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its a little early. we would have liked to leave her with momma for another few weeks but the owner said that the mom quit nursing and that they were all eating solid food soaked in water for the last week.


the pups were covered in fleas, i could tell the owner was ready for them to go. she had been taking care of all 10 plus the mom for the last 4 weeks. they're 4 weeks old. born june 15th. so far morgan is doing okay in her new home. the hour long car ride home she threw up about 10 times. i thought her shoes were going to come up before long.


we gave her an all naturel citrus flea bath first thing and pulled atleast 10 fleas off of her. we bought a baby bottle and some puppy formula to help with the transition since she's so young. we've also fed her 1/4 cup of solid food mixed with a spoon full of canned dog food for dinner last night and breakfast this morning. she's eating very well. she's like a vacuum cleaner. her first night went well. she slep'd most of the night. she woke me up at 2am and 4am to go to the bathroom. this morning she was chasing our 90lb lab around the yard untill she wore herself out. i'm going home on my lunch break to feed her and let her out.


she's got worms. she has a little spot above her left shoulder. it looks like a little round scab. it was there last week. we suspect its a bite but the wife is going to take her to the vet she works at on thursday for a check up and shots. she's a little over 5lbs according to the bathroom scale.
 

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Aw, she's really cute!! BUT 4 weeks is only half weaned. She is certainly not ready to be on her own and the fact that she must have been forced into feeling on solid food rather than mum's milk and that they "stopped nursing" suggests that the person you got her from is a BYB. I would take he to the vet and have her checked over real good.

A puppy should not leave it's mom until at least 6 weeks, most often 8 weeks and ideally at 12 weeks.
 

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agree'd. i don't know what a byb is. the lady was very caring but the conditions the puppies were in were pretty rough. i really think she's safer with us as far as sanitation and getting the attention she needs. 11 pups is alot for one person to handle.
 

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back yard breeder. They only care about breeding and getting the pups sold so they can breed again.
 

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aww! My dogs name is morgan too. Its nice to know that an animal went to a loving home from that place. That woman should have had all the puppies to the vet, including the mother, especially if she wasn't nursing... some people...
 

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i'm not going to speculate on what her intentions are. i'm not going to call her a back yard breeder. she said she wanted one pup for a family member, she didn't expect 10 of them. she was a very caring person. even tho the conditions weren't all that great i believe she was doing the best she could with what she had. there was no shortage of love for the pups from what i saw.

anyway, all this is beside the point. we brought a new family member home and i wanted to share it with y'all.

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I didnt say she was I was telling you what I back yard breeder however that is not the way to get a pup for a family member she should have adopted but we live and learn. However your pup is adorable
 

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i'm not going to speculate on what her intentions are. i'm not going to call her a back yard breeder. she said she wanted one pup for a family member, she didn't expect 10 of them. she was a very caring person. even tho the conditions weren't all that great i believe she was doing the best she could with what she had. there was no shortage of love for the pups from what i saw.

anyway, all this is beside the point. we brought a new family member home and i wanted to share it with y'all.

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im glad that your pup is safe at home with you :) i would definetly bring her to a vet as she is really young and as you said the place wasnt that clean if i read correctly if not im sorry i read it wrong. Breeding for a family member to have a pup and then ending up with 11 sounds like she had the best intentions for the family member but may have not done very much research on actually breeding , which is a live and learn experience that unfortunatley a lot of people and animals go through.On the other hand just wanted to say Congrads on your new member morgan is adorable and also my husbands last name :hehe:
 

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Thanks for bringing her in and giving a loving home, congratulations! Do you already have a name for her? What about the other dogs there?
 

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What about the other dogs there?
the other pups all have homes and will likely be going home next week.


morgan had her first vet visit today. she's healthy other than round worms which is common in puppies. she's had her first round of shots and de-wormer. no indication of fleas.


the doc said that according to her size and teeth she's closer to 6 weeks old so the birth date of june 15th is incorrect. it make sense, we've tried bottle feeding her and she's chewed thru 2 bottles already. we're going to stop bottle feading and dis-continue the puppy formula.


she's just over 6lbs. the doc said she's going to be huge, 75-80lbs.


she's got some behavioral things we need to work on. she follows jack, our 95lb lab, and bites his feet, legs and tail. when we see her doing this we try and give her a chew toy, it usually works for a short time. i know its a puppy thing and she'll grow out of it in time but it really bothers him.


we're puppy-sitting our friends border collie this weekend. his name is guinness. he's already affraid of her. first thing she did was stand up on her hind legs with her front feet in the air like a bear and growled at him. she was just playing but he won't go anywhere near her. i have a video of her chasing him thru the house. i'll share it as soon as i get it uploaded.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5F-od-OM9o&feature=youtube_gdata_player

the cats on the other hand..... they still don't know what to think.
 

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we've had her about 5 days now. she gets cuter every day. now that she's vaccinated i can start taking her places. i bought her to work this afternoon so everyone could oo and ahh.


she's been getting me up 3-4 times a night do go outside and pee. its starting to take its toll on me. as i'm sitting here at my desk at work my eye lids are getting very heavy. i can't concentrate on my work. all i can think about is going home and passing the h**l out.


she made it alot longer last night. we went to bed around 10:30 and she didn't get me up 'till 3:30 or so. she got me up again at 5, then again at 6:45. at 6:45 i was so tired all i could do is roll over and i could barely squeeze the latch to open the carrier to let her out. my fingers didn't want to work. the carrier is on the bed next to my pillow. i had to have the wife take her out.


i've never raised a puppy before. its kicking my arse. how much longer 'till she can make it thru the night???
 

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umm she is about 6 weeks old? i would guess about 2 months. Good luck!
Messi was about 3-4 months old before he could go all night every night with out having to go
 

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morgan turns 8 weeks today. i guess this is when most people would bring home new puppies. she's 10lbs. i've taught her to sit for the most part. i'm working on "stay". i think she's done teething and she's slowly learning that people aren't chew toys. we'll probably be switching her to hard dog food in the next few days. we bought some all natural food thats not supposed to be grain based.


she's been going to the door when she has to potty. last night she went out about 4 times in a row 10 minutes appart and still managed to pee on the living room floor. i didn't quite understand that one. we ended up having 3 accidents last night. that was pretty unusual for her.


we've been taking her to petsmart and petco 2-3 times a week to walk around and socialise. it's been over 100 degrees for the last few weeks so we haven't taken her on many walks. we've been to the park a few times in the evening but its been too hot to keep her out for very long.


i put out a kiddy pool. she'll go in it if its got a few inches of water. any more than that and she won't go in... on her own. we got her a life jacket but i don't know if she'll get to use it before she grows out of it.


we also got her a harness that hooks to the front of her chest to better control her. she's still getting used to it.


i accually played fetch with her 4-5 times today before she got distracted!












 

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we took morgan to shawnee mission park yesterday. they have a nice off leash dog park that leads to the lake so the dogs can swim.

we walked her to the lake and strapped on her paws aboard life jacket and used some little treats to coax her into the lake. she'd swim out 2-3 feet then turn around and swim back to shore. we did this 4-5 times before she decided she had enough.

i'm not sure how to attach a video, here's the youtube link.

http://youtu.be/_ozJnxolN2k
 
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