These guys are seriously cute! Lucy, that's the mummy, did an amazing job of delivering eight healthy little pups - seven boys and one girl. All of them perfect in every way. She had the first one around 1.30am and the last little chap popped out just after 11am, so poor Lucy was delivering for nine and a half hours!
For the first two weeks of their life, the puppy's eyes and ears are closed. They can still hear and sense light, though, and find their mother by her smell. When I popped over yesterday afternoon we did notice that a few of them were starting to open their eyes so not long now until they can see the world! At the moment they mostly sleep and feed and move around by 'swimming' along the floor, as they can't use their legs properly yet.
I was very lucky to arrive when she had just had number seven. Als had built a big Whelping box for her to have the puppies in. A whelping box (also nesting box or whelping pen) is designed to protect puppies during birth (whelping) and early life by keeping them all in one place and safe from the danger of crushing or smothering by their mother. Als also put a special heat lamp above the box, which keeps the puppies cosy and warm.
Check out the video below and see the puppies on their first day into the world - apologies for the red glow but the heat lamp was on!
Oh and if you are interested in buying one of these gorgeous little bundles of sweetness then post up a comment on this blog and Als will get in touch with you.