Oakley has enjoyed a few breaks from the gang in the morning after she eats and in the evening before bed time. She loves sleeping on her big bed just outside the box and listens to the puppies sleep and make happy noises. She's still spending the whole night in the whelping box with them - what a good girl she is.
One of the puppies - I think it may be either Orange or Green - and I say *think* because when I walk over, the noise stops... but, one of the puppies is definitely doing a sort of barking noise when he gets hungry or turned around in the box when Oakley is not in there to comfort him right away. He is definitely calling/barking for her.
As you can see from the pictures below, almost all of them don't mind being held and snuggled and just relax right in my arms. Waldo Pepper and River are not big fans of being on their backs, but in Waldo's case, he just doesn't want to stop moving for very long. River would rather be on her stomach and snuggle her head into my arm. If I sit in the box to take pictures or check on them, both River and Blue will scoot over to me and curl up by my leg or my foot - Waldo will usually crawl over my foot or try to tunnel up my pants leg (I sincerely hope that his family will do some agility with him - he already has the tunnel mastered... hah!), and the other boys scoot closer, but don't need to be touching me.
Some people have been really curious about the names of the other puppies. The short answer is that they do not have names, yet. I have names for everyone, but I won't know which name goes with which puppy until the conformation and temperament evaluations on January 15th.
Puppy Names, which are subject to change:
Fireside's The Great Waldo Pepper - already named, call name "Waldo"
Fireside's A River Runs Through It - already named, call name "River"
Fireside's Lions for Lambs - call name "Jasper"
Fireside's Sundance Kid - call name "Sunny"
Fireside's Pick Me Out A Winner - call name "Hobbs" (from The Natural)
Fireside's Spy Game - call name "Bishop"
Alternate Name: Fireside's Legal Eagle - call name "Logan"
Happy One Week Birthday, Puppies!!!!