Berner Pups

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They are growing quickly! They are eating a lot of food, both chopped mix from the bowl (and on their heads) and also a chance to teeth and gnaw on some chicken wings. After all it IS Superbowl season.

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Dark girl is my little explorer. Here you can see she has gotten herself up into the laundry basket to be with her toy.   And they are quick to cheer on the room service, lined up on the edge of the whelping box!

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Well, they continue to grow. They are now 4 weeks old today.  They like to explore and play in the box, on the box, and have little bursts of silly puppy energy.  They continue to get handled, turned up righ. And upside down, and have all their toes and all their other puppy parts touched.  It is best to teach them this is expected now while they are 6 pounds, rather than wait until they are 100 pounds!

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Berner Pups

Three weeks old and the pups are getting big and curious.  Here is my little escapee just before she goes over the wall ( to safely land on the dog bed strategically located below). I have added another rail to the front, and momma can just hop over comfortably at about 15 inches.  next stage is to expand to a play pen in a week or so.  I have also started them on some food (hamburger gruel) as they seemed still hungry after nursing.  They knew right away what it was (food) and what it was socially acceptable to do with it ( eat or stand in it). imageimage

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I put a piece of cardboard in the whelping box. Everyone had to go check it out, walk on it,and yes, since it was new, someone had to pee on it.  Bt after that it was a fun 5-10 minutes watching the four who werent napping come at the cardboard at top speed (not very fast yet) and start across then SLIDE the rest of the way.  They kept going back and forth across it.  As one stopped in the middle for a nap he got piled on by one or two others trying to get across.  Too funny!

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How to spend a chilly morning, puppy style.  Cool enough to want to be close together, but not so cold we cant be belly up.  I have been slowly decreasing the house temperature down from a whelping day temperature of 72 and we are now set at 67. The pups continue to eat,sleep and grow.  I will try to get some pictures of them up on their feet, but puppy pictures are difficult to catch

 

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image17 days old, just under 4 pounds. I think we can assume momma is producing plenty of milk. Tonight was the first time one showed interest in playing with the little purple toy by picking it up and moving it around.  Much wagging of tail was involved. Mainly they have been using them as pillows, as seen with the yellow one in the photo.

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imageI wanted to share this picture showing robust pups nursing on a super mom. Dairy bar is OPEN!

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imageEyes have opened. We are at day 12 , and weighing in at about 3 pounds. young Master Pick is about 3 ounces heavier, white and right 3 ounces lighter. All are doing great. in the front is Kiss enjoying a nap with a belly full of milk!

 

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Well, the pups are still at the age where they basically sleep and eat. So here is another sleeping picture.  As you look at this pups nose, you can see that at 9 days old there is some pigmentation coming in to give a black nose. Sort of looks like they have been playing with markers as their noses and the pads on their feet turn from pink to splotchy black.

And here they all are with momma so you can see what those all-black noses will look like.  And boy do they still have a lot of growing to do.

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Berner Pups

These Bernese Mountain Dog pups were born Dec 28. For those of you who haven’t seen baby dogs in their first 2 months we will be posting their progress.

This is a planned breeding between two Berners with excellent pedigrees and a LOT of health checks completed. There are 6 puppies – distinguished Berner1weekby white markings and sex.

Born at approximately a pound, they are now about two pounds at one week. Momma Cricket is eating 3x her usual quantity and doing all the puppy  Care and feeding for now

The puppies are still blind and deaf. Eyes and ears should open at 10-14 days