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PaulF

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Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« on: October 05, 2013, 03:09:54 pm »
Chose our puppy today*




Untitled by paulfulford, on Flickr


*Well technically my son did


4 weeks until she's old enough to leave mum

woollypigs

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #1 on: October 05, 2013, 11:45:40 pm »
Ah what a little cute thing :-)
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Auntie Helen

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #2 on: October 06, 2013, 08:04:50 am »
How sweet - is she a cockapoo?
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PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2013, 07:26:30 pm »
How sweet - is she a cockapoo?

Yes! About 4 weeks old there, we bring her home in 2 weeks!

My wife is out tonight so I'm doing my homework. I think I've read more about dogs than I did about babies before my son was born!

Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2013, 08:06:43 pm »
She's gorgeous!

I highly recommend the Cockers Online forum http://www.cockersonline.co.uk/discuss/ if you ever need any cocker advice. It's not quite like this place  ;) but we enjoy being there. Woolly joined a while ago when we were thinking of getting a working cocker. They're just as helpful now we have a colliex. We both post there under woollypigs.

PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #5 on: October 16, 2013, 08:19:16 pm »
Thanks!  We thought so too :)

I'll have a look at the cocker forum.

PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2013, 02:32:51 pm »
We had another visit yesterday


photo.JPG by paulfulford, on Flickr

She's grown a lot in 2 weeks!

On a more serious note the breeder has called to say she has an umbilical hernia :( Google seems to suggest that this isn't something that we should be overly concerned about - anyone got any experience of this issue?

Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #7 on: October 22, 2013, 10:47:48 am »
I am far from a dog expert so I did a search on the cockersonline forum and there were a few threads about umbilical hernias which might be useful to you.

Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #8 on: October 22, 2013, 10:50:20 am »


On a more serious note the breeder has called to say she has an umbilical hernia :( Google seems to suggest that this isn't something that we should be overly concerned about - anyone got any experience of this issue?

Yes, and yes it is common and not serious, afaik.

PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #9 on: October 22, 2013, 10:57:42 am »
Thanks, my research (and the input of our resident vet :) ) has led me to the same conclusion

Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #10 on: October 22, 2013, 11:02:38 am »
That's good news!

I'm looking forward to seeing more photos of this little cute thing! Do you have a name for her yet?

PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #11 on: October 22, 2013, 11:09:40 am »
Yes, but we'll keep a little mystery until she comes home ;d

The breeder's vet has suggested she's kept 2 weeks longer than the rest of the litter as a precaution. I'm hopeful that's all it is and not because they're worried about something else on top of the hernia.

Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #12 on: October 22, 2013, 11:25:48 am »
I'm not sure how it works when you get pups from a breeder, but I suppose it's reassuring that they're doing things by the book and listening to their vet. Can you ask the breeder straight out if there are problems other than the hernia?

PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #13 on: October 22, 2013, 01:14:20 pm »
My wife is going to call her tomorrow - she's been dealing with that. My view is that the breeder is just being conscientious.

Auntie Helen

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2013, 04:34:09 pm »
Yes, probably - a reputable breeder doesn't want a dog returned if they can avoid it. They probably want to ensure the pup is 100% when she goes to you.

After Poppy was spayed she developed a little hernia which, over about six months, gradually went away and she's fine now. Maybe it wasn't a hernia I suppose but anyway she is fine now and there's nothing to see where it was.
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PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #15 on: November 01, 2013, 02:24:35 pm »
Think our life is about to change


Layla & Friend by paulfulford, on Flickr

Layla came home today :) So far she seems happy, tail wagging, engaging with us and been out for a play in the garden

Auntie Helen

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #16 on: November 01, 2013, 10:42:08 pm »
She's so sweet!

Hope she sleeps well tonight in her crate.
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PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #17 on: November 04, 2013, 03:31:15 pm »
She's so sweet!

Hope she sleeps well tonight in her crate.

Well sleeping's not going so well :( although she was calm when my wife moved to the sofa and put the basket beside her. But it's early days yet! Otherwise she's generally settling in well, she's friendly, sociable and happy to meet new people and confident to explore the garden by herself. It might be coincidence but she also (sometimes) sits on command!

Managed to get her to sit still for long enough to take this


Still for a moment by paulfulford, on Flickr

Jaded

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #18 on: November 04, 2013, 05:26:07 pm »
Awww!!!

Look at that trouble all bundled up in a cute suit!
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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #19 on: November 04, 2013, 05:31:59 pm »
Oh, Layla is adorable! She looks like a little character.

I highly recommend the Victoria Stilwell training videos for eHow Pets on YouTube for everything puppy-related. She does a good one for crate training. Our Tilley now loves her crate and particularly since we covered it with throws so that it's a nice dark den. During her first couple of weeks with us we got up once during the night to let her out to pee, but she quickly settled and now sleeps from 10pm to 7.30am. 

Keep us posted with Layla pics and good luck with the training!

PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #20 on: November 04, 2013, 06:06:30 pm »
Thanks I'll give those a look!

Think she's still getting used to having a new family, she was less settled today as my son was at school and I'm away on business so her pack had fallen by 50%!

Clare

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2013, 07:04:50 pm »
Oooh, she does have a wonderfully stern stare.

What a lovely looking lass.


Auntie Helen

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #22 on: November 05, 2013, 07:07:16 pm »
I'll be interested to see what haircut you go with for her when she grows up.

With Poppy we much prefer very short and this time round also opted for Poodle Nose. James likes it, I am not as sure, but it makes the hairdo last a lot longer. It's 8 days since the cut shown below and she's still got wonderfully short hair, although she needs to wear a fleecy coat at night else she gets cold!

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PaulF

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #23 on: November 06, 2013, 09:45:28 am »
Haven't got as far as thinking about styles yet but I like Poppy's cut

Auntie Helen

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Re: Shortly about to hear the pitter patter of tiny feet...
« Reply #24 on: November 06, 2013, 05:28:51 pm »
It has the advantage of lasting well too - she's 9 days since the cut and her hair is still nice and short.

We use our decent clippers on her every 10 days or so and she has the Full Monty at the groomer's four times a year (the groomer is much better at her underside, legs, feet and clips her nails).

I did have to buy decent quality clippers (Oster A5, £100ish plus £25 for the blade) and decent scissors too.
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