Date of Birth: June 12, 2023 Number of puppies: 8 (ALL Girls!) Size: Medium Parents: Aster (Coulee Starlight Astraea) x Forrest (Van Isle Hundred Acre Wood)
The puppies are off to a fantastic start! Let's begin our puppy journey with a couple of birth day videos...
Video 1 Aster in is in labour, nursing her firstborn puppy and preparing to deliver puppy number two.
Video 2 All 8 puppies arrived safely and in record time! They are all healthy, vigorous, and nursing well. All 8 puppies are GIRLS! There is a wild array of overlapping colour patterns in this litter: 3 black and tan tri-colour partis, 1 black parti, 1 black tuxedo, 1 chocolate parti, 1 chocolate tuxedo, and 1 tri-colour chocolate and tan tuxedo. Great job Mama Aster and Papa Forrest! What an impressive debut!
Next, I have about a zillion puppy photos for you to enjoy! These photos were taken throughout the puppies' first week, beginning only minutes after the puppies were born. Notice how much they change as the week progresses! The puppies have roughly DOUBLED their birth weights in the first 7 days! They now range in weight from 330 grams to 590 grams. I hope you enjoy this week's peek into the world of newborn (neonate) puppies!
The second week of development has been amazing to watch! The puppies ALL opened their eyes by day 12, which is on the early side for puppies. They are also up on all fours tottering around. Although vision and mobility are limited at this age, these new-found abilities change the puppies' world dramatically! They are much more interactive with each other, their dam, and the people in their lives. They are also far bigger this week! They now range in weight from 516 - 793 grams. I hope you enjoy this week's puppy photos!
This has been a busy week for the puppies! They started potty training with a designated potty area in the whelping nest. And they started eating solid food! Best of all, they can now see, hear, walk, and PLAY!
In addition to trying to capture some of these new developments for their families, I did their first set of Puppy Portraits this week. I hope you enjoy the photos!
This week has been all about transition! From the whelping nest to a bigger fun-filled enclosure. And from staying indoors to venturing outside to play once or twice a day. This week's photos capture the puppies' first moments in each of these brand new settings. Notice how they are still keeping an eye on mom, and vice versa. Also starring in this week's slideshow - Papa Forrest!