Where: Shari's Restaurant (1820 Kittelson Rd, Moses Lake, WA 98837).
Time: 10am I'll stay until you arrive but have mercy, I do have pups at home to take care of and can't stay an entire day waiting on you to arrive. I do end up chatting a bit with you guys ( :) ) so 10 isn't a hard time, but yeah try for it.
What YOU bring:
* ID. If I don't recognize you, you're not getting the pupperoni.
* Consent form - if applies - I'll print it off on my end and have your pick up person sign it for me. I'll be taking a pic of them with the form. So please let your pick up person know this ahead of time. If I know your pick up person, clearly no pic is needed, but the form is.
* A blanket - it's cold, your pup is in a climate-controlled home. We hit the big electric bill numbers to have your pup in a 70-degree house for all but the last 2 weeks of its time here, which temps are then brought down to 67 degrees. Your pup is going to get frosty nips going from my home to your car. A fluffy towel works too and probably is better to wash. Your pup WILL pee on it.
* A bowl for water. Your pup won't need food for a drive back to the west side. You'll have a bag of treats and some food for it to entice it to nibble if needed for the ride home. Food isn't a big deal, water is. Pups that age can dehydrate very swiftly. Stopping to give your pup a drink is something you want to do. If it won't drink, make it by wetting fingers and putting them in and around your pup's mouth to stimulate the response to drink. I provide the water.
* A collar/harness/lead. I bought a bunch of pup harnesses and leads a while ago but not all pups fit into them anymore, so if your pup doesn't fit it, I won't send it in the puppy pack. You don't 'need' these items but if you're going to put your pup on a pad outside on a rest stop... because you know better than to put your pup elsewhere right? Right... the pup is surprisingly agile and can escape you. Having control of it is a smart idea.
* A carrier or plan in advance how you want to haul this pup back home. Carrying it can be a messy process! Pups can get car sick and usually do. They pee too. You'll want to plan ahead. A carrier gives them a den they can relax in safely, or deck out a footwell with pads and a towel for them to relax in. It'll give you a rest from carrying this squirming bundle of fun too.
* $$ if you haven't already paid for my services. Cash, cashier's check, money order Walmart, or in advance via Popmoney or Paypal IF you're a past client. If you don't have the payment, you won't get your puptato and you'll have to go back empty-handed and reschedule a pickup. That will end up costing you my boarding fee and I might make you drive to Latah as punishment because I'm evil. Just ask Meghan! ;)
What I'll Bring:
Puppy, puppy pack, a gallon of my water, the entertainment of seeing me ramble on in confusion as I talk to you all about your pups. That's always fun.
The below image is my car. It's easy to find.
Since I didn't update here, I'll give you the low down. I got very sick, ended up breaking out in a big rash after feeling like having the flu, then a bladder infection... went to the doctor and found out I had scarlet fever. Yeah... seriously lol. So after shots in my rumpus of antibiotics and dexasomethingsteriod all that ever so sweet rash is almost entirely gone! Life has improved! So with the pup countdown, I'll go over a few things here today:
The pups are doing great. I didn't take them out yesterday, so they're a bit stir crazy today. I'll be letting them run around later but they're not happy about the 'later' part. It's actually a good lesson for them that they don't get what they want all the time. They're bursting with energy and being told to settle. Nezha is NOT liking that option. The rest are in various stages of 'okay' about it lol.
When they get barking, I tell them "You're fine, no barking" and since these are trigger words for them, they settle (Nezha and Atlas bark a bit then settle, Wisp whines then whines quieter when told to settle lol). They got a treat of wet food for their positive behavior in this. Corgis and their bellies!
I also did some 'silent' work for them, by turning their TV off at night. They were a bit confused but took it like champs. It doesn't bother them to lack the outside stimulation to keep quiet at night. They got praised and now get limited night stimulation to transition to their new homes.
Tomorrow, they get more harness training and I'll continue to work with positive pressure and release when asked to walk a short distance on a leash, to release off a leash tug and to stand or sit (because they're puppies) by me quietly on a leash. I don't expect a lot at this age, but they learn the concept of it. It's up to you to continue it.
Bite inhibition is now a thing. Most had it a week ago but there were a few hold outs (eyes Nezha and Atlas). They are strong in the concept of 'no' and release or retreat when told "Gentle". Saryn is a sneak though and likes to bite feet lol. She'll be worked with a bit more here since she's staying - so I'll expect more from her. ;)
All paws can be played with, all bellies can be touched, I ask them to stand (stacked) for examination and they do pretty well. They all adore the cat with a passion. The parrots are always present so they have learned not to fuss about the birds (My Greys love to peek in at the pups and talk to them), and if they do the crowding/barking/jumping nonsense, a stern 'no' corrects them (the pups, not the parrots, because they don't gaf lol).
They're all weaned off wet food, so I use it as a treat now. They're all happily on Purina Pro Plan Savors chicken formula without issue. You can feed what you wish, but you'll get a small baggie of my food to transition. You'll also get a gallon of my water to transition from water's bacterial load to yours.
Right now, you should be getting kitted up for your new pup. Food, toys, etc. I suggest you buy a bag of my food (Amazon) and a few cans (or case) of Purina Pro Plan Puppy as well. This is just to settle your pup in without messing with his stomach in this stress period.
Your pup WILL be stressed even if s/he doesn't show it. Everything new is a stressor and adds emotional and physical pressure on the pup's body (even good things), so the first week should be calm and relaxed. Let your pup settle in before whipping him out to show everyone. Try to resist it. The more you keep your not-completely vaccinated pup away from outside stressors right now is best. Less hands, more routine and structure mean better settling in. Plus, you lessen the risk of Parvo taking hold on a reduced immunity body.
I take Parvo very seriously... so no Petsmart 'new puppy grooming!' trips. No wandering about letting random people touch puppy. No putting puppy down on the ground outside your home. In fact, on the way home, I'll be providing you a couple of puppy pads to put down so you can put your pup ON the pad to potty. Be smart.
I'll be making one more post after this about pick up stuff, so if you aren't prepared by then, feel free to ask questions (my site has a great section on puppy stuff, go read it again). And lastly, the part I do dislike... final payments are required before pup leaves my grabby hands. Cash is fine, bank or Walmart issued money order is fine, no personal checks, no Paypal if you're not a previous client. Popmoney is fine but I think it'll take 2 deposits because they're being shits. Anyway, prepare.
If someone is picking your puptato up for you, let me know in advance. I have a consent form that both of you will have to sign. Okay that bit's over with. Whew.
It's almost that time again... Time is FLYING! So, here's my offiical post for the Moses Lake Meet Up! Those of you wanting to meet there to pick your puptatos up, I'm thinking of Dec 14th (Saturday). Thoughts?
Also, I know I've talked to all of you before about dates and such, but please give me a heads up if we've made arrangements for keeping pups longer, just to touch bases and stuff again.
More pics and videos soon (pics here, videos on the Outlands FB page! Remember we switched a group format so if you're a part of Outlands Corgis on FB and not Outlands Corgis Meet Up, you're in the wrong group and missing so much! Just click the Facebook button above to join the right one!