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We brought our pup home at 9 weeks old, which was just before Halloween. She’s 19 weeks now, so I’ve attached a few pics to catch up.
Our breeder chose our pup for us from a gorgeous litter of 5 with a white/red parti, black/tri-colors, and reds, and we couldn't be happier with the sweet red girl she picked for us. She was the only pup in the litter that my girls (7 and 11yrs) didn’t already have a name for. They thought they might be bringing home the bouncy white male who they wanted to name Bongo (hence my forum name), but we settled on the name Koa for our girl - the Koa tree is a type of acacia wood the color of her coat, and it's used to make surfboards, canoes, and musical instruments – all things we love.
We laughed when we read that Koa also means brave, bold, fearless, warrior, since she was all of 4lbs when we brought her home. Also, whenever she sees us coming, she grabs a toy in her mouth and growls at us as an invitation to play tug. After we tug for a bit and then let her win, she’ll carry the toy away 2 feet and chew on it for 10 seconds and then come back and gently paw at our hands until we start tugging again. And then she growls and carries it away again. And this game goes on for forever. So we call her Koa ‘Tuffy’ because of her tough little play growl - our tiny, fearless warrior.
We're total newbies to the breed and dog ownership in general, and had a lot of anxiety about doing everything right when we first brought her home, despite reading everything on the forum forwards and backwards before we got her. We've learned to relax since then and are having so much fun with her. We're so appreciative of all the info shared here, especially regarding indoor potty training, which is going better now. Not perfect, but we’ve figured out a few things since we started, and seem to be on the right track, so for now we’re just enjoying the whole process of raising this funny, sweet little tough girl! Thanks so much for your support!