Dagnabbit - I can't get a decent photo!
Wow! We have ear flop on all the puppies! I wonder if this means their little ears are finally open! I think so.
I saw something in their behavior I haven't seen before; mom came in after lunch and the pups got really excited. One of the pups snarked at another and everybody started moving at double speed. Mom jumped right into the box to sort things out and feed everybody.

I'll have to see what little ears are doing later and it will be time to introduce a lot more noises.
They're really changing by the hour.

Dagnabbit - I can't get a decent photo! Wow! We have ear flop on all the puppies! I wonder if ... are doing later and it will be time to introduce a lot more noises. They're really changing by the hour.

Ohhh... Puppy snarks! I remember puppy snarks. Wee savage beasties they are. They're so funny. At least until their little needle teeth come in and they get busy teaching each other the rules of etiquette. It's very difficult to know just when to intervene and when they really need to work it out.
Kathleen
At least until their little needle teeth come in and they get busy teaching each other the rules of etiquette. It's very difficult to know just when to intervene and when they really need to work it out.

They don't have teeth yet, I check 'em out when they yawn.

They are often so loud that work is impossible (and how can I work when there are cute puppies to stare at). I expect them to get louder. And I'm going to have to draw on experience when the late troika played outside and sounded like they were killing each other. I used to freak out, but then realized that there wasn't even a drop of saliva on any of them.
I feel so strongly about keeping everybody together to learn how to be nice dogs, that I hope I will let them figure all that out without our help. I don't think we've ever had a dog that wasn't taken from the litter too early and we've often wondered what kind of a difference that makes in a puppy.

I feel so strongly about keeping everybody together to learn how to be nice dogs, that I hope I will ... taken from the litter too early and we've often wondered what kind of a difference that makes in a puppy.

At the very least, it makes a big difference in bite inhibition, with other dogs if not with people.
Mustang Sally
They can wiggle their ears! And they're really trying to walk, climb out of the box and sit. Sitting is an accident, but it's sitting none the less. I gave Giant Girl a few drops of water and she could lap it up.
Today feels like a huge leap forward.

If you gently scratch a couple of the puppies behind their ears, it makes their legs pump! And DH decided to bring Gigi (the pup formerly named Giant Girl) in to meet Bella. Gigi was sleepy and disinterested. Bella sniffed her a tiny bit and backed away, but not far. I don't know what she was thinking, but the pup doesn't smell like a toy and I get the feeling that Bella doesn't want to mess with her.
I love your stories and have been following the puppies progress with interest.
But, can't you take and post better pictures? They're so grainy and out of focus.
What a shame.
Anyway, they are all lovely.
Thanks for sharing.
But, can't you take and post better pictures? They're so grainy and out of focus. What a shame.

Z'at you, Santa Claus?