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29 May 2009 @ 10:05 am
new puppy!  
I am so excited, I'm waiting to hear back if we can go pick up a new puppy tonight!!! He'd be 7 weeks old.  The lady sent pics, OMG too cute!  One has a double stuffed white stripe on it's head!!!  

We have a girl named Molly who is a year and a half, but what to name her little brother?

We've thought of Kirby, as in the vacuum lol cause they're little vacuums.  We thought of Max, but I had a bulldog growing up named Mack.  Any suggestions?  Oh you know I'll post pics as soon as we get him!!

Any suggestions on bringing a new puppy into a spoiled rotten absolutley our baby boston's life?
NH: Pets: Cornholio Yodaxsaltyx on May 29th, 2009 03:13 pm (UTC)
I would double check that the breeder is reputable and that the dog's parents have had their health checks. 7 weeks is too young to send a puppy away from it's mother unless there is a special circumstance and that raises red flags about all of the other stuff.

Good luck with the new baby!
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on May 29th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
7 weeks is too young? We got Molly at 5 weeks. The lady said they are CKC registered and both parents are there. She said they've had their first shots and been wormed. I thought 6 weeks was about right to take a puppy from it's mom.
NHxsaltyx on May 29th, 2009 03:27 pm (UTC)
8-12 weeks is the recommended age.

I did a quick google search and came up with this great timeline: http://bullmastiffinfo.tripod.com/when.html

I think if you searched further, you would find the same type of information. Puppies learn a lot in the first few weeks from their mother and littermates that is vital to the rest of their lives. I rescue dogs now and dogs that were not properly socialized at an early age are incredibly difficult to train once they hit maturity when their personalities can change.

I am not sure what health checks BTs need, but you could probably look that up and I'd make sure they have them. A breeder should be very interested in breeding healthy puppies and not making money. If you ask questions and they get defensive, know that something is probably up.
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on May 29th, 2009 03:31 pm (UTC)
thanks so much for the info!!
NH: Pets: Cornholio Yodaxsaltyx on May 29th, 2009 03:34 pm (UTC)
Sure! I hope it helps!
NH: Pets: Cornholio Yodaxsaltyx on May 29th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)

Also, I am under the impression that the CKC (Continental, not Candian Kennel Club) is kind of a bogus registry that does not hold up to the AKC standards. I found one link about it, but I don't really have time to look right now: http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20090106212857AAsHmTN
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on May 29th, 2009 03:36 pm (UTC)
we're not gonna breed them, the girl dcg we have now is fixed, this is just a pup to love and play with and to be a companion for the one we have now. We just really like bostons or we'd go for a plain ole heinz 57 mut dog, so i'm not too worried about the registration part.
NH: Pets: Cornholio Yodaxsaltyx on May 29th, 2009 06:48 pm (UTC)
I would just be sure that the proper health checks are in place. Getting a papered dog is as much about health as about anything else. If the parents have genetic problems that they could pass on to the pups, you'd want to know about it before you get a dog and end up with tons of vet bills for something that could have been prevented by not breeding unfit dogs.
Tiffanyiftherainstops on May 29th, 2009 04:44 pm (UTC)
5 weeks? holy cow that's young!
The Girl in the Self Imposed Boxelisabat on May 29th, 2009 09:58 pm (UTC)
I 100% agree with this. What kind of responsible breeder would sell a puppy at 7 weeks?
Karol Ann Moorekam0520 on May 29th, 2009 10:05 pm (UTC)
we got Molly at 5 weeks and she has never had a problem, she's grown up healthy and loveable and is GREAT with other dogs. I don't see what is so bad about 7 weeks. I've always heard that 6 weeks is when it's ok to sell one. Are all of you saying we're bad owners because we get it at 7 weeks?
Dragonfly_lily: Sherman3dragonfly_lily on May 30th, 2009 01:06 am (UTC)
Don't get defensive...they're picking on the breeder, not on you. I know you're very excited (and you should be!) and you just want to bring your baby home! I am glad to hear Molly is healthy and well loved.
Just think about the health thing that everyone else has brought up. None of us want you to get attached to and love and adore a baby that will be sick.
I got a Boston (past the 12 week mark) who was sick almost from day one. We spend thousands and thousands of dollars to try to make him better and he died at 6 1/2. Nearly killed me then and I still cry for him now.

Oh...and for names, how about Mickey, Cooper or Charlie?
The Girl in the Self Imposed Boxelisabat on May 30th, 2009 02:06 am (UTC)
I am not saying you are a bad owner, I am saying this is a bad breeder. You got lucky that your first dog turned out okay after being separated from her mother at 5 weeks. At 5 weeks, most puppies aren't even weaned yet. At seven weeks they should be partially weaned but still suckling from their mother and learning very important developmental tools from their mother and their siblings. And I can tell you as a veterinary technician, that is way too young to vaccinate a puppy (did a vet actually do this?). If I were you I would back out of this shady deal. Or request the breeder keep the puppy with it's mother until it's ready (12 weeks is the recommended age) and wait to vaccinate at a less dangerous age (at least 8-9 weeks).