They received lots of handling and cuddles today and are progressing well. Their eyes are open and with that they are starting to maneuver with purpose and doing a fair job of walking. I'm not sure if they know what they're doing at this age but some of them inevitably crawl over and snuggle against my legs when I get in the box with them. Whether it's the beginning of the human canine bond or just a desire for warmth I'm not sure, but whatever it is, it can make a bad day good! They're also barking. I walked in yesterday and one of them was actually barking "at" me. It always makes me giggle the first time they do it! The first sign of a fine guard dog in the making. They just need to figure out who they're protecting and when to set off the alarms.
I took a bunch of pictures today but was kind of disappointed with the results. So many were blurry. And it didn't seem to matter what I did with the settings... just a bad camera day I guess. I'll keep shooting throughout the week and hopefully happen upon a setting that works... For now I'll post the best of what I got.
I got everyone weighed, wormed and trimmed today as planned. Grey has lost his title of heavyweight. He was surpassed by not one but four pups! Red now takes the lead and Sky continues to struggle. I thought he was doing somewhat better but it seems he lost some ground over the weekend. I'll buy some Esbilac tomorrow when I'm in town and supplement him every couple hours through the week and see what I can do about getting him fostered for the weekend or maybe take him to work with me. He doesn't stand a chance at this point of fighting off the bigger pups. I've had this occur with a couple other litters as well. One pup that just lags behind. I'm happy to report though both have grown to normal Doberman standard for size and weight and both are beautiful and very much cherished. I expect no different from Sky... he just needs a temporary helping hand. Regardless, I'll be glad when they're all on mash and it becomes a non-issue.