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SIX WEEK OLD PUPPIES


I am so excited I can barely contain myself. Tomorrow is the day we get to bring home our Taro and Kratos. Originally we were supposed to get them at 11am, but now we have to wait until 1pm. It’s ok though, this just gives us much more time to take Jordan for a nice long play session.



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Friday, April 9, 2010
six week old puppies




Today was a day for ME. I made an appointment for a pedicure and manicure at the local nail salon and I enjoyed it. I figured the puppies will take up most of the next few weeks and I wanted to get it done before they get here. Plus, I was starting to feel a little anxious, nervous maybe, about tomorrow, and I figured a little spa time would do me good.

I am super excited about getting our pups tomorrow. We were supposed to pick them up at 11am, but our breeder called and asked us to be there at 1pm instead. Kinda sucks, but at the same time, its good, because it leaves us more time to spend with Jordan in the morning, trying to exhaust her before bombarding her with two new playmates.

We’ve got everything ready and in place for the new arrivals, including the puppy gate I picked up this afternoon. The camcorder is ready to go, the only thing we need to do is take one of the kennel’s with us, so they both have a safe ride home. The best part about this is that the drive is only about 15 minutes! The only stop we will have to make is the pet store to pick up the kibble that they are eating. I am pretty sure she said Eukanuba, but there are a few different flavors and types of Eukanuba puppy food that I didn’t want to pick up the wrong bag.
Gradually we will switch them over to a higher quality kibble, made by Medi-Cal/Royal Canin.

It is extremely important to introduce food changes gradually. The first day or two we will feed the Eukanuba Diet exclusively, to ensure stools remain normal. Once we have established good solid bowel movements (sometimes when they are stressed they can have loose stools) we will begin to introduce the new kibble. We will start with 75 percent old kibble mixed with 25 percent new, and wait a few days to ensure their stomachs can handle it, then 50/50, again waiting a few days before changing it to 25 percent old kibble and 75 percent new kibble , and finally 100 percent new kibble.

As far as training is concerned, it will begin the moment they step into the house. We will be crate training them.. I am skipping the paper/pee pad transition stage because I am able to stay home with them. I figure the faster I housebreak them, the more time they can have out of their cozy kennels for play and training time.

Can’t wait until tomorrow! I’ll be sure to post some pictures, and get some more video’s up.
I’M SO EXCITED!!!

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