First Snow!

Posted by on Dec 9, 2013 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

The little Borzoi love their first snow (except one)!

This was a perfect morning to try out the snow – not terribly cold, and not a lot of snow. Just enough to run through and romp in, and they all loved it except Matthew, who needed a little extra cuddling before he decided it was OK to play in it.

It always amazes me, and I’ve said it before, how clean the puppies are. In spite of the cold, most of the puppies do their pottying outside – lots of nice little frozen poops to pick up outside this morning, only a couple inside (probably from Matthew!). Also amazingly, they know how to open the doggie door, which now is hardly propped open at all. They learn so fast. They even come when they are called!

First romp in the snow.

Meadow has finally stopped nursing the puppies, after a few days of not really knowing what she should do. She wanted to see them, but didn’t really want to nurse them, understandably. Their teeth are sharp, and even though their nails are filed, they can still scratch her, and, there wasn’t enough room for them all to nurse, so it was time. She is being fed three big meals every day and finally putting some weight back on, and her milk is drying up so she is no longer uncomfortable.

The puppies are eating mostly our fresh food which they are thriving on. No loose stools, and all are a good weight. However, we realize that they will most likely not be able to be sustained on our fresh food once they go to their new families, so we are introducing them slowly to kibble. So far, so good.

Getting to know the relatives.

Not feeding fresh food normally causes a tremendous amount of digestive problems, so we know that we have confirmed what Dr. Billinghurst teaches, that puppies can be raised on his formulas safely right from weaning. The moment we introduced the fresh food to them, we knew we were on the right track. They devoured it, it did not upset their digestive systems, and they are growing nicely. He warns not to over feed giant breeds; that slow growth is desirable for a healthy skeletal system. The more fresh food they are fed, the better for their health and well being going forward.

We are certain that this is a major contributing factor to their robust appearance and perfect stools!

 

 

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