The puppies (and I) celebrated their six-week birthday this past Saturday, April 28.
The adoption floodgates have officially opened as a result, even though they won't be ready to be neutered for several more weeks. If you are interested in potentially adopting one of them, please email Lucas County Pit Crew Co-founder Jean Keating at email@example.com.
All of the pups have been eating very well on their own for several weeks.I think they nurse Nellie more out of habit and as a comfort rather than a necessity. Kind of like that bag of chips from the vending machine. You could definitely live without it but it's nice to have once in a while.
Eight puppies (and all their poop) are a lot to handle. They have become increasingly needy and cry to be held, which is good. It means they like humans, which is kind of key to the socialization process.
In order to make sure that all eight continue to get adequate attention, Jean graciously offered to take four of the eight pups for the remainder of their foster period, which is about 3 weeks.
I let Beckham, Ciara, Aiden and Keegan (pictured above) nurse for the last time Saturday before we left to meet Jean in Ann Arbor. It's been interesting to observe how different people interpret the look on Nellie's face in this picture. I think she is saying "Seriously, are we done with this yet?" Others have observed that she looked proud, patient, or weary. It's probably all of the above.
Jean reports that initially her adult dogs seemed to scare the pups a bit, but they quickly recovered and started eating. I'm sure it's strange for them to meet other dogs. In my house they have only been around their mom, two Chihuahuas and various cats. Jean's dogs are much bigger so they must seem like giants to them.
It's good they are getting exposed to new people and new dogs. The more a puppy encounters as they develop the more easygoing they will be. Good temperaments are definitely affected by how well a puppy is socialized.
The best thing is they are getting lots of attention from Jean's girls. Keegan in particular has been acting just a bit shy. I told Ciara to dress him up in teddy bear clothes as much as she could.
The remaining four at my house have been crying a bit more the last few days. At first I thought they missed their siblings, but now I think it's just because they want to be held by me. They stop crying as soon as I pick them up. It's a good thing there are only four because when I hold one, the other three cry.
I let them run around the nursery when I'm cleaning and they seem to enjoy it. But they must be very carefully watched. They have a penchant for chewing on electrical cords. And they also go potty without any warning or concern for where they do it. Why hasn't someone invented diapers for puppies? They could make a fortune.