Yes, I’ve been missing for 2 weeks – all thanks to an adorable, little furbaby, that I’ve adopted 2 weeks ago. She comes weighing at 4lbs and 1 ounce. A pure bread pug, named Lola. As any other puppy, she is full of energy, loves to sleep, eat and run around the house like a possessed puppy.
She does this thing, when she starts running from one end of the house, than runs around a piece of furniture, and then she is off to the other end of the house. I call this “Pugmonium”. It’s best to get out of her way when she decides to go “Pugmonium”. And because she is a puppy and isn’t potty trained, and sometimes pees on the floor. Sometimes I don’t see the pee… before it’s too late.
Which brings me back to being absent for last 2 weeks. While running around the house, Lola peed on the floor, and I didn’t see it. Oh boy did I not see it! By the time I saw it, I was flying across the room, just before falling and breaking my arm.
Get a dog, they said… It will be fun… They said…
Fun… is not the word I would use… but this has definitely been a learning experience. I’ve learned to slow down and look where I step. And if you have a puppy in potty training mode, you should slow down too.
Otherwise, you may end up like me, flying across the room, before falling and you know the rest…
At first I was furious with Lola for peeing on the floor, but suddenly I’ve realized that she is still learning. She doesn’t understand what she did was wrong. So instead of yelling at her, I chose to pick her up, with my one good arm, hug her and give her a kiss. Then I placed her in her playpen, and went to emergency room for X-rays.
Yelling at Lola wouldn’t have solved anything, except traumatized her… and that is not something I want to share with my dog.
*** NOT A GIFT ***
Dogs should never be given as a surprise gift. If the recipient isn’t ready for a dog, that most likely, the dog will be surrendered.
Giving a surprise gift to an unsuspecting person, who is not prepared for a dog, is never a good idea. Dogs are a lot of work – from training, to walking, to giving it enough attention. Getting a dog should never be a “spur of the moment” decision. If your gift recipient is ready for a dog, have them take this quiz to finding the right dog. Also have them read this blog, so they have an idea of what’s to come 🙂
Should you get one puppy or two?
Puppies are demanding. They are active, curious and full of life. They chew anything and everything. They explore the world around them with a zest, therefore requiring constant supervision. Teaching commands can be done one puppy at a time – one puppy is playing, while the other puppy is being taught. Teaching 2 puppies at the same time is difficult, as they are usually focused on one another.
You should choose 2 puppies only if you have enough time to dedicate to them. For beginners, its best to choose one puppy, and once they first puppy is used to you and its obedient, you may get another one.
It’s a good idea to neuter/spay your dog, if you are not planning on breeding them. It is also a humane thing to do, as neutering reduces aggression. In today’s society, we already have an abundance of homeless, unloved and unwanted dogs. Most of them get euthanized. Wouldn’t it be better to prevent all of that by neutering your pooch?
City of Toronto, charges less of an annual dog tag free for registering your dog, when it’s neutered. So when is it a good time to neuter your fur-baby?
The best time is always before the dog reaches sexual maturity. However, different dogs mature at different times. So as a general rule, most puppies get neutered/spayed at 5 – 9 month of age.
Here is the list of some of my favorite veterinary clinics, in Toronto and Area:
- Ajax North Pet Hospital – located in Ajax
- Brimley-Lawrence Animal Clinic – located in Scarborough
- Leslie Street Animal Hospital – located in Richmond Hill
- Dr. Brodetsky – Mobile Veterinarian for home visits
If you are reading this, you are probably a few weeks again from getting a pooch. I love you already.
Every dog is unique and I usually have a selection of names to choose from. I never choose a name ahead of time. I make a list of names that work, I wait until I get a dog and sense it personality, than I choose a name from my list.
So what are the rules of a good dog name? These rules aren’t set in stone, but they are here to help you call your dog faster:
- Short names are best
- Easy to call
- Two-syllable i.e. Fido, Tofu, Zulu, Kiki
Long names such as Isabella, Thunder or Sunshine are too involved for calling. By the time you are done pronouncing it, the dog has moved on to the next project.
These are the signs to look out for when getting a new puppy from a breeder. If you come across the following, do not purchase the dog:
- Breeder doesn’t encourage you to visit puppies before selection one of two.
- The dogs don’t appear to be cared for or look sick
- The parents or mother in particular is aggressive, shy or anxious
- Puppies are kept in dirty environment, scared to ply and shy away from touch.
- Breeder doesn’t ask you about your living conditions and doesn’t have knowledge of dogs. Seems eager to sell.
- Breeder refuses to show you parent dog i.e. a mother, and refuses to show you their environment.
- Breeder doesn’t provide any medical records or history of a puppy.
- You are not given a certificate of vaccinations, deworming or micro chipping.
- Breeder raises a few different breeds of dogs and doesn’t seem competent.
- The price is extremely low, compared to other breeders.
- The dogs have lived without intensive human contact, and are scared when held.
I am on one of those owners who spoil my dogs. They have more sweaters and tees than I do, and homemade treats galore. Same goes for their beds. Each room of the house has a doggy bed.
I allow my dogs to choose their “sleeping zone”. For example: My alpha male, Dido, loves to sleep under my bed. After he has chosen this spot, I simply put his bed there – this will be not only his quiet sleeping place, but also his safe zone. And by safe zone, I mean a place that belongs to the dog alone. A place where it won’t be disturbed.
Clink on this link to see different beds from PetSmart for you furbaby.
When it comes to purebred, you can look up dog’s size, personality, temperament and appearance ahead of time. The description usually matches purebreds. If you love surprises, than mixed breed is for you. Sizes and appearance are harder to predict. The same litter of puppies can be quite different in color, size and in the inheritance of their parents’ traits. Mixed puppies are usually unique as no 2 dogs are alike.
There are many debates, weather mixed breeds are healthier/better. This is not so. The puppy may inherit some genetic imperfections from its parent, regardless of purebred or mixed. Some breeds have genetic illnesses. Mixing breeds is used as a tool to repair the genetic deficiencies. For example: Bichon poodles are prone to seizures. Mixing Bichon and Maltese, produces a higher chance of a seizure-free dog. Since mixed breeds come from at least 2 breeds, there is a chance they will not develop breed-specific disease. Doing some research before choosing a breed, will help you understand the complexity of each breed.
Once again, all dogs are amazing. I am yet to meet a dog I didn’t like. So this preference is entirely up to you. When you treat your dog like family, they will grow up to be gentle, playful and affectionate.