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Friday, July 21, 2006

Puppy Stuff

We've been doing some shopping in anticipation of the arrival of our newest family member! We can't bring the little guy home until mid August, but we can bring home things he'll need. As you can see, we have the ginormous crate (its the size recommended for Golden Retrievers and Labs - I know, it looks like we could kennel Godzilla in there). Don't worry about it right now - I picked up some things to make him a soft bed to go in there. No fluffy little puppy of mine will be sleeping on hard, cold plastic! Caleb and I also hit the dog toy aisle at Target and probably had way too much fun. Clockwise from center front: A yellow dumbell shaped rubbery tooth massager thingy - that's a technical term, a Cardinal dog toy - it has a tennis ball and a bell inside it, Sharkey - kind of a demented plushie/rope combo that hopefully won't give the puppy nightmares but totally cracks me up, a can of tennis balls - cheaper in sporting goods than in the dog section, and finally - a squeaky sheep! Of course my dog will have a squeaky sheep - how could he not?

Caleb is also really involved in what's going on with the new puppy. Its really neat teaching Caleb what he'll need to know about the puppy. At 5 - 1/2 years old, he's big enough to really be involved with the puppy's care and training so I'm making an effort to teach him what he'll need to know to help the puppy make a good adjustment. He's also pretty excited about all the toys - Sharkey cracks him up too. We hope to be going to the breeder's later today to see the puppies again - if it doesn't rain. I do have my camera out and with my purse, so it has a pretty good chance of getting in the car with us this time. Hopefully Monday I'll have some canine eye candy for the blog! Have a great weekend.


Blogger Vanessa said...

Cannot wait to see pictures of the puppy - how cute! Always exciting. They are lots of fun! We have a german shepherd/hound mix - looks like a mini shepherd too cute! She is 3 yrs old - got her from the Shepherd Rescue when she was 15 months old. Lover her to pieces. Have fun with your new addition.

8:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I absolutely cannot wait to see the little one! I know Caleb will love him considering that he spent an entire weekend teaching Stephen how to go up the stairs when he was 9 weeks old! I can smell the puppy breath! Mindy

9:20 AM  
Blogger Yarn Collectors Anonymous said...

A new "fur child"....how exciting!!!! Can't wait to see pics!! I have an 8 year old schnauzer and baby sat a puppy for the past several days....quite a disruption in the household....but HOW FUN to have a puppy around!!!

10:05 AM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

OH a new puppy how exciting! What kind is he? I'm new to your blog, sorry for any questions you've already answered. I found you via the Mystery Stole, which I adore by the way. Have all of Chart 2 completed, and I'm eagerly waiting to go home tonight and work on 3!

11:16 AM  
Blogger Jes said...

Oh how cute! Good luck with the pup.
While he's really small you might want to partition the crate a little bit because if there's enough space, little ones feel comfortable using one corner as the bathroom. If they can't get far enough away from their "living space" to go potty, they will usually hold it and will be crate/potty trained a little quicker.
I can't wait to see pics, I love me a little fluffball =)

11:26 AM  
Blogger jenknits said...

The anticipation! This is the exciting part (before they start chewing everything and pooping everywhere). But who couldn't love a new puppy? Have a great weekend and I hope we get good eye candy on Monday, too!

1:02 PM  
Blogger Monika said...

It's going to be a busy time for you and your family! Puppies are sooo cute. I've used crates for my dogs. Now, they go in and out, the door is always open. They like to sleep in there during the day, but they have their doggie beds in our bedrooms. In the beginning I've fed them in the crate so they'l think it's a nice place. Have fun with your puppy! ;o)

7:07 AM  
Anonymous rcoday said...

some toy advice???

If your new dog ends up anything like ours, he loves the squeeky toys---and chews thru them at a rapid rate.

we finally bought a kong squeeky, cost more but those things are indestructible!

thanks for sharing your lovely stole pattern with all us MS2 knitters and
IT IS BEAUTIFUL! and I'm glad I joined.

bigger THANKS for putting you foot down on the pet issue. I never chimed in, kept my op to myself, but I appreciate your not being afriad to draw the line in the sand, so to speak.

knitter with 1 dog, 1 "old" cat and 1 "new" cat, Rebecca

10:46 AM  
Blogger Monica said...

You should also get some kongs toys for the pups. My lab mix loves his kong! We put treats in it mixed with carrots, cheerios and peanut butter. It gave him something to do while he was in his crate too.

4:25 PM  
Anonymous PJ said...

Lucky you, lucky Caleb- a new warm puppy. Our dog is getting old, but I still remember when each of our dogs was a pup! I have a picture of my daughter in side the crate - her brothers dared each other to shut her in (she was about 10 months old)! The next dog after that she carried so much it didn't want to walk and at 40 pounds now, she still thinks she's a lap dog.
Enjoy your puppy.

6:50 PM  
Blogger Aurora said...

A new puppy! How exciting!
I know you've bought a lot of toys all ready, but I highly recommend a Kong - kind of a hollow ball that you can stuff with treats and the puppy can try to chew them out. It's great for crate training, since it keeps them busy for a loooooong time.

Good luck! Can't wait to se!

11:30 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

As others have suggested, Kongs are great, and stuffing them with PB, kibble, chopped carrots etc...definately makes them more interesting to the dog. But as an extra tip, get several and stuff them then throw them in the freezer. The "stuffing" will last longer and make it more challenging to play with...also, the cold feels good on teething puppies mouths.

They are the only thing I allow my dogs to chew on unspupervised in their crate because they can't tear off any pieces and get choked.

They also can be thrown in the dishwasher to clean them out if need be.

11:43 AM  

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