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Old 09-16-2007, 11:44 AM   #1
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Default Introducing Nellie.....6 week old Patterdale pup!

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To everyone who kindly posted on my "Found a new puppy" thread....I got her home!!! Couple of pics attached, she is cuteness personified. Even if her white beard and feisty nature make her more like Stripe the bad Gremlin.

So the news then.......the journey home on Friday pm was hell. It took 4 hours rather than 2 due to traffic, and she broke my heart crying. I fully intended to make lots of wee/poo/water stops, but every time she wanted to go, I was on a stretch of motorway where it was illegal to stop! Most of my stops were emergency ones and entailed leaving the motorway as soon as I could, and cleaning up wee, diarrhoea and vomit, poor little thing. The car didn't smell too fresh either!

As if that wasn't bad enough, I'd finally used up all but one of the clean towels and wipes sorting her out, and gave in to having her sleep on my lap for the last 30 mins of the journey - I didn't have the heart to put her back in an unfriendly crate with the smell of her own distress. Utterly irresponsible, foolish and illegal, I know, I'm a soft touch. As I was coming across the roundabout onto the last stretch of road home, somebody pulled out in front of me and staved the front of my car in. It was a minor prang, the impact wasn't too bad and it was his fault, but I'm sure his insurance company will be fascinated to learn that I had a 6 week old puppy in the car.......*grooooaaaannnn*. I hope I chucked her back in the empty crate before he saw she was on my lap.

Anyway......she's a tough little thing and seems the none the worse for wear. I've had to shelve the crate training for now, not sure how she'd handle being back in there with the door shut, but she will happily sleep in there with the lid on and the door open. She has also been back in the car for a short journey and been ok.

Of course that means if we are to train her to eliminate outside (known as "going potty" by many of you I think ), this means that without the crate we have to be ultra ultra vigilant. She's doing exceedingly well....she'll happily dash outside and do her business if given the opportunity, but if we miss the signs of course its too late. Its also meant two very disrupted nights for me - I've had her in her bed down beside me, and I'm on full alert for the slightest cry so I can get her outside in time - but understandably, this isn't very effective as I'm rarely fast enough. The pup could poo for England, I cleaned up no less than 6 times last night! The whole house stinks of biological odour eliminator!

So we need a rethink about her potty training. In the meantime, I don't want to take it all too seriously - she's only 6 weeks old, it'll come in time if we’re consistent and take it slowly.

I do have loads of other puppy related questions, but I'll save them for another day I think….puppy duty calls!

Hope you like the pics.....d'you think Nellie's name suits her?!!

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Old 09-16-2007, 11:54 AM   #2
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ohh congrats on finally getting her home!
dont be ashamed or anything for letting her rid on your lap! i use to do it alot...and THANKFULLY that little car incident wasnt worse...could have been really bad for such a little pup!
I wouldnt go to easy on her for training and stuff just because she's young, nip it in the bud early enough so that she'll be WELL on her way to being a great canine citizen!
good luck! great pictures!
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:02 PM   #3
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Well CurlySue she is utterly adorable and YES they are tougher than we think.
And I'm not surprised she didn't care at all for the car ride. Little Zircie puked twice on teh way home from the shelter under the back seat of my truck and he was already a relatively grown-up 4 months!

I am in the minority as one of those who does not crate train and I can tell you it has it's advantages. As you put it, it makes you ultra ultra vigilant, and if you are willing and abnle to recognize the signs when she needs to go out and praise her to the skies for eliminating outside, it will pay off hugely later.
As long as you are being so vigilant you may want to lay in a supply of chew toys (if you haven't already) and have them ready for when Nellies tries seeking out her own items for her chewing needs. (SHould be coming up in a few weeks, when she hits the puppy chewing stage).
Do enjoy it, it is very trying, but if you are like the rest of us, you'll miss those puppy days when she is grown.
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Old 09-16-2007, 12:06 PM   #4
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Congrats .....Nellie is gorgeous and so small...can't wait to watch her grow up. (bet your glad that ride is over)
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Nellie is adorable. Whew, glad you made it home OK. Sounds like a very rough trip.

Have her stools returned to normal? Or are they still very odorous, large, frequent, loose?
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I am in the minority as one of those who does not crate train and I can tell you it has it's advantages. As you put it, it makes you ultra ultra vigilant, and if you are willing and abnle to recognize the signs when she needs to go out and praise her to the skies for eliminating outside, it will pay off hugely later.
I didn't crate train Ozzy either but I'm home during the day & was able to keep an eye on him 24/7. Instead, I just took him outside around-the-clock & made sure I had him outside well in advance of his need to go. I agree, if you can manage it, this can definitely have advantages over crate training.
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She is gorgeous and what a fab name,I have never used a crate either,If Travis gave me the signs of wanting the loo or not I would take him outside every ten mins and if he did go loads of praise,after his meal I would stay outside with him for upto half an hour,how many meals a day are you feeding her and what food are you feeding her,perhaps the food you are feeding her is making her go to the toilet so many times,I used this method and within 2 weeks he was clean throughout the day and I would have the odd wet accident through the night
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Hi,

Well, she was born in a hunt kennels - her parents (Ralph and Sprout!) live there too. She was fully weaned and eating some meat - but when I asked for some of her food to tide her over for a few days, the breeder gave me a bag of what looked like horse feed! There was a mountain of sacks of it in a feed shed, and its what they feed to the pack of 50 or so hounds every day - its a cereal feed, with big flakes of maize and oats etc. The puppies were having it soaked in milk, and I saw in the kennel that all of their stools were very runny and milky beige.

I started to introduce a tiny bit of Eukanuba Junior yesterday, mixing it with her original feed soaked with a little milk but mostly water - she seems to like it and is starting to pick it out and leave the rather chewy cereal. Her stools have gone from runny beige to a much darker colour, and she's intermittently fairly solid then back to loose again. She is going about 9 times in a 24 hour period! She needs to go quite suddenly, and does rather force it out, hopping around in her squat position and straining out the last few drops......

She's having her first check up with the vet tomorrow evening, so I'll check with him. She's a bit itchy round her ears and they don't smell puppy-fresh, so I hope he'll look at that too.

She's quite a stroppy little thing, she gets really narky if she doesn't get her own way! She's got lost of puppy chew toys but still prefers my slippers.......

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What a little cutie congratulations .

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Congratulations!!!! She is so cute
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