Jingle Bells - Perfect Pet - Livernose - Female
Sugar Plum - Perfect Pet - Blacknose- Female
Holly - Perfect Pet - Blacknose- Female
Nicholas - Perfect Pet - Blacknose - Male
Winter - Perfect Pet - Blacknose - Male
Rudolph - Perfect Pet - Livernose - Male
1 Week Old
Wow!!! 1 week old already. This Holiday Litter has no problem packing away extra weight. They are all chunky, happy puppies who are already trying to move around the box! The coming week, eyes will start opening and their puppy fuzz is super thick, so their ridges are hard to see. In another week or two their coats will be slick and coloring will be brighter and glossy looking!
Wow, Laini made birthing look easy! After only 7 hours of labor, we are proud to announce 8 BIG, healthy, gorgeous puppies. We have 3 females (2 black noses and 1 livernose) and 5 males (3 blacknoses and 1, maybe 2 livernoses), no kinked tails and no dermoids detected. There is the perfect amount of white on their chests which, I like to call chrome.
This week is a pretty big week for them. At 2-3 days old we journey to the vet for all the puppies and momma. Everyone gets a very thorough exam. Hearts, lungs, belly buttons, and palates are all carefully examined. Following the exam their dewclaws are removed and then ‘Glue’ is used to hold the skin together so by the time the puppy goes home all that is left is a small scar. Never tearing a dewclaw as an adult, is well worth the process now.
On day three of their life, the Early Neurological Stimulation exercises are started. According to the “SUPER DOG” advocates, these 5 easy exercises, done once a day for 16 days, will help the puppies become healthier, more intelligent, easier to train, confident and better able to handle stress. I don’t really know if it works, but I KNOW it can’t hurt!! You can read all about it here:
So far Laini is proving to be wonderful and attentive, mom, sometimes TOO wonderful! Her puppies do not completely appreciate her tongue lashing baths, and her need to get them all lined up in a row where she can hover over each one and stare at them!! She does NOT appreciate their dagger like toenails however, so by the end of this week, they will have their first nail trim to dull them down. The pups really don’t appreciate the toe nail trims, but they are a weekly, and very necessary, part of their lives. In this aspect of a Ridgeback’s life, all a puppy will need is a monthly bath and a monthly toenail trim. Teach them young to tolerate both, and you will be happy you did!!
Enjoy their first pictures, and be assured that more puppy picture torture will arrive fairly regularly!