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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-24-2007, 07:13 AM Thread Starter
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Help!! I need puppy advice!

The 10 month old pup we were going to adopt is not available but we have the option to adopt a 11 week old puppy from a rescue. I need all your opinions so i make the correct decision & not based on cute puppy emotions. My concerns are:
1. I work 8 hours a day mon-fri & home by 4. So is it selfish to even consider this?
2. My dogs do great in their ex-pens.Would i be ok to have the pup in there with them(as what was suggested by the lady from rescue)?
3. Would i keep the pup in a crate at night with us at 1st or always use the ex-pen where my other dogs are ? I dont want my current dogs to feel left out or jealous. (My dogs dont make a SOUND until we get up.)
4. I could bring the pup to work with me a few days a week.

I am sure i will have more questions but i have to let her know today. I appreciate any advice you all can give me. I want to do the right thing.

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Shannon,

I'll let more experienced Mom's and Dad's answer this, especially those that worked with a rescue. I think a lot depends on the temperment of the dog and rescue dogs sometimes have more issues. I am not sure that I would leave the pup in the xpen with the other dogs without supervision especially in the beginning.

Sorry, I am not much help but I am sure someone in this great group of people will have some input.
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THese were babies that were rescued before they made it to a puppy mill, thankfully. I was going to bring my dogs to see how the interaction went & to see who they play with etc..we get to choose out of 3.

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Wow! Why on earth is there an 11 week old baby at a Rescue?? Poor thing!

I can tell you that it's quite challenging at that age, esp. if you aren't home much. I was home all the time, still am, when Ricky was here at 9 weeks of age, and I was 'on the job' non-stop for a long while. I know some work fulltime and still raise puppies, but there is usually a break in the long day where someone goes and interacts/plays/trains the pup for a good hour before leaving it again.

If the pup is paper/litter trained, that can make things a lot easier. Taking it to work can help a lot too. The pup may be perfectly happy spending the night in the pen with his older siblings, but if not, you might have to keep him in your room for a while. I have no clue as to how Tripp and Dreamer will react to that, if they will at all.

Personally, I think it's going to be a much greater adjustment than what you've had to do so far since you've had your two. You were saying how wonderfully they integrated into the family, how things have been going so well, but a baby will definitely stir things up a bit! lol It could be GOOD, I'm not saying it's not a good idea, but I think it will be a challenge.




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THey rescued a group of 5 babies that were up for auction to a puppy mill. Thats how they ended up with them.
I wanted basically Tripp to pick the pup. I wanted to see how he interacted & got along with them before we made any decisions.
I possibly could go home every day(25 miles each way) for awhile.
Everything went soooo smoothly with Tripp & Dreamer.
Tripp definately needs a playmate though. Thats why we were trying to find an older pup.
But i would love a puppy too.

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Are these the ones on petfinder? cute dogs.

On a porch swing? Best of luck. Sorry the other one fell through. If you'd rather have an older puppy, I'm sure one would come available.
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I am one of those Mom's that works and has someone stop by during the day. Houston transitioned well but he wasn't a rescue. Rescues depending on how they were treated sometimes need an extra amount of TLC and socialization. The good thing is you have other dogs and he won't be lonely.
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Well i am told they came from a Mennonite farm & that they really are ok & seem well adjusted.

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From PA? Our state is known for that.

That is good news that they are well adjusted (I guess as much as could be for the situation). When you see them you will know. I have a funny feeling that you will want all of them.
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Yes Rita, i have that option too!

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