So sorry it's been a few days. I was away, but am back now for the duration. And DH Don did wonderfully solo-caring for the pups while I was away.
So as of yesterday, the pups are all 5.5 weeks old. :) And I could swear they changed from sweet, snuggly, playful puppies into sweet, snuggly, playful imps while I was away. Oh my.
Don tried introducing them to a canine litter box while I was away (something we've done with success with other litters). Ha! He reported to me while I was away that it was a complete disaster (he tried everything). He finally gave up. DH's giving up says something about how much of a disaster it was (DH doesn't give up -- it's just not his style).
So, I had to see for myself, of course, and I tried introducing them again to the litter box. Here is a picture of my result:
They investigated the box, then promptly decided to lie down and snuggle in it, and tried to eat the litter pellets (safe for puppies, but I didn't let anybody ingest any.. not to worry). I tried. I really did. I even put poo in the box, and when that didn't work, tried laying soiled bedding over the top of the litter. They still didn't get it. They thought it was a nifty new den to dig and sleep in.
I gave up too. Guess it just won't work with this litter. LOL... every litter is different. :)
Here are a few more pics of the little imps taken in the last day or two:
The pups enjoyed one really big adventure this weekend while I was gone; they enjoyed the great outdoors! That adventure calls for its very own entry! :)