Adors Keeta At Bella Dulce & Bella Dulce de Nobleza
had four beautiful puppies on May 17th, 2018.
Keeta and her puppies the day they were born.
The puppies are 4 days old in the photo. Keeta had just eaten her boiled chicken and rice, but I chose to snap the photo before cleaning up :o)
Keeta & Noble had four puppies on May 17th, 2018.
Keeta is absolutely wonderful with the puppies. She is very calm and relaxed with the puppies for a 'first time' mom. She seemed to understand that she had to stay with the puppies and care for them all the time instead of being with the family in the main areas of the house. We spend a lot of time sitting with her in the whelping room to keep her company during this time where the puppies have to remain in a heated whelping room.
Keeta & Noble's puppies are one week old. Keeta watches over the puppies and observes us as we handle them, but is completely trusting of us as we assist with the care of the puppies. She is very confident for a 'first time' mom and very relaxed while we handle the puppies. She trusts us completely and has fallen asleep at times during the weighing process when we weigh each puppy daily and remove them from the whelping box for a few seconds. She sleeps with them, nestles them, and cleans them with much devotion. She does not mind when we help clean the puppies and arrange them to nurse.
We have chosen a 'Flower' theme for the puppies.
The girls: Amaryllis and Zinnia
The boys: Heath and Lotus
The puppies began the early neurological stimulation "Super Dog" program developed by Dr. Carmen Battaglia.
Zinnia and Lotus
Amaryllis and Heath
Keeta and Noble's puppies are three weeks old.
Keeta is being a fabulous mother to the puppies. She watches over them closely, cleans them and feeds them with much attention. Keeta has been super relaxed about the entire process, but she has chosen not to share her pups with our adult dogs that are curious about her puppies. We are certain that she will welcome their 'help' with the puppies in the next week or two.
The puppies have all opened their eyes, are beginning to walk like puppies, wag their tails, and are attempting to play with their siblings.
They have all completed the 'Super Dog' program, an early neurological stimulation program. They have just begun potty training with the 'Ugo Dog', 'Piddle Place' imitation grass mats, and 'piddle pads'. Although our pups hear many sounds with our children and adult dogs, the puppies listen to classical music, several 'puppy sounds' tracks, children's music, and a variety of other music throughout the day.
Although we place toys in the whelping box for the puppies to explore, we have also introduced several soft semi enclosed mats and crinkle tunnels that fit inside the whelping box. Keeta loves playing with tunnels, and tries to squeeze herself inside them no matter how small the space. It humors us to watch her play with the tunnels, interact with the puppies, and encourage them to explore their new toys.
The puppies will begin to spend the entire day with us in the family room next week.
Lotus is a black and red colored male.
Zinnia is a black and red colored female.
Heath and Lotus
Heath is a red sable colored male.
Amaryllis is a red colored female.
The puppies are five weeks old. They spend the day in the family room with our family and our adult dogs. All the adult dogs visit the pups often in the family room. They are all doing beautifully with using the Piddle Place and Ugo box. The puppies have had many visitors. Keeta enjoys showing off the puppies and also being showered with attention.
Keeta is beginning to share her puppies with our youngest dogs, Gracie and Mia. They enjoy entering the pen and interacting with them. Keeta tends to watch them closely to ensure that Gracie and Mia are being gentle with the puppies.
Bethany insisted upon 'styling' Heath's hair.
Heath fell asleep while being weighed.
The puppies are six weeks old. The puppies are exposed to many sounds throughout the day such as the adult dogs, the booming bark of our Doberman, music, teenagers, visitors, the television, and many sounds from our busy household activities. The puppies enjoy playing with a variety of toys, a slide, cardboard boxes and a variety of tunnels. The pups have started eating thickened goats milk from our Nigerian Dwarf goats, but they still prefer nursing.
The puppies are seven weeks old. They are beginning to learn that Keeta does not wish to nurse them full time and thus are having to sample 'big doggie' food. Keeta is quite gracious and still nurses them frequently even though each of them have quite a number of teeth. They are very reliable with the potty, and love to play with the 'big' dogs. Keeta continues to be a wonderful mother to the puppies. She spends a lot of time with them. They love to play on agility equipment. They all like toys, tunnels, their puppy slide, toggle board, and rolling balls.
We have included pictures of our Nigerian Dwarf goats on the puppy page since they provide supplemental milk for the puppies as they progress to the beginning of the weaning stage and eating 'puppy' food.
The puppies were dressed for their seven week photos as part of their 'new experiences'. They handled it in stride and played as usual even while 'dressed'.
The puppies are a true joy for us!
Ginger, our Nigerian Dwarf goat eagerly greets us each morning.
Love, our Nigerian Dwarf goat
Lotus decided to rest on the puppy skateboard after playing with his siblings.
Zinnia poses at the top of the puppy slide.
Heath paused for a moment for a picture while on the puppy slide.
Amaryllis pauses while on the 'toggle board'. She is tired after playing with her siblings.
Amaryllis fell asleep after play time. She remained asleep when we moved her to a bed with her siblings.
The pups are eight weeks old. They eat well, are very reliable with the potty, and love to play with the 'big' dogs. Keeta continues to be a wonderful mother to the pups. She spends a lot of time with them and still allows them to nurse on occasion. They love to play on agility equipment. They all like toys, tunnels, empty cardboard boxes, and several motorized cars that we can move throughout their play area. The puppies have enjoyed the warm weather and have spent time outdoors, played in a small wading pool with a little water, and enjoy exploring the yard. They were able to visit with our livestock guardians Marli and Sivas and also meet a few goats.