Their eyes started opening at day 11. Just the merest hint of eye. Now, at 14 days old, everyone's eyes are open. They are staggering about like little drunken sailors! Gaining weight daily. Fig and Sprout were the first to open their eyes.
Prada is doing great. Eating 4 times a day (Nutrisource), a cup each time.
I did notice, yesterday, that there were several scratches around her nipples and cut the puppies toenails to stop that from happening as much as possible.
She spends large amounts of time away from the puppies, catching up on some much needed sleep. I couldn't have picked a better mom for the puppies. she keeps the swimming pool/puppy whelping pen immaculate.
Even though she is friendly to all people and tolerant of other dogs, I don't let everyone who wants to visit come over because I am concerned about communicable diseases/flu etc being brought into the house.
In order to keep fleas and other insects at bay, I have doused Prada with diatomaceous earth (food grade)...just on her neck and back. DE is a flour like product that is safe for people and dogs.
I change out their bedding/mats everyday. Lately they spend half their time off of the mat/bedding and half on the cool plastic pool floor. The room temp is kept within 72-73 degrees and that seems to be agreeable to Prada as well.
The other dogs are all interested in the puppies but don't go in the puppy room. Prada has warned them away by staring them down. Haha!
These two videos are very short and show the puppies starting to hold their heads up and walk. Little Twig is cleaning Willows ear as she sleeps.
I expect them to be climbing out of the box sometime during the next week. I have a puppy pen that I will set up in the room and take the swimming pool out at that time.