Maxi’s puppies are getting so plump! Still do not do much besides eat and sleep. But, their eyes should open soon. They are twelve days old and at this stage are still in the neonatal stage. They are born with a keen sense of smell so they can find their mother’s nipples. Their eyes and ears are tightly closed so they do not hear their own little squeaks, nor do they see each other! They sleep 90% of the time!
I spend several minutes a day holding and caressing each of the puppies so they get used to me. I want them to have a comforting and warm experience with their first human. I stroke their heads, caress their tiny paws and gently tickle their tummies.
Puppies at this stage do not even have control over their bowels so mom has to lick them to stimulate elimination.
Here are a couple photos I took yesterday.
|This is the little boy I am still bottle feeding. However, today he actually gained a few grams in between feeding so I think he is finally figuring out the nursing routine!|
|Is this not the sweetest face ever?!|
|A puppy yawn|
|Yin and Yang|