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Thor's Pet
March 21st, 2011, 03:12 PM
Hi there,
My name is Angie and I'm addicted to my babies...lol
No, seriously, my name is Angie, and I'm the proud owner of 3 pets. 2 cats, and 1 newly added puppy.
My cats are Tucker...who is a SPCA rescue...she's approx 6-7 yrs old, calico, and was abandoned when her previous owners packed up their apartment and left...leaving her behind.
I found her 8 months later, fell in love, and adopted her. Have had her since Jan.08.
Tiki is a cat I kind of aquired when I moved out my bf's(he and I had broken up at that point) dad's house into my own place, and it was decided I'd leave her(Tucker) there, as she LOVES my bf to death...she's attached to him fully...me, well she tolerates me...lol.
So I went looking for a new pet to love....as to me a house isn't a home without a pet.
Well upon talking to my friend, I found Tiki. As she knew a lady that had adopted Tiki thru her vet....as the vet had found her in a dumpster looking for food, while hugely pregnant. Vet estimated her around the 5-6 month mark at that point.
Vet then took care of her, let her have her babies, raise them, found them homes, then found Tiki a home. Said person had a working dog as she's in a wheel chair. Tiki needed more attention then that owner could give, so she proceeded to try to find her a forever home...and along came me...lol
Tiki is approx 2 yrs of age now....and a snuggle bug like you wouldn't believe....heck, she'll wait outside the bathroom meowing if you're in there to long....lol...she's all black. I've had her since April 2010.
Thor is the newest addition....and I'll admit a bit of an impulse buy. Not impulse as it just decided to get a dog...but rather an impulse as in, just happened a couple months sooner then planned.
See the bf and I are back together, and living together in our own apartment. The new apartment allows small dogs!(Told him when we agreed on this place that I wanted/was getting a dog...he agreed). Plan was to wait til summer, then find our new addition.
Wellllllll....we went to the pet store(I know, I know, bad bad me...I generally do NOT buy from pet stores). But I can't explain it, I looked thru the glass at Thor and his brother, and I can't explain it...didn't even look at his brother, but rather zoned in on Thor...and my heart just said "That's the one...that my new baby"....and I inquired about him...and the next day got him.
He's a "designer dog"....aka Papillion/jack russell terrier.
I searched up both breeds, and talked to an employee at the store that owned on, on their temperments, activeness, and all that stuff you gotta know...and it just seemed to fit with our life style.
Thor is a little cracker...lol...he can make you SO frustrated(gotta love house breaking...ugh...lol) but yet have you laughing your head off the next minute.
He was born Nov.12.2010. So he's just over 4 months old...and is the smartest little guy going! I know, we all say that eh?lol
But no, he's basically house trained to his puppy pads(he doesn't like outside right now, to cold for him...so outside training will happen in a few months when it's warmer)....he took to the pad VERY well...so I'm guessing the Breeder that sold him to the store worked with him before(He came from a breeder as I obtained all that info with his "package").
But ya....that's my family...My bf, me, 2 cats, and a puppy.
So Hello!:D
Hope to get to know you all.
Angie

sugarcatmom
March 21st, 2011, 03:43 PM
Wellllllll....we went to the pet store(I know, I know, bad bad me...I generally do NOT buy from pet stores).
:(

(He came from a breeder as I obtained all that info with his "package").


Yaaaaaa, right :rolleyes:. And I got a bridge you might be interested in......
http://dogs.about.com/cs/generalcare/a/pet_stores.htm

Anyway, what's done is done so I won't belabour that point. Instead I wish you many happy healthy years with all of your pets, and welcome to the board (pics plz?). Are you planning to take Thor to some puppy socialization classes?

SamIam
March 21st, 2011, 04:29 PM
He was born Nov.12.2010. So he's just over 4 months old...and is the smartest little guy going! I know, we all say that eh?lol
But no, he's basically house trained to his puppy pads(he doesn't like outside right now, to cold for him...so outside training will happen in a few months when it's warmer)....he took to the pad VERY well...so I'm guessing the Breeder that sold him to the store worked with him before(He came from a breeder as I obtained all that info with his "package").

Angie, at the age of approximately 8.5 weeks, puppies develop something called "substrate preference" so unless the breeder had the puppy and worked on house training outdoors, you will find it very difficult to switch over later. The longer you use pee pads, the harder the transition will be.

A "breeder" is the owner of the dam at the time when she is bred. Because you didn't get your puppy directly from the breeder, you do not know whether they were responsible and caring in any way. Pet store mark-up is generally 2 to 3 times what they pay for a puppy, this will give you an idea of the breeder-direct value for what you have purchased.

Not all pet store puppies come from puppy mills, sometimes they are accidental or poorly-planned litters from healthy parentage. Unfortunately, all you can do from here is wait and see how your dog turns out over the next few months and years.

Congratulations on the new addition to your family and welcome to the forum. Hope you meet some new friends here and learn everything you need to get a new start into the wonderful world of dogs.

Thor's Pet
March 21st, 2011, 05:11 PM
Hey...
Oh I'm not delusional. I know the odds of him being from a puppy mill, or unreputable breeder is 50/50.
My mom had purchased a puppy mill dog from a pet store approx 15 yrs ago, and all she had was problems with her....pet store offered to take her back, mom said no, that she was loved, and we'd deal with it.
I generally don't buy from pet store....hense why my cats were rescues instead of purchased.
I wasn't planning on buying my puppy at a pet store either....but I just can't explain why I did. My head was asking me what I was doing...cause I just don't support pet store animals that way....but my heart just wouldn't listen...
But I do trust this pet store....as I do know a few of the workers(I work in the same mall) and all say that the animals are taken care of properly.
I brought Thor to the vet that has dealt with Thor since his shots began(I got a copy of all the paperwork from said vet to back it all up).
So I'm not saying my choice was the best, it wasn't...as it does support a organization of money makers instead of rescuing....but I am saying I researched said store, talked to my friend& and other aquiantenaces that work there, and obtained all the forms I had access to to verify Thor's healthiness....
I'm not delusional, I know documents can be made up, forged or even doctored....and that in a week or even a few years something can come up and make me realise all those forms were false.
But Thor needed love, my heart loved him at first sight, and he's now in a home where he'll know nothing BUT love, tenderness, understanding, attention and any care he'll need.
I also realise that I paid more then I needed to for him, due to the pet store mark up...but as blunt and selfish as this'll sound, I financed him. Not because I couldn't afford him(I have enough savings and income to buy outright)...but due to my tendancy to not finance things, or to not buy/finance from larger stores, my credit at 28 is non-existant. So this'll help start building my credit.

As to the classes....I've been looking into them...I know for certain come about 6 months he and I will be joining obedience classes....more for me tho I think, so I can learn to properly and effectively handle him, when he won't be so easy to control as he is now(he tends to listen VERY well when called). As well as easier to control when he's not sticking to me like glue(he follows me EVERYWHERE, even while out...i'm like his security blanket I think). Altho I must say I've NEVER seen a puppy of his age walk as well as he does on the leash.

As to outside training.....tried it. For 3 days. Each and every time, all he'd end up doing would be sitting on my foot, front legs up on my legs, shivering and howling/whining while shaking so bad.
So I'll admit, I caved, and went and bought puppy pads....knowing full well when I did start to switch him to outside later it'll be even harder to do so...but I'd rather a little more work then, then to do that to him now. Doesn't help we've been having -20 or colder lately....so i just can't be "mean" and force him out there when I know he's THAT cold....it broke my heart...so i caved. No excuses, just did.
But ya...pics for your pleasure...
Tucker...
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/scooters_pet/My%20babies%202011/DSC_0398.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/scooters_pet/My%20babies%202011/DSC_0414.jpg
Tiki.....
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/scooters_pet/My%20babies%202011/DSC_0075.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/scooters_pet/My%20babies%202011/DSC_0077.jpg
And Thor....
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/scooters_pet/My%20babies%202011/DSC_0462.jpg
http://i2.photobucket.com/albums/y45/scooters_pet/My%20babies%202011/DSC_0463.jpg

Angie

SamIam
March 21st, 2011, 09:59 PM
Hey...
Oh I'm not delusional. I know the odds of him being from a puppy mill, or unreputable breeder is 50/50.
:laughing: Didn't say you were. 50/50's optimistic, but don't defend yourself on my account, you made your decision, you know you took a chance, and I'm not here to persecute you for it, and I won't give you an I-told-you-so, if anything should ever go wrong. Most importantly, you now have a dog that you are looking to provide the best care for.

I also realise that I paid more then I needed to for him, due to the pet store mark up...but as blunt and selfish as this'll sound, I financed him.
:wall: I hate that they've started doing that the last few years. :wall:

As to outside training.....tried it. For 3 days. Each and every time, all he'd end up doing would be sitting on my foot, front legs up on my legs, shivering and howling/whining while shaking so bad. Doesn't help we've been having -20 or colder lately....so i just can't be "mean" and force him out there when I know he's THAT cold....it broke my heart...so i caved.
:evil: *I* can. One month old out they go above -15 to -20 including windchill. Adults, out at -40. :laughing: Yep. :evil:

But ya...pics for your pleasure...
Oh, I like Tucker, very striking!

sugarcatmom
March 21st, 2011, 11:22 PM
Thor certainly is adorable. :lovestruck:

I know for certain come about 6 months he and I will be joining obedience classes....

I'm less concerned about obedience right now and think socialization should be your main issue. He needs to get out and about, meeting new people, dogs, experiencing different environments, so that he will be a confident, secure adult. Some info on socialization for you:
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/puppy-classes
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/socialization-with-people
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/socialization

angeldogs
March 22nd, 2011, 12:04 AM
Nice looking fur family.

Thor's Pet
March 22nd, 2011, 01:33 AM
Thor certainly is adorable. :lovestruck:
I'm less concerned about obedience right now and think socialization should be your main issue. He needs to get out and about, meeting new people, dogs, experiencing different environments, so that he will be a confident, secure adult. Some info on socialization for you:
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/puppy-classes
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/socialization-with-people
http://www.dogstardaily.com/training/socialization

I will look into classes around here for sure...
But I will mention he does have a puppy(well Donut is about a yr old) friend that lives just down the hall that he gets to play with occasionally(he has 4 times in 2 weeks)....and he LOVES playing with Tiki(our cat)...and he is NOT hidden away from people...my friends all visit, when I'm going to the pet store for supplies, he comes with me, etc...
But I will look into classes....but I'll be honest, my work schedule makes certain things harder(I tend to work nights most times....don't worry,bf is ALWAYS home at night...so Thor is at home alone MAX 4 hrs at most, 4 days a week at most...last 2 weeks it's only been 2 days...as I've had week days off and start just as bf was getting off and bf is off every weekend). But if I can find a class that fits my one for sure day off(wednesdays) then I'll go from there...
I don't plan to just let him sit in the house and "waste" away alone....I understand and respect that for him to be a fully happy and developed dog he must have both human confidence AND dog friends....and I plan and have made the moves to make sure he'll obtain those. Weither in classes or just in life.
Angie

hazelrunpack
March 22nd, 2011, 01:17 PM
You have some sweet furbabies, Thor's Pet! :D Welcome to the board!

dbg10
March 22nd, 2011, 09:24 PM
Those are lovely babies Angie welcome to the board :thumbs up

rainbow
March 23rd, 2011, 12:37 AM
Welcome to pets.ca Angie :thumbs up ....your fuzbutts are adorable. :lovestruck:

akaJenT
March 23rd, 2011, 03:18 PM
http://www.blessedcause.org/gallery/welcome.gif and what adorable pets!

And I bought one of my dogs from a pet store as well. Obviously I haven't read enough of this board, being new myself. We also knew we paid a lot for her but she was what my son wanted in the first place. I told him that when all is said and done, it's better to get exactly the type of dog you're looking for, the extra it costs will be nothing compared to vet bills, food, etc. It's a big responsibility but worth it.