Of course, these puppies will most likely get new names when they go to their forever homes, but we need to identify them and we have a good time giving them nicknames while they spend their first eight weeks with us.
I mentioned Tardy (the puppy born 3 hours late) in my earlier post, but misrepresented “her” as a “him”. Right now she is the biggest puppy and it will be interesting to see if that continues. The position in the uterus often determines the amount of nutrients the embryo is getting and she may have just been a mainliner right to her mom giving her a head start…or she may be a bigger adult. Tardy is a blue merle female with a very nice wide white half collar and split lower face, half white and half merle.
The second blue merle female has been nicknamed Brave, thanks to our 3 year old granddaughter who recently went to see the movie with her Uncle. Of course, she wanted all the puppies to have prince and princess names, but we are straying a bit. Brave has bright colors and will be striking.
The darkest of the blue merle puppies, Shadow, is a male. He has a white blaze on his face and white socks, but no collar. I’m thinking he may be the darker color of his sire when he matures with just a bit less white.
One of the black tri males has a unique marking on his underside. His white belly has a small black circle in the center, so we’re calling him Target. He’s a cutie pie with a white blaze on his face. He was a little grumpy after his tail dock, but was back in good form today. He has nice symetrical white markings on his face which typically enlarge some as they mature.
The black tri female’s white blaze is in the shape of a lightning symbol so she is now called Storm. It was pouring rain, after all, in the North Carolina valley when the puppies were born so her name is quite appropriate. She also has split color on her muzzle.
And, last, there‘s Corky! Right now, he’s the smallest of the puppies, but definitely roots his way right to the milk supply without any problems. He has a white star on the back of his neck. There was a little glitch with the tail dock glue and he had to have a quick visit back to the vet. Can you guess why he is called Corky? All is cleared away now, but the nickname stuck (catch the pun) 🙂
At one week old, the puppies seem to be thriving and I can hardly keep my hands off them. Their little ears and eyes are shut tight for another week or so, so their world is quiet and dark as they snuggle into their mommy’s soft belly and peep occasionally in their sleep to show their contentment.
Merry Christmas to All!!