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Grouse wings

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Yesterday the puppies were introduced to grouse wings.  This is important for any of them that might do field work (retrieving birds), so that having a wing in their mouth is not something odd.  Wings have a weird texture and consistency (smooth parts, stiff parts, squishy parts, hard parts, moves weirdly when chomped, has a distinctive odor, etc.) Some dogs find them off putting while others want to just shred them. Introducing them very young helps them get accustomed to carrying them around.

Hoover was having too much fun with the wing and was too fast for the camera to focus 🙂 So he got a candid shot.

4-25-16 hoover candid4-25-16 Hoover grouse

Kirby- too cute!4-25-16 Kirby Grouse

Oreck taking a big chomp4-25-16 Oreck grouse chomp

And a not so big chomp

4-25-16 Oreck grouse

4 weeks old

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Pups are 4 weeks old and enjoying the springtime outdoors:

Outside playtime

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The litter got to enjoy some time in the warm outdoors and they wore themselves out!  Plus, they are getting teeth!


First non-milk meal

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April 18th (2 days over 3 weeks old) the “super suckers” had their first taste of real food. Kirby wasn’t very impressed, but the others were loving it!


4-18-16 eating4-18-16 Oreck eating

3 weeks old!

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The pups are already 3 weeks old!  Hoover was the first one in the litter to escape the whelping box (at 2.5 weeks old) and then he defeated the separation system and went to nurse with one of the other moms 🙂 Eyes are open and they are starting to have an interest in playing with toys. Here are some photos from Saturday.

Top left: Hoover          Top right: Kirby        Bottom: Oreck

The puppies born 6 weeks ago got to go for a swim today and I look forward to seeing the photos/video of this litter in a few weeks when they get to do the same! I just set up Dazzle’s pool, so it will be ready when Voodoo wants to go for a swim 🙂 But I’ll also set up a baby pool for him to splash around in.