We're getting a puppy

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby mercalia » 30 Mar 2019, 2:10pm

get one of these? a Farage biter?
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 12 Apr 2019, 11:26am

Sailor came home on Wednesday evening, collected by our daughter as we were away until Thursday evening (yesterday).
He's settling in well, and the three cats only object a bit - some hissing and spitting but nothing serious. :lol:

He's growing rapidly and he's a complete bundle of fun for an hour, then he sleeps for an hour .......... but only after he's eaten and been for a short walk round the garden.

This is him on the settee.
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Psamathe » 12 Apr 2019, 11:53am

I'm going to have to ignore this thread now. Although nearly a year since I lost my last Border Collie (and having been "dogless" since then), it's still tough and (nothing wrong with this thread) but making me sad and miss her and starting to want another ...

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby pwa » 12 Apr 2019, 12:14pm

Mick F wrote:Sailor came home on Wednesday evening, collected by our daughter as we were away until Thursday evening (yesterday).
He's settling in well, and the three cats only object a bit - some hissing and spitting but nothing serious. :lol:

He's growing rapidly and he's a complete bundle of fun for an hour, then he sleeps for an hour .......... but only after he's eaten and been for a short walk round the garden.

This is him on the settee.Sailor.jpg

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Paulatic » 12 Apr 2019, 12:23pm

Mick F wrote:
This is him on the settee.Sailor.jpg


Spoilt already :D

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 12 Apr 2019, 12:34pm

He's only little!
He need cuddles!

He's asleep now. Solid gone.
We're off to do a spot of shopping soon, and he'll get a ride in a car again.

Daughter collected him on Wednesday evening after she finished work. She works in Callington Cornwall, but the puppies were in Horrabridge Devon. The trouble is, Gunnislake bridge is broken and she had a long long diversion to follow. The journey to bring Sailor back in her car should have been about 10miles from there to home .......... had to be 40odd miles. It took over an hour, so he had a baptism of fire!

All he knew about the world before then, was a straw-strewn barn in a mucky smelly cattle farm. It would have been a big shock to him.

He's off to the vets on Monday for his injections and when the course is complete, he'll be out walking on the roads and visiting pubs with us. :D
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Psamathe » 12 Apr 2019, 12:43pm

Mick F wrote:.....
He's off to the vets on Monday for his injections and when the course is complete, he'll be out walking on the roads and visiting pubs with us. :D

An interesting difference between UK & France. In UK vets are paranoid about puppies not going out before their vaccinations provide protection. In France vets seem more concerned about getting puppies out to experience the world as a higher priority (i.e. don't delay). Plus, in France they tend to vaccinate earlier so when you collect your puppy (at same age as in UK) they have already had their 1st vaccination injection (and are already tagged).

Not advising you, but even the breeder of my UK born BC said to wrap the puppy in a blanket and take carry it around (e.g. to pub). But I am just repeating what I was told and claim no expertise.

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 12 Apr 2019, 2:09pm

I think if you were buying a pedigree (expensive) puppy, the breeder would've started the course of injections off, and the cost would be put onto the cost of the purchase. Ditto the microchipping and Kennel Club registration etc. For a £500/£1000+ puppy it would be chicken feed.

Our last female BC (Megan) had 30 puppies in her lifetime - we kept No 29 (Rascal). Her later pups were sold at £50 each, and the last of her litters was born March 1991.

We've bought a farm dog. The price has gone up in those years, but only to £140. You couldn't sell a farm dog for much more than that, so injections and vet bills couldn't be included.

BTW, he doesn't like car journeys (yet), so later, we'll be going out again. Little and often is the best way we think, and to show him that he always comes back home.
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby irc » 12 Apr 2019, 4:29pm

Mick F wrote:BTW, he doesn't like car journeys (yet), so later, we'll be going out again. Little and often is the best way we think, and to show him that he always comes back home.


Correct. Our new pup was very nervous about the car. Hyperventilating, carsick, etc. But short trips almost every day and a few weeks on she is fine. Just goes to sleep.

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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 13 Apr 2019, 7:42pm

He's been here for a full three days.
The difference in him is amazing since his arriving.

He's grown, answers to his name, will sit when told, happy to be on a lead, "performs" outside when required but with only the one or two wee accidents in the house. He knows the front and back doors, has respect for the cats and the parrot, and knows his way round outside in the garden.

Still not happy in the car, but much better than he was. Not too happy about going to the far end of the back garden (understandably agoraphobic?) , but ok near the house where he can see it.

Sleeps like a log, so that's a good thing. :D
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 19 May 2019, 10:29am

Sailor is doing quite well. Nearly four months old.
I say "quite" because he's one heck of a handful, good some of the time, asleep for lots of times, and "Demon Dog" for some of the time too.
The cats don't mind him too much and thrap him down if required! :lol:

Off out a walk with him soon. We're going down to the playing fields nearby with ball to throw. He's not brilliant in coming when called, but he's learning all the time. Often deliberately disobedient and wilful but he'll be ok off the lead down there with the two of us. We'll try him in the fenced-off little-used tennis court first.
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We've ordered a tag for his collar, and it should be with us fully engraved on the reverse with his name, our phone number and our postcode.

We think this is just right for a sailor! :D
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All arranged by our local pet shop, so I think there must be a UK outlet rather than coming all the way from USA.


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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby brynpoeth » 19 May 2019, 8:12pm

German dogs are well-behaved or smart or both, often a dog 'faehrt gerne Auto', that means she likes riding in a car, it also means she likes driving a car, I guess one has to try to interpret from the context :wink:
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 20 May 2019, 9:55am

The tennis court idea failed. He was too interested in looking through the fences at people than bothering chasing a ball.
We gave up, and went on a long walk along the river bank.
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby Mick F » 27 May 2019, 2:39pm

Nearly six miles today.
He's spark out.
Good!!!! :D

I'm fine, I could have done triple that.
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Re: We're getting a puppy

Postby NATURAL ANKLING » 27 May 2019, 2:42pm

Hi,
dump the ball thrower and long walks while he is still growing!
won't do him a lot of good, gently does it :wink:
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