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SoftMaple 2004 litter

Week Three (Days 15-21)

+ Teeth begin to erupt
+ Puppies stand up and start walking
+ Begin to lap liquids
+ Defecate/urinate without stimulation
+ Start becoming aware of environment
+ Start playing with littermates
+ Develop sense of smell
+ Puppies will start to discriminate as to where to relieve themselves

Day 15
September 23

Morning pictures

You can see how much hair KC is shedding in the whelping box!

Day 16
September 24

KC Brings her chew bone into the whelping box with her

Day 17
September 25

This morning the pups were wide awake. They started barking and doing puppy growls when I went into the puppy room.

They are better able to see now, and can follow my movement in the room. They can hear better also, so I have a low radio playing in the puppy room for stimulation.

We clipped nails again today. Those sharp little nails grow so fast! Right now I just use a pair of small scissors to nip the ends off. Its something you will have to get your pup used to. Some people grind the nails with a dremel type grinder. Curlies are notorious for hating to have nails clipped! This page has a little info about trimming the nails Your Curlies General Health (ears/eyes/teeth,etc)

For those making travel plans to get your puppy, Day 49 is October 27th, so that weekend would be the best time to think about getting your pup.

Yesterday I made a quick trip to the Fingerlakes dog show. I needed to take Aysa in for her Health exams. (Cardiac clinic, CERF eye clinic) but I got to stay for the curly judging. (The pups Dad Moxi took the point on the first day, and the pups uncle Rufus took a major the day I was there.)
After the show, I had to take precautions that I didn't bring anything back from the show with me. With thousands of dogs, you never know what kind of germs are around. I wore a pair of shoes that I could bleach the soles of, and entered the house through the back, where I could dump my cloths in the washer and take a shower before going near the pups. The pups immune systems are undeveloped still. They get their immunity from mom, and the antibodies in her milk.

Day 18
September 26

Morning pictures

7:00 pm pictures

Day 19
September 27

Morning pictures of sleepy puppies

Red boy rolls over and you can see the white mark on his chest

Day 20
September 28

Morning pictures

Day 21
September 29

Morning pictures

On to Week Four!

SoftMaple 2004 Litter

SoftMaple Curly Coated Retrievers
Mark and Cathy Lewandowski
8282 Soft Maple Road
Croghan New York 13327

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