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OMG, I think we've found our rescue pup

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Elibean Sun 25-Sep-11 18:20:20

I'm so excited! And scared blush

He's a 4.5 month old lab X, and we're waiting on a homecheck. Also have a few problems getting the whole family to meet him before the weekend after next, but the foster carer is lovely and says she'll see what she can do to hold him for us if we're the right home for him.

I need a crate (he's used to one), a fleece bed, some food, treats, cigar-style hide chews (his favourite), a clicker or a whistle?? and someone to tell me to CALM DOWN grin

Did someone once say Savic crates were good? Are clickers easy to find from local petshops? Is my life about to be turned upside down (more than it already is?)

tooearlytobeup Sun 25-Sep-11 20:23:17

How fantastic! Tell us all about him smile

And CALM DOWN grin

Elibean Sun 25-Sep-11 20:39:26


Phew. Thank you.

He looks like lab/beagle to me (and his foster mum), though others have said 'lurcher in there'/'staffy in there' and yet others have said 'definitely not any of those'. The lab part is clear though. He's sort of gold with white blaze and paws, 4-5 months old, a neutered male and has had his jabs. He came in very thin (was dumped in a bin with his litter mates angry) but is filling out - apparently he looks like a long-legged labrador run [soppy grin] with melty eyes.

His foster mum says he's very people orientated, has no table manners (though is gentle - just used to being hungry, plus a Lab x obviously!), is fine with other animals and all the kids he's met, is very biddable and already clean in the house apart from the odd accident when no one listens. He cried the first night in his crate in her house for 5 mins, then she put the radio on and he was fine.

Big challenge: he cries when left alone, as in when his foster mum takes the other dogs out into the garden and leaves him indoors - he doens't like being alone and is not at all used to it. I will need him to cope with short spells alone (up to an hour) eventually - though obviously will drop all but essentials when he first arrives. I want him to feel safe and loved before I start introducing alone time. I've not done that bit before - my last dog had a buddy from the off. Any tips welcome!

Sorry so long - was just waiting for an invite to talk about him I think!

tooearlytobeup Sun 25-Sep-11 21:00:47

He sounds fantastic. I've sent you a pm too smile

ChippingIn Sun 25-Sep-11 21:04:22

He sounds lovely smile

We will need pics!!

What are you going to call him??

It's far too exciting to tell you to calm down grin

Elibean Sun 25-Sep-11 22:04:30

Pics there will be aplenty, I promise smile

His current name is Risk, ironically. No idea if we'll keep or change - and don't dare think too much till we're sure we're getting him.

will look out for pm, tooearly - not come through yet!

Off to sleep while I still can.....

tooearlytobeup Sun 25-Sep-11 22:15:43

Pm was actually asking if it was that pup grin He looks lovely. You must change his name though, our pup was given a name by the rescue that even the rescue staff sniggered at, so they wont expect you to keep it.

Check your inbox though, there was some other stuff in there smile

Elibean Sun 25-Sep-11 22:25:10

Ah - found it! And have answered smile

Now I'm worrying that he will jump up and scare my almost-5-year old, who is not used to jumpy aged dogs...

I am sending myself to my basket grin

ChippingIn Sun 25-Sep-11 22:39:26

LOL - yes - popping yourself into your crate sounds like a good idea!

Risk - nah, you have to change that, it's far too negative. He wont care if you change it!

tooearlytobeup Sun 25-Sep-11 23:05:13

My then 3 year old insisted we could not have a dog that was 'big or jumpy' We got a springer spaniel pup who bounces all over the place, and is almost as big as her grin

We taught her to turn her back on him if he jumps and say 'No!'

She loves him and will now happily ask to stroke any dog she see's, even if she can only reach their knees grin

Time to start thinking of names...

Vallhala Mon 26-Sep-11 00:46:03

Told you you'd get there in the end! grin

Great news, good luck! smile

saffronwblue Mon 26-Sep-11 07:31:16

Very exciting. Could he become Rick? or Biscuit?

Elibean Mon 26-Sep-11 08:29:17

I knew you lot would keep me sane(ish) smile

Thank you. Especially cheering to hear your experience with dd, tooearly, and I have seen your springer on your profile - what a poppet!

I did think Biscuit last night....but am thinking (speaking of Risks) that I may let the dds name him...though I may have to keep a right-to-veto.

Off to vet/petshop this morning to orientate myself. Hoping to hear from homechecker soon!

tooearlytobeup Mon 26-Sep-11 08:42:44

He is gorgeous isn't he? That is the pic from the rescue site, he is double the size now smile

I let my kids chose his new name, as his original one was awful. Thankfully, my youngest insisted on Jake. The last time I let the kids pick a pets name we ended up with a rabbit called SuperBunny-Rainbow, I was very relieved the youngest had more sense grin

Happy puppy shopping!

Elibean Mon 26-Sep-11 09:42:09

Hmm, well, the dds are currently fixed on 'Zero'. Could be worse, as can relate to your rabbit: our guppies were named Treasure, Rosie-Daisy, FlowerPetal and Fatty grin

higgle Tue 27-Sep-11 13:04:33

Have you got him yet? I came across him on the website - he is lovely!

Elibean Tue 27-Sep-11 13:19:10

Not yet! Am hoping to go and see him with dd2 tomorrow, and the homechecker is coming this week. They want us to take him this weekend, but unfortunately DH is on a course - and can't defer, we tried. So it may be the following Saturday, if we can't get there during the week.

Feels like a long time to wait, but it does give me time to borrow crate, buy bed, bowls, clicker, food etc! And we have a carpenter and plumber working here this week, be much quieter by the time 'Risk' arrives, which is good.

Oh dear, am talking like he's already ours [nervous]!

mel2005 Tue 27-Sep-11 13:42:37

i bought one of these for our puppy
with the bed and bowls, it is really good and the quality is the same as the ones we saw at pets at home BUT much cheaper. i am really happy with it

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