Day 13

Some of the things puppies do make taking pictures of them very challenging. For example, I put the bright orange fleece on a chair with the idea of taking individual pictures for the collage. This is how it looked...

The problem is that puppies are hard wired to touch things with their noses and so they kept turning around to touch the fleece on the back of the chair -- puppy butts, while cute, do not make an attractive collage.

Undeterred, I found a solution -- towels. I rolled up towels and used them to create barriers so they could not turn around. This was not perfect since they also wanted to bite the towels and/or climb over the towels but I waited them out and got some good pictures. This one of Pippi is not on the collage but I love it -- it really reflects her personality and check out the eyeball that is showing! (Remember that double clicking on pictures gives you a big version)

This tendency to want to touch things was also obvious when London went on a walkabout this morning, bravely leaving the nursing pile to go off a few feet on an expedition (puppies were on the living room floor). She got a little worried so headed for something solid -- first the edge of the whelping box and then to me -- but just look at how well she is walking!

It is interesting to me that we often force puppies to be alone -- the anxiety it must generate in them is hard for me to think about. There is something called "learned helplessness", which basically means that we learn to believe that we are helpless against adversities, and we stop trying to avoid them even when we can because we no longer believe it is possible.

I wonder if that is what happens to puppies -- we put them someplace alone and ignore their crying, thinking we are teaching them something -- maybe what we are teaching them is that they are helpless and ineffective. And then we wonder why our puppy is afraid and anxious, or doesn't learn well...

Our H Litter babies are not ignored or taught that they are ineffective -- we have empowered puppies! Here they are sorting out their positions in the puppy pile...

This is also from the empowered puppies finding consensus about who was going where...

The end result of their collaborative efforts -- the 13 day puppy pile!

The nursing pictures really give us a sense of growth -- here is all seven with Syd...

London and Z...

Three puppies -- and a foot! Squeaker, London, and Z...

You frequently say what I think -- how can they get any cuter?! But they do, don't they?

1:00 p.m.

A puppy making content noises causes no reaction but a concerned puppy is like a dog 911 and Syd goes running -- and some of the other dogs also react. An alarm cry generates an immediate, worried reaction -- by most of us!!!

I just took these pictures and I think they really show the emerging puppies. Squeaker was so thrilled to meet his real and true sibling...

Pippi asked, "what exactly are you?"

"Do you taste like chicken?"

"And what are you supposed to be?" Pippi asked...

No answer from the bat. Or from Austin, who was napping, oblivious to the invasion of Squeaker's relatives...

Meanwhile, over at the Milk Bar, someone was showing off some new moves...

We might need to review that modesty talk we had...

And here is the 13 day collage!!! Thanks, Terri!!!!

Hope your day is going well!

8:00 p.m.

Just a little perspective...

This picture just struck me -- they look like small dogs!

Small dogs -- with small feet :)

Barcelona actually dragged this toy today!

Squeaker with another one of his relatives...

I spy a Heidi eye!

Z and friend...

Sydney is a very good sport!!!

And that is all for Day 13! Aren't they wonderful?????


by cindy heintzberger on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 09:40

I so agree with you - it's called the attachment cycle... I saw it so many times in infants in foster care - they had been neglected and no one responded so they just stopped trying/crying, it was a VERY sad sight!

These puppies will never have to experience anything like that!!! and I just can't believe how huge they are getting - Syd is doing a wonderful job!

by Marti Simons on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 12:03

Hmm, food for thought. So when the puppies cry does Syd investigate? Or does she let them find a sibling and soothe themselves?

I love the blog, get to see the puppies grow, learn and smile all at the same time.

by Cali on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 12:29

Syd looks pretty happy with all those nursing puppies.

by Lois on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 14:08

Yes, just when I don't think they can be cuter you post another great set of pictures. I love the little mouths chewing on whatever comes in contact. Its like..."whoah, what's that...guess I'll bite it!" And they are getting huge. Syd does just look so happy being a mama. What a good girl!

by Lisa K on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 20:20

is an understatement! Gettin cuter by the minute, and how that is possible I do not know....

by Lynn on Mon, 10/24/2011 - 21:23

At what age do you push the human children to be a little more separate? I find today it is much later than when I was that age, um, yeah, about 20+ years ago. I do think/believe it is different with puppies. Most often, they are born as a "pack." But, coming from a mom who let one kid keep the pacifier until 24 months plus but took away same self-soothing device abrublty within the span of one day with the other ... maybe somtimes you need to let them go a bit earlier. Dunno. I think you have to experience the reality to make the call.

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