Today was a big day for Gracie and her pups. All were moved from their whelping pan and into their play pen. The pups now weigh about 5 times their birth weight. Beau weighs 33 ounces and both little girls weigh 27 ounces. They are open eyed, up on their feet and learning to play and “bark” at each other. The extra space is well used.
We placed them into this hand basket while we set up the play pen. On the outside of the pen is a foot stool so Momma Gracie can jump up to enter the pen. On the inside of the pen we place another stool, called the nursing stool. This is how Gracie jumps into the pen. It is also the post from which she can observe her pups without being available for nursing. In this way she is present but NOT constantly available for feeding. She is more controling of their nursing time. We now introduce “Puppy Mush” to the pups. So far they do not care for it, but soon, they will aquire a taste and Gracie will begin the long process of weaning. Lots of fun to watch as the personalities of the pups begins to reveal themselves. Sweet, sweet babies and devoted Momma!! Gracie continues to just snuggle and love on them even when all are sleeping. Precious!