REAL FOOD — at last

October 2, 2009

I’ve been afraid to say anything about the puppies’ weight gain — because they weren’t gaining.  So, I’ve bottle fed them for the past week to make sure there were at least small gains.  I’m not sure where Phoebe’s milk went, but there has been very little.  Perhaps two puppies just didn’t challenge her enough.  This morning the boyz had eyes partly open so — THIS was the day.

I stopped at Keller’s Farm Store on the way home and bought ground turkey and a quart of goat’s milk.  I’ve been using Esbilac milk replacer and used 30 ml of that with 1/8 pound of turkey.  I heated the Esbilac enough that it would also bring the turkey to room temperature, squished it all together, mixed it well, and put it in a quiche plate (my flying saucer puppy pan is huge).  I put Phoebe outside, set the plate in the whelping pool.  Following is what happened:

Finally -- real food 10-2-09Finally, real food

Abel at the Table 10-2-09It’s Abel at the Table

Watson swimming in food 10-2-09Watson Swimming in Food

Look Abel u get in the pan 10-2-09Look, Abel, You Just Get in the Pan

There is some out here 10-2-09Wow!  There’s Some Out Here, Too

Abel Finishing It Off 10-2-09Abel Finishing the Job

I think they liked their first real meal.  They now look pregnant and will, I expect, sleep soundly until time for supper.


  1. C-Myste says:

    That’s what we want: round puppies!

  2. Dawn says:

    Nummy supper. Now who got to clean up the mess, Mom or Dad?

    • myeye says:

      The clean-up was very odd. I invited Dad in to take care of the gooey paws and faces, but he just sat outside the pool and looked at me. I think he decided that was puppy food and he was not allowed to have it. Phoebe had no such issues and promptly polished and shined the little guys.

  3. Traci says:

    awww how awesome!!!! So cute!!

  4. Taryn says:

    They look like they swallowed tennis balls!

  5. Alden says:

    Now those are some fat and happy puppies, and the BEST pictures to date. I’d like to be swimming in my food, too. Keep growing, boyz!

  6. nom nom nom nom nom nom

    Glad they have fat little bellies now!

  7. Tavs says:

    I love, love, LOVE it when they crawl right into the pan to eat their food. That has to be the cutest thing ever.

  8. And Mom and Dad to clean up the mess.



  9. Sandy says:

    Chow down dudes! They weren’t crying before with so little milk from Phoebe? I guess they just thought that was all they were going to get. Hope they catch up now with you being MOM!