|New England Shepherds||
The puppies enjoyed playing outside in the snow this afternoon as well as their first car ride. Everyone handled the new experience like a pro - some even fell asleep by the end of the ride. We also took some 6 week old portrait pictures of the puppies. Enjoy!
In three short weeks the puppies will be having their first vet checkup and will start going to their new homes. Congratulations to the new owners of Blau, Gelb, Rosa and Schwarz!
The puppies are now eating regular dog food (soaked in water). They have also started potty training! They love to drag around toys and wrestle with each other. It is especially fun to see them bound across the room on their "new" legs.
Did you know it is possible for a German Shepherd puppy's ears to go up and down several times in the first few months? Floppy ears are common while the puppy is teething, which usually ends around 16-20 weeks old. After 20 weeks the cartilage is usually strong enough to stand permanently. Before the ears are established it is important to treat them with care and not handle them excessively, which could damage the cartilage. During the teething months you may see a puppy's ears going up naturally for a day or two, or when he barks or gets excited. Sometimes one ears stands erect while the other remains floppy! Blau is four weeks old and the first one to have his ears stand up - apparently he wants to stand out from his eleven brothers and sisters. :)
The puppies have been very busy! This past weekend they had their nails clipped for the first time. They also had their first "meal" - some warm goats milk. Of course some of them got it all over their faces (as you can see in the pictures). The puppies are playing a lot more - dragging their blanket around, running and tackling each other and using Kezie as their personal jungle gym. We had fun doing another photo shoot and my 5 year old daughter had to share in the excitement - she gets the credit for the last few pictures.
Today was a big day! We removed the whelping box and now the puppies have more room to roam around. Their favorite place to sleep is Kezie's bed. They are walking around a lot more and very curious about their new surroundings. The other big news is the puppies got their ID collars today and their new names!
Hard to believe the puppies will be two weeks old tomorrow! Their eyes are now open and they have doubled their birth weight. They still spend most of their time eating and sleeping although some are getting more adventurous and putting their paws up on the whelping box.