It’s been almost two weeks since we started the first tastes of solid food for the Fine Nine, and during that time they’ve done their absolute best to absorb their food through their skin, ear flaps, and paws. They were STINKARIFIC.
Yesterday we had an amazingly warm (even hot!) day, crazy for mid-March, so we gave the puppies a spa day and then let them dry out on the porch in the sun. By the time they were dry and fluffy we had almost lost the light, so I apologize for the imperfect photography, but I figured you’d all lynch me if I made you wait for the next warm sunny day!
There’s also a sentence that goes here that says blah blah camera lenses distortion wide angle aperture blah blah, and means “Yes, they look a little bit like bobbleheads. It’s not really like that, just the way I was trying to use a short lens to take their pictures because if I used a long one and got further back they would all have plummeted to their deaths off the chair I had put them on because they repeatedly tried to plummet to their deaths as it was even though I was only a foot away.” I suppose it’s a good thing in the end, because that way I can’t look at these and torture myself trying to evaluate tiny baby puppies who can’t be evaluated at this age!
So what are these babies like? They do have a slightly different flavor than the litters we had last year. They’re more dependent on people, and they believe utterly that humans will always save the day (they kept walking off that chair and trusting I’d catch them, over and over and over again; they never saw the edge and pulled back). They’re incredibly snuggly. They want you to understand everything they’re going through and they tell you stories all day long. Big talkers for sure.
They are bigger bad-human-noise-alerters than the last set were; they don’t panic or worry but if they hear a plate fall or something break they will all bark exactly once in a chorus and then sit up and look at you and expect you to solve it. They also don’t like angry words or bad sounds; if one of the kids yells at another kid in actual anger, it sets up a whole chorus of rumbles from the box. However, they’re completely relaxed around all “scary” sounds; we’ve had the fire alarm go off and kids screaming in play and video games and (just last night) a HUGE thunderstorm with lightning strikes very close to us, and they either sleep or gaze around thoughtfully through the whole thing.
Last night during the thunderstorms we lost power, so the puppies got exposed to flashlights and lanterns and eating their supper meal by Itty Bitty Booklight. Nothing phases them. As long as a human says it’s OK, they’re fine.
Oh – one note on the babies: Nobody’s ears are coming up this early. It’s actually the opposite. Because these guys are smaller, in some of them (Corduroy and Hugo show it best in these, but it’s actually the case in a bunch of them) the ears haven’t gotten heavy enough yet to fall forward from the horizontal newborn position. They should be down in the next week or so and then we’ll wait for them to come up to normal Cardigan position when they’re 8-10 weeks old.
So here are the little bubs:
DESPEREAUX (who hit 2 lb yesterday!)
MILO (who is SO handsome this week – and also SO fluffy)
BIANCA (her eyes are fine – one of the things I don’t like about using wood shavings is that they’re dusty and make eyes run, which stains faces. Once we get them off the shavings the little tear stains will disappear)
These puppies arrived right as Sammy was finishing up a false pregnancy, so she’s quite hormonally attached to them and believes that perhaps they have something to do with a great achievement on her part. Whenever they’re out she puts herself next to them and poses gleefully.