Mama Milly's kennel cough seems to be history and the puppies are recovering from theirs quickly. Mama is on a twice-daily children's vitamin (pharmaceutical grade -- only the best for Mama Milly) as well as probiotics and fish oil to help keep her and her puppies healthy. All of the vitamins and supplements seem to be working -- I haven't seen the puppies blow nose bubbles in almost twenty four hours!
We carried the puppies outside for the first time today so that we could get some photos of their adorable squishy little faces and floppy little bodies. Mama was okay with all the activity. She kept a close eye on the puppies but didn't try to carry them back to their nest and, for the first time, didn't growl at Libbie when she got close to the puppies. We're making good progress!
Right now the puppies are lounging outside with Brynn and Callie and some friends. One puppy per girl sounds like a great ratio to me! And, so far, no puppies have been dropped. Keeping my fingers crossed.
First up...Mama Milly. The hero of the bunch. She is adjusting really well to life here. She barks when new people come around, so she must feel pretty at home! Her tail wags like crazy whenever she sees any of us, and she bays like a Beagle who's treed a squirrel whenever we come home.
She is SUCH a great Mama. She spends time away from the puppies during the day but always goes back for feedings.
Like all mamas, she's tired. This is a Mama Milly yawn. As you can see, she's missing quite a few teeth. Luckily, her lack of teeth doesn't cause her to miss any meals!
This is Rosie, named by Callie. She is the smallest of the litter and is Callie's favorite.
From left to right we have Renegade (see his little eye open?), CJ, and Rosie. Rubicon was off exploring when I took this photo.
Renegade and CJ.
CJ smiling for the camera. He is my personal favorite. I think he's going to have long floppy ears like Mama Milly and has a great attitude so far. If I could keep one, it would be CJ.
Rosie, Rubicon, and Renegade.