Awwww October 16th

October 16, 2009

I brought the new box home yesterday.  It’s a prototype so there are some adjustments to be made.  If I decide to have another litter, we’d add the “pig rails”.  The sides as built are 14″ which is too tall for the mom to jump in and out — of course that means Holmes and Watson will not be breaking out anytime soon.  So, what we’re going to do is to add a drop-in panel on one side.  When the panel is removed, that side that is only 11″ high.  When mom is done and the issue is merely containment, the panel goes back in.  I think perhaps a slightly higher lip between sleeping compartment and shavings compartment would be good.  The transfer of shavings, however, is primarily on the puppies’ coats though.  The biggest change has to do with a misreading of my dimensions. John made the main box 30″ x 40″ and it really needs to be 40″ x 40″ so mom can stretch out for whelping and for feeding.  I think that I would probably whelp in the pool again, and use the box when it’s time to potty train (and contain) puppies.

The boyz knew immediately that they should toddle to the far end of the shavings area for bathroom activities.  There was not a single instance of poop in the play/sleeping area last night.  Smart babies.  We must work on puppy peeing places, however.  . . . and Phoebe — she’s ready to be done with them.  Now she must be re-integrated into the adult dog life.

Puppy potty room 10-16-09Two little poops at the back of the shavings — good puppies!

Wrestling after dinner 10-16-09There’s more room to wrestle in here

Sleeping in new box 10-16-09Tuckered out


  1. Dawn says:

    Penni, the more I see of these puppies the more I want them. Penni, they are just darling I hope you know! I love, love, love dogs without much white, can I have him please?? Please? OK, No, I know I can’t, but I am in love!

  2. Jeri says:

    Mine didn’t start to use the litterbox for pee until after there wasn’t any bedding or rugs down in the pen. After all, the cloth does a wonderful job of soaking it up! But yes, they figure out the poop thing very quickly. Good boys!

  3. Traci says:

    curious minds (and future breeders) wanna see that box, Penni! 🙂 Hook a sista up! 🙂

    Glad they figured out the potty area 🙂

  4. Tony says:

    Just looked back through lots of past puppy posts. Boy they sure have grown since last time I checked in. I am finally getting around to catching up with all my favourite blogs

  5. Kathy says:

    Wow…the new walls are like Fort Knox! They won’t be getting out…oh for at least another two weeks! 😉
    Can’t believe how much they’ve grown. They really are beautiful puppies! Sweet little Chebes!

  6. Sandy says:

    Hopefully you’re using white shavings and not cedar shavings right? The cedar is way, way too aromatic for little beings having to live that close to the scent. Even baby horses should not be sleeping on cedar so you can imagine pups on it. Love the box though, lots of great ideas there!

  7. Holly says:

    Good pups!! 🙂 So adorable.

  8. Traci says:

    it must be getting harder and harder to get anything done around the house with the puppies getting cuter and cuter by the day! 😉