3 Weeks Old
“Go into the forest and get very quiet. Just listen."
Sometimes the Forest puppies ARE very quiet, sleeping away the day, and then they are ….. most definitely NOT!! They still do lots of whining and complaining about who gets the best faucet, but they have also begun to ’trill’ as I call it. It is a rather pathetic attempt at growling, barking, and whining all at the same time. It is really cute, but only lasts a few days and then they ARE barking and growling as part of learning to play!
They have been GI Joe crawling for a few days now. They still tip over a lot and face plant, but they are low to the ground so a litter mate usually cushions their fall!! Wrestling and chewing on each other’s nose, toes and tails are a great way to spend the 1/2 hour at a time that they are awake. Then the Forests relapse into "that quiet place between heaven and earth."
Their little ears, which have been pinned flat up against their heads, have flipped down and lay like hound dog ears should. They are beginning to hear now, but they seem to have no idea where sound is coming from….. especially their own!!!
They have eyes that opened into squinty, cloudy blue slits that allow them to see light. Their vision gets better every day and slowly the color of their eyes will turn from blue to shades of amber or chocolate brown whichever color best matches their coat color.
The ridges have gotten very fuzzy and hard to really see this week - which is normal. By next week the fuzz will go away so you can easily see them again. No hope for those 3 Ridgeless girls though! We prefer to call them Zimbabwe Flatbacks vs Rhodesian Ridgebacks so they don’t feel left out!!
Belly buttons and dew claw removals have healed very nicely and no dermoid sinus has been detected so far!! There are lots of big hurdles every week ahead of them as they begin to turn into their own unique little selves.
Hula required her weekly toenail trim so the 192 (4 per paw x 4 paws per pup x 12 pups! Yikes!!) nasty little daggers are dulled down. Her wicked tongue lashing baths continue, but Forests are making head way on escaping the tongue on occasion!
I think this week is the end of "the quiet Forest where silence has come to lick it’s wounds.” or Hula!!
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