As it was a mild day, David decided they could go outside for a play. They had a bit of lunch but weren't overly enthusiastic. Perhaps it was too different having their dinner outside when they're only just getting used to eating solid food. Or perhaps they were too interested in investigating me!
They are being very good at keeping their bedroom area in the house clean. As soon as they got outside nearly all of them did their business.
All the pups were very inquisitive, coming to have a look at me and the camera. Once David came back from making me a cuppa he asked why I hadn't got in the run with them, so I quickly did and had 6 puppies trying to get on my lap!
They all have their sharp little puppy teeth now, so were testing them out on everything, my fingers and wrist included. One the whole they weren't biting hard though.
Maggie is a fantastic mum. She is happy for anyone to play with the pups and just keeps an eye on things. Even though all their teeth are through, she never makes a whimper when they are suckling even though they are obviously clinging on to her with their teeth!
They all seem to like going in their crate when it's time for a nap. We will use a crate, so this is good news. It will keep the pup safe overnight and when we have to go out, and mean Harry can have some peace and quiet too.
They looked so cute all snuggling in together. I guess whoever ended up at the bottom of the pile was very cosy!
Here's mum Maggie. She really is the most beautiful looking girl with a sweet nature to match. I'm sure she will miss the pups when they go off to their new homes (though one girl is staying), but I'm also sure she'll be ready for some rest and recuperation.
Here's Annie. She is also the sweetest little thing. She adores the puppies too, and is like a protective aunt, always checking to make sure they're all OK.
I went on my own today, so was obviously not going to pick a puppy without Martin being there, but I didn't get drawn to any one in particular despite being there for 5 hours! They are all so gorgeous, and all seemed equally confident, healthy and happy. David said they will decide which one they are keeping next week, then we will have second choice. They are keeping a girl, and another couple who popped over today really, really want a girl too, so there is one girl and all 3 of the boys left.
We will go back next weekend or during the following week after to see them all and decide. We're also going to take Harry over to meet everyone.
And now for the best bit! Some puppy films! Here's Maggie giving the pups a quick milk fix. She feeds standing up now and it won't be long now before the pups aren't getting any milk and are totally weaned onto solids. As you can see, although looking a bit long suffering, she doesn't complain about the six little piranha 'Dales clinging to her.
Here are the 6 little tykes doing their thing - chasing leaves, playing, eating, testing out their teeth and investigating the strange human pointing a camera at them!
And here they are investigating a cardboard tube. They are just starting to become interested in toys and playing, so in the coming weeks will be introduced to various items, most of which will undoubtedly be tested out with the teeth!
And after a long afternoon, it was time to snuggle up in a big puppy heap for a snooze, after a bit more biting of tails and ears of course!