Meet the New Family Member

Discussion in 'The Watercooler' started by Hound dog, May 29, 2012.

  1. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Miss Maggie

    She passed the "tests" for personality and intelligence and so far is fitting in nicely. Molly approves wholeheartedly.....she even played hedgehog with Maggie and enjoyed herself. Was so nice to see. :)

    Both of my girls are currently napping. Molly in the living room and Maggie in her crate.
  2. cubsgirl

    cubsgirl Well-Known Member

    She is adorable!
  3. Hopeless

    Hopeless ....Hopeful Now

    She is such a cutie :)
  4. donna723

    donna723 Well-Known Member

    She really is cute! Have the kids seen her yet?
  5. keista

    keista New Member

    Vewwy cute puppy!
  6. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    The kids were part of the "test". LOL

    easy child and her boys and Travis came along with me. I used the excuse I can't drive and hold a puppy. lol

    All the pups were fine with the kids. It was mom I was watching. I know that might sound odd, but to me Mom's personality is important.......and I was paying as much attention to that and her behavior as I was the pups. It didn't take long to know that Molly and Maggie's Mom Mary are very similar in personality/intelligence. Mary responded to the spoken word the exact way Molly does, she has the same "mothering" aspect and the well, I dunno how to put it into words, I just know it when I see it, thing to her personality.

    Once I was happy with Mom, I started watching and testing pups. At this stage, sex is irrelevant. I was beginning to worry that I wasn't going to find what I was looking for when I'd gotten through 5 out of 7 pups......who didn't pass the "mellow/trust" test......but then I picked up Maggie. And she passed immediately. Totally relaxed, no fear whatsoever. So I put her down a while.........and I picked her up twice more the same way (lay them on their back in your arms, squirming flunks, fearful behavior flunks, you want them to chill completely). She passed all 3 times with flying colors.

    And I knew. Just as I knew with every other dog. Maggie was the perfect "fit". She's what I'm looking for. It doesn't hurt that she's is absolutely adorable. LOL

    She just chilled in the car for the 20 min drive home. Napped with Travis while I ran out for baby food, a collar, baby treats (training), and a small crate.

    easy child and I returned with the supplies and supper. I took her on the leash to potty. At first she was a bit timid and confused.....a few mins later she did her deed and was praised. She played while we ate. Connor was done first. Now Connor LOVES wide open spaces. Nana and Darrin had rearranged the dining room so that it's one huge wide open space. easy child put him out of the high chair.....and he could care less about Maggie, he wanted to roam! Maggie followed him all over the place, just as Molly used to do with kayla and bff's son. Too cute!.

    The boys are super excited about Maggie, so Nana has to keep a watchful eye that they don't get carried away and too rough.

    easy child had a hard time resisting adopting one herself, and I'm glad she managed. If she had her fence, it would be different. Besides, she has 4 kittens to find homes for. But she did help me with the name. I was having a hard time with me a name has to "fit". I was trying to come up with something that suited mellow and intelligent and easy child was telling me about her bosses new pup (a golden) named maggie...........well I really wasn't paying much attention to what easy child was saying, but when I heard "Maggie" I said That's IT! That's her name! LOL

    Nichole went all mushy. LOL But then she always does.

    What makes me happy is that Molly seems happy. And since she has been feeling pretty crummy the past few days....... I was relieved she is ok with the new member of the family. Even Bruce likes Maggie. THAT surprised me. Bruce doesn't like any new animal at first, takes him a long time to warm up.

    Tomorrow I put in a call to the vet for shots and worming, and to get her flea medications. I'd normally do the shots, but I want her to have a good checkup anyway.

    No piddles so far. She's doing great in her crate, and cries when she needs to potty if she's inside it.

    This time? It feels totally right. No doubt. No regret. :)
  7. Nancy

    Nancy Well-Known Member Staff Member

    Very cute!

  8. Liahona

    Liahona Guest

    Puppies are so cute!
  9. TerryJ2

    TerryJ2 Well-Known Member

    Awwwww! So little!
    Shepherd, St.Bernard and Rottie. Obviously, she'll grow up to sleep on her own King Sized mattress, lol!
  10. Jody

    Jody Active Member

    Oh my goodness she couldn't possibly be cuter. More pictures please anytime!!!
  11. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Shepherd, St.Bernard and Rottie.
    Well, the St. Bernard temperament DOES provide a bit of balance to the other two...I said temperament, mind you, not size!
  12. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    You can buy the shots and the wormer at the feed stores. The flea medications now are at Walmart for half the price as the vets.

    We do all the shots and worming ourselves except rabies.
  13. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    LOL IC I prefer BIG dogs. I'm not a little lap dog type person. I can enjoy other people's lap dogs...........I just can't live with them myself. She'll be big, probably bigger/taller than Molly, but honestly Molly was just about her size at the same age. Mom is medication size. But she seems to have the st.bernard fur, with the shepard coloring.

    Janet, I normally do the shots ect myself. But I want her examined for health anyway and our vet doesn't charge much for it, actually the wormer there is cheaper than is the flea medication. So I'll just let her do it while she's there.

    I have to say, it hasn't taken long for her steal my heart. She's got her own personality, which I"m sure I'll see more of, but she reminds me so much of Molly when she was just a baby. She's already figured out how to get back into the house......she just can't quite get up the steps to the porch yet. LOL
  14. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Oh, and she seems to not object to the crate as long as her needs are met (for now anyway) such as food and potty time. :)
  15. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    She's adorable, Lisa - and obviously the temperament, etc. says a lot, too!!!

    by the way, I'm with you. If I'm gonna bother with a dog, it's gonna be a DOG.
  16. greenrene

    greenrene Member

    She's absolutely adorable! And with the Rottie in her... she's bound to be a great dog. I'm a huge sucker for Rotts. I have an elderly one, and she's the best dog I've ever had.

    Congrats on your new furbaby!
  17. SuZir

    SuZir Well-Known Member

    Very adorable new family member you have there!

    I also always look closely to mother. She doesn't only give the puppies half of the genes, she gives them the model how to react to world, people and things happening around them. And those models tend to be hard to break. In fact I have already looking at few female dogs (correct word isn't allowed here, I think ;)) that I consider to be my next puppy's potential mommies. And I'm planning taking that puppy year or two from now (depending our current dogs and when they are planning to breed those potential mommies.) In fact I already started to follow one of those dog's dam three years ago as a potential grand dam of my future puppy.
  18. witzend

    witzend Well-Known Member

  19. Hound dog

    Hound dog Nana's are Beautiful

    Very true SuZir.

    I'm a bit concerned. Seems owner believed the pups were doing very well with food/weaning. Maggie is only "nibbling" at her food, and I've softened it plenty with water.....because it looked as if that is what her owner was still doing. I'm feeding her most likely a different brand........owner was giving them generic, she's getting name brand as I couldn't find the match in puppy food.......they were out of stock. So it's different and that might be throwing her off a tad. She's drinking quite a bit........and been trying to nurse off Molly, when of course there is nothing there and Molly will walk away because it seems her belly is hurting her and she's touchy right now. So the feeding thing could be a new environment or it could be she wasn't quite as weaned as owner believed, or the new food. It isn't that she's not eating at all, but for a puppy her'd think she'd eat more. I've had st bernard mix pups before and they ate like lil piggies at her age. Not going to fret though because she's going to see the vet anyway. Could just be worms too, since she's not had her first worming yet, although I've seen nothing in her feces.

    She craves a "den" when she wants to sleep. This will help with the crate. She has attached herself to a towel Molly has been lying on in the's one I dry her off when she goes out into the I put that into the crate to offer some comfort, plus a chewy bone, a tennis ball she's grown fond of and a hedge hog toy she likes. (because those things smell like her/using for comfort as well as toys.....says it's "her" bed)

    It's been 6 yrs since I last had a furbaby baby in the house. I'm having to pull things/tricks out of my memory and adjust my thinking. I've spent probably more time outside than inside this morning. lol But I'm not going to gripe when there has just been one piddle accident (and I do mean piddle cuz it was soooo teeny it was funny). She's slowly getting used to the house. But I'm going to pick up some cheap baby gates. The house is too large and open for her. Not for pottying.......but for her getting used to. (she always goes to the dingingroom to look for a spot because the carpet is the same shade as the grass) It's daunting to a baby trying to get used to the whole house at once. And of course I just gave my expensive gates back to Nichole, one of them was hers anyway.

    I need a much lighter weight leash. The ones I have are for BIG dogs and the weight bothers her, otherwise she doesn't mind it. I need to pick her up a food dish.......I forgot yesterday. She's using a spare of Bruce's and he's a bit miffed about it. He keeps thinking I'm giving her his food.

    She's very smart. I'll start training soon. We're working on potty and coming to her name right now.

    Molly is just fine with her. Perked up a bit since she arrived. Has played with her a bit, but hasn't been feeling very it was a short session which suited Maggie because it was long enough to wear her out. I haven't introduced her to Rowdy yet. I want her to feel safe with me and that I won't let anything hurt her first before taking her into the huge backyard. And I'll have to hide Molly's ball cuz the thing would squish her. lol

    Nichole and the kids are on their way down. Aubrey is all excited to meet Maggie. But they're coming to help me finish the garden/yard/patio area as much as we can while the weather is decent.

    I have to laugh, because I haven't gotten much accomplished today at all. I'm more focused on helping Maggie adjust to her new environment and being away from her Mommy and siblings. It may be that way for a few days. But I can deal with that I guess. :)
  20. InsaneCdn

    InsaneCdn Well-Known Member

    Do you have a wind-up clock? You could set that just outside the back of the kennel, or wrap it in a towel and put it inside. They seem to like the ticking, sort of like the sound of mama's heartbeat.