Happy Paws' Gotta Have Patience & Bella Dulce de Nobleza
had six beautiful puppies on October 16th, 2020.
Patience with her puppies the morning that they were born.
Patience with her puppies 1 day following their birth.
The puppies 2 days following their birth.
Patience & Noble had six puppies on October 16th, 2020.
Patience is absolutely wonderful with the puppies. She is very calm and relaxed with the puppies. She understands that she has to stay with the puppies and care for them all the time instead of being with the family in the main areas of the house. We spend a lot of time with her in the whelping room to keep her company during this time where the puppies have to remain in a heated whelping room.
Patience & Noble's puppies are one week old. Patience watches over the puppies and observes us as we handle them, but is completely trusting of us as we assist with the care of the puppies. She is very confident mom and very relaxed while we handle the puppies. She trusts us completely and is completely relaxed during the weighing process when we weigh each puppy daily and remove them from the whelping box for a few seconds. She sleeps with them, nestles them, and cleans them with much devotion. She seems to prefer when we help clean the puppies and arrange them to nurse.
We have chosen a 'Fall' theme for the puppies.
The girls: Butternut, Pumpkin, Apple, and Cranberry
The boys: Spruce and Yam
The puppies began the early neurological stimulation "Super Dog" program developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.
The puppies are two weeks old. They primarily sleep, eat, and make soft sounds when they are trying to find Patience or a sibling to snuggle. The puppies often sleep in a little mound with their siblings or near a heated puppy warming disk. Patience is absolutely wonderful with the puppies. She watches over them, sleeps with them, and cleans them with much devotion. She is a very relaxed mom that enjoys having us sit with her in the whelping box and seems to enjoy watching us as we handle the puppies.
Patience enjoys having us spend time with her in the nursery.
The puppies have all opened their eyes and are attempting to walk. Their 'toddling' is entertaining to watch as they work on learning to balance on all four legs. They are beginning to play with small toys, and also beginning to tug and nibble their siblings tail and feet, although the duration is very brief.
The puppies continue to participate in the "Super Dog" program, the early neurological stimulation for newborn puppies developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia. They are exposed to classical music, Suzuki violin, children's music, 'Puppy Sounds', and a variety of music played by 'Alexa' throughout the day.
Patience with her puppies at 2 weeks of age.
Patience and Noble's puppies are 4 weeks old.
Patience is being a fabulous mother to the puppies. She watches over them closely, cleans them and feeds them with much attention. Patience has been super relaxed about the entire process.
The puppies have all opened their eyes, walk like puppies, wag their tails, and play with their siblings and toys. Many of them enjoy being 'belly up' while getting belly rubs, and some of them are learning to give puppy kisses.
They have all completed the 'Super Dog' program, an early neurological stimulation program. They are progressing with potty training with the 'Ugo Dog', 'Piddle Place' imitation grass mats, and 'piddle pads'.
Although we place toys in the whelping box for the puppies to explore during the early morning and evening, we have also introduced several soft semi enclosed mats and crinkle tunnels that fit inside the whelping box. They are introduced to new toys, objects, and mild obstacles each day. They are also given individual time daily.
The puppies have begun to show interest in Patience's food when we feed her while they are nursing. Some of them know to look for the food and take a taste of it.
The puppies have begun to spend the day with us in the family room. They have also just begun to taste thickened goats milk.
Butternut poses willingly but is sleepy after playing with her siblings.
Butternut fell asleep during photos :o)
Cranberry was sleepy during photos.
A litter of six can be challenging to photograph. Yam patiently waited and fell asleep :o)
The puppies are 6 weeks old. They spend the day in the family room with our family and our adult dogs. All the adult dogs visit the pups often in the family room. They are all doing beautifully with using the Piddle Place,Ugo box, and piddle pads. Patience enjoys showing off the puppies and also being showered with attention. Her favorite is to hop onto a lap, snuggle up, and watch the puppies until they attempt to nurse. When we cease petting her, she nudges our hand as a reminder to continue petting :o)
Patience and Noble are always happy to share their puppies with all of us and our adult dogs. Our youngest addition Joy enjoys entering the pen and interacting with them. Patience is very relaxed and trusting that the other adult dogs are being gentle with the puppies, but she watches Joy closely and tends to intervene if she feels that Joy is being too rough.
The puppies are improving at eating the thickened Nigerian Dwarf goats milk. They still definitely prefer nursing, but Patience is working hard on encouraging them to begin the weaning process. Patience is always happy to participate in 'clean up' since she also enjoys the goats milk.
The pups are 8 weeks old. They eat well, are very reliable with the potty, and love to play with the Gracie and Mia in the play room. Joy remains the most enthusiastic playmate for the puppies, but they do not take her very seriously when she attempts to reprimand them with a 'growl'. Patience continues to be a wonderful mother to the pups. She spends a lot of time with them. Each evening before bedtime the puppies play in a smaller play area and adjacent whelping room where Patience enjoys having them climb on her and chase after her for toys. Patience has just begun leaving the puppies during the night. The puppies love to play on agility equipment. They all like toys, a wading pool full of balls that we call our 'ball pit', tunnels, empty cardboard boxes, ramps, a toggle board, and several motorized cars that we can move throughout their play area.
Apple had her own idea of where she was going to pose for a picture :o)
As with other photo shoots, the last puppy to be photographed is often fast asleep. Apple was sound asleep!