Yesterday, I put some linoleum I found in the basement under the whelping box (after it was scrubbed well of course..). I covered that with a well loved cotton rug that can be thrown in the washer and has been repeatedly over the last 20 years.... covered that with a sheet of heavy plastic... another well loved cotton rug and then one of her large blankets freshly washed. Then I placed the bottomless whelping box on top and put her big, freshly washed pillow in it.
It looks grand... but she wants nothing to do with it. I think she slept in Jazz's crate last night and forced him out onto the kitchen floor. That story sounds familiar!
I also started cleaning a large area in the basement to cover with some floor paint so I can have an indoor play pen in about 5-6 weeks. I have a nice run to set up outside as soon as some strong men in my family appear... but on rainy NW days, there will need to be dry romping space for puppies when the outside is a large puddle.
Yard clean up has started so my fenced area will have no secret, hiding puppy dangers. This week, I am praying for sun so I can work out there with a mower and weed eater.
So... I am puppy-ing forward and hoping you all have a great day!