4 Week Old Mealtime
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4 Week Old Mealtime

It is almost unimaginable that 4 weeks have passed since the current litter was born. They are amazing in every way! The meal depicted in the photos below started out in the same fashion all of the others do, but in the middle of eating I grabbed my camera to capture a few adorable moments. This gives a good idea of what mealtimes look like here, at Kingridge Kennels, although we usually don't have puppies who fall asleep in the middle of lunchtime. They usually wait until after they have taken care of their business, and are clean, to conk out.
 
Either way, eating is most always followed closely by sleeping. Their bodies work hard to digest that food and use it to grow! The puppies are sleeping for about 85% - 90% of the day at this point. Over the next few weeks that percentage will decrease as the puppies play and explore more, with a bit less need of sleep. However, they will still need a great deal of sleep, and just like a newborn baby, they will continue to require frequent naps throughout the day.
 
Since the pups have turned 4 weeks old, we are now ready for visitors. If you are currently on the Kingridge puppy list for this litter, please feel free to contact me so that you can schedule a time to come and enjoy them. We will schedule you for your own time - preferably over the weekend - so that you can interact with the puppies and become familiar with the litter.
 
I encourage any future pet parent to take some time to interact with the pups if they can, but to keep an open mind when it comes to the puppy that will ultimately go home with them at 10 weeks. Remember that the goal of an early visit is to meet the litter and not to pick a favorite puppy. Instead your visit should help you gain an overview of the puppies and share in their adorable antics! Hopefully we can catch them while they are awake ;)
 
 
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These pups fell asleep in the midst of eating, and I thought it was adorable.
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Some of their brothers and sisters are still at the same bowl munching on puppy food.
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While some of the puppies are still busy eating others finish up faster. As I begin washing down some of the awake pups, these guys are waiting to be cleaned.
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Usually the pups need to go potty after they eat, then they are cleaned by either their mama or me, the bedding is changed, and finally they take their nap.
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Here is a little puppy being washed down with a warm rag after his hearty meal.
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This little pup has just been cleaned and now sports a cute little hairdo.
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This is the freshly cleaned, sleeping group of puppies.
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Precious brotherly love!
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Every day each of their features change as they grow and develop.
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Most are sleeping soundly after their meal.
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Lady Q is looks contemplatively at the camera, wondering what all of the fuss is about.
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Sweet little puppy feet!
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Here you can see the different shapes of the puppies heads. At this point it's too early to tell specifically what they will look like in the future.
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As their bones grow and develop, changes in their structure happen almost overnight.
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Here are the freshly washed pups huddled together in the midst of sleep.
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Finally everyone joins the puppy pile for a long sweet sleep with full little tummies.

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Vicki Nolfi on Friday, November 11, 2011 11:53 AM
Hard to believe these little bundles of cuteness are 4 weeks old already! I love watching all of their antics. Joy, I will be back in Ohio late next week...hopefully, I can schedule a visit. I so want to see the pups. Thanks, Vicki
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Cindy Tripp on Friday, November 11, 2011 6:40 PM
They look so nice!! A couple of them have Calypso's head. They look great, Joy!!
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Joy on Friday, November 18, 2011 8:05 PM
Thanks so much Cindy. They are so beautiful!

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