Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Not Again!

Radar happenings: He can walk on the slick floor better today.  His teeth are coming through and are just below the surface. Nails were clipped today.He can hear better.  I play his various sound tracks throughout the day.  The barking dogs one is not his favorite.  The others he doesn't seem to notice. Makes you wonder what those dogs are actually saying! He licked and licked my face this morning!  He is currently chewing on Henry's chin and batting him with his paws. Very nice puppy behavior. He is staying rambunctious for longer period of time....and then of course falling into an exhausted sleep

Today the little cherub has had Kelsey come visit and admire his mad puppy skills.  She brought her adorable 7 month old son as well.  What a cute kid!  So this was the very nice part of the day.  I got to catch up with Kelsey, play with baby feet and His Majesty got loved on by someone new.  Kelsey made note that when she looked back at pics of Quixx (Pixie's green collared pup from the last litter) he has the same sleeping behaviors now as then.  Radar should be a back sleeper as an adult since that is his favorite position.

But to prove that no good deed goes unpunished it has been a that kind of day.  I worked last night and met mom right afterward to run the big dogs.  Why did Roady and Pixie have to find cat poop to roll in?  Nice.  Baths for both of them afterward but then I was in not-so-sleepy mode and had to force myself to close my eyes until Kelsey got here.  After she and Miles left I managed to get a little sleep but not the best and then time to pick up Drew from practice.  Well!  Wouldn't you know while I was playing with Radar I discovered this little black stuff on him and then a FREAKING FLEA ran across his belly!  Really?!?!?  Why on Earth does this happen when I have a a baby in the house!  The last time was 2 years ago with the last litter.

Roady and Pix had been treated topically about 2 weeks before Radar was born and they don't have any (Roady is a little sensitive to them so I have noticed them on him very quickly in the past). I think what has happened is that the other day the big dogs went for a run and brought them back to the untreated, helpless little one.  I did catch that little nasty flea and drowned it.  Could I be lucky and have it be the only one on him?  Probably not so Radar is getting his first bath when I get home in the morning.  I'd do it tonight but I need a nap before work.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

More Aware

This video is from Sunday while I was cleaning Mr's little lair .

In the last couple of days Radar has started turning into a real dog.  He is playing, cutting his teeth so doing lots of chewing, responding to voices, and definitely noticing new things.  When I expanded his living quarters he spent a nice amount of time trying to figure out the ex-pen wires.  Of course he is a baby so he sleeps a lot as well.

A friend of mine recommended some great noise downloads so we've been listening to children and babies, thunderstorms and firecrackers, dogs barking, and construction.  Some of those children sound maniacal but it is good for Radar to hear it since I don't have those noises in my house everyday (thank goodness!).

That pudgy butt is so cute!

Discovering the lamb fleece

Pixie is getting bored with no runs for the last two days or she is looking forward to him getting a little bigger.  She just hopped into the box and bopped him on the head with her paw to try to get him to play.  It was a little more than he is ready for but she can be a fun Momma when pups are able to really play.  His response initially was to give a little yelp and then sidle up to the food bar for a snack.  As you can see from his growth chart he isn't missing too many meals.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Still Growing

I got called off the first 4 hours at work at the last minute tonight so I can do an update!  Radar had a few visitors today.  His big brother King's girls came by with their Aunt Wendy and cousin Ed.  A friend from my agility group gave a little hello and has deemed him "very cute"

Worn out and snoozing with his "brother"

Henry is giving his version of stimulation mimicking what litter mates would do.  It's not quite what would happen in a life with litter mates but it will suffice for now

Friday, August 17, 2012

This is Cherry and I have to tell everyone how sweet my Rocket is.  Today I took him with me to do supervisory visits with my clients.  Always he waits in the car but one of the clients has a service dog for her son with cerebal palsy.  She invited Rocket in for a play date.  Keep in mind that Rocket is 5 years old and an intact male.  Her boy is neutered.  Altho they had never met before they played around the house like best friends with never a cross word passed.  Both my boy dogs had lovely temperments and Rex was neutered at 5 and Rocket probably won't ever be.  Why bother?  He couldn't be sweeter.
Mr. Cutie Patootie has his eyes open and is just as adorable as can be!  He is walking a little better; chewing on things more; and now is starting to respond to noises a bit.  Of course his main preoccupation is eating and sleeping but who can blame a fellow?  I've had him on some uncovered surfaces - tile, Pergo - but he's not really ready for them.  Those back legs have to be a little more coordinated still.

His Krista and Andrew came to see him last night as well as Mom.  As expected he was very active before K&A got here and then woke up again after they left.  Silly pup!

I will probably start back with flash photography tomorrow.  Just giving his eyes time to adjust to the bright lights and big city stuff around him.  Drew has a football scrimmage tonight so Mom is coming by to be on puppy duty.  Not that there is much to do right now. Pixie does all of the feeding and cleaning but the stimulation of people is good for him.   Uncle Rocket is coming as well.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Good Timing!

Krista and Andrew are coming for a visit tomorrow and it seems as though Moose-man is going to be an obliging pup. His eyes should be fully open by the time they get here!  I love when their eyes open.  It coincides with puppies getting more active and interactive.  Radar is true to form.  Today I took him upstairs to "walk" about in the living room.  He was a champ.  He walked around, pooped, and air scented looking for something familiar.  He is chewing on Pixie and us more. 

Since his eyes are opening I'm not taking pictures of him unless he is sleeping so here he is in some of his favorite positions.  He actually spends a lot of time on his back.

While it looks like he is eating he is actually sleeping

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Happy 2 Weeks Old!

Radar has surpassed the 3 pound mark.  Actually he is 3.07 pounds.  Chunky little monkey!  His eyes remained closed though I think there is the slightest glimmer starting in the corners!  The little scab on the tip of his tail came off and he is starting to have the skin on his tail peel which I have noticed on bigger pups before.  Kind of like it is growing like a snake :-)

His day has consisted of more sleeping and more eating. He is walking better - belly completely off of the floor.  Now, it is so quick I haven't been able to capture it on film :-) but there is definitely major daylight!

Terri came by to get some Radar love. Pixie was outside chasing rabbits under the deck.  When Terri put him back he tottered a round then stopped and looked like he was stuck there.  Then he tottered off.  He had peed on his own.  Pixie has been so diligent on this one pup that I've never seen him go on his own :-)

Making up for the lapse in cleaning

He is getting very chewy.

Handsome baby!

Baby Buddha!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Tomorrow is 2 Weeks

After tomorrow I'll start weighing Radar on a less frequent basis rather than daily.  I think he is definitly in the gaining mode LOL  I'm pretty sure by tomorrow he'll be over 3 pounds at 2 weeks of age. That is almost a 2+ pound gain since birth.  Not too bad.

Today we'll do nails on him and the big dogs.  They got off easy and missed last week. 

Will those eyes every open?!?!?!

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Little Pudge Meets Grandma Lannie!

Meet Grandma Lannie (CH MACH Windrunner's Kutya Lang MAD CD RA)  She looks so much like her brother Roady.  She came to meet her newest grandson.

 Will Pixie let Lannie see her puppy?  Sort of.  Pixie gave Lannie "the look" and on one occasion moved quickly between Lannie and the puppy and of course as shown here laid with her back to Lannie sheltering the puppy.  Radar was oblivious to his obvious peril and continued to snack or nap through this process.  Lannie bid her time and waited for Pixie to go outside to chase a squirrel.  She jumped up quickly to get a sniff in. Pixie had to clean off her grandma spit as soon as she came back in. Give it a couple of weeks and Pixie will be happy with any assistance anyone wants to offer.

Wendy has puppy love for Radar.  Who wouldn't. He is so cute.  Teeth are starting to come in which I can tell b/c he is starting to chew on my fingers more.  No real nubs felt but his breath is starting to sweeten into puppy breath so they must be coming.

Saturday, August 11, 2012


I want those eyes open!  I'm getting impatient!  Then he'll have expression and be even cuter if that is possible!
I changed the bedding and put him in the big dog bed for a new locale.  How nice of Pix to join him and make sure he was cleaned up again as well.

 Tonight, after dinner I sat to work on the computer and looked in the box.  Pixie sleeping. No puppy! Where could be be?  Not with Henry .  Not with Drew.  I started moving things around and found him under his big "brother"  So cute.  He is already an under covers dog!

I'm Mr. Heatmeiser

Last night we had our usual set up: Pix and Radar in our room my side of the bed.  Heat lamp in place not directly on the box and ceiling fan going but not as fast as it is when no puppy is in the room. at about 1am Radar is squawking and Pixie isn't in the box.  I call her out from under the bed (where she usually sleeps so it isn't that weird) and she gets into the box. He doesn't care.  He keeps moving around the box and crying.  Finally, through my sleep stupor i turn off the lamp.  The crying stops almost immediately and we go back to our peaceful night with momma where she should be and baby sleeping (and eating through the night)

Henry said you know he is a little sausage but he doesn't actually have to be cooked.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Eating Machine

Yes I forgot to add he did surpass 2 pounds on Thursday weighing in at 2.078 lbs and then this morning he gained over 4 ounces to weigh in at 2.32 pounds!

Movin' Movin' Movin'

Radar's time awake is getting slightly long and when he's awake he's moving!  I put him on the cold tile today while I cleaned up the box.  Neither he nor Pix thought that was a good idea but it was a good stressor.  He survived and will see another time on the tile.  Today I used the grinder to trim nails.  Mom came by to see him so it was a good time to do it,  He wasn't too happy about that either :-). 

It's hard to tell but I think he "stood up" to poop.  It actually looked like he collapsed on top of a pile of his posse and happened to stop with his little hiney in the air so Pixie could do clean up.  Thank goodness she is diligent.  I have only had to change blankets b/c of her discharge and to give Radar a new texture to lay on.

His eyes are a little looser so fairly soon we can expect to see his baby blues.  I also think his ears are looser and the flash on the camera  popped up and he appeared to startle slightly so perhaps he is hearing things differently now.


Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Growth Happens When You Sleep, Right?

We did a lot of sleeping today.  Well and a lot of eating. I'm guessing surpassing 2 pounds will happen  tomorrow.  Today I decided to not use the heat lamp.  He remained comfortable; stretched out and relaxed. He is getting up on his feet a little bit in the front.  It only lasts for so long and then he literally falls to sleep.  He got some cuddle time with Drew this afternoon and got sniffed by Roady - much to Roady's disgust - it was an accident.  Roady had come up to see Drew and didn't know Radar was laying on his chest :-)

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

One Week Old Today

Whew!  One week down.  I feel like I can relax a bit now.  Pixie is protective of him as she should be but not any more than before or than normal.  Anyone can pick him up under her watchful eye and Roady is allowed to walk by the box so long as he keeps on moving and doesn't pause to ponder the possibilities of actually getting close enough to sniff at the scary little beast.
Mini-Me.  To think that one day he will be bigger than her is amazing.  At the rate he is eating it wont be too long from now either.  He has gained a full pound since birth and his collar has been let out twice. He weighed in at 1.68 pounds today having gained 3+ ounces since yesterday. I'm going to have to get video of his oinking when he eats.  It's not synchronized with littermates which is always interesting to hear but it is pretty cool anyway. I don't think he is going to have any trouble handling his cousins' size when he meets them in a bit over a week.

 He likes to rest his head on the various lumps and bumps under the bedding.  Funny, he looks much cuter in real life than in this picture.  I'm doing something odd with my pictures.
 I did nails again last night with clippers.  I think I'll try alternating between clippers and grinders for future trimmings.  It sure would be nice to be able to grind them down so they would permanently stay short.  As much as i love short nails i hate doing them.  It's time for the big ones to be done again!  Never ending!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Slow Couple of Days

When I work the weekend things are going to be quiet but that seems to be just what Pixie needed.  She has settled completely into the sleep upstairs at night and then comes downstairs for day time routine.  Henry said he didn't get much sleep on Saturday b/c of Radar's squeaking and Pixie's restlessness but apparently last night was much better.  I think he is just getting used to the normal squeaking vs the ones that need attention.  It always takes some adjusting.

Sunday morning after work I slept on the cot next to the whelping box so I could keep an eye on them.  Radar came up for a little cuddle time while Pixie looked on to make sure I didn't make him squeak.


Pix is definitely feeling better.  Since yesterday she has started her normal barking and shoe carrying.  Her appetite is a bit better - not perfect but I'm hoping when the antibiotics are done that her appetite will go back to normal.  She is typically a good eater so it is a little disconcerting when she doesn't eat.

I've just today decided I can go to daily weighings.  He is gaining steadily and gains about 2+ ounces a day at this point.  His activity is great.  Lots of sleeping and eating.  He is a strong muscular pup that likes getting stroked especially around his face.  He kicks his little back leg when he gets stroked behind his ear.  I'll have to get some video of that soon.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

Passing the 1 Pound Mark

A little more routine is settling in for Pixie. She is eating better though apparently she likes having a personal chef so lunch today was spaghetti w beef and red bell pepper sauce.  Yum yum!

His Lord and Master has passed the one pound weight mark!  He has gained over 8 ounces since his birth of Tuesday. He weighed in this afternoon at 1lb 2.37 ounces.  I also noticed this afternoon that his little ears are starting to get floppy and longer.  He is turning into a little vizsla. Those silky soft ears will be here in no time.

Radars visitors this morning included Krista, Andrew and Susan.  He showed off his superior eating and napping skills.  He is quite the champ.

Radar's family to be Krista and Andrew

Napping House