Delia is really something else. First, I have never had a puppy this young. 5 months had previously been my youngest. And Second, I have never had a small ish dog. My other dogs are a German Shepherd/blue heeler mix and a black lab. So when I got the unexpected email that there might be a puppy for me, I was all smiles.
See, after expecting to be in a little born in June, I was informed that the mom did not have enough in her litter to get down to my name on the list. I was so bummed! So eager little me, knowing another litter was expected in August, emailed my breeder asking about any updates. She responded a very short reply saying no new puppies... However, I might have one in this litter for you! Some folks in my original litter had decided it was bad timing and backed out!
So not only did I have to skip the whole...wait 8 weeks of impatient misery as she grew up enough, I also got to get her TWO DAYS LATER! It was so surreal. I'm a planner. And like to be well prepared. So I had two days to get EVERYTHING a puppy would need. (I work 12 hour hospital shifts... that happened to be both Tuesday and Wednesday before I got her. So I had from 8-9pm each night to shop)
So finally. Thursday came. I had to pick her up at 10am. So, obviously, I was up at 4 in the morning-Giddy. I cleaned and puppy proofed. Call me a nester. haha. We left to go get her, ran into a couple road ragers- Even they couldn't kill my mood! And we got to her country birthplace right on time.
My breeder comes out to greet me. Says she has a little boy out of one mom and two little girls out of the other. But she also told me she could almost guarantee which one I would pick. So I meet them. Hold them. Play with them. Little boy: adorable tri color, but I wanted a girl. Both little girls: Red with white markings. Girl 1: quiet, cuddly Girl 2: quiet and squirmy. And brave! She climbed on EVERYTHING. So after much deliberation, I was more drawn to Girl 2 (Now named Delia.) My breeder just smiles and said "I knew it." We went back inside, did some paper work. Got some instructions. Did some more petting, etc.
Skipping the uneventful drive home.
We are home. Dilly Dog was sleepy and never been on grass before. She walked through it like it was on fire, never letting her feet touch for too long. Finally, we went potty and went inside. I gave her a bath, we explored. Slept. Peed. Ya know, the puppy thing. Day two was very similar. We just got to know each other more.
Then day three came. And she's a little shit! That comfort switch must of turned on because she was nasty when I gave her breakfast. Side note: She was the smallest in her litter at first and needed additional protien/nutrition. But once she caught up, she was blatantly alpha puppy. Anyway, after discovering the puppy food aggression I immediately wanted to nip that in the butt.
Then when playing with the other dogs, she discovered pulling on tails. As hilarious as I thought it was, my other furry friends looked at me like, "Take it back." She tried pulling dominance on my german shepherd. It lasted about 3 seconds before she was put in her place. Then she tried pulling dominance on me... We are still working on that one.
It's been 5 days now and we have only had one accident and we are almost completely house trained. She has a webcam on her kennel so I can check on her when I am at work. This is just my dog child... Imagine how anxious I'll be when I have people children! HA!
Moral of the story, is we are still trying to figure it out, but we will do it together. She is a blessing and came at a perfect time for me. After a hard break up and some more discouraging news, she was a little ray of sunshine I needed and the perfect distraction. She keeps me busy...day and night...Who needs sleep anyway? Not a newly graduated college student.
Thanks to anyone that read it! Just wanted to share her story. It's rambled, but I wanted to tell someone. =)
Side notes/forgot to mentions:
Dilly's litter was my breeders 1st attempt at frozen semen. Her dad is from Canada I think. I think its a great way to get new genes in the pool!
I can't decide if we are house trained completely yet or I just take her out every two hours and it saves accidents. Because I have only had one and it was my fault, but I take her out consistently. Am I dreaming or could she really maybe understand the concept?
She is SO quiet at night. Maybe it's the inner RN in me, but I feel the need to check on her at night to make sure she is still breathing. Haha When I am not home, I just stalk the Hell out of her on the webcam.
She isn't a cuddly dog. Which is almost a disappointment, but I hope maybe she will start when she gets to know me more. I keep having to tell myself I have had her for 5 days now. She's still learning. And all the bad habits I see aren't permanent. IE-food aggression, dominance battles, chewing my face, etc
Any tips would be GREATLY appreciated. 8 week old puppies aren't my expertise at all!