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Artemas Has Arrived :)

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So last Wednesday night I left for Melbourne.

I was so excited and so tired from being continually excited. I have wanted a dog for over 7 years but only recently have circumstances and life given me both the stability, and opportunity to be able to home and care for one as it should be :)

I thought it was funny because on the way to Melbourne I was thinking how everything was going right in my life and how wonderful it all was... then, BOOOOOOOOOM. The car lifted up, and then hit the ground. We were doing 100 on the M1. Thankfully Matt is an experienced driver and calmly pulled over whilst I thanked the gods that we had only recently had a pit stop. Oh, and fearing for my life. Of course. Hehe. Something cause a blockage on the exhaust system we think but it takes a lot to lift a ford fairlane off the ground.

The car started again a few minutes later and it turns out we were about 200 meters from out turn off :thumbsup:

So the next day Matt, my step dad Mick and I drove out to Gembrook, in Micks car ;)

We picked up a partially damp, but very clean, small male golden retriever.

We got him home and introduced him to my mum's Cocker Spaniels, Magyk loves him, but is a bit unsure because Arty is so close to his size, yet still puppyish. Merlin (Blue Roan), was not sure and had some grumbles but simply tried to avoid Arty, so all was well.

My partner, Matt, has always been one to be stand-offish with animals. He was brought up on a farm, and was taught that all animals were outside, dirty things. I grew up with the dogs as part of our family, they came camping, lived in the house with us, and came to the beach with us. They were family, so I was worried about how he would do with having a puppy of our own. He said it would all be fine, but you can imagine how wonderful I felt when I find him cuddling and cooing to arty, or laying on the floor, letting the puppy bounce on him and playing with him with all his toys. Already, if Arty can't see Matt he gets a little upset. It will get interesting tomorrow when Matt goes to work :rofl:

We went to my sister Tamara's where he met my nieces and nephew, he was very gently with baby Melody. On Friday afternoon we went to the vet, where she said he was the quietest GR pup she had ever seen. That said, he had been running wild in the backyard with Magyk for almost two hours straight, and it was an extremely warm day for such a plushie little pup.

On Saturday we started our first trip back to Ballarat. He had been in quite a few car rides, and had no accidents. He had none on the way home to Ballarat either. He is a total gem. We stopped off and he went to the toilet happily, had a drink, and then fell back to sleep.

He was quite good with the toilet at my mums, he would even wake me up by licking/nomming on my fingertips, or whining next to me until I woke up to take him out. He would even wait at the door for me as I tiredly dragged my feet.

Since we got home he's gone a few times inside but it's not his fault, more mine, I think I relied on him too much to let me know that he's kinda like "Mum?", "Muuuuuuuum", "Gah!!" and has no choice. I have been so tired (happily) and there's no point getting upset at him, so I take him outside and we play until he goes to the toilet, then big happy pats and lots of love.

He sits with me out the front when I am writing or reading. I tied him out with me, but have sinced realised that he doesn't run off. He is more interested in what I am doing... most of the time. Still, we have a lot of people come past with there own dogs and they seem to think it's ok to let their barking dogs up to my front porch to play with my pup. I don't mind the socialisation yet but I don't know if these dogs are vaccinated or what, so I am taking him out the back with me now instead, for now it's just safer, especially in the afternoon when there are a lot of people walking their dogs.

Arty and Odin (cat) have taken to each other quite well. Draco isn't out of sorts, normally if we introduce a new animal he get's pretty upset, but he just watches the pup with an offhanded curiosity. It's great :)

I made a massive faux par too hehe. I got the Supercoat puppy food and started feeding him as per the instructions on the pack, which the breeder told me to follow. He wasn't eating even half of it and I started to panic because it looked like SO much for one puppy, and I worried that he would get sick if he wasn't eating properly. So when I went to the vet I checked with her (she's very nice she didn't even laugh) and it turns out that the amount listed on the back of the pack was the amount he should be eating in a day...not for one meal... Oops. :rofl:

Now, I am keeping a record of each meal time, how much he eats from his allotment and how much he leaves so I can make sure he is eating enough. So far he's not pigging out but he's doing well at about 80g per meal :thumbsup:

He went on his first walk (10mins) and is doing amazingly on the lead.

He can already sit, come to his name, and lie down.

I think he is part french as he seems to LOVE escargot. (We get a lot of snails, and for some reason he manages to ferret them out where ever they are... I'm trying to stop him as best I can but one second he's sniffing the ground then CRUNCH!... :( )

He has also discovered his latest favourite meal. Rocks. he is partial to Nanna's river pebbles, however plain gravel is apparently just as tasty. He knows too that its not to eat, because the minute he goes towards the driveway we're all off like rockets to get him, or to remove the small tasty rock from his mouth. he doesn't seem to be swallowing them just chewing but he has chew toys that are much safer so he can chew them all he wants :thumbsup:

Now I know I promised many of you photo's and they are coming I promise, it's just that for some reason they are all sideways and whatever I do it wont seem to allow me to post any of them the right way up :S

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Congrats! I am so happy for you :) Enjoy your new treasure :)

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Hi :)

Congratulations here too.

How old is Artemis?

He does not need to go for walks, play is enough exercise.

He does need to be socialised but you could carry him.

Watch for other dogs and don't take assurrances by their owners that they are 'puppy safe' as gospel.

I am surprised he's eating hard dry food, is that correct?

Toileting is tricky but a few clues can take the guess work out of it.

Puppy will go to the toilet straight after a meal or a drink.

They will soil a rough area, like carpet, rather than a smooth one like a kitchen floor.

As well, as soon as he assumes "the position" you ned to pick him up and do the potty routine.

Otherwise sounds like you're doing fine.

Good Luck

PS I would not assume that he is not going to wander, that's inevitable.

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Definately need photo's. :D

Also - I found it easier to put the "daily" amount of food into a seperate smaller container and then feed portions from the smaller container. Saves having to work out how much has been feed and how much more they can have.

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Great news- :happydance::)

just watch him with the gravel/rocks :(

He knows too that its not to eat, because the minute he goes towards the driveway we're all off like rockets to get him, or to remove the small tasty rock from his mouth

No he doesn't.

he has learnt that when he picks them up someone will come running ;)

Is there any way you can fence off that area or something?

Someone on here has had trouble with a rock eating pup... can't remember who.

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Ok!

So I had to do a bit more work than normal but here is a pretty collage of my beautiful boy:

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Thanks Bianca! :D

Tralee:

How old is Artemis?

Artemas is 8 weeks and 4 days old :)

He does not need to go for walks, play is enough exercise.

I have been told by a few on here that walks should be 5 minutes per month of his life. He wont be going out every day, his playing with the raccoon tires him out enough, it is more a functionality thing, making sure that when he has to go somewhere I can have him on the lead. He has taken to it like a fish to water though so I don't believe I have anything to worry about! :D

He does need to be socialised but you could carry him.

He does, and I do, he's so plushie I can't resist :thumbsup: . He does however have controlled socialisation organised, with dogs and people, on my terms, which is good for him, but I had two people come onto my property today whilst he was sitting out the front with him with small yapping dogs that only served to excite him and scare him. Like I said, not so much a problem if I know the dog and I know it is vaccinated, what got to me is that they came onto the property without asking :mad

I am surprised he's eating hard dry food, is that correct?

It's puppy food, and he was on pro plan kibble when he was with the breeder. I did try him on it soaked, but he wont eat it, so dry it is! :thumbsup:

Toileting is tricky but a few clues can take the guess work out of it.

Puppy will go to the toilet straight after a meal or a drink.

They will soil a rough area, like carpet, rather than a smooth one like a kitchen floor.

As well, as soon as he assumes "the position" you ned to pick him up and do the potty routin

Yep and I have been missing some of those signs, turning around in circles, sniffing the floor. I've been so tired I even missed him going to the loo right in front of me. (Matt is looking after them all right now to give me a break hehe, though Arty is asleep right now ;) )

I would not assume that he is not going to wander, that's inevitable.

Indeed! He especially likes other dogs, and does not like bicycles. Which is unfortunate because we live right next to a cycle shop and cafe so he'll have to get used to it (hence the high foot-traffic).

Tilly:

Also - I found it easier to put the "daily" amount of food into a seperate smaller container and then feed portions from the smaller container. Saves having to work out how much has been feed and how much more they can have.

hehe :thumbsup::rofl: Today, I spent two hours bagging the massive bag of puppy food I have into 100g allotments, he also has a spreadsheet where I am recording how much he is eating (and not eating) at each meal time. 106g is the max he should be having for his age/breed, about 65g minimum, so at 80g consumption he's doing well :)

Persephone:

No he doesn't.

he has learnt that when he picks them up someone will come running ;)

Too true, only issue is I realllly don't want him eating them, and can't put a fence there. The only thing we can do is keep him away as best he can but then he either manages to find one in the grass, or he eats another snail >.< lol

Hope you like the photos!!!

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Awwww great photos! :) :) He is very very cute!

Maybe if he has some nice bones to chew, the rocks will lose some appeal? A big marrowbone that he can not chip bits off, or choke on, maybe ? Or a rootail?

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I have a nylabone for him but he doesn't seem to be taking to it, so I'm hitting the butcher on Wednesday :)

When I go to mums I plan on picking a couple more up from Fido's Box :):thumbsup:

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Talien snails, can someone who know for sure comment but but aren't garden snails toxic ( to humans ) is it ok for dogs ???? Snails you can eat are a certain variety???

Don't want to scare you but I thought I had read that somewhere......

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Talien snails, can someone who know for sure comment but but aren't garden snails toxic ( to humans ) is it ok for dogs ???? Snails you can eat are a certain variety???

Don't want to scare you but I thought I had read that somewhere......

I did read that -some- snails can carry lungworm and a few other harmful toxins. Not sure how common it is though but I guess it'd be good to be safe! :)

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Hi Talien :)

Puppies need to start on dry food at 3 weeks but I didn't put, or advise mine to go on kibble until much later.

Chicken wings are great. They have a wonderful tussle with them.

Watch putting him on the ground until at least a week after his second vaccination (12 weeks).

The general wisdom is PARVO means NO GO. You have to carefully pick the spots where you put him down. Common dog areas are simply out of bounds.

beatiful photos. You are so lucky.

Px

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Hi :)

Watch for other dogs and don't take assurrances by their owners that they are 'puppy safe' as gospel.

I am surprised he's eating hard dry food, is that correct?

The breeder was already feeding dry and it does not need to be wet or mixed with anything, so why would it be incorrect to feed a puppy that way ?

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Puppies need to start on dry food at 3 weeks

They do?

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Well, I think he is absolutely gorgeous and agree that he looks like a plush teddy bear. Congrats on your new puppy and enjoy :thumbsup::thumbsup:

FWIW our most recent puppy (who is now about 1yrs old) was such a quiet little baby and is now so hyper, crazy, noisy etc etc so don't get too complacent :laugh:

Although my Stafford girl was a quiet pup and is still a soft, very 'me' focussed 3yr old.

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Arty is not going to parks, he's only in our backyard and front yard or at my mums, we're keeping him as far away from the snails as possible, on rainy nights we get hundreds out the front so he's going out the back then.

So far he can sit on command and lie down, he will come to his name most of the time but we're working on that. He will whine or bark to go out to poop though he has a few pee accidents outside and we are workin on that too, the biggest issue at the moment is separation anxiety. He's ok if the cat Odin is about but unhappy if he can't see anyone so we're working on that too now :)

He's great on a leash and fantastic in the car. He's both scared of cars driving by but also intrigued which is really worrisome :(

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separation anxiety.

Not SA, IMO , just a normal puppy wanting to be with its people , and having to learn that this is not always possible, that its people are not there to just cuddle it and play with it all day ;)

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He does ok on his own after a while so I think he'll be ok :) unfortunately I found a fruit tree out the back not sure if it's plums or nectarines... Going to have to watch it closely :(

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The fruit type doesn't matter - it's the stones in the fruit which can cause trouble when swallowed.

Oh..and we need more plush teddy photos :)

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I'll pop some more in tonight if you like :D

Yeah very worried about him with the fruit, so I think I might cut the tree right back or put some sort of makeshift fence around it...

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fence it.. or , put him indoors, and pick/knock off fruit before it ripens/falls. put sheets/tarps on the ground, then tip in bin. Done! :) ... and good excercise for us poor humans . I'm busy raking up excess plums at present .

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