The puppies were eating Italia's food! What? How can this be? They don't even have teeth yet! Well, I guess that didn't really matter to them because they chowed down on that food like it was going out of style! They were stepping over each other to get the food. One of them (I think it was Columbo) was collapsed, face first, in the food bowl with his front legs hanging over the sides! Wish I'd caught that on film!
They made a huge mess with kibble strewn all over their pen but it was like they'd eaten Wheaties or spinach....afterwards, they were walking better, they were sitting up, doing tricks. Well, not tricks. but you get what I mean! They were stronger and wanted to show off!
All of this happened overnight. Yesterday, they couldn't care less about Mama's food and today, Mama had to step back so they could eat. She was just as puzzled as we were.
"Uh, ahem, if it's not too much trouble, can I get some food, too?"
We thought since they were so energetic, we'd take this opportunity to take some pictures, head shots if you will. So, here is the crew at exactly 3 weeks old.
When dinnertime came around, I got a bit smarter. I made a big bowl of food just for the puppies. Italia had her normal food, but outside the pen so she would actually be able to eat it without 5 little puppies in it. And the puppies, they had softened kibble. I placed the plate down in their pen and after a few seconds, the squeals ~ which startled even the puppies themselves ~ started. They waddled, toddled and pushed their way over to the food and gobbled it up.
A little neater this time. But this time, the food had the "after a big Thanksgiving meal" effect. The puppies tummies were full, they were content so they waddled over to their bed and had a kibble hangover.
Sweet dreams little ones!