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Old 12-28-2012, 09:30 AM
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Getting Puppy Today

Hello,

The wait is finally ending and we are going to pick up our baby Golden pup, a girl, today.

It has been 2 years since we lost our last Golden, a wonderful dog, and my wife and I finally decided we could move on and get a new Puppy.

My 8 year old daughter is beside herself with excitement. My 4 year old son, not so much.

We stated visiting the breeder regularly when the puppies were 4 weeks old. I think that made the wait harder, rather than easier.

I think we are prepared. Food recommended by breeder (Life's Abundance) is here, crate, leash and collar, and plenty of chew toys and balls.

We do have to wait until later in the day, as we are pretty far down on the list to pick, and we will be getting home after dark, likely. I would rather have some daylight left to let the puppy run around a bit in her back yard, but such is life....there is no way we can wait until in the morning.

Any advise for acclimating the puppy to her new home? Things to do to make her feel welcome and safe? I feel bad that she will be leaving her litter mates today.
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Old 12-28-2012, 09:40 AM
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Congratulations!!!!!! We just picked up our Sage on Wednesday. If you haven't thought of it, take a blanket or towel with to rub on mom and other pups to get their smell...
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Hello, and welcome to the forum! You must be so excited to be getting your girl today! Congratulations on the new pup!

When I picked up my boy, the breeder had cut up a blanket that was in the puppies' pen, and we each got a piece to take home with us. That way, he had the scent of his mom and litter mates to ease the transition.
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When I came home with Liza, it was already around 10 pm, so no opportunity to have her explore a little bit. What is very important, is that your house is quiet, calm. That must be very hard with two kids. My youngest is 18...I don't know how far you have to drive, but Liza only had to drive for fifteen minutes and was drooling, vomiting, stressing out. The calm and quiet of the house returned her to normal in no time, she sniffed a bit, went outside, in her crate, and slept until the next morning.
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When I came home with Liza, it was already around 10 pm, so no opportunity to have her explore a little bit. What is very important, is that your house is quiet, calm. That must be very hard with two kids. My youngest is 18...I don't know how far you have to drive, but Liza only had to drive for fifteen minutes and was drooling, vomiting, stressing out. The calm and quiet of the house returned her to normal in no time, she sniffed a bit, went outside, in her crate, and slept until the next morning.
That was the plan, but it looks like my Parents, Sister, Brother in Law and two nieces have all conveniently found 'reasons' to be hanging around the house when we get home. I know it is because they are as excited as we are to see the new member of the family and, like us, they are not the kind of people that can resist meeting a new golden puppy even for a day!

I will let them know that I would like the house to be as calm as possible when we arrive. I can't ask them not to be here without hurting some feelings. At least we let the neighbors know we would let them meet the dog the following day.

It will give our new little girl lots of people to sniff, gnaw on and play with, I guess.

I'll take a towel with us and ask the breeder if I can let the Mom play with it for a while, and maybe rub it on her or something.
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Good luck, please share some pictures with us when you get a chance. We all love Golden puppies too...
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Thanks...and I will.

We leave in about an hour. Excited would an understatement. Especially my 8 year old daughter, who has missed our last Golden dearly.
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That sounds so exciting!
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So...updates please!!! Can't wait to hear how your first night went!!!
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Congratulations-girls are wonderful! Can't wait to hear!
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