I go in and check on the puppies very frequently throughout the day. Besides a sleeping puppy with a fat belly, what I like to see is the occasional "twitch" while they are sleeping. They will be sleeping, and then - all of a sudden - they will jerk. This is absolutely normal, and something you look for to see that things are going well. (One theory is that the twitch is related to the puppy's nerves growing.) Now that the puppies have a little extra energy, they crawl along until they find mom ... or until they run into something and then fall asleep. This means that the puppies now give me a scare when I go in to check on them ... as I look into the whelping box but do not see any puppies ... until I realize that they have crawled underneath the "pig rails". (They are called "pig rails" to prevent a sow - or a dog - from squishing their young against the side of the wall.)
Today the puppies went to the vet for their first puppy shots. After some exploring they greeted the technicians, who weighed them and took their temperature. Guido objected to the indignity; Argus was like "whatever". Then the vet gave each puppy a DHPPC shot and then microchiped. Again Guido objected, and again Argus just accepted it.
Since today was a special day, when we got home I took the puppies out into the field beyond my fence. I think they were a little overwhelmed by the vastness of it all!
Since the puppies are now eight weeks old, it is time to start crate training them. So I packed up the whelping box, and set up their crates. I predict that they will not be happy with the new sleeping arrangements!
Recall the brother of the puppies that was dead at birth, whose body was shipped to Michigan State for a research study. I heard back from the study pathologist that the puppy had what is being called developmental lung disease, the object of the study. So he is the first of this litter to make a contribution to science.
Guido has figured out the doggy door and now goes in and out at will.