I shot a video this morning of Nellie letting Cassidy know that she is getting tired of nursing. Before I could get the video going, they did a little dance for about 5 minutes where Cassidy tried to nurse and Nellie turned in circles as she tried to pull Cassidy's head away from her teat. Cassidy finally got the hint and went over to the food bowl to eat some kibble. Don't feel too bad for her, she had just finished eating her morning canned food so it's not like she was starving.
All of the puppies are eating well. We split two large cans of Canidae grain-free dog food between the eight of them three times a day. So each pup is getting about 3/4 of a can of food a day, plus all the kibble they can eat. (There are two bowls which are refilled as needed.)
What a difference 10 days makes! I hadn't weighed them since April 15 and they have all gained substantially.
Liam, the runt, is up to 5 lbs. 3 oz. from 2 lbs. 14 oz. Ciara, the second smallest, is up to 5 lbs. 13 oz. from 3 lbs. 5 oz. Cassidy, the other little girl, is at 6 lbs. 11 oz., up from 4 lbs. 2 oz.
On the other end of the range is the brute of the bunch, Fergus, who tips the scales at 8 lbs. 1 oz. He was 4 lbs. 14 oz. just 10 days ago! He is going to be a massive dog. He is very muscular and solidly built -- it's not baby fat. He is the one that is all white with the black ears and nose. I love him and am going to be very particular about who adopts him. OK, to be honest, Jean Keating and I are going to be very particular about who adopts ALL of them.
Beckham, the one with the gray patches, is very close behind Fergus, weighing in at 8 lbs. even. He was 4 lbs. 8 oz. just 10 days ago.
In the middle of the pack are Aiden, Bono and Kegan. They are respectively 7 lbs. 14 oz., 7 lbs. 7 oz. and 7 lbs. 3 oz., up from 4 lbs. 14 oz., 4 lbs. 6 oz. and 4 lbs. 8 oz.
I am trying a new setup with the X-pen where it is clipped together away from the wall. Gross alert: The other way I had it (where I incorporated the wall with the pen) they kept pooping on the wall. Don't ask me why or how. I'm just hoping to prevent it. We completely change out the papers and wash the floor twice a day. In between, we thrown down new layers of newspaper as needed. If you tune into the puppy cam and see poop, I apologize. But we are doing our best (without taking a leave of absence from work to constantly monitor them.)