Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Ocho times 100

Cheryl and Susan came to visit us and made bunches of pictures of the puppies. Here is a sample - to see them all, go here.



Saturday, January 29, 2011

What to do on a gorgeous 65 degree day in January?

Go outside for the first time!

The first frap:

Friday, January 28, 2011

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Playtime Video

Wrasslin and wallering in the litter box tonight:

Sunday, January 23, 2011

Puppies get a living space upgrade

On Friday, the vet said that it would be best for Scout if we gave her system a break and go ahead and wean the puppies. I had been putting off removing the big box from the puppy pen because it provided a barrier between Scout and the pups when she wanted it, but now there was no reason not to give the pups more space.

So, we scooted the pups and their big box to the end of the pen and put the whelping box-turned-litter box in. Then we just lifted the big box up and over their heads and all of a sudden it was new world. I wish I had my phone handy so that I could have recorded the mayhem as they ran and tumbled all over the place - it was a hoot to behold.

Now they had  more room for more toys.
More room to eat more food.
And a big bed to play king of the hill and snooze on.
David, Abby and Tommy thought that they still like a crowding together for a nap, tho.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Who's Who?

Penni had asked for some ID - so here's the pic from the previous post with a legend:

A Squirmy Tub o' Pups Goes to the Vet

Hard to believe, but it was already time for The Ocho to get their 6 week shots and a check up at the vet.

We brought the party to the vet's office. So many of the staff helped out with the emergency c-section, and they all were so excited to see how well everyone is doing.
Lauri, Susan and Big Nick weighed in at 4.75, dainty Miss Mary was 4.00, and the rest were in between. They all did great on the table, not so much as a peep when when temps were taken, shots were given and worms were checked (none, btw!)
They loved all of the attention - and the treats.

When we go back in three weeks, we will obviously need a different transport solution.
By the time we left, they had all settled down for a little nap. All in all an excellent adventure for all of us.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Love my girl!

I know these posts get repetitive, but I continue to be amazed at Scout's mothering. It will be over too soon - so humor me.

Scout goes about her housekeeping as the puppies hang on:

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Sunday in the Puppy Pen

The pups are being too much fun! Yesterday, the intrepid Tommy once again escaped - this time over the high wall. I was standing right there watching, snapping pics, and caught him going right over the wall, and afterwards when he was so proud of his feat. Unfortunately, when I went to load the pics on the computer, I realized that, once again, I shot my potentially award winning photographs when there was NO DISK IN THE CAMERA.

Oh well, here are cute ones anyway. I have had to improve security now that they are so interested in what happens outside the box. Scout is now locked up in the x-pen with them when I am out of pocket. She's been ok with it. Tomorrow they will already be 5 weeks old, and since I know for a fact that they have needle sharp teeth (as evidenced by my newly pierced left ear), I would imagine her mama time with them will be coming to an end.

I have been grinding their food in the food processor - tonight they graduated to eating kibble soaked in warm water with yogurt.

Thursday, January 13, 2011

The Ocho is a month old today!

Happy Birthday Babies! For your birthday, you got a bigger litter box!

Now let's use it!  Some like the little grassy pee spot too.  However, I found that the favorite spot seemed to be the the blue pads that I was really putting down for them sleep on.  Since they don't seem to mind sleeping on the floor or on sock monkey, I decided that maybe if I didn't put a pad in, they might be more encouraged to use the litter - we'll see.
We all love the sock monkey bed.  The combined weight of the puppies is very close to what Scout weighs now.  The puppies eat non-mom food twice a day, but she seems to still be nursing a few times a day.  She is eating like crazy now and not gaining any weight, so I guess she is still busy making milk.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Ocho at 4 Weeks

Four weeks ago today we had an ice storm. Then we had snow at Christmas.

And today we have 8 inches of snow. I think these guys are causing it.

I am trying the little potty patch today. I did not buy this from the infomercial - but I did see it in the wee hours this morning. I found it at Bed Bath and Beyond and used my 20% coupon to give it a try. I'll let you know how it goes. Some have been using the litter box, but I need to find a bigger pan.

Snow Day!

Here's what we woke up to at 5:30 this morning, and it's still coming down.

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Is there a mama under that pile?

Is Scout a good sport or what?