Hello everyone! I went and made that heartbreaking decision (there were four of them to choose from) and brought home Sam ("Blanco.")
My sister, mom and I made it to Colorado on Saturday, and went over to the breeder's home that night. I had four puppies (out of a litter of eight!) to choose from. The big guy probably would have been perfect if I didn't have another dog already, and the little one was just a bit to fiesty for back home. I was trying to choose between Sangria (the little girl) and Blanco (the other little boy.) So I took the night to decide. I asked my mom and she said she probably wasn't any help, because given the decision, she'd always take a girl, but said that Blanco was a really sweet little boy. My sister (who has a girl and boy dog) said since I was going in this to find a playmate for myself, but for Pumpkin too that I should try to match energy and personalities. Blanco was more outgoing and Sangria was a bit more timid. My sister reminded me that her little girl dog hides under the couch where her brother can't get to her when she's tired of playing and he isn't (she's a tiny three pounder and he's a giant 11 pounder
) That made good sense and since I had been prepared to get a little boy anyways and slept on it I chose Blanco.
Picked him up on Sunday morning. Funniest thing, I was going to name the boy either Sam or Colt and had decided that Blanco looked like a Sam, and then the breeder said that his call name could be whatever I like, even if I wanted to name him Sam. Ha, she had no idea that was what I was thinking--it was funny! I told her I did plan on calling him that! His only "problem" is that he has one testicle that hasn't descended yet.
I thought he did very well on the eight hour drive--not counting potty and food stops--home. He slept for most of it, and even though he had some new motion sickness medication, he still soaked through two bibs and my sweat shirt sleeve--poor guy! Whew, so glad that I had been on these boards to know to bring those bibs.
Pumpkin got to meet him and is soooo friendly with other dogs, it was Sam who was a little gaurded about her--don't blame him--new people and dog! They played for a little while and then it was bed time (and I was catching this awesome little cold and was drained.) He only cried/shrieked
for about ten minutes before falling asleep. For the first night I put him in his crate on the bed next to me.
Yesterday they both played together--you know where I, who has never had more than one dog at a time, thought they were trying to bite each other apart. But no one started barking loudly or crying. I actually worried more about Pumpkin, because ever since I got her she's never really shrieked or cried out, except once when I accidentally stepped on her tail and then it was barely a squak. So I monitor his biting her ears, when he gets past just her hair. Their playing wears Sam out eventually, but Pumpkin could still go--whoo no wonder I wanted a playmate for her
Last night he tuckered out and I put him in his crate which he walked right into --whew!--and put him on the floor next to my bed and stuck my fingers in the crate while he whined twice and then went to sleep. Got up in the middle of the night and went potty and then cried for about fifteen minutes before going back to sleep got back up at a reasonable time and took them both outside.
Have been taking him out, he had one accident inside yesterday and has had two today--I blame it on the roofers next door. When I tried taking him out earlier they were talking loudly and stapling down the roof, so he kept jumping up on my leg. But took him out a little while ago and they were on the other side of the house and he had no problem going potty and poo.
I wish I wasn't sick at this time and feeling run down. All I've done is answered two e-mails and watch them. I'll try to get back on later to figure out how to post pictures I took yesterday.
Dealing with biting right now, sounds and no aren't really having much effect. I keep giving him a chew toy to play with to redirect him from biting me and furniture. It's probably working, just doesn't seem like it right now
After all Pumpkin doesn't do it all now, so I must have blocked this part out
Pictures are coming, I promise!!!!
Typing this and watching them has worn me out.
Thanks to this board for all of your help before getting puppy and certainly now!