This is a big day for the pups as they will have their dewclaws removed this afternoon. The entire litter will be packed in a large styrofoam box with towels and a hot water bottle and take a trip to Inver Grove Heights Animal Hospital for a visit with Dr. Annie. Each pup will receive a checkup at the same time. It only takes a few minutes per pup and they will sleep quietly all the way home. Holly will stay behind to take a well deserved break, and for some reason the girls never act very stressed about the process. If I took her along she would be much more agitated so she'll stay behind as usual. Because the whelping went smoothly and Holly had strong contractions to expel all the placentas, it will be safer to leave her home.
All the pups appear to be doing well and are gaining weight. Last night I sat down in the box and examined them carefully, to be sure I could tell them all apart. They started their Neuro Stimulation exercises last night and I needed to be sure that I could identify the pups well enough to be sure that each pup got handled appropriately and did the little routine only once. Click on the link below if you're curious about this.
These exercises are not the only handling the pups receive of course, but most of it is gentle handling. They do however have additional "stress" that includes getting their blanket changed (it's great fun to watch them sniff a new surface, even at 2 - 3 days of age) and getting their nails cut - that starts tomorrow.
To the party who inquired about possibly obtaining a deaf pup - fingers tightly crossed that we have no deaf pups, BUT if we do I never place them. Never have, never will.