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Monday, 29 July 2013

Charlie

I hereby introduce our new puppy, Charlie!


What have we let ourselves in for!!!

He is a Lhasa Apso crossed with a Miniature Poodle, so a small dog. I never thought I would have a small dog but he is just adorable! We got him on Saturday at exactly 12 weeks of age and he is settling in pretty well.

Not that it hasn't been with it's ups and downs. We picked him up at 11am Saturday morning and the day seemed to go pretty well, he settled in over lunchtime then in the afternoon we popped to Pets at Home to stock up on supplies and book him in to get his microchip done. He met lots of other pups and dogs which i think overwhelmed him a bit but he did well. Unfortunately while we were there, his breeder turned up with his sister to see the vet. They are lovely people but he then wanted to stay with them so it didn't do much for the transition to new life for him; he was so tired after all the excitement he soon got over it.

The night was an interesting experience. We haven't gone for the whole caging idea which is recommended but we didn't think it would be worth it in our little house. We shut him in the kitchen which he did not like what so ever! He whined for about an hour then settled for a couple then whined again. So it was a long long night! Scott did all the getting up to him but I still didn't sleep so working the next day on very little sleep wasn't much fun.

Last night however wasn't so bad at all! We decided to let him have run of the lounge as that's where is bed is during the day. It didn't seem right shutting him elsewhere when he has got used to being in the lounge... he whined for about 10mins then HE SLEPT ALL NIGHT!!! We also gave him a hot water bottle for comfort which he seemed happy with. I got up to him 3 times but only to let him out, not because he asked. We haven't quite got the bedtime wee sorted yet, both nights I stood out there with him encoraging him to go but no luck yet! The first night he weed and poohed overnight (luckily on his puppy inco's), but last night he went all night! YAY!

Today I swapped his hot water bottle for a heat bag in the form of a cuddly toy, I think it's gone down pretty well.


Walking has been an interesting concept so far. He's not used to being on a lead and just tends to sit down and look at you. Though we did manage a half ok walk Saturday evening, in the pouring rain but that hasn't really continued, he fought with me when I tried to put his harness on today but to be honest it is pretty rubbish, we have ordered him another one which will hopefully be better! 

Anyway I have rabbited on far too long already! And Charlie is now very much awake and wanting attention!

Updates to follow! x

1 comment:

  1. Ahhhhhhhhhh! he is so cute! I'm sure he'll settle in soon and will LOVE living with you guys - he's so lucky to have you. I am looking forward to more charlie updates :)

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