We came into this world on exactly 62-nd day of Caramels pregnancy.
The day before, mom scared Edyta because her temperature
jumped. She thought the birth was coming now but we did not hurry into this
It has probably been a slight indigestion but we scared Edyta properly ;-)
Next day Caramel started delivering. First came the giants 360 grams then
the 260 gram babies. It’s a big difference but it is not said that we will not
make up the balance. 8-th of us were born 8 (4 girls, 4 boys). We have been given
different color bows to tell us apart.
We are being weight every day to be sure that we are putting on weight. Two
of us did not know how to suck but Edyta taught us right. Otherwise, we would not
She tells us every day how important it is that we double our birth weight within the first week.
Now we sleep with our mommy.
Oh – one more thing. Edi started doing early neurological stimulation
exercises. She holds us up, sometimes we are with our head down and
sometimes on the back. The weirdest is the cold towel or when she tickles
Such exercises at a young age already develop connections between our brain
cells. Thanks to them we become more resistant to stress, our
circulation improves, heart beating stabilizes ect.
(To know more please read an article of Caramel Battalgia about Early Neurological
Stimulation). Edyta sais however that such an exercises should not be done by inexperienced hands
as overstimulation is much worse and results in a bad effect for the nerve system.
She laugs that we are start to look like a little dogs actually
EARLY NEUROLOGICAL STIMULATION
What a nice week it has been:) Even though our eyes were closed we already
met so many different smells: muschrooms, green tea, cinnamon, coffee, egg
shells, flowers, leafs, herbs…ect. Edyta sais that even though we sleep, the
connections in the brain are already formulating. We are developing very
fast she sais. Our eyes are closed but we already started playing with
each other (biting on each other paws).
We love being hugged, really massage is a great thing!
Edyta had to clip our nails already because we were scratching mommies
belly. We still mostly eat and sleep but we already work very hard on our
Edyta is still continuing Early Neurological Simulation on us. Giving us a
few seconds of stress helps to build our nerve system in a right way. You
can see it on the video.
We alreay walk ;) Yes it looks funny because that walk is very wobbly :)
As you can see we already opened the eyes few a day ago;) We actually do not
see yet – only light and movement. Edyta is now reading a lot about
different visual stimulation which she has never done before. So she reads a
lot about sight development at an early age. She still sleeps with us so
sometimes we will crawl on her matress instead to mummy as you can see.
Fabian is also helping a lot! Because Edyta has broken her leg he is helping
o prepere and carry up food for our mommy. But she promised us that she will
fully recover when we will be in our best socialization phase.
Today we also got our first de – worming paste. No we did not like it at all,
our mommy washed our mounths after it. Edyta sais it is a must if we
want to be healthy and strong puppies. So we listen, we don’t object. Not
So we grow, and we grow very fast:) This week Edyta was doing some more
exercises with us. Membraine exercises – sense of balance exercises. Those
are special exercises that will protect us from getting car sickness. She
said that by the time we travel in a car for the first time – we will
already be prepared for this and we will actually enjoy it.
Of course she does not want us to get car sick and vomit in the car – we
quite appreciate that ; – )
And we tried (for the first time) some yoghut – boy that was delicious!
Our ears are fully opened now and we listened something we already know!
Heart beating of our mom and prenatal environment sounds. Edyta sais that
this is important for us to hear those sounds as the first ones. This is
something we already know. What is more comforting then entering the new
world – the world of sounds with something we aready know, something that reminds us
of that safe moments in our moms belly.
Those sounds are widely used in shelters to calm the dogs down. Edyta told
us many stories how she used to use that CD for our Daddy Donnan who did not
feel very good travelling in a car when he came from Australia.
Massage is something we like best, but having so much to do Edyta only
massages us every second day so 4 of us get massage one day and the other
four the next day.
Oh yes and of course we know many smells now – we haven’t been outside yet
and we already know the smell of the other world. She said that it will also
help us to accomodate when we will be big enough for our first steps
The white/black cards that you see Edyta made for our visual stimuli which
will be done next week.
And – we run. We do not walk – we run so fast as our little leggs can carry
us. Edyta still sleeps with us. So sometimes we crawl on her
matress when she watches documentary on her laptop.
We have entered in 4 weeks now – wait untill you hear what do we do now;)
Here we are today. What an adventure it has been for the past week! We have
done so many things.
Edyta is letting us listen to the different sounds from the CD. Sounds were
played firstly on a very low volume, now they are already a little bit
louder. So we have heard: different birds, storm, lightning, rain, wind,
children screaming, children laughing, wales, dogs barking, wolves, tiger
roars, monkeys, elephants, bears, pigs, frogs, crickets, horses, sheep,
chickens, rooster, dog growling, fireworks, gun shots, snow walking sounds,
an ambulance, balloon blowing
Edyta sais that this is the most important period for us. It is a special period in our lives that we
are very opened to a new world. This is why she said it is important to take
an advantage of that period and learn a lot.
Some of us like to sleep in the bowl with food which you can also see on the
We sniff a lot when we come to the new environment and we can already use
a lot of Calming Signals.
We met the other dogs in the family which you can see also.
We started meeting other people.
Edyta is already doing something which is called visual stimulation. She
shows them to us like to a little babies. We could not see too much last
week still – just shades. So you can see how it worked on the photos and on
the videos. Visual stimulation builds new connections in the brain.
We were smelling lots of things – other animals mostly.
We are still nicely massaged – we looove it a lot!
Our membranes are still stimulated for the car sickness – until the next week.
Of course we meet other rooms in the house already.
We had a little bit of enriched environment with yoghurt boxes – we smelled
and looked for the food. At the same time we were experiencing the sense of
smell a lot. After such sniffing we went straight to sleep. Edyta tells us
that few minutes of sniffing will make us more tired than 15 minutes of
So Edyta’s family started handworks. They all engaged in a strange activity
of doing some kind of strange things from bottles, match boxes, and toilet
paper rolls. What is that? We were kind of looking and getting really
interested but then we found out what is that.
Different material bottles actually rattled when we touched them – what a
strange sound really! Paper rolls along with match boxes actually were
turned into mind sniffing games.
This way Edyta and Fabian made a nice sniffing enriched environment
for us. Most of the food that we get we get by sniffing and finding in
hiddenn toys. This way we learn that by sniffing we calm down. We are
relaxed after it and go to sleep afterwards immediately.
Additionally during sniffing we get to listen to a very strange sounds of
mixer, hairdryer, vacum cleaner, blender. ENJOY THE VIDEOS
We meet other dogs in the houshold and other rooms, and this week we also
got to meet other people.
Massage as membraine stimulation was still done on us. Our temperaments now
are developing and Edyta says it is nice to observe that. But we are crazy
about her, we follow her everywhere she goes.
It has been now happening a lot! We are still meeting new people. We have
been outside for the first time. Believe it or not. We were not even a bit
afraid. It is the result of the early neurological stimulation – our paws
already stood on something really cold when we were 3 days old – remember?
Edyta took us outside at night too, so we can meet the shadows which we
usually are afraid of at the later stage. It was okay:)
We went to a car for the first time to drive to the vet. Guess what? We felt
asleep in a car immediately. No car sickness, no screaming, everything was
just fine. Fabian was sitting with us in the back comforting us with his
And our environment is really enriched now;) baloons, vacum cleaner, all
sounds all the natural environment. Sometimes baloons shoot. Sometimes
something falls on the ground. We ate our first big bones. And edyta sais we
are very polite puppies, not argueing about the bones. Of course we still
land in her arms to get the deserved massage:) It is reallly lovely.
It has been a nice week. We are still concentrated on:
– meeting new people
– coming out at night and in the rain
– solving small problems (how to get off the pile of loggs)
– going into different places (we travelled to the mountains, to the vet)
– going out into the woods
– going into the lake
– meeting ducks – very interesting
– meeting dfferent surfaces
– we start meeting strange people – little aliens;)
Number one attraction is Fabian, he sleeps with us and he takes care after
us. He is very engaged in working with us. Lately he was so tired that he
felt asleep at the vets floor. Edyta could not help it and she took a photo
… suddenly she heard snoring.
The following week some of us already go home, in the meantime we are still
getting prepared for the new life, Have a good day families. We can not wait
to see you!
– we actually saw and felt the snow under our feet
– we went to see the horses but people did not let them out from the stable
so we got to spend some time on agility field. Some of us tried to climb on
– we had a dog visitor and loved it very much
– of course we continued meeting different people
– We walked on the ladder that was on the floor. It is a special method
invented by Mrs Tellington who was working on dogs concentration by doing
– We had some SIT exercises and we will not be surprised of positive
reinforcement training when we get to a puppy school.
– strange people came and did some testing with us. Edyta called it
– we got to do real agility field
– we walked on 12 different surfaces as one of the 12 golden rules of
Margaret Hughes sais
First Australian Labradoodle Kennel in Poland