Moses Lake Meet Up!
1820 Kittelson Rd, Moses Lake, WA 98837
What do I bring with me?
Blanket or towel!
You don't want a shivering pup! They're used to 70 degrees in the winter. Even in warmer weather, pups can get cold, so be prepared.
I'll provide you with treats and food for the trip home, and even the water to use - but you need a bowl so your puppy can drink. Keep your baby hydrated! Stress can kill a pup, so hydration is top priority. Don't worry about food. If your pup doesn't want to eat during the drive, that's okay. But, even if you have to dip your fingers in the water - get some fluids into your baby.
Carrier (optional but smart).
Unless you want to keep a puppy in your lap the entire time, you need a place for your puppy to rest. Puppies like having a 'den' they can feel safe in. Plus, it's a good thing to get a carrier for transportation to and from the vet office or anywhere else. It gives them a place to potty or vomit (if car sick) that isn't on you or your car's interior.
Harness/Collar & Leash.
You really don't want to have your pup escape you when you're allowing it out to potty on the way home. A harness or collar will give you something to hang onto. I prefer you do your pit stops on potty pads and not the grass at rest stops. Remember - PARVO!!! I call rest stops (and dog parks) Parvo Parks. Your puppy is not fully protected yet and with the extra stress of leaving home, you're going to have a reduced immunity for a while.
Bag for trash.
You want somewhere to put the soiled puppy pads, right? Your puppy pack will have poop bags, but you need to bring a bag to cart that soiled stuff out.
Don't forget this. If you do, I'll be going home with your puppy. I like ya. I do! If I didn't, you wouldn't be getting my pup. However... bring your final payment. Remember: No personal checks. No money orders except for Walmart, and of course cash works too. I do accept Venmo for final payment as well, but it needs to be finalized before the pup leaves me.
What do I *NOT* do?
DO NOT: Put your puppy on the ground anywhere that's not IN your home/yard for now. Remember your pup has 2 vaccinations but needs 3 to protect them from Parvovirus and other things.
DO NOT: Go anywhere like Petco or a grooming salon until your pup is FULLY vaccinated. Even taking pup to the vet - you should be holding and not allowing anyone to touch your pup, or better yet? Use a carrier! Keep your pup safe!
DO NOT: Ignore that your puppy is not 100% potty trained. It most certainly won't be at your home right off the bat. This is a baby - have a game plan here!
DO NOT: Allow people to pet or play with your puppy unless they are clean and haven't played with other dogs that you don't know the status of. Be safe, not sorry.
DO NOT: Take to a dog park. Just don't. Don't.... please? Don't.
What do I do when I get home?
When you get home, let the puppy rest. That baby isn't used to your smells, sounds, sights... it's a brave, bold Corgi pup. I know, I raised it to be that way. But, it's a baby. It's going to need to find its legs for a bit. Like an over-tired toddler, that pup will be running on adrenaline and won't be able to police itself. So help your baby succeed. Let it rest and recover itself.
Keep an eye on it. Don't worry too much if the pup isn't eating or drinking at first. Just put kibble and water out for the pup close by. Make sure it knows where it is and let it de-stress. If it hasn't eaten within 8 hours of being home, try wet food. If it still hasn't eaten, let me know immediately. I have tricks to entice baby dogs to eat. Drinking though... keep that pup hydrated. Most likely it'll eat and drink just fine. It IS a Corgi.