Mrs Lard (she's not really any more but what else can we call her??) has requested more puppy photos and I'm never one to hold back on pictures of cuteness! I'm not sure about cute to be honest though; they are monsters these pups! Probably because there are only 2 of them in the litter, they are gaining between 2 and 3 oz a day! They weigh over 2 lbs each now which is pretty hefty for pups who are less than 2 weeks old!
Still, it's really good as they will be putting down good bone stores and, as soon as they start to walk properly, they will slim down.
At the moment, they are almost walking. They do a kind of staggering crawl on all 4 paws but only for a few steps and then it's back to crawling on their fat tums. Their eyes are not quite open yet but that will be happening any day now. Shelagh is still an excellent and loving mother and she must be producing good milk judging by the sheer fatness of her babies. She lets us play with them for a few minutes each day but her eyes never leave them and we don't push our luck as we don't want to stress her out!
Not being able to take her for walks is an unexpected boon actually. I don't feel guilty about going for long runs without her. This morning I went for a ...........drumroll.................10 mile run!! It was cold, a little rainy and quite windy but not too bad and still I headed out into the greyness and managed the full 10 miles. I'm very proud of myself and I know I could have carried on home for another 2 miles if I'd had to. I decided not to though as I think you should build distances up gradually and stick to your schedule as far as possible. Also, the last 2 miles would have been into the teeth of a gale and I was getting very tired. So, D picked me up instead!
Anyway, hope you like both sets of photos and have a great weekend.