small breed puppy food which is also designed for lactating dogs. She has massive boobs which look like they have plenty of milk in them, but just to be sure I am giving the pups some milkopup formula 3 times a day to supplement their intake. I tried bottle feeding one but it was a right pain, they are a week ahead of the vets recommendation and can lap / lick from a shallow dish so thats the chosen delivery method now. They usually get covered in milk and lick it off each other, I dont really care as long as it gets into their mouth.
I didn't realise how much work they were going to be. I get up in the morning and go into the flat armed with cleaning products and a cup of tea, clean all their wee and poo, change the newspaper, feed the mum, put down fresh water, make solution & feed the puppies, clean up some more poo. Shower, change and go to work. Come home, clean poo, feed all, clean more poo. Gym. Come home, clean poo, feed pups again, clean more poo. Go to bed. Repeat. A pattern is emerging...
My business partners 8 & 7 year old girls are going to name them on Thursday so look out for the announcement of their hilariously awesome new names after that! They will be ready for their new homes in about 3-4 weeks. Put the word out. Pure breed township specials, available in black, light brown, dark brown, grey, white or a combination of all colours. Very nice natured mum, absent father/s. Contact African Tails... http://www.facebook.com/pages/African-Tails/115677453449