Evan is our four year old and he takes very good care of the puppies. He feeds them, gives them water, and makes sure that they always have a toy to play with. They come running to him whenever he comes to see the puppies. He has learned to be very gentle with them which is wonderful for him because he is ALL BOY! Our little Coleman in the pictures above is now SOLD and we will be so sad to see him go. He is such a mellow puppy that is already learning to sit. What a smart little guy! Congratulations to the Connelly family! I'm sure Coleman will love his new family and that he will be loved.
Our little Regina is putting up with her big sister, Angelina, who is our 9 month old chocolate puppy and future breeder. She just loves to play with the little ones but she doesn't know how big she is. Regina is SOLD to the Rubow family and her name is now Zoe. It has been so wonderful to get to know the Rubows through our puppies and I know that Regina will grow up in a very special family.
The puppies are just figuring out how to get out of their whelping box. They are a little hesitant at first but then love playing around in all of the extra room. They are so darling when they are still trying to figure out how to hurdle the door. The pine chips on the ground make clean up after playtime fast and easy. They also keep the puppies clean. At this age, they are learning to keep one side of their box clean and to go potty in the other side. We will be putting in a divider in the box this weekend so that they can understand that they have a sleeping/eating/ play area that needs to stay clean. We clean this area of the box several times per day and clean their potty area once per day. This way they can smell the potty area and they prefer to go there. Slowly we expand their play area and by eight weeks we hope to make their potty area outside the doggy door. They will probably still have accidents but they usually get it right.
Every day my two boys help me get the "puppy chores" done. They can sweep, give them food and water, and help me wipe everything down. My four year old thinks that using the spray bottle is the coolest thing ever and he lives for mixing the puppy food with the water. I never realized what a great bonding experience taking care of these puppies would be. It's a lot of work but absolutely worth it!