This is the post to determine the best dates!
This litter shows no sign across the board of not being ready to go by their 8 week mark. Some of you have spoken to me about holding your potatoes a bit longer due to scheduling issues. I've approved these delays, but please get with me via email to confirm it.
I will be going to Moses Lake on June 1st for a 'Play Date' meet up with past owners of Outlands pups. If you guys want to meet up then, that's fine. Otherwise, here are the dates I'm considering:
May 11th or 12th
May 18th or 19th
If either of these dates work, let's pick one. I'm only making the one trip (except for the June 1st one, which is for the play date) so if you want to shave off some miles here's your chance - otherwise, we'll discuss meeting up on Spokane Valley area. I'm pretty easy on dates and times if you're coming out this way though I do have to drop Meghan off at work in Spokane Valley at 5am and pick her up at 2 (or 3)pm Wed- Sunday so I have to work around this a bit.
Let me know (or remind me of pre-made plans) ASAP so I can make sure schedules line up.
Wow, we're getting close ES litter! Time to start figuring out dates on pick ups for these potatoes!
Across the board, they are no longer nursing. Most won't even rush momma when she bothers to visit them and Goose is almost dried up. She only jumps into their pen when they're eating wet food. They're solid on kibbled foods and are growing like weeds. All are using their litter box with almost 100% accuracy (there's a few oopses here and there). All are reaching their milestones and are bold, well-behaved pups.
They will handle baths, they are pretty good with nails being trimmed (they're puppies, so 'good' is relative lol), they understand 'no', and most are getting 'sit' and 'stay' and the basics of 'come'.
They are understanding the concept of not biting as well, so bite inhibition is understood! They accept new things without fear and are all in all very happy pups!
I will be giving them two more wormings (one right before they leave) and their next sets of shots... keep in mind that they will need to finish the series at your vet.
They are eating Purina Pro Plan Focus Puppy right now, both dry and wet versions. You'll be getting a baggie of dry and a can of wet in your puppy pack. This is for you to transition you over to your new food if you're not using this brand. If you are using this brand - free food! Yay!
They will also be coming home with a gallon of my own water. My water has different bacteria in it than yours, and you'll want to transition it slowly. Starting 50% my water, 50% yours and work down from that until your pup is on 100% your water. The gallon should last you a week + this way and this will help your pup from having loose stools once s/he's home with you.
Remember... your pup will be stressed out. When a puppy is stressed (humans too, btw!) they get lower immunity levels and might even run a small fever for a couple of days. This is natural and using my water and keeping things calm and quiet for the first few days helps a lot with puppies. They need that smaller world for a bit until they can get their balance again. This doesn't mean you shouldn't play with your pup, but trips to visit others, pet stores, etc are a big no-no. Let your baby acclimate! Don't fall for the Petco nonsense of "bring your new puppy in for a free grooming!". That just screams "Let me give your puppy Parvo!". Just ...don't.
Also in your puppy pack, you'll receive puppy pads. These pads are for the trip home. Please, please, please, pleeaaase do not stop at rest stops and let your pup touch the grass. Put them on the puppy pad in your car, or if you must... put them on the pad on the ground. But, keep them on the pad! Further, keep your hands from touching your pup if you hit a rest stop on the way home. Touch nothing. Not kiddin' ya. This is the #1 cause of diseases with new puppies in the first few days. Parvo can show symptoms on average of 5-10 days but it's not at all uncommon to show symptoms at 3 days! Don't take chances.
Same with visiting places. I know you want to show that baby off... but safe is better than sorry. It won't be long before your pup is up to snuff and has been fully vaccinated. Be patient and your pup will be with you for a long, long time. Plenty of time to show it off to others.
Another item in your pack will be a small blanket. This blanket doesn't smell like momma. They couldn't care less about momma. It smells like their siblings. They DO care about their sibs! Leave this blanket in with your pup for a few days without washing it. It's stinky... you want it stinky. It will ease their separation issues, especially at night.
Your pup will also have a toy and possibly more things that I'll stick in. None of these things were purchased in an actual store. I buy strictly off Amazon, and these items come sealed in packaging.
Lastly... your pup will have its information packet. It will include your paperwork for registering your pup (pre-paid, just follow the instructions), a pedigree of your pup, your worming/vaccination booklet, your Nano-chip information and a 30 day certificate from AKC for insurance and a vet visit.
What YOU need to bring with you:
If you haven't paid me online (via Popmoney), you need to bring payment. No checks. I take cash if meeting in person, cashier's check from your bank, or a Walmart money order.
You also want to bring a harness, collar and a leash with you. At the very least ... a collar to hang onto that pup if you're allowing it outside on the puppy pad to do its business. A carrier or something to keep the pup in for the drive. If you plan to hold the pup the entire time... well, you might consider bringing a blanket or towel (because that pup WILL pee on you, or be car sick). Bring a cup for water. 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. Hydration is important. Also bring a plastic bag for putting soiled puppy pads into it. Just sayin'.
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.
Now... onto Part 2:
Doing the edits on yesterday's individual photo shoot from both litters. I'll be re-taking a few and posting them up today. For now, enjoy the play gym from both litters that got put up today! Video later!
Hope you all had a great holiday weekend!
Pictures later! For now, we're moving all the pups into their pens in one room so they can begin to interact and because honestly, it's easier to keep up with them when they're not in bedrooms! ;) While someday I hope to have a custom puppy room, for now, it's my dining room that's sacrificed to puppydom! That's okay... we're gamers. It's not like we eat at a dinner table, right? lol
The dining room is on vinyl flooring for easy cleanup, it also allows for more room so they can have their puppy play gyms and actually get more active. They also have more natural lighting through the windows and we have a television which we put various programs on that simulate more of what they'll be used to at their new homes. Action movies, thuds, bangs and multiple voices all help desensitize puppies in a safe environment so they can stay confident and courageous!
This also allows us to start putting crates into their environment for sleeping. We lock them in for short amounts of time while we clean the enclosure and then we continue to do one on one crating in the office so they understand they're not dying if crated. LOL
It's all part of the progression! Right now, they're all litter box trained (both litters) and are eating both wet food and kibble full time. Mommas visit only when they think they can steal some wet food and nurse while they do their thieving. lol Puppies wean off the teat early but that doesn't mean they're ready to go at all. They still have a LOT to learn!
We're a bit behind in photos as we had some washer/dryer issues we needed to fix, but we're on it today once Meg comes home! Easter themed too! :)
But, since it happened to me, I thought I'd give a Corgi Service Announcement about washers and dryers while living with Corgis. Remember, double-coated dogs are shedding dogs and even when you're cleaning them 24/7 you will get their fur on ya. That means it's all over your clothing too.
A once a year check on the washer drain and the dryer vent/pipe will be a worthwhile thing to do to keep your appliances in top shape! I promise, the Maytag man doesn't give me kick backs for suggesting this. ;)
One. One picture wasn't fuzzy from yesterday. So, today when Meg comes home, I'll re-take them with her assistance. Your nuggets are pigs, btw... they LOVE their food! I'm feeding them a combination between Spot Farms chicken and Honest Kitchen Organic chicken. Both products are whole grain (read up on DCM) and mixed together because they like it that way best.
At this point in their lives, I also mix in goats milk with the mush. They do fantastic with it and digest it without any issue. They're currently on 2 meals a day with momma nursing them in between. She's certainly happier they're eating off her less! She will only nurse them for about 3 more weeks total... and will be tapering off substantially now that they're eating puppy mush. By next week, they'll be on 3 meals a day and only nursing a bit. The following week, she'll only nurse them to ease the pressure on her teats. The last week, she'll be drying up and only really interested in their food (and poop, because Goose likes baby poo lol).
At that point, the pups won't really even fuss with her, they'll be too interested in each other and having fun. My pups have never whined and cried for momma at weaning time. They miss their sibs more than mom by then. Even now, at 3 weeks old... mom doesn't lay with them. She visits a few times a day - that's it. Now it's up to the siblings to socialize and teach each other about manners.
Of course, I allow visitations from my older pack, and they're all very swift to show the pups the rules of the house. I actually love when they do this. The pups learn very swiftly what's acceptable and what's not. They have a strong foundation of bite inhibition and understand there are consequences to being little shits. My adults are gentle and enjoy what they do (because they can run away lol) and the pups gain a lot of benefits from it. This is also another reason why I don't allow my adults out to play dates and such... they help raise these potatoes as much as I do. Puppy Culture is awesome, but Doggy role-modeling is even better! ;)
Go check them out! The links under the photos work now. ;)
Went to clean the box and saw them playing so filmed it first!