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24 December 2003 @ 11:18 am
hi! i'm heather...last week, i gave the guy i'm dating a boston for christmas! he will be 7 weeks old tomorrow. he's had a bit of a tough life so far - his mom was hit by a car and killed when he was 4 weeks old, and he was born deaf. he was given to me by a breeder who couldn't sell him because of his disability. but we adore him, and i don't think i could love any "perfect" puppy more! when he gets a little older, we are planning to work with a trainer to teach him sign language for basic doggie commands.

anyway, his name is paxil...i am a psychiatric clinician, and the breeder has a son who is a patient at my clinic, so that's how i came about finding him...coupled with the fact that he certainly is an anti-depressant, we thought the name was fitting! ;) i'll post pictures soon!

i do have one question - it's been so cold out lately, and we when take pax out to go potty, he barely has a chance to "go" before he's shivering and whining and running to our feet begging to go in. he's so small, and even though we live in florida, i'm afraid he's gonna get too chilled when he goes out. i made him a little sweater, which has helped a little, but you know...i'm just protective of my new baby. ;) any suggestions? is it better to let him go on paper in the house til it warms up? he's already in the habit of letting us know when he needs to go out, and we don't want to UNteach that good habit by REteaching him to use paper.
Sheribooksaremyhabit on December 24th, 2003 04:52 pm (UTC)
Hi, your new baby sounds adorable!! post pics soon.
I would just take him out, with his little sweater (so cute) just let him know that you are right there to wisk him inside the minute he "does his duty" (that's what we tell our Bostons to do)
He'll be ok. Aren't they the cutest puppies you've ever seen??
my sister just gave me a Boston terrier puppy calendar and it's so cute!!!
heatherkd on December 24th, 2003 04:56 pm (UTC)
thanks for the great advice! we give pax a treat and a thumbs up after he goes, since he can't hear "good potty!"...but he's already very good about going as soon as he's out. he's learning very fast and very well for only being 6 weeks old. he's extremely well-behaved.

they certainly are the cutest puppy i've ever seen!...i saw a couple boston puppy calendars at the mall the other day, and i wanted one...lucky you!
Genevieve: Bostons Sleepingalwaysgenevieve on December 24th, 2003 05:43 pm (UTC)
when rebel was a puppy he would do the exact same thing!! we got him when it was raining. He would just sit on our feet and cry.. it was so sad but we just stood out there until he went hahhaa
jasminejasmines97 on December 27th, 2003 01:49 am (UTC)
sounds like paxil has a great new family - what a lucky guy. :)

we got jack during the winter last year and he was NOT happy about going outside in the cold (and we are in new jersey so it gets VERY cold). the sweaters definitely help and this year i'm happy to report that he's a big boy and can go out without shivering at all. :)

best of luck with him and be sure to post pictures!!!