Sunday Night Puppy Blogging

Sleeping on mom's tummyThe boy is doing better – he’s over a pound now, and his sister is almost a pound and a half. He seems to do well so long as I bottle feed him every other feeding. In between, he nurses from mom and tans his tummy under the heat lamp. Life is, apparently, good.

After I’m done bottle feeding Fat Boy (which is his unofficial nickname at the moment), Sailor gets his leftover formula. She’s quite happy with this arrangement, and has started to look forward to bottle time almost as much as he does. Tonight she was so eager she didn’t even want to wait for me to take the formula out of the bottle – check out the film clip after the cut, along with some gratuitous photos of puppy bellies.

By the way, as I mentioned in the comments down below, Sean now officially wins the title of ‘world’s most fearless pet food tester’, because yesterday he…

A spoonful.
Of canned tripe.

Bow to the awesomeness that is Sean’s cast iron gut. He actually said it didn’t taste that bad – but this is the guy who I watched eat a plateful of BBQ pig snout in .St. Louis, so take it with a grain of salt – and a bottle of pepto.

Don’t forget – pix and a vid clip after the cut.

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Bottle Feeding the Puppy Boy

Bottle PuppyOver the last few days, I’ve been concerned with how the baby boy’s weight gain has stagnated. He’s not losing weight – he’s just definitely not been gaining at a rate that I’m comfortable with. It’s a hard thing to explain to anyone who’s never had puppies – the fine line between a puppy who’s thriving, and one who’s not. The scariest thing about puppies this tiny is how rapidly a ‘slow weight gain’ can turn into a fading puppy – and once they start to fade, it’s really hard to reverse that process.

So, I’ve been bottle feeding him the last few days, just to supplement the food he’s getting from Sailor, and to give him the chance to get a head start. The bottle formula I use is about 12-13 calories per cc – a high calorie, rich formula that isn’t meant to be used as a permanent replacement for mother’s milk, but rather as a supplemental addition to it.

Its ingredients are:

Goats Milk
Corn syrup
Egg yolk
Probiotic live culture yogurt

Every three to four hours, I warm up some formula and sit down with the boy to feed him. Luckily for me, he’s an eager eater – a nice change from those puppies that refuse to eat. After the break, there’s a little movie clip of him being bottle fed. You’ll be able to see how voraciously he goes after a finger, if the bottle isn’t close enough at hand.

By the way, I think the cam isn’t going to work so long as I’m on satellite internet. This money gouging company has a throttle on how much data you can upload or download, and, as you can guess, a constant web feed can quickly chew up your bandwidth – resulting in my internet connection speed being choked down to less than dial up. Not practical, as you can imagine. So, until DSL makes it out here to the middle of no place, I’m going to limit the cam to a few hours a day – 3:00 pm EST to 6:00 pm EST, to be exact – which is the time period per day where I have unlimited bandwidth usage. Starting tomorrow, that’s when the cam will be on line.

Don’t forget – bottle feeding movie clip after the cut, or you can view it here . Read more

French Bulldog Puppies on Frenchie Puppy Cam

Live French Bulldog Puppy Cam

Our new live French Bulldog puppy cam is now running! If you haven’t been watching, you’re missing out. The cam, on periodically throughout the day, is a close up view of the puppies, doing the things puppies do – eating, sleeping, rolling around, kicking their feet in the air, and generally being adorable. The cam isn’t on all day (we have country internet with a usage cap, and running it 24/7 would kill us), but I announce when it’s on via Twitter and Facebook. Here’s the link –

The cam (which is a Dropcam, and I can NOT recommend it highly enough!!) works on all desktop computers, but on mobile devices you might have to install the Dropcam app, look up the cam feed, and watch via the app. 

Frenchie Pampering Goes High Tech in Japan – And the CAM is Live!!!

A dog undergoes oxygen therapy at Air Press salon in Tokyo

Ram, a three-month-old French bulldog, is placed in an oxygen capsule – a form of “pet relaxation therapy” – in Tokyo.
BBC News in Pictures

I could never understand why a few people were always so irate about dogs being sold to Japan. First of all, they do not ‘eat dogs’ there – they do in some other Asian nations, but even they’re not eating pricey imported purebreds. Finally, the Frenchie owners I know in Japan are obsessed with their dogs.

They’ll do anything for their dogs, including complex and pricey temple ceremonies for new pets, and more high priced toys, treats and beds than you can shake a stick at.I guess cultural prejudice is just so ingrained in some people that there’s no logical argument that can overcome it.

By the way, the webcam is finally live! Just as with the video, the quality will be so-so at best, due to lighting issues. See it here –


Puppy Video!

Sorry about the crappy colors. It’s hard to shoot video in a room that’s both dark, and harshly lit in one area.

Flash format, under the cut, or here’s a link to the wide screen video. Oh, and I still need to get a longer firewire cord to be able to set up the webcam. I’m going to hit Circuit City tomorrow and pick one up.  So, one more day.. hopefully.

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