Day 16

Such happenings already at Puppy Central! Well, not really but only because they are saving all their energy for the upcoming movie -- and they are only 16 days old...

But it has been, in fact, a typical morning. Syd now tolerates the company of all the other dogs so this helps a lot as getting six adult dogs pottied and fed when it also involves sorting sub-groups -- well, at 4:30 a.m. that is all a bit much. So it is much better now that Syd's hormones have calmed down enough to tolerate her mother, for example. (Note to Galen: If I had a mother, I would not only tolerate her but LOVE her -- you know the rest ;)

So I fed the dogs and got everyone pottied before Syd and I started with the puppies. Syd eats four times a day and is eating about 4 - 5 times her normal amount -- and this will increase! I am feeding her a combination of stuff -- some kibble, some raw, some cooked homemade -- and this keeps her from getting diarrhea from so much food. Understandably, she prefers to eat before feeding puppies -- I think it is like what they say on those scary airplanes about the oxygen masks...

I might be a little scattered these days -- as evidence I admit that this morning I forgot about Mrs. Maize. She does not appreciate being outside with other dogs and so enjoys being allowed to go out on the side yard, which is not exactly fenced. We are at the end of a private road with lots of land around us so it is completely safe for an 11 year old berner to go outside by herself -- but I usually go with her or at least watch her from the deck. Well, she wanted out and I had to be in two other places so I let her out. I was a little surprised when she scratched at the door to be let in -- about 20 minutes later -- because I had forgotten she was out there!! Oops -- and sigh. I am quite certain Maize enjoyed her morning walkabout, but just a sign that I might have a little much on my plate, so to speak.

Okay, so back to the morning -- after Syd eats it is time to weigh puppies. Another sign that I might be a little overwhelmed is that I didn't weigh them last night! I did not realize that until I saw all the blank spaces for evening weights -- not sure how that got missed but it did. Oh well -- can't change what we had for breakfast, as my dad says, and so nothing to do but go forward with understanding for one's self and a resolve to try and get some ducks in a row, which is not always easy as ducks are very flighty (literally).

So I weigh each puppy and then give him/her to Syd to nurse on the living room floor. Soon I have seven puppies weighed (usually) and the whelping box can be cleaned. I strip it and start the laundry before cleaning it with vinegar -- the bottom is a piece of vinyl flooring. I let it air dry so that the puppies do not think they are living in a salad or about to be pickled with all that vinegar smell, and while that is happening they are all contentedly nursing.

They continue to nurse and then frolic in cute puppy ways while I "make" the whelping box -- first is a layer of newspaper and big thanks to Jake and Cassie who have been collecting newspaper for me in Utah and sending it up with Dear Husband when he makes one of his fast trips to/from Salt Lake City. I have a whole pile of University of Evil (okay -- University of Utah) newspapers and it gives me great satisfaction that the puppies pee on it -- not a fan I am... After the newspaper is a fleece, and then usually two towels or another piece of fleece and the box is ready for action!

In between all that I take pictures of the frolic/nursing/cuddling activities, and these are from this morning...

Squeaker apparently had a secret he wanted to tell Syd...

And Syd had one to share also -- and it was not, "you are my favorite" as evidenced by activities yet to come...

After about 30 or so minutes on the floor of the living room, I move the puppies back to the box. I started with Heidi and Barcelona -- Barcelona heard the secret and apparently thought it was very funny...

She told Heidi, who also thought it was funny...

I put London and Austin together, and they decided to mix it up a little...

And then they tipped over, kissed good night, and went to sleep -- time elapsed: about 60 seconds...

(Note to Alex and other younger folks  -- not recommended to kiss your sister like that -- in people it is gross and illegal, but in puppies it is cute).

And there they stayed -- I could not get a location consensus for the puppy pile this morning so here is it -- a puppy pile in two parts:

Do you notice someone missing? While I was putting puppies in the box, Syd came along and ruined the puppy pile even more...

And she carried Bob off to the couch and this picture proves beyond a reasonable doubt how we know that she was not whispering, "you are my favorite" to Squeaker...

And then with the puppies settled in their clean whelping box (in two piles) and Syd/Bob settled on the couch, I started this Blog -- and that is the morning so far at Puppy Central! Hope yours is equally successful -- and did you leave a dog outside? Just asking...

10:00 a.m.

The light is not as great as if I had waited -- but I do have a job to go to so we will get a better video this weekend but I think you can get the idea of the Extreme Cuteness happening here...

7:00 p.m.

Puppy Central is closing down for the day. The puppies are watching the World Series with Dear Husband -- well, they think the game is a real bore since every one of them is fast asleep. But earlier they had some fun playing and enjoying being 16 days old -- a day that will never again happen in their lifetime!

Squeaker with one of his squeaky relatives...

Pippi and the Great Pumpkin...

Z and friend...

I am rarely in the pictures -- but here I am with London...

...and now with Pippi...

Syd and a puppy...

I hope that you have had a wonderful day!!! See you tomorrow :)


by Lisa K on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 07:46

Ok, that was hilarious! Laughter and joy at seeing Berner puppies and *my* Syd is the BEST way to start a day! I think we have all left a dog outside every now and then. I know I have! And, amazingly, we all survived it! Don't forget to breathe my friend!

by Cindy on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 07:58

I love this morning's "episode" What a perfect favorite Syd has!!!

by Elizabeth on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 08:13

"Well, I thought YOU let the dog in..." and then the dog spends the night outside under the front wing of the house, happy as can be in a big dirt hole and comes in smelling just a bit skunky. It happens, even when you don't have as many excuses as YOU do!

by Barb on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 08:20

Well Syd probably knows that Bob will never leave her, doesn't bite or run away..
And he is the runt so he probably needs a little extra time with mom.
Very cute picture of my boy Squeaker whispering secrets to his mom-maybe he's #2 son ??

by Marti Simons on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 08:43

My days always feel a little scattered, trying to figure out what kids and dogs have on the schedule for the day and who needs to be where. I admire you for getting the blog done regularly every day. And I appreciate it, as it is the one peaceful moment to my morning!

Syd loves her Bob. He doesn't feed off of her, doesn't bite her, isn't incessantly demanding of her. Hmmm Syd I think I need a bob-child as well.

Things are about to calm down momentarily here, one child left to get to school. SIgh.

by cindy Heintzberger on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 09:27

I just can't imagine how busy you are!!!! Mrs.Maize is so smart - she will just "knock" when she wants back in, better to forget her outside than in the car!!!!

Don't worry too much about the missed weigh-in, you can tell that these puppies are growing in leaps and bounds every day!
Can't wait to see the video!

by Terri Zimmerman on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 10:22

Wow, Sydney is a great mom and the pups are so content. Next week we won't even believe it's the same litter with the way they are growing...

by Lisa K on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 19:39

That we see YOUR face! I love those pix, well, every single last one of them, but the ones w/ you in it! YAY!

by Mary-Ann Bowman on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 19:58

Notice that my hair is not brushed -- and hadn't been since early morning even though I went to work -- but look how clean and shiny and well-kept those puppies are!!! LOL!

by Lisa K on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 21:18

Brushing hair is over-rated. Raising puppies, however, is not....the end!

by Lois on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 20:15

Well, I haven't brushed my hair all day either but at least you have the best excuse for not doing so. There is just no excuse for me! And having grown up in St Louis listening to baseball on the radio it is truly a very nice way to fall asleep. They are probably having puppy dreams of balls, and bats, and nice sweaty gloves to chew on!!!

by Carmen K. on Thu, 10/27/2011 - 22:43

...that is what comes to mind when the pups are nursing and their tails with tiny white tips are wagging frantically...just like a group of preschoolers waving their sparklers on Fourth of July! Love the video!

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