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Waiting for gotcha day sucks.

Just venting. I get my puppy the weekend of January 26th. Evaluations of the litter will be done the last week, starting Saturday, Jan. 19th, so we won't even know which puppy is ours until after those occur. I'm getting really tired of waiting!

We have followed this breeding starting back in September, after the national, when it was just an idea. We watched through the inseminations, we waited a month to find out the bitch was pregnant, we were on pins and needles during whelping and finding out there were only four pups not the eight reported on the ultrasound, and we have watched the puppies from the first hour they were born...



...to our latest visit a week ago...



...to the last updates last week.



We have a crate, x-pens, bitter apple, nature's miracle, toys, and two baby gates. We haven't been able to see the puppies this weekend cuz the breeder is out of town over the holiday. And now I'm just going crazy waiting.

Yes, I'm obsessed. No, it's not healthy. No, I don't care! I just want the puppy, and I have no outlet, and there's nothing I can do to find out which one is mine or to bring him home even one day earlier. I need a waaaaaaambulance!

I know many of you in the Puppy section have been through exactly this not too long ago, so I hope you don't mind my rant. My only question at this point is: when I finally get the puppy, how long will it be before I wish I'd never gotten him?

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I know the waiting sux but keep your eye on the prize..all those ribbons I saw will be worth it after he's done "cooking"
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If he's anything like his older sister, Kira, he may be a naughty puppy! Her nickname, as I've told you before, was the "Sock Seeking Missile" because she was so good at finding socks in the house even when laundry was done and put away. You will be definitely made aware of any housekeeping issues related to laundry once this puppy comes home! haha

The waiting is particularly hard when you waited for the breeding to occur, waited to confirm pregnancy and waited for them to be born. You've been waiting forever! But he's coming home soon Can't wait to see them on the 19th

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I was "just" there last week at this time. I was so crazy with everything, but mostly just wanting her HERE!

I haven't reached the "I wish I hadn't done this" moment yet! I had forgotten how much work a puppy is and thought I was prepared for the "land shark"! But even when she pooped on the floor, knocked over the gate, woke me from my nap etc...I haven't regretted it for one moment. I'm sure it may come...but I keep my eye on the prize...a good, well adjusted, trained loving companion that I can spend many years with. BTW she is already a velcro dog...hoping when I go back to work we don't have any issues...we do try to make a quick run out everyday without her so she gets used to being left alone in her crate for a while each day...so far so good!
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My boyfriend and I were talking about "Shadow" for months - right down to names and whatnot. We went stir crazy waiting - I even made us wait to buy all the stuff for him until we were close to gotcha day. Once we had him - we were instantly in love with that little ball of fur.

A week of "pupernity" leave from work later, we were exhausted but couldn't imagine a world without Shadow. Sure there are days that I wish I could just go out and not worry about him - or that I could just sleep instead of play with him when he's up - but then he looks up at me with those big brown eyes, gives me a kisses and wags his tail, or snuggles up to me in bed and he's got me wrapped around his furry paws.

They're worth the wait.
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same here!

Can't answer your question, asking the same thing ourselves! However I thought I'd post to tell you, you are not alone!

My wife and I are also getting our puppy at the end of January and we're puppy crazy. Our litter was born Dec 3rd and we were able to meet them last week. You are a bit ahead of us on the preparations. I'd be interested to hear what toys you've picked up or any other prep details you'd like to share. This will be my third golden, but my first since I was a child - always lived in a condo or apartment until now, couldnt do that to a dog. We have a large well fenced yard now.

Sounds like a very similar time frame as yours for evaluations and gotcha day. Our breeder has been great about posting videos for us. Here's her latest:

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Can't answer your question, asking the same thing ourselves! However I thought I'd post to tell you, you are not alone!

My wife and I are also getting our puppy at the end of January and we're puppy crazy. Our litter was born Dec 3rd and we were able to meet them last week. You are a bit ahead of us on the preparations. I'd be interested to hear what toys you've picked up or any other prep details you'd like to share. This will be my third golden, but my first since I was a child - always lived in a condo or apartment until now, couldnt do that to a dog. We have a large well fenced yard now.

Sounds like a very similar time frame as yours for evaluations and gotcha day. Our breeder has been great about posting videos for us. Here's her latest:

O'Cribbs Bella pups first meal 2012 - YouTube
Wow, they did great on their first meal! My pup's litter had a little trouble figuring out they were supposed to eat it, not wear it. Lol!

Our breeder has not posted videos, but we get to visit the puppies as often as we can. Our litter was born a few days early on 11/29, so it looks like our pups are about the same development.

We have a room dedicated to the puppy, our "office." We can lock the puppy in there with a baby gate, or we have ex-pens we can put in there, and his crate is in there. So we can easily modify the room for various needs. The floor is wood. Every corner and vertical surface will be bathed in bitter apple.

Since we already have two spoiled dogs, we have a multitude of toys that we can rotate in or out, depending on what he seems to like. Once we figure out what he enjoys, we will buy him his own of those types of toys. We also have hollow bones and kongs to fill with peanut butter or other goodies, and a cube puzzle to fill with kibble.

I'm as ready as I can be. I'm sure I'll find out we are completely unprepared when he actually comes home. Do you have pics of your litter? Are you getting a boy or girl?
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Also, I can bring Kira with me this weekend if you would like some sibling cuddle time She loves the motorhome!

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It's about a 3 hour trip for us to visit, so we're limiting it to one visit + selection day + gotcha day. Having other dogs certainly makes the toy piece easier for you! We have a spare bedroom/office but if he stayed in it he would be fairly isolated from us. We were planning to use a baby fence to keep him fenced in our kitchen on tile floor, or xpens with a vinyl drop cloth in our living room when he is out of his crate. These two spaces would give him the most time around my wife and I. I thought the separate spaces may also give us a viable time out option other than in his crate. However I hadnt considered the need to stop him from chewing walls or other permanent surfaces in his 'safe' area. I think my parents got lucky with our goldens growing up - I dont remember them chewing anything other than toys, socks, or the occasional wallet . Thanks for the tip on using bitter apple to discourage this in his play areas.

I wanted to ask here as I've thankfully never had any experience with Parvo. However I've read everything I could find online. It sounds like it is a pervasive and nasty virus. I understand that until vaccinations are complete not to have our pup in dog parks or directly around adult dogs However we live in a suburban neighborhood with 3 on leash parks in walking distance. There are probably 10+ adult dogs a day walked along the edges of our front lawn, everyone is considerate and cleans up after their pooch. Is the best bet to simply keep our pup in our backyard until vaccinations are complete? Is the danger from Parvo on grass that doesnt contain visible feces as severe as I'm taking it to be? I'm struggling with the idea that I cannot take him anywhere other dogs may have been walked. Particularly as the puppy book I'm reading recommends him meeting 100 new people socially by 4 months old. Tall order without taking him in public!

We have fourth pick of six boys, so we're trying not to get our hearts too firmly fixed on one guy till selection.

How old are your other dogs? Will your puppy be alone during the day? We're struggling with this piece a bit as we both work and considering a second dog for company down the road.

The breeder has a number of pics of our litter on her website:





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Also, I can bring Kira with me this weekend if you would like some sibling cuddle time She loves the motorhome!
Actually, I would love that. I could definitely use some Kira Kuddling. And some time to really get to know her.
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