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Old 12-05-2008, 12:59 PM   #1
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Hey, I'm Chase, and about half an hour ago, I was walking home from rugby practise when a kid handed me this tiny white puppy. Before I could do anything, the boy turned and hurried off, muttering something inaudible to me under his breath.

So, Im stood out in the dark, in the rain and freezing cold, holding this miniscule little shaky, squirmy, whiny thing to my chest and unintentionally getting him even more wet and muddy.

I got him home and put him on my bed, wrapped him up all warm like. My brothers arent home, but they should get back in an hour or so.

I really have no idea what to do, so being in the 21st century and all, I thought: Heyyy, the internet is smart, the internet will help me. I thought maybe itd be a good idea, instead of just Googling questions and receiving answers, to sign up to a forum and ask experienced people who know the situation Im in, and how to handle it.

The little guy is all squirmy and scared and crying, but he seems to have warmed up a little. From what I can tell, hes about 7 weeks old, and I think- hes a bull terrier.

Im probably doing a million things wrong right now, and Id really appreciate guidance and help. Ive never had a dog before, but I do know a little bit about them. Clearly though, Im no expert, and really would be grateful for all the help I can get. Thaaank you.

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Old 12-05-2008, 01:04 PM   #2
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Well if its a bully then you are in luck I don't know what to say to you, are in a position to keep the dog? And do you plan to, have you got any photos of the pup as if its a bully then I would want to see it no matter what its like if its white though try to see if its deaf, thats the first thing I would do, clap or something behind the dog and see if it reacts, and but some puppy food from where ever you can anything is better then nothing at the moment.

If the dog doesn't react to a noise you or who ever will keep it might want to take it to BAER test when you can, there are a few problems that the breed can have and you might want to watch for that as you were given it as you never know why it was given to you like that but it might be perfectly healthy.
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First off, if you have a puppy it isn't going to be housetrained. So you may get accidents on your bed. Are your parents home?

What makes you think he's 7 weeks old?

He is going to need somewhere warm and dry to sleep
Food of course - puppy food
Clean water

A visit to the vet would also be in order as he's going to need vaccinations at some point.

Bless you for taking him on -

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Hi Chasey and welcome to the forum.
I think the first thing to do is to give the pup a drink of water. Next, if this is really a 7 week old pup, get some newspapers ready as puppies are like little babies in diapers - they can't hold it. I'd also get an old pillow or similar for him to sleep on and if possible a stuffed toy. Puppies are used to sleeping with their littermates and when they have to sleep by themselves, they get scared and start crying out of loneliness.
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Thanks =) He seems pretty responsive (and scared) with noises, but I'll definately be taking him to the vet tomorrow, either way.
I'm not sure how old he is, but I say seven weeks as an estimate in relation to the idea that most puppies are completely weaned from their mother at seven weeks, am I right ? And just in comparison to photos I've seen of bull terriers around that age.
He seems to just want to lie there (lol, on a thick layer of newspaper and old blankets, yay), and gets scared when I go near him.
I don't live with my parents, but me and my two older brothers all have jobs, so I think we're in a situation to keep him. If not, I know of a few responsible people who'd be happy to take him. But I'd really like to keep him (:
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The vet should be able to tell from the teeth how old he is. And they do sleep a lot, but if he is just lying there all the time, who knows, he might be sick.

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I hope he's okay I don't know, after all, how long he'd been stood outside in the rain and cold with his previous owner.
I also have no idea what to name him !

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Hiya Chasey and You have done the right thing by taking this little defensless puppy home where it's warm and safe To stop it crying I would get a old 'T' shirt and rub your body scent over the 'T' shirt and put it on the pillow along with a ticking watch or small clock this will help the pup adjust in it's new surroundings If you are keeping the pup then you need to set some house rules for the pup! You say you all work so money wise the pup will be ok, but if you all work long hrs then it won't be good for the pup so maybe you can work something out with you and your brothers so you can keep the pup! A name how about Lucky ( As it was lucky to find some one who cares ) Nice one for caring

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Hiya and welcome to the forum. Bless you for taking this little guy in. If the puppy is that youg it mite have a bit of a problem with eating dry puppy food, so soak it in a little warm water. this will make it soft so easier to chew and help it smell a bit more aperticing. Best of luck. and keep us posted of how things are going.

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