So here we are at the 4 week point. They change so much from week to week, but in some cases from day to day. I remember the first time I landed in Europe and was amazed at the place. Then after having spent several weeks there, I was convinced that everyone should be given the opportunity to do the same. Once I was able to see Peru... same thing.
I truly wish that everyone could experience puppies from birth. Birth is a fantastic gift. But, being able to watch them develop, thrive, grow, adapt... just wow. The bond with momma has been really endearing, especially when she's concerned. Papa... he stays out of the mess for the most part cause mama says so. He's been really respectful in my opinion. Sparkle bosses him around and he just sucks it up. BUT, if someone comes into the house he plants his Basenji butt between the visitor and the whelping box/x-pen till he's convinced it's ok.
So where are we. We are at solid food and have been for a couple o days now. Not cutting off the milk supply yet (my wife has a new nick name for Sparkle... Milk Truck). We'll be easing the milk off gradually over the next couple of weeks. Sparkle has kinda hit a wall though. She's reluctant to nurse them. I'm thinking needle daggers (teeth). We've been able to coax her into it by diverting her attention to COOKIES! She cries when she wants to be with them, but when she is she cries cause I think she knows it's gonna hurt. She does it, but I get the impression she's gotta work herself up to it kinda like jumping into ice water. What do I know?
Puppies are beginning to look like Basenjis. Ears are starting to prick up. Tails are not only arched over and touching the back... now they're starting to loop just a little bit. Little snouts while still very rounded are getting longer. Noses are getting blacker. They growl! They chase. They run and leap. But you look into their eyes... and you just see wonder. Little beings puzzling it out. What am I? What is this? They definitely know who I am by my sent. Eyesight gets better daily.
I'm really proud of them. Sparkle and Logan made some really beautiful babies. I really hope the people that take them on love them for a lifetime. Enough yacking...
SQUIRREL!!! This is Red, or Zowie as we call her. She was the little one.
This is the communal food bowl. I've had experiment with food consistency and temp. Seems like everyone has something different in mind just like human kids!
This is silly thing to love, but it's one of my favorite pictures. I love PW and Spike's heads asleep and dipping into the litter box. Both females by the way. There are six puppies in that little house!!!
So here's the weird thing. That little doghouse is small. Sparkle got in it and all the pups figured it out quick. She was in and ALL SIX PUPS ended up in it with her!
Oh, and the litter box... OMG! The pups figured out really fast to pee in it. Granted, we would set them in it after they woke up from a nap right away, but by day two they had it figured out! I never believed that you could litter box train a basenji. Believe it. Pooping is still a work in progress, but the girls seem to get it better than the boys from my subjective observations.