With a litter of 12 to feed, Canada has had a challenge to keep everyone well fed and herself healthy in the process. I’ve been top-dressing her food with Puppy formula, she gets raw liver and eggs. There is ALWAYS food in her dish, even though she’s eating over 30 lbs a week right now. She’s managed to stay a bit on the chubby side, but her coat is starting to show the stress of feeding so many. So yesterday we found this:
Which was a pretty strong hint that the pups are becoming interested in Mamas food. At 19 days of age, it’s a few days earlier than expected, but hey they’re showing me what they want, so who am I to say they’re not ready?
Tonight I found one licking her food even though he has no teeth to chew with yet.
So I decided to mix up some puppy forumla and thicken it with a bit of soft white bread crumbs. I figured they’d at least get a taste for what’s to come. Nothing had prepared me for the frenzy that followed! The first pup I put at the bowl dived in like he hadn’t eaten all day. So we brought out another… who did the same. They were sucking the mix down like they were old pros.
So I ran in, mixed up more, and filled a second pan. We brought out all 12 pups, and let the frenzy begin. Now anyone who hasn’t seen puppies sharing their first few meals has missed some serious cuteness. They climb INTO the food, over each other, and rut around like little pigs. It’s comical and charming at the same time. By the end of the meal they’re a sloppy mess… which I just can’t resist sharing.
Canada seemed to enjoy watching them eat. I’m sure she enjoyed cleaning them up after too! Between the 12 of them they ate 4 cups of formula with 4 slices worth of bread crumbs. We checked them all carefully before putting them back in for the night and not one looked like it could have swallowed another drop.
So feeding time has taken a sudden turn, and from now on they’ll be getting puppy formula with crushed puppy chow softened in it a couple times each day. Once their teeth come in, there will be less liquid and more puppy chow until they’re ready to eat like big puppies do. They’re growing up so fast!