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Comment by Jennifer Lynn on August 30, 2012 at 8:54pm
Oh my gosh, soooo adorable!!!!!
Comment by Barbara Holloway on August 27, 2012 at 12:13pm

Alessandra, the picturs of Pedro are so beautiful!  You just reassured me one more time that this is going to be the best thing I have ever done!!   There really is something about seeing a puppy and wanting it.  You are wise in thinking it over rationally.  It's sort of like having a baby - you forget the labor and only remember the good.  This house has been without a puppy to make me wonder what in the world I was thinking, for exactly a year and that's long enough.   I am just so grateful you all are here so I can just talk about how excited I am or get help for questions.  There are many important things talked about here that were never in the books I have read...

 

 

Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on August 27, 2012 at 1:56am

Barbara, he is ADORABLE!!! I've been saying recently that I want another one and Glen and Pedro just exchange glances like I'm crazy, but every time I see an adorable little pup, I just want another one! Hahaha. Reality is that they need love which I have tons of, but they also need patience (not one of my strengths), attention (which I couldn't give a new baby at this time) and a good support system. I'm happy to tell you Barbara, that this community is PAWSOME for the support system part. I had Pedro's Daddy's support but I so wish I had found this Community when Pedro was this little... (see photo)

We had our "days" when things didn't go great, he would chew up stuff, bark or whine like there was no tomorrow or have a little accident (of these, he had very few, we were lucky)

Yes, his paws were also HUGE since he was a tiny little puppy... and he turned into this handsome young Doodle...

So congratulations!!, enjoy every minute of puppy hood and relax, you got it all covered, you're going to be a PAWSOME Doodle Mama! (and we're here for you any time!)

Loving paws from Pedro and I

Comment by Barbara Holloway on August 27, 2012 at 1:13am

It will definitely be a learning experience, I can tell that!  That's kinda what the good things in life are all about anyway.  I came home tonight and took down that portion of the outside fence and it's now in the living room - fits perfect and is the complete answer to saving anything you might not have thought to put away.  Tomorrow I have to replace the pieces I took down, but I couldn't wait!  Great advice!! 

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 26, 2012 at 5:26pm

Yeah, I think that "Let 'em cry, they'll get over it." thing is okay to a point, but we don't have to traumatize them, either.  And my cats are the ones who destroyed all my computer and cable connections!  Every INCH of my cable had teeth marks on it - don't know what their obsession with plastic is, but they like the dogs' latex toys, too!  I find them in their water bowl all the time.  Go figure! The exercise pen also minimized the "pee pee accidents" area, because I could keep a better eye on her. I had had dogs all my life, too, but it had been 17 years since I'd had a puppy.  Dulcie was just so busy all the time - had to watch her every minute that first month!

Comment by Barbara Holloway on August 26, 2012 at 5:12pm

Dianne, thank you.  That is such a great idea!  I have them set outside as a fence, but never thought to put one inside.  Pita, my little ratpoo ate through TV cable cords faster than I could replace them.  I did not ever see him do it and amazingly, he lived.  What I really love is your idea of leaving one section open so they can actually feel you, as well as see you.   I realize you have to start training them the very first day, but that has to be hard on something so little that is used to cuddling with his mama and his brothers and sisters.   

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 26, 2012 at 2:19pm

P.S.  When I would sit on the sofa, I would leave the pen open to where I was sitting, but put the sections on either side of me, so she could get to me, but not out of the pen.  She was perfectly satisfied as long as she could get to my feet!

Comment by Dianne and Dulcie on August 26, 2012 at 2:16pm

Barbara, one thing that absolutely saved us was one of those eight sided sectional pens that you can just fold up and move anywhere.  Dulcie could still see me, but I didn't have to keep pulling her away from things and telling her "NO!" all the time because I could control what went in the pen with her.  Especially when she was tiny, I was worried that she would get hold of an electrical cord or something like that (she did eat my laptop cord!)  If I wanted to have her in the kitchen with me while I cooked and not worry, I could just move the pen in there - same thing outside!  I think I spent 55 or 65 dollars on the medium sized one (I knew the small one wouldn't last long enough) and it was the best purchase I made.http://www.petco.com/product/13904/Midwest-Black-E-Coat-Exercise-Pe...

The one pictured is taller than the one I got - I could just reach over and pick her up or put her in it.   It still works for keeping her out of a room if need be - haven't tried keeping her in it lately because she's gotten so big!

Comment by Barbara Holloway on August 26, 2012 at 1:53pm

You all are making me feel better.  He can be as big as he wants to be and I really won't care! 

Another fear I have with this dog is that when I decided to get him months ago, I decided I had to "learn" how to have a dog.  My first dog showed up when I was 6 and I have had one nearly ever since then, so I'm not sure what I thought I needed to learn.  At any rate, I have watched all Cesar's videos several times, read the books, etc.  and they are not big on patience.  I am!!   You just reinforced what I have always thought was right.  Thank You!!  I know how to relax and enjoy and be patient.  House is already puppy-proofed.

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on August 26, 2012 at 12:06pm

Yup, only 6 more days.    Pemon's paws were huge too and guess what?  Yup he out grew them for sure.

Now Barbara, just remember to be patient.  they are puppies and they will get into a lot of things.  All you can do is try to watch him that he doesn't eat things he shouldn't.  Eveidently that seems to be a big problem with Doodle. 

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