The puppies were restless and vocal a good part of that first week--especially those first few days. As time progressed they actually started sleeping (quietly) for longer periods and were less dramatic when they did wake up. The noises that can come out of a pound puppy are amazing. Grunts, yips, yaps, wails, an occasional scream--momma don't clean my bottom so hard! --to the more contented humming and suckling sounds.
Apparently puppies can neither see nor hear for about the first fourteen days. They use their little noses and do allot of loud sniffing. When one was separated from the others, at first they would wobble and bobble as they crawled around (mostly in a circle those first few days), squalling at the top of their lungs. After a few days they got better at finding each other (and momma).
This is a puppy corral--at first when I let Ashley out they would flop and roll everywhere, screaming the whole time. I finally rolled up a little blanket and would place them in there when momma was away.Ashley has done a good job so far, in spite of all my 'advice' to her. My big fear is that she will lay or step on one of them, so especially for the first week, I was constantly on the alert. I didn't get much sleep.
Into that first week their personalities started emerging (can you say DIVA??) but I'll talk more about that in Week Two).
Holding and cuddling them has been a real chore, let me tell ya. The kitties are becoming more used to the sudden invasion, although they still get concerned when one of the pups starts squawking.
Without further ado, here they are..in order of birth. No they aren't named--I daren't get too attached to the little buggers (yeah, right) because three of them will go to new homes. I will not get first pick either.