SP Kennel is a premier sled dog racing kennel in Two Rivers, Alaska, dedicated to the individual dog through excellent health, nutrition, training and specialized care.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Fire Puppies at Four Weeks

At four weeks, the Fire Litter is living in a covered pen with a puppy wheel, plenty of space and a large dog house. Their puppy excursions have mainly been indoor exploration with toys and treats. A larger, fenced puppy pen is nearly complete and outdoor puppy walks will start soon.

Mama Olivia tends to them, but has backed away from the constant cleaning and nursing routine. She is often resting on the far side of the 28 inch barrier separating her from the eleven youngsters or in her “non puppy accessible” dog house. We sometimes find Olivia standing, head over the barrier, watching the puppy ruckus, yet staying physically clear of it. She still has plenty of milk, but is only nursing them in the evening. This has enabled us to set up a perfect routine for feeding: early morning when they wake, afternoon and early evening. Olivia is still getting 3 to 4 meals a day and is honestly, a little chunky!

Many of the pups still have their original facial markings that made them distinctive: Spark, Tinder, Daisy, Coal, Commando and Nomex are all unique looking. The blue-eyed “Olivia looking” pups: Violet, Chena, Hotshot, Torch and Amber are more challenging to differentiate. Torch is the lightest in coloration and Amber is the smallest, but ... good luck with Violet, Chena and Hotshot!

12 comments:

Moosekahl said...

So in love..I need to call soon so we can have that August "coffee date" we have talked about!

connie said...

So, so CUTE!!!! Can I baby sit?? Love all your videos. Thanks so much for sharing.!!!

Dawn E said...

While you were in the room, who was behind you attacking the blanket? Is that Coal?

Dawn from Maine said...

Talk about Cute Overload! They are so precious. Do you you keep them all? I assuming so since they all have names. Thanks for sharing.

Jan Leaman said...

I can smell the puppy breath from Florida!

Marilyn Cozzens said...

They are just so adorable! Especially Tinder what a cutie. Thanks for the puppy update Aliy. I was getting puppy withdrawal!

Anonymous said...

Violet is happy but reserved - perhaps thinking that her name ("violet")means she looks like the late Elizabeth Taylor in National Velvet!

Lourdes, VT said...

They are so adorable and healthy and fun!!!! I just want to bring them home with me!!!

Linda Toth said...

Less stumble and more coordination, but still puppy adorable. I can hardly stand how cute they are.

Lisa B said...

Poor Olivia, chunky you say, just like a movie star she's feeling the pressure to drop the baby weight. I can see the cover of The National Enquirer now: "Golden Harness winner Olivia Zirkle-Moore rocks a bikini body just weeks after giving birth to 11 babies. Look inside for exclusive photos and all her weight loss secrets".

Pups are getting big and just as cute as can be - thanks for the update.

Lisa B said...

whoops - just remembered it was fantastic Quito that was Golden Harness winner, but y'all know what I meant. Maybe I'm seeing the future and she'll be the Golden Harness in this upcoming racing season!

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this video (and all the others, too)transcribing the development of Olivia x Nacho 2013 puppies!

The first year of development of a puppy must be like the years before 4-legged youngsters go to school - so many behavioral habits form based on those experiences.

Olivia, herself one of nine children in the "Car Litter 2007" still runs with 7 of her siblings, according to your awesome website research tool!

Thanks again for sharing these wonderful videos with all of us.

--Margaret