I seriously think the Norske 4 partied a bit too hard last night! Like all night long! They slept just about all morning and for quite awhile after lunch!
They DID wake up long enough to play with the wing but that was short lived. Inge, per her usual, was all over the wing. She carried it as if it was natural to her. HUH? It IS natural to her! Thor loved shaking his head with it in his mouth!
Then they crashed as you see above.
Then I let mom walk in and they perked up REAL QUICK!
The bar’s here! The bar’s here! Let’s drink some more!
They’re sleeping it off once again! Hopefully tomorrow they will no longer be hung over!
In all actuality, puppies sleeping a lot isn’t cause for concern. Puppy sleep hours can range from 18 to 20 a day, versus the 14 hours of daily sleep by an adult dog. This is because puppies are growing and they need their rest. AND these guys aren’t even 5 weeks old so the amount of time they need is probably more! I can play with them for something like 10-20 minutes and they’re done. Today could very well be due to a growth spurt! You need to rest for those bones to grow!
I had changed their home to a bigger area, but I went TOO big! The Guards couldn’t keep up with all their antics! Sorry if you cant hear the first part of the video. Because they were sleeping, I didnt want to wake the little tykes! What I said was how I love x-pens being how they expand and contract making the right size for keeping crazy puppies contained!
The pups also got a little play time with a wing! Twice the wing was brought out! I didn’t really notice who was interested the most on the first introduction, but little Inge was all over that wing the second time! They all loved the wing and I’m not surprised. Before I clean up their living quarters this evening, I’ll bring it out again for some playtime! It’s also more practice time for stacking (that’s show talk for standing straight and tall)!
Yes a few days ago, but getting busy as the Norske 4 get bigger!
A lot of growth has taken place. I can tell the difference in the girls now (no more collars). Not as easy as the boys, but it’s still doable! Having all brown babies makes it difficult until those differences come out!
Inge is still the sweetest and wants to play kissy face but also wants things NOW or else it’s a scream fest! That includes trying to get away when its time for a manicure! Last night it probably took 5 minutes to get the front paws done! Oh my!
Little Olaf is a little beef cake. Short and compact and still smaller than Sylvi. He was my snuggle bug today! That’s almost unheard of from him! I guess doing all the picking I did to him yesterday had something to do with that! When it came to his Manicure, he was like “Huh! what are you doing?” then goes back to sleep on my lap! while I finish up his nails!
This happens every time I step foot in their box: I get 4 little angels all vying for my attention! Today it was Olaf’s turn to be my snuggle bunny! They are all learning rather quickly that they can lick all they want, but no biting is allowed even on my clothing! The little stinkers have a mouth full of sharp teeth!
After their lunch today, I let mom back in to clean up their bowl (not like there was much left over)! As soon as Mom came in, they all latched onto her while standing. I wish I had my cell to show you how Sylvi latched onto Bec and WOULD NOT let go! Bec slowly walked away from the bowl dragging Sylvi! Hmmm aspirations of always getting that bird?
Currently, I hear little yips and rooing coming from the box and that’s downstairs! They are pretty darn loud!
We had our second photo shoot yesterday morning. Here are some shots:
Getting photos of the girls was a bit difficult since all they wanted to do was to get off the dog bed! At least I got some cute shots! I think we played “Model” for 45 minutes! Just think how hard it would be for their photo shoot if I had 10 puppies!!!
The pups have graduated from their whelping box into the Puppy Play Room (formerly the Mud Room) where they will remain until they are 9 weeks old (ready to go to their new homes). I swear the last litter had more room last year, so I need to figure the design out again. As it is, it’s the perfect size for them, but they continue to grow! The little stinkers! Can’t they stop doing that?
What a show! I wish I had grabbed my cell phone to video this “Terrible” event! It was Mani-Pedi time for the pups. Surprisingly, Sylvi was a champ! No squeals what-so-ever! Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom times 4 paws! Inge was next and you would have thought that the world was ending! OH MY GOD!!!! Last week it was Sylvi. This week it was Inge. Even more so, however! She Roo’d none-stop! I ended up rooing right along side of her and we even got a couple others joining in! What a terrible thing to go thru, right!
On to the boys. Olaf was so easy! not a single squabble! My little champ for the day! I think because Thor must have heard his little sister’s cries he was going to be a bit difficult too! Not bad but just getting the “Event” started was the issue!
I am so surprised that Inge was having none of it! Who doesnt want a Mani-Pedi? I mean come on! and it’s just the tips!
The pups are getting pretty big, meaning that more pee is being produced. More accidents included (not always on the pee pad). Not to worry, they are still pretty young and their little bladders are pretty weak! Give them a few weeks and those accidents will be less frequent! Besides, you arent the ones who get to clean their box 2 times a day. Today will be 3. Tomorrow they start getting mush once a day so that makes even more of a mess and mom isnt going to pick it up all the time then!
That’s when their box changes faces and they get to expand into the mudroom! My mudroom will be converted to 4/5 Play/sleep area while their whelping box becomes the poop area and the laundry portion will be 1/5 of the mudroom!
Feb 24 (Now i get smart, putting dates on as I enter the puppies’ daily activities).
It’s pretty easy to get those personalities figured out when there are only 4 little bears in your charge! One thing is for certain that those little personalities will continue to change as they grow! But these are the basics to those little cherubs!
Thor is still the laid back snuggler. He just wants to hug on you! He may have been the last to open those peepers but he was the first to waddle on all fours!
The most vocal is Olaf. He isn’t the loner that Thor is (yes Thor is going to be an independent little cus), but he does like his quiet alone time. The first rooer and I think the only one at the moment.
Inge is my little kisser! I get all kinds of loving from her! She still has an issue if I just pick her up from a sound sleep, so I rub her little tummy gently to rouse her. Such a sweet heart!
Sylvi will always be the troublesome one. Wanting to do it the Chessie way or no way! She may end up being the boss! But that can always change! it happened in the last litter! my quiet girl ended up being a tough little ….
All 4 are so funny to watch! they waddle like the champs they are!
Oh and some exciting news that you all will be very happy to hear! Well, maybe not. These guys are smart! They are not going potty in the sleeping area of the whelping box but a few piddles. But on the pee pads on the other end of the box You will definitely see where they relieve themselves. You all will be very grateful for this in the end as potty training will come easy to them once they go home. I introduce the pee pads at week 1. Yes there are mistakes and its expected at such a young age, but at just over 2 weeks and they are getting the idea! Oh and little poops are beginning to get ignored by Mom! That’s a bit on the early side. She’ll still be with them until they are 4 weeks old. At that time, she gets to sleep in her own bed! She’ll still nurse them a bit but by week 4 they are getting supplemented 2x a day by me. The weening process is a job for both Mama and me! By the time they are 5 weeks old, mom is done with them though they still get snacks and socializing with mom. That’s when Mom starts teaching them things that only a mama dog can teach.
With the weather being so weird (snow in late February), the pups MAY get a chance to play in it! We recieved 5 inches today and more is on the way. i dont think we’ll get dumped on like we did this morning, but maybe it’ll stick around long enough for the pups to play in it. That’s at week 5. I will also be getting a couple pigeons from a friend for the pups to play with. I have a chicken coop that no longer has any free loading chickens! They stopped laying last September so I said Bu-Bye! Lucky pigeons! Lucky puppies!
Today was another first. I walked into the mud room and started my normal cooing at the pups. Before I even bent down to love on them, they all woke up and wanted my attention! I naturally obliged and knelt down to get all kinds of love from them! I am constantly socializing with them, holding them, petting them, snuggling with them! The Norske 4 are by no means spoiled (ya right)!
The puppies are growing so fast that I had to make a change in their living quarters! There was 4 inch in diameter PVC Piping that went around the entire edge of the box.The purpose of the Pig Rail is to protect the pups from Mom rolling on top of them. The piping is high enough off the ground (4 inches) so that they can easily lay under it.
The pups started standing on it and the gate in front of the box is pretty low (to make it easy for Mom to get in the box).
Well, because of the standing on the piping, it was time to either put the 18 inch gate up or take the pig rail out. I opted to take the rail out so that Bec wouldn’t have to jump over the gate like a gazelle! I was not able to cut down the board to fit in the slot correctly last night (if you notice in the picture above, you can see that it is longer than the opening), so Bec had to jump over the gate and sure enough, she did as they needed their midnight meal!
There’ll come a time relatively soon when I’ll have no choice to put up the higher gate! They keep growing!
While I was cleaning their box for this very purpose, I had to move them over to the dog bed (Bec’s). They were just snoozing away but I snapped a couple pics that made me laugh!
They are hearing! They respond to my voice. When they all hear me, they will scramble to the gate wanting some snuggles. And the squealing and Rooing has started! Attention is being required! I don’t think my father (who sleeps in the room on the other side of the whelping box wall) is going to be getting much sleep! Of course when the squeals start, mom knows its time to feed them!
So they are really getting loud! This was from this morning! Be sure to turn up the volume!!!!!
All eyes are now open! They still cant see all too well, but their peppers are open! That usually means that they can smell and sort of hear! I’ve already started the scent stimulation! Yes I do weird stuff for the puppies but that just makes them a more rounded dog IMO!
These guys would do so well at the Olympics! They’ve been doing their best at moving around the whelping box though they just dont get it yet. Give them a few days and the waddling will be non stop!
They are starting to ROO as of this morning. I think Olaf was basically calling mom because everyone else was eating and he wasnt! LOL
I took some photos of the pups and wanted to share them with you as their growth is amazing!
The little Olympiads are not so little any more! Here are a few other shots from a few moments ago!
I cannot believe how big my babies are getting
It’s a dog pile while their living quarters is being cleaned!
They’re monsters hiding in puppy clothing!
I clipped their little nails today hoping that it would be easy. It was until I got to Sylvi. She’s going to be a tough one. “Leave me alone! I’ll do it my way!” is her standard chessie mentality. I think she’s the stubborn one in the group. The most laid back was naturally Thor. He couldn’t care less!
That Milk Bar is always open it seems! Mama doesn’t seem to be the most happiest here, but she is so good with her babies and STILL makes a mess of their nice clean box! The blankets aren’t positioned right! LOL
By the way, these puppies are pretty spoiled! I normally dont make their box as cushy as I’ve been for past litters, but that’s ok. There’s only 4 of them and plenty of love to go around!
Weight gain is astronomical! I dont think I have seen this much gain in a 24 hour period ever! It’s usually 2 ounces a day on the average! Thor was the first to gain multiple ounces within that time frame. It was 7 oz! At that time, Olaf had surpassed Inge by a couple ounces. But that didnt last long! The next night, both the girls gained almost 5 ounces each! Last night Olaf outweighed Inge with weight gains ranging from 2 to 5 ounces! These guys are just amazing!
Watching these guys move is awesome! I can see the beginnings of little waddles as they try to stand on at least their front paws and move their bodies! That hind end is a bit unsteady! So very cute!
The pups are getting pretty darned strong wanting to stand and move all over the whelping box. I am no longer putting them in a basket while I clean out the box because of the high activity. They now get to lie on a clean towel on Bec’s dog bed. Thou this morning, 2 of them crawled off the bed onto the tiled floor! OI!
Last night, little Inge (remember she is the smallest and youngest) had little slits for eyes open! This is a bit early for pups (day 7) as it normally is just before 2 weeks. A week after birth? Unheard of until last night. Olaf, Thor and Sylvi still had their eyes shut pretty tightly. That is until this morning! Olaf has his eyes open as well. Inge’s eyes are opened a bit bigger naturally while Olaf has those little slits. Sylvi and Thor (being the largest pups and the strongest) still had their eyes shut pretty tightly! I would not be surprised if they open up by tonight/tomorrow! This just blows the mind!
It may look like only 1 eye open, but in actuality, they both are. its a bit difficult to take a pic with the cell phone in one hand and a week old puppy wiggling in the other!
As I said, they are movers and shakers these days. I am sure that these guys would be considered world athletes! Maybe this year’s Olympics have something to do with that?
A little bit of personalities are popping up. For one, Thor may be the largest, but he is my snuggler! Whenever I hold him, he rests his sweet little head on my shoulder. I rock back and forth like I would a baby and he’s loving it! He’s going to be a sweet boy! It seems that his coat is getting a bit more curl near his neck but still not as great as Olaf’s coat. Of the girls, little Inge has the better coat. If you cant tell, I love coats.
Olaf has a tickle spot! either that, or he just loves this one spot! I think it’s a tickle spot! Sylvi is the rambunctious one in the litter. I think she’s going to want to do things her way! And the wiggler in the bunch is Inge. They all wiggle, but Inge is the wiggliest.
I’m quite happy with how my babies are growing and I know you will too! I will be quite sad when they leave me but knowing that they will be in great homes (And that you will keep in contact with me. It’s a must) that helps.
It’s time to go check on the chubba bubbas and see what else is new!
Since I seem to post a few different times in one day, I’ve decided to just type away throughout the day and publish the blog at the end of it! Today was just a bit much!
Anyway, today (Feb 11) was another first! I had let Bec out while I weighed the little darlings and cleaned up their box. That’s not the “first” think I’m talking about since this happens every day 2x a day since they were born. The first was once mama and the babes were safely in the box, I picked up little Sylvi without a glance from mama and snuggled with her. I even took her out of the mudroom! We went over to my father’s room so he could meet them! 1 down, 3 to go! It was when I got back that Bec was happy to see her daughter back under her protection! Now to wait and see how fast it will take her to mess up the box to make it HER way!
These guys are eating too good! Holy $@)$
Yesterday and today’s weights on the precious ones:
Olaf: 19.5 oz to 23.35 oz
Thor: 23.15 oz to 27.10 oz
Inge: 20.5 oz to 23.95 oz
Sylvi: 21.1 oz to 24.60 oz
How the hell can they gain 4 oz in a day! These guys are growing like WEEDS! WEEDS i say. Growing like WEEDS!
Today was the day for their first Mani-Pedis! The nails are getting sharp and to keep Mama’s teets from getting scratched and raw, they get little mani-pedis! I did the boys first. No issues what-so-ever! Not so with the girls! I started with Sylvi first. I started rubbing on her to calm her down. It worked A LITTLE but apparently not enough. Halfway thru and OOOPS! A yellow blob all smushed on my robe! Thank you Sylvi! It’s a good thing I love her! Finally got her done. Gave her to Mama so she could eat and go back to sleep!
Onto Inge. Well, that didnt go very well. She was too wiggly so I’ll get her later today! I wasnt about to go thru another poop fest! OI!
The boys are so much better behaved! The girls are going to be a handful!
I guess it’s time for puppy attire from here on out!