Waldo Pepper - the one blue puppy in the litter:
He has an amazing sense of direction and rarely gets "lost" in the whelping box. I think he has a homing beacon on his mom because he can find a nipple to nurse at any time - and he'll kick anyone out that gets in his way. He really likes to snuggle with just one other puppy - if there's a pile, he's on the edge - I think he gets too warm with all of them with him. The puppy scale is sort of a net that connects to a fish-scale sort of thing. Dura-Whelp did not make this scale for my puppies - the net design is just another challenge for them, and Waldo Pepper has mastered it the fastest. He treats it like an agility tunnel - in and out at light-speed. He taunts me with the daily weighing - just to show off how fast he can "go tunnel." He's a talker but makes more happy sounds and doesn't really squeal - I think that's because his built-in nipple locator doesn't ever fail him. He often goes back for seconds when the others are finished. If I take him off her to make room or give her a rest, he pauses just long enough for me to step away before scooting right back to where he was. Nothing keeps Waldo back
Blue - not to be confused with Waldo, he's the one with the blue collar:
This big boy was the first born, but he tends to sort of hang back a little and doesn't push anyone out of the way to get to mom - he took his sweet time to make his debut in the world, and he doesn't seem to get too worked up about much of anything. He's a chow-hound, and if I need to take him off to make room for someone else, he'll stay on the warming pad - unlike a couple of others. He's usually in the middle of the puppy pile - quite the snuggler. He will often just curl right up to her tummy to sleep, but he will squeal like a stuck pig when Oakley cleans him. He's more cooperative in the scale than Waldo, but he just seems a bit more laid back in general anyway. His neck markings are almost just like Papa Keygan's, but he has more white on his face. He has a very large head.
This tank of a puppy is all about eating first and taking a nap while the others fill up. He's very active when he nurses - really kneads her and eats quickly. He appears to have the most substance at the moment, but that can certainly change as they grow. He's also happy to take a snooze on the warming pad and is fairly cooperative with the scale. He has high white stockings, and I can't tell if there will be any rust on one front leg, so it will be interesting to see how his markings change as he grows. The rest of his markings are conservative, though. He doesn't quite have the built-in milk compass that Waldo has, but he doesn't seem to get lost very often in the box, either. He's the largest of the puppies at this moment, and has a big ole head, too.
Green is a pretty boy - very conservative and symmetrical markings. He tends to hang out with Black a lot - wonder what that's about. He's quite the talker and squeals any time he's not eating or sleeping for the most part. He often gets turned around and ends up under one of the rails and needs rescuing. He's right in the middle in terms of birth order (#3) and weight. He and Black are very similar so far with their activity and personalities - what little I can tell. He's quite ingenious at going around Oakley's back leg to get under her leg when the others are all on the front nipples. But, like I said, his sense of direction isn't the best, so sometimes I have to move him because "that's not a nipple you're sucking on there, little man." I will leave it to your imagination what I mean. After he eats, he stays right next to her tummy and tends to roll over on his back and make happy noises. He's usually one of the last to stop nursing, and I do take the bigger ones off now and then to make sure he and Black and Girl can get some extra time without the Three Amigos (Waldo Pepper, Blue, and Orange) there to push them away.
Black and Green are very similar like I said, but Black has this cool arrow marking on his head and a sort of Nike "swish" on his neck. He's also pretty ingenius with going around the back leg or coming through the front legs to find an unoccupied nipple to nurse. Just like Green, he has no sense of direction, and the two of them are the ones waking me up at night when they get turned around. Maybe the two of them will be partners in crime when they get older. He also has to be moved away from the wrong area to suck on - and squeals like mad when he's being cleaned or finds himself not touching Oakley or another puppy.
Girl - she is the one without the collar
She has perfect markings and a smaller head than the boys. She was the last born, and she even has a different birthdate than the boys. She just has to be different - and took her sweet time coming out to say hello. She will squeeze in between the boys to get to a good nipple, and is comfortable being on her own next to one of Oakley's paws when she's not eating. She likes to roll over on her back, and she has a "tummy target" (that's what I call a black spot in the middle of the white on their stomachs) on her tummy like her Uncle Grainger. With her rolling on her back already, I can tell that tummy target is going to get a lot of use, too! She loves to curl right up to Oakley's neck or a paw and just drapes over her... so sweet.