Here are a few clips of the pups exploring "on their own" this morning (as in a foot or two away from the pack). Remember as you watch these, the pups' vision, for those whose eyes are all the way open, is just barely there (more like smudges of light than anything else), and they still can't hear (their ears are still sealed).
They all seem to like to try what you see in the following: take a scary stroll a couple of feet from the puppy pile then immediately return. Notice the change in their vocalizations as they do so (hint: happy grunts occur when they're all together in the pile). Also, you'll hear the other pups trying out their voices (you'll even hear "growls" -- which aren't really growls at all as we think of them, but are rather more experimentation). The forlorn howl you hear in one of them is Miss Sky off-camera who has strolled away from the pile in another corner in the box and hasn't yet figured out how to get back to them (I didn't catch her on camera -- so sorry!).
Miss Pink's Stroll:
Mr. Yellow's Stroll:
Mr. Red's Stroll:
These little guys are just learning what their little noises mean, and they'll start to learn a whole lot more when they can actually hear them. After all, what good is a growl if no one else can hear it (as in the rest of the litter with sealed ears)?
Which brings to mind the age old philosophical question: if a tree falls in the woods and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?
'Til next time,