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PUPPIES born April 30, 2017
Locked 'N' Loaded's Down and Dirty, MH "Mud" x Lorken's Return to Sender "Elma"
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The puppies from Elma and Mud were born late at night on April 30, 2017.  This was Elma's first litter.  The Vet thought there would be 8 puppies for sure but maybe 9.  We took a pdf of the xray home and were pretty sure there were at least 10 pup.  Indeed Elma delivered 10 healthy pups.  They were all chocolate as expected.  There were 9 males  and 1 female born.

This litter will have homes in WI, MA, IA, AZ, IL and MN.  Four of the ten families are returning customers.  We are wishing the best for everyone with their new arrivals.

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May 2, 2017 The pups were born weighing approximately 1 pound each.  They have their eyes and ears sealed shut at this age.  They are able to crawl but their bellies remain on the ground while doing so.  The eyes won't open until about 10 days.  The faces are rather flat and their ears are short thick flaps of skin right now.   The puppies really just sleep and eat right now.  The first photo is of some of the litter nursing.  Next a pup explores mom's face.  The other two photo show the puppies with their short legs and closed eyes with thick ear flaps.  None have lost any weight since birth so all seems to be going well.

 

May 6, 2017.  The pups are still looking much the same, the primary difference is that they have grown in size.  A couple of puppies are sleeping with their mouths open.  The are probably dreaming about eating.


May 11, 2017.  The pup's eyes have not opened yet but they are struggling to get their legs under them to walk.  The photo with mom shows one trying to walk.  One can also see that the pups are now at least twice the size since birth.  There is also a photo of a male sleeping by himself.  At this age their heads are disproportionately larger than the body.  He makes me thing of a bear cub.

 

May 13, 2017. The pups are now opening their eyes.  They are not able to really focus on anything at this point. The first photo is the female, the other two are males.


May 19, 2017 The pups are now walking around.  They still look rather funny and have blue eyes. They sleep after eating and after sleeping a few hours they immediately move out of the puppy pile they sleep in and eliminate.  Then they tend to walk around and explore the pool.  They don't play with toys yet but do try to chew on each other.  They explore the sides of the pool but no one has gone over yet. Within the next week they will probably figure it out.  The teeth are not quite in yet but will be in very soon.  Photos below at not quite 3 weeks of age.  Female pup below the other pictures.


May 25, 2017  The pups are approaching 4 weeks old.  They now have some teeth, and both see and walk better.  They are starting to look more like Labradors.  Since the pups now have teeth and there are 10 of them we started helping mom with the feedings.  They nurse some on her but also get feedings of a puppy milk mix blended with some puppy chow.  They took to eating the milk blend right away.  Below is a photo of them licking off the faces of each other after a meal.  They still don't play with toys but do a bit of rough housing with each other.  Other photos are of content sleepers.  Elma loves to sleep on her back and it seems some of her pups have the same propensity. They are starting to climb over the top of the pool and wandering around.  Soon the pool will be removed and the pups will have the room enclosure for their home base.  As it gets warmer we will allow them some periods of time outside on our fenced in patio.


May 27, 2017 The pups now have the pool removed.  They are enjoying the kitchen area covered with papers.  They mainly sleep in puppy piles but below one little guy is lying flat on his belly like a pancake after dinner.  They still don't play with toys but enjoy playing with each other.


May 29, 2017  We are working on weaning the pups from mom.  They have their teeth and are getting big.  Mom still does one feeding a day.  One little guy is licking her face below.  Poor mom has one little guy walking across her back.  She is very patient.  They love to wrestle with each other. 


June 1, 2017  The pups are about 4 and a half weeks old now and enjoying some trips to the outside area off our kitchen.  There they are enjoying a meal outside and playing in the grass.


June 5, 2017  At 5 weeks old the pups are starting to pay attention to toys.  They still prefer to play with each other by way of chewing and wrestling, occasional growling and barks.  The pink collar is the female pup.  They are eating Purina Pro Plan FOCUS puppy chow.  The food is soaked in warm water until it is completely soft before they are given to the puppies.


June 9, 2017  The pups enjoy playing hard and sleeping hard.  One tried pulling out a weed in the grass.  They like to sleep indoors where it is air conditioned.  The have a blanket to lie down on but paper works fine too.  When they are warm the tend to sleep apart.  When it is normal or cooler, they like to sleep in a big puppy pile.  They tend to avoid going potty on this side of their room where their be is located.  That is why crate training can be helpful.  Pups will not have full bladder control when you get them, but they do try to eliminate away from where they sleep.  So taking them outside as soon as you let them out of their crate (if you are crate training) will help them to learn that outside is the place you want them to go.  But likely there will be accidents until they get the concept and full bladder control.  We use a small fleece blanket for bedding since it is washable. 

 

 June 12, 2017  At Six weeks the pups tend to play hard and sleep hard.  We've had warm weather with high dew points recently. That and we have also had some severe storm warnings off and on.   So the pups have not been outside so much.  Today they ran around our kitchen like small Tasmanian Devils, playing tug of war on a rope bone, flattening soda boxes, hiding under the wood burner and then running off to sleep, two on their backs this time. 

 
 June 16, 2017  The pups went in yesterday for a vet inspection.  All are doing great and the Vet signed a letter showing he examined them and they are doing well.  They continue to get bigger.  Some of the pups start leaving this weekend.  The last one will be placed by the following weekend.  The pups enjoy the outside play area.  Some were taken alone outside the pen.  One fellow discovered and an old branch that had been blown down.  Our neighbor came over and had to hold one of course.  We have had some warm weather/humidity lately.  The pups have plenty of shade and water, but they also like to dig some holes to lay in for a cool spot.  Of course they have to play and roll around.  They like the long pen area by our kitchen and like running around. They love to be held and our neighbor was happy to volunteer.

 
 June 19, 2017 Some of the pups the pups have been placed with their families.  The rest are going this week.  Here are some pictures taken on the 19th.  They like playing under the foot stool and one comes to explore the camera.  Others enjoyed the attention of two lovely young ladies.  Please copy the pictures if you want to keep them as they will be taken down after all the pups are placed.  Wishing everyone joy and happiness with their little one.