The “O” puppies are changing dramatically; I notice a big difference between two and three weeks, when they fill out and begin to look round and adorable.
All five of them climb over the edge of their soft bedding to use “the facilities”, a paper pad, then return to their bed to play briefly before they fall asleep again. I keep an eye on things to make sure they don’t randomly reverse this habit, but most of my efforts are still directed toward supporting Molly.
Molly eats well and drinks often. I wash and dry her nipples, inspecting them for signs of infection, and keep the hair on her underside clipped short. I keep the puppies’ nails trimmed so they’re less likely to scratch her as they jostle for position and then brace themselves while they nurse. The more comfortable Molly is, the happier she’ll be while she finishes the last week that she’ll solely support her puppies.
Molly also leaves the whelping box for increasingly longer periods of time. She enjoys lying in the grass with her mother, Emma, or napping in our laps, and I’m happy to see her contented.
Olive, black and white female