The puppies eyes are open fully, they are reacting to sound, and beginning to investigate everything around them. We added some toys to the whelping box for visual interest and they are attracted to them, trying to grab them with their mouths and rubbing their faces against them. While they are still wobbly on their feet, they appear more deliberate and determined in their movements. These facial shots show the pigment appearing around their nose and mouth. Each puppy continues to grow at an astonishing rate, all have more than tripled their weight since birth.
Well - OK, it doesn't really look like their eyes are open here because they are all sleeping - and no, they did not arrange themselves this way...the photographer took some liberties in aligning them in birth order, #1-#5 left to right.
Last night each of the puppies' eyes were peeking through anywhere from a slight crack to fully open lids. They really can't see much at this point and they are still navigating by other senses. They are beginning to lift their chubby bellies off the floor of the whelping box more and more as they creep back and forth to find momma or snuggle with siblings.
Interested families have lots of questions about the size of the puppies now. It is difficult to evaluate from a picture of the puppy with no other object to reference. I described them to my son as "about as big as a Snicker bar" when they were born. To help those families, I took shots of each puppy next to my iPhone today - they are 9 days old.
The puppies were so sweet sleeping this morning after we changed the towels in the whelping box. They had full bellies and cuddled up with each other, cooing softly and readjusting occasionally. I snapped some shots of their faces and they are just too precious not to share.
We snagged video clips of the puppies eating a couple of nights ago. So cute...enjoy!
One week old....and growing constantly. Ivy Rose is a fabulous momma and the puppies are thriving. They are active and vocal and it is such an honor to be part of this special time. Ivy Rose is allowing Macintosh to get closer with confidence. She still won't let him sniff the puppies but he can at least look at them now without being reprimanded. She is comfortable feeding and cleaning them and then takes a break for mommy rest time. She is taking more frequent walks outside, comfortable that the puppies are safe as she left them. We are even back to our walks to visit my parents for a bit. She and my mom are special friends and Ivy appears to enjoy getting back to that routine.
Puppy Portraits - One Week Old
We know they don't look much different, but they are bigger!
Ivy Rose delivered 5 beautiful puppies yesterday afternoon. Momma and babies are thriving! We have two boys and three girls. Three appear to be tricolor and two appear to be black and white at this point, but it's early yet! Here's the stats:
Born 1/31/14 1:03pm
Born 1/31/14 2:11pm
Born 1/13/14 2:43pm
Born 1/31/14 4:02pm
Born 1/31/14 4:33pm