Somewhat traditionally I'll stick with a quick list of how much they do actually weigh compared to their birth weight and at the end of weeks 1 and 2.
That's right folks. 5 of the 6 puppies have now topped a kilo, with Bella and Rose in particular powering away from the rest of the pack. Rose is now 5 times heavier than she was just 3 short weeks ago. Little George has continued to lag behind and the gap has widened in absolute terms, but at a shade under 4 times his birth weight he is still doing OK. We do notice he is less active and energetic compared to his bigger brothers and sisters, but we're hoping that over the week ahead he will reach the stage they are at now, which is really quite energetic.
In addition to being up and about a lot more other developments include tails now definitely wagging for reasons other than balance (usually near to Leela at milk time) and that playfights are also in full swing. Again, usually just before meal times when they are most active after a good long sleep we get to enjoy watching at least 2 or 3 puppies climbing over, on and underneath each other while at the same time apparently testing which of their brothers or sisters extremities is the tastiest. At times it seems there is a competition to see how much of a siblings head they can fit in their mouth. A show that Leela seems to watch from outside of the box with a tired look on her face.
Waste output (shall we call it) has also been on the increase, but thankfully the instinct not to dirty their sleeping area seems strong in the group so we're doing our best to encourage them to tend towards one area in particular. Not that we expect anything like 'toilet training' in the near future but we have read that you can get a head start by earmarking one area early on.
As I wrote about a few days ago the changes over the past few weeks have been hard for Leela to keep up with and the demands on her are very visible.
Finally the puppies have also gotten to meet some new faces in the past week, with the children of some neighbours coming to say hello along with several other visitors and most recently our friends Phil and Mel coming to stay with us for 9 days. They don't seem phased by much I have to say, probably helped by how relaxed Leela is around anyone and we've read that this is a good age to start getting them used to new faces, smells and sounds.
Looking ahead the big change for the week ahead is more solid food on the horizon. At 3 weeks old it's time to start weaning them on to food other than mums milk. I wonder how they will take to it? We'll also be keeping a close eye on George to see if he develops into the same activity and independence as his weight continues to increase. It would be nice if he gets closer to 1kg before the end of week 4.