The puppies are exactly one week old today – can you believe it? Last week around this time I was entirely drained and overtired, since I was up with mommy Ada for almost the entire night. While Ada barely left the whelping box at all for the first 5 days, she is now starting to allow herself some time away from her babies. She may join us on the couch in the evening now, but only until there is even the slightest noise coming from the whelping box. Then she will walk over, see if everything is alright, and decide if she should go back to the couch or join them for a nursing session. Today she surprised us when she suddenly joined in on the fun outdoors! It just really is not all about the puppies anymore.