That's so cool! I'm hoping to see that our basenji will swim too. He took a dip with my flat coated retriever this autumn, but it was one dip, and that was enough. But he's a bug on my other dog, and that dog LOVES to swim, maybe the basenji will follow - we'll see. 🙂
Once the eyes open, I start mine on food, however I grind up kibble into a powder and mix with milk replacement till it is like thick, thick soup. Then I let them lick it off my fingers…. they catch on pretty quickly.
Then by about 3 1/2 wks they are pretty good at eating this a few times a day. Try and time it so that they are offered the food before they nurse.
I am a bit confused about raw goat milk in GA. I remember not that many years ago looking into it for making butter and being told it was illegal to buy it. So I went to look and I guess you can buy it for your dog, but I do admit that the issues with raw would have me not thinking any benefits were worth the risk to my bitch.
Bob built ours - and I helped some! We used 4 x 8 sheets of plywood. The sides and the bottom are 4 x 4, the top is a frame with wire fencing so you can see in but mom can't jump out unless you leave it open. We cut a 'door opening' in one corner and attach a wire crate, then use a small piece of wood to create a low barrier that mom can step over, but pups can't quite get over until they're able to climb better. This is mom's hideaway from the babies. We put a pig rail up and also set up one corner with a low L shaped barrier to keep pups in one section until their eyes are open. We put linoleum flooring in, and as they get more mobile, add artificial grass for better footing. We actually have 2 boxes, one we made with hinges on the sides so it's easier to store and move (the solid one is really heavy - maybe casters/wheels on the bottom would help? I know I'm not describing this well, but at least you can visualize it a bit. When we set them up for this year, I'll try to get a couple of pics and post them. We use a heat lamp for the first few weeks - on a tripod, so it can be adjusted easier.
Pups are well protected from drafts and curious Basenji house mates, and I can climb in with them! Aaah, puppy breath!
Check out this video of 9 week old Jaroufa's Glamazon at Rift Valley is quite the agility queen. She went to her new home today thanks to my good friend/ driver and combat tracking mentor, Frank Merritt. We will miss the dark brindle girl but she is going to one of the top racing homes in the country and that is what this litter was all about.