TWO WEEKS OLD!

Each week feels like a significant milestone, and so it is wonderful to say that we have made it safely and happily to two weeks old. The puppies are all within about seven ounces of each other, with Austin the smallest at 44.2 ounces this morning (birth weight was 12.35) and Barcelona as the biggest at 51.25 (birth weight of 16.4).

Puppy weight is not indicative of adult weight. Like Barcelona, Zoey was the heavyweight in her litter for weeks -- and now she is the smallest adult among her littermates.

In addition to almost quadrupling their birth weights, the two week old puppies are working hard on walking and getting those eyes open. They still spend most of the day and night sleeping but do have short awake periods where they attempt to play, which involves mouthing the nearest object -- a toy, a littermate, their mom... Pippi also uses her foot when she mouths, as demonstrated here...

Heidi checking out some popcorn and wondering if perhaps the movie could wait until her eyes are opened -- and know how to focus...

This is Austin with Z, showing off his almost fully opened eye. The puppies' eyes will all start off with a blue-gray look to them, much like newborn human babies. A true blue eye will look ice blue almost from the start -- this is a disqualification for the show ring but makes an interesting look for a pet berner...

This is London -- and thanks a lot, friends (you know who you are!)  -- because I cannot type London without thinking about France and someone's underpants (or lack thereof...). I might have to change her name!!!!! (If this makes no sense to you, I refer you to last week's comments)

Squeaker and Austin -- I re-marked Squeaker this morning -- just because... I love his chunky head and how he always looks disheveled!

Barcelona...

Such pretty puppies!!! Here they all are in the official two week old puppy pile...

I hope you have a wonderful day in honor of the H Litter's two week birthday!

7:30 p.m.

Two comments?! Yes, the poem probably counts as two or three comments due to clever content -- but not much in the way of reader reinforcement today! Thank goodness for the nice emails or you all might be going to bed without an evening puppy fix ;)

Fortunately the puppies are not slacking! We have officially entered the Age of the Drunken Dinosaurs. The big heads and small bodies remind me of little t-rexes lurching around the whelping box, toppling over for no apparent reason -- except that this walking thing is not easy when you are only two weeks old! Syd enters the whelping box and the march begins -- well, drunken dinosaurs don't exactly march but you get the idea...

Everyone has eyes that are at least partly open, adding to the whole drunken thing...

Being a puppy is very exhausting! This is London...

This is a funny -- and typical -- series. So Z starts to play with the pumpkin...

He ferociously grabs the stem and overpowers the pumpkin...

...but exhausted by his efforts, he tips over and there he stayed -- just like this:

I removed the stem from his mouth and let him sleep -- being a puppy is such hard work!

So then I decide to try and get a picture of the three boys -- and as usual, one has to be difficult. What the heck?! Howling at two weeks old?! (okay, he didn't really howl but it looks like he did ;)

But patience remains the best friend of a puppy photographer -- as the pumpkin killing series showed, they don't have a lot of endurance -- so here are the three boys -- Scruffy Squeaker, Austin with the pointy blaze in the middle, and the ever so fierce pumpkin warrior, Z...

The girls were hopeless tonight -- the best I could do was this funny shot of the three boys on one side and the four girls on the other...

And I will leave you with this look at contented family life -- we should all be so lucky!!!

See you tomorrow!

11 comments

by cindy heintzberger on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 09:36

They just always look soooo contented and clean!!! Makes me happy...

by Lisa K on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 10:28

I see London, I see Z-ance, I see Heidi's fuzzy pants
I see Austin, I see Pippi, I see Squeaker did a wee wee
I see Barcelona, I see Syd, I see what a great job she did
I see Kaibab, I see Bob, I see a wonderful Berner Mob!

The End

by Barb on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 19:29

Nice poem!! And you even got Bob in there :) They are all the cutest puppies ever! So happy when I finally get to log on and see what they are up to--Thank you M-A for keeping the blog on the to do list...

by Sharon G on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 19:48

Happy 2 Week Birthday! The pups look to have almost tripled in size when compared to Bob whom I assume hasn't grown much. Great looking litter! Such fun to check your daily blog! M-A, you (& Kim, too) are definitely a 'cut above'...I really admire how focused & determined you are with your girls & especially with each new litter. It is heartwarming to see how dedicated you are. Jemie & I send hugs to all!

by Lisa K on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 19:50

Ok, I am already commenting WAY to much and if I did comment on everything I thought, you would think I was a stalker! I do believe I must check in at least 5x per day, as it is GREAT stress relief at work and now all of my co-workers run up to me asking for a puppy fix. Even though I gave them the link! So, off I go to bed to think about puppies and G rated poems. Because you know it could have been way worse! ;-)

by Aunt Heidi on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 20:23

and he was a good doggie....the end!!

by Mary-Ann Bowman on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 20:25

That poem counts as .25 of a comment. The end.

by Lori Simidian on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 20:48

With visions of Z and pumpkins dancing in my head. It doesn't get any cuter than that series of photos! Happy 2 week bithday to the H babies.

by Lynn on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 21:04

He is shrinking, terribly! Oh, my! :-)

by Erin on Tue, 10/25/2011 - 22:17

That's so funny, Lisa! Each day I find myself checking more often...I even checked on the puppies at a really long red light today :-/
Love love the drunken dinosaurs! And Z falling over with the pumpkin in his mouth made my heart hurt. I can't believe how much they've grown - especially in the last photo w Syd. Thanks so much for sharing!!

by Elizabethanne on Wed, 10/26/2011 - 00:03

The pictures of London and Z made me think of this:

Kaibab's Howling At the Moon

Lisa's poem is hysterical!

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