Bringing Home Puppy

The Frenemies
June 14, 2009, 6:41 pm
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Well, the meeting of the cousins went better than expected.  They just played, and played and played.  As new pet owners, seeing the gnashing of teeth and head chewing made us a bit nervous, but Bry and Becks assured us that this was completely normal, unpainful doggie play.  So we went with that.  There was really only one or two instances of pissed-off growling, when Sousa tried to go into Tim’s crate, and when Tim tried to eat Sousa’s food.

Altogether it seems that they are going to be good friends!  Thanks for your patience Sousa!

Checking each other out...

The Face Chew


Some New Pics!
May 11, 2009, 11:17 pm
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Its the 3rd week sine Timmy joined our household!  Here are some recent pics!


…and what do you think of those ears?!?

Tim Tam’s Favourite Things
May 9, 2009, 12:44 pm
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In the interest of balance I decided to do an entry on Tim’s favourite things.  They are many, and varied.

  • Television – particularly commericals
  • Dead leaves
  • His mom
  • Buttons
  • Chewing on books and papers 
  • Paper towels
  • Food
  • Bones

We are noticing his increasing bravery everyday…he is gradually getting more adventurous, and seems to enjoy being out of the house, particularly at night.  I think this is because at night the neighbourood is less noisy. 

Anyhow…still counting the small victories, and praying that one day we’ll get to sleep in again.

Only 2 More Sleeps!
April 25, 2009, 5:52 pm
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So the flight confirmation is in…Tim Tam arrives on Air Canada Monday at 1:30!

It just can’t get here quick enough!  I bought food and training treats today, so we’re all set!  My amazing friend Robin found some super cool dog stuff at the good ol’ dollarstore, so now we have a paw-patterened blanket, pee pads, dish, and poop-bag dispenser!   My friend Katie supplied a collar (for post-neutering recovery), as well as treats and some bitter apple spray to help prevent chewing isseus.
Despite all that…I just don’t really feel ready!  I guess that’s the thing though…you never feel ready.  And you kinda work it out as  you go along.  I just don’t want to end up on the Dog Whisperer with a yappy, crappy dog that all the neighbours and passers-by hate!  That won’t happen!  I refuse!  Hopefully he can spend lots of time with his cousin, Sousa, who is a great role model!

"Make good choices!"

"The positive role model in action"

Pics of Pups
April 4, 2009, 6:55 pm
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Our little guy was born Feb 26th, so we’re hoping to get him the end of April or beginning of May.  At this point he only weights about 1.5 lbs!

So…We’re Going to be Parents!
April 4, 2009, 6:47 pm
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Well after years of wanting one, and another year of research, we’ve decided to take the leap and get…a dog!

Because I’ve never had a dog before, I took pains to research all breeds, trying to discover the type of dog which will fit our busy, urban, condo life the best.  The result: The Manchester Terrier.  This little guy is a typical terrier, bred for ratting.  The difference…its activity level!  Preferring to stick around the house with its owners, we felt we could give this little guy the level of exercise and activity it would need to be a happy, healthy pup.  You may ask, why did we not adopt from a shelter?  To be honest, I have always been a huge proponent of rescuing animals in need.  I know there are literally MILLIONS of great pets that need homes.  However, I looked at the Toronto Humane Society, Chatham Humane Society etc., and found that most dogs available were adults, either German Shepherds, or Staffordshire Terriers.  This may be fine for some pet owners, but as a first timer, I don’t think I’m prepared to take on the huge task of “rehabilitating”.  So, we’re starting from scratch!

This blog will detail the first year in the life of our pup…from preparing for his arrival, to crate training and housebreaking.

Be prepared for the joys, frustrations and possibly even the tears of the first time dog owner!