Meal Time

As Beans nurses the puppies less and less frequently, they are growing an interest in food (and they are growing teeth, which may be why Beans is less interested in nursing them!).  They are almost 4 weeks old; it is time to see what they think about eating. I scoop some wet puppy food (furtherContinue reading “Meal Time”

Snuggle Puppies

And suddenly, just like that, the puppies are wagging and snuggling into laps!  Their tails are little clock pendulums, measuring out the happiness found between puppies and children.  Tiny white teeth have emerged, much to Beans’ annoyance.  I trimmed and filed their little razors of claws yesterday, but there is nothing I can do toContinue reading “Snuggle Puppies”

Bean Puppies – Week 3

Beans’ sweet puppers are 3 weeks old today. New this week: They are all up walking.  Teeth are emerging.  Rather than squealing each time I pick them up to weigh them or change the bedding, they approach me and wag.  The cutest little barks and snarls are emerging from the whelping box. They are learningContinue reading “Bean Puppies – Week 3”

Beans meets Teddy and Livie

On Wednesday, Anne and I met to walk Beans alongside Teddy and Livie to determine if they could be potential playmates (or at least, spend some tension-free time together).  In the past, mama dogs that we have fostered have enjoyed being able to go on longer walks with Teddy and Livie and then spend aContinue reading “Beans meets Teddy and Livie”

Bean puppies – Week 2

The Bean puppies (String, Sprout, Pinto, Vanilla, Fava, and Zulu Love) are 2 weeks old today.  Their favorite activities (okay, their only activities) are sleeping and nursing.  But all that sleeping and nursing have translated into a lot of growing.  Zulu and Pinto are the largest and have exceeded four pounds today.  The others areContinue reading “Bean puppies – Week 2”

Mama Beans taking a break

Beans is with her six 1 week old puppies 22 hours a day. She enjoys spending the remaining two hours sniffing around the block like her life depends on it, cuddling and squirming around on the couch, getting pets, devouring immense amounts of food, and checking out all the best hide and seek places onContinue reading “Mama Beans taking a break”

Introducing…

The children decide to give them names with “Bean”. Mae names the almost all white female Vanilla Bean. Dane names the dark gray one with the skinniest facial stripe String Bean. Nora wants a name with “heart” or “love” in it for the white female with the heart shapes on her side and rump.  AContinue reading “Introducing…”

The first week

Thursday, November 21st – Wednesday, November 27th Beans is such a good mama!  She is happy to get up to go outside and then eat and drink, but then she hurriedly climbs back into the whelping box.  Beans rearranges her puppies into a neat pile and then curls around them to offer them her nipples. Continue reading “The first week”

Birthday Sadness

Around 6pm on the puppies’ birthday, I went to check on the new mama and puppies.  The first born puppy was not tucked in with Beans like the others were.  I very slowly and carefully scooted him into the pile.  I didn’t expect Beans to want to leave them, but she got up when IContinue reading “Birthday Sadness”

Puppies!

Wednesday, November 20th, 2019 – At 6am, after being up with Beans a lot of the night, I staggered down to check on her.  Still no puppies.  But she was still anxious and I knew labor was imminent.  I was scheduled to walk dogs at the shelter from 9-11am.  I emailed the volunteer coordinator toContinue reading “Puppies!”