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CHICKENS!! Come hither and tell us about your puppy. NOW!!!

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Inthepotty Fri 26-Apr-13 19:45:20

Kept that one quiet you sly fox. grin

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 20:01:01

Heh. Yeah <looks shifty> I've been considering it for a while, but wanted to make sure that it was the right step. Had a chat with my behaviourist a few weeks ago, and she gave Jas another assessment and gave me the go ahead to introduce another dog carefully. DH wouldn't contemplate an adult dog, so after some soul searching and flashbacks to Jas's puppyhood which had me rocking in a corner, we decided to take the plunge. New pup is a cross (cocker/poodle) and we collect him tomorrow. I am both excited enough to wee myself and scared enough to consider a one way ticket to Bermuda. Jasper is eyeing the crate and new equipment with suspicion. Wish me luck <gulp> Oh, and send wine

Inthepotty Fri 26-Apr-13 20:11:01

How exciting!
Please return as soon as the little fuckers pissed on your floor and asleep with pictures!!

Has he got a name??

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 20:13:14

Stanley. DH wanted to call him Slash, or Axl, or Zog. I put my foot down.

topbannana Fri 26-Apr-13 21:23:26

Ooh chickens we are picking up our new pup tomorrow too. At the moment I am swinging between excitement, sadness (whichever way you look at it, the pup would not be coming if my beloved BlackDog was still alive sad) and pure terror as it is a long time since I had a pup.
DS is counting down the hours and driving us mad, and DH is pretending to be unfazed by it all liar
Perhaps we should hook up tomorrow evening to share wine and tales of inappropriate peeing grin

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 21:34:24

It's a date! grin

Floralnomad Fri 26-Apr-13 22:09:07

Good luck with him chickens ,I hope Jas likes him !

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 22:26:42

I think Jas will be most unimpressed at first, and I'll make sure he has space and that the pup doesn't harass him. It's going to be...interesting.

Karbea Fri 26-Apr-13 22:37:43

Good luck. I've had my new pup for a week and a half, the 4 cats are still unsure/confused/freaked out. He thinks they're great even tho they growl/run away.

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 22:45:11

I'm prepared for the first few weeks to be a bit hairy (in every respect) until the pup learns some dog etiquette and Jasper learns not to eat him/run away squealing. The stair gate is in situ between the kitchen and hallway, so that Jas can escape to the living room. Not quite sure what to do about bedtime yet, but it may involve me sleeping on the sofa in the living room with the pup in his crate. Jas sleeps in the kitchen.

Judyandherdreamofhorses Fri 26-Apr-13 22:52:25

Wow. Another one! Good luck.

(Name changer here - I have a springer the same age as Jasper).

Floralnomad Fri 26-Apr-13 22:52:45

Would that not risk making Jas jealous of the puppy ?

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Fri 26-Apr-13 23:49:52

Not sure. I was thinking more that Jasper might be upset by having the pup in the kitchen with him crying. I'll see how it goes <needs bigger house so the dogs can have a bedroom each>

lotsofdogshere Sat 27-Apr-13 08:52:46

Exciting news chickens, bet you will love your poodle/cocka cross. I had a moment last summer, and came home with a cocker/poodle cross - he is a total delight, well....... he is full on, reactive, jolly, thinks he is cock of the north, swaggers about now he's reached 12 months. He discovered recently that the chickens in our garden are not actually as terrifying as he first thought. Big brown hen did her usual turning, waving her wings and expecting him to race back into the house, tail between his legs - but no, he is no longer feared, and chased her back into the hen run. The other dogs are totally chilled around the hens, and he has avoided them, but now has tuned in to his inner cocker and discovered the joy of flushing ducks when out around local reservoirs. Work in progress to convince him the wickedness of this, and that including hens is Very Bad. What colour is your new pup? Stanley a great name choice, as is the poodle/spaniel cross choice.

LadyTurmoil Sat 27-Apr-13 17:06:36

Ummm, we realise you're busy with picking up new pup today but <impatiently drumming fingers on keypad> you do realise we're all waiting for pictures, don't you?! grin

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Sat 27-Apr-13 17:17:35

There might be a picture on my profile of a sleepy pup having a kip on my wellies <cough>

ditavonteesed Sat 27-Apr-13 17:22:43

one two three, awwwwwwwwwwwwwww, and I had forgotten just how much jas looks like eric. smile good lcuk tonight wink

Floralnomad Sat 27-Apr-13 17:29:10

Absolutely gorgeous !

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Sat 27-Apr-13 17:32:31

He is adorable. He is also farting like a trooper, and he snores grin Jasper is swinging between sniffing him, grrrrring if he touches...well, anything, and pretending he doesn't exist at all. I'm presuming that this is all normal. I'm going to shut Stanley in his crate to eat so that Jasper doesn't mug him hmm

topbannana Sat 27-Apr-13 21:06:50

Ah chickens same here smile
GingerDog is wandering about looking sour and disinterested but growling and snapping when the puppy comes close. The cat is mesmerised with his new toy smile
So far it has not been too bad but he is quite clearly the most independent of puppies and has seemingly no fear hmm
Good luck for tonight, if it all goes horribly wrong we could meet up for 3am wine and sympathy grin

idirdog Sat 27-Apr-13 22:08:27

How exciting and what a cutie grin

(Do some counter conditioning with Jasper, everytime the puppy appears or comes close give Jasper some yummy treats, Soon puppy will mean great things to Jasper).

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Sat 27-Apr-13 22:35:24

Thanks idirdog. I wondered if I should be treating Jas for every non aggressive interaction and ignoring the bad ones? He really is being a star, and has even allowed the pup to have a chew on one of his less favourite toys. He watched him closely the whole time, but did allow it. Pup made a beeline for Jas's bed, though, and I removed him before he gained access. I think that would be a step too far tonight.

LadyTurmoil Sat 27-Apr-13 22:50:48

Awww, he's so tiny and gorgeous! Best of luck for your first night smile

poorpaws Sat 27-Apr-13 22:56:24

I want him. I want to kiss his nose awww gorgeous.

ChickensHaveNoEyebrows Sun 28-Apr-13 07:18:01

First night report: Put dogs to bed at 11.30, puppy in his crate, both in the kitchen. Didn't hear a peep grin Woke up at 6, came down to the inevitable accidents and a ravenous puppy. Jasper keeps staring at him and sniffing him a bit, but is generally being very good. The odd grrr and one snarl/snap when the pup chewed my finger through the bars of his crate, but mostly just interest and vague suspicion. Now, to hold my nerve <and remove suddenly more confident puppy from my slipper>

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