Pups are thriving!
On Saturday I packed up the pups in a box with towels and a hot water bottle and took them in for a checkup and dew claw removal. Stephanie & Carol came along to watch, and Dr. Valenti explained things to them as she went along. Pups weighed in at 19 to 21 ounces, so continue to be very even in size. (This morning the second largest boy weighed 24 ounces, so they are growing rapidly.) Nena was glad to see her family, but very stoic about having the pups disappear for an hour or so. Everyone checked out just fine. I gave each pup a number for identification, since they don't have names yet.
Nena is an excellent mother, though I can see she's getting bored already. Yesterday evening she spent half an hour with us in the family room before returning to check on her brood. She's checking out other options for puppy housing too, and whenever she goes outside she looks behind the deck chairs, the dog bath and the dog bench looking for safe housing. Needless to day, we don't give her the opportunity to move her pups!
Narrowed my puppy list down, removing some of the names. Still way too many people on the list for all to get a pup, and some will have to wait until next summer I'm afraid. Because of weather related shipping issues, as well as the cost of shipping, summer will be a better option for some potential homes. Also, shipping around the holidays is not a good idea, so logistics may be a problem. Need to get this handled within the next few days. I love having lots of people waiting, but it's also a bit stressful.