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Old 01-03-2013, 08:08 PM
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We picked up two new little ladies from a breeder who had to give up. They are both around a year and a half old, Delilah is 5lbs and Mouse is 4lbs, although I was surprised she weighs this much she is very tiny and fine boned. They are both really sweet dogs and were loved by their owner, but they have never been walked or trained at all. They have never worn collars or been in a car before. They don't answer to their names or respond to basic commands, they don't even understand 'sit'.
They also stink, and have horrid breath and dirty teeth from a poor diet, (they were fed cheap kibble, mostly Iams, plus boiled chicken and rice) and no muscle tone from not being exercised.
They had their check ups and vaccinations yesterday, and have taken to a raw diet like ducks to water. They love it! Even after just two days on raw their teeth are cleaner and they don't smell as much. I can't wait to see how they improve over the next few weeks.
Behaviour wise they are going to be hard work, they were both terrified of the vet, and Mouse, who is the dominant one, (always the littlest ones lol) wants to mark everything. They are also very bonded to each other, and scream if they are separated. So any tips on socialising adult dogs from scratch will be appreciated.
I also wondered what type of harness you guys would recommend for an adult dog that has never been walked before.

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She is really fascinated by the guinea pigs

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One of Harley, just because he looks so handsome
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Old 01-03-2013, 08:15 PM
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Congrats on the new additions! Its gonna be a tough tansition for them but I'm sure you can get them through it! I would take it nice and slow right now work on some basic commands with them together since they are so distraught when seperated. Once they get into your routine and learn to trust you socialization will be easier.
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Oh Stella they are precious! Wow it's a big jump from two to four! Looks like the
pups all get along. Poor babies they don't look very well in those pics, I'm sure
with your awesome raw diet and lots of TLC they'll blossom in no time. Have you
treated for parasites yet? I'm sure you have, but I had to ask. Congrats on your
new additions Stella, I'm excited to watch them grow in your care. You better
share lots and lots of pictures!
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Oh they are just beautiful! As is Harley...he has very similar colouring to Mylo with the white chest. I love Delilah's colouring. How unusual! Good luck with getting them up to scratch, I'm sure you'll do fine with all your knowledge and experience
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Delilah looks like a little wolf! And you were right to call mouse, Mouse - she looks like she couldn't be anything else!
They are both beautiful, and sweet Harley will be the perfect big brother - he's such a cutie! Xx


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Delilah is very pretty, and I adore her colouring. The sabling is blue, I've always loved blue Chis and sable Chis, so she is the best of both worlds. She reminds me of a teeny Husky. We tried to think of a more dignified name for Mouse, but it just stuck lol. I think she is going to be a little Diva once she settles in. She is definitely used to having her own way!
LS, yes, they have been wormed, and no sign of fleas. I will bath them tomorrow with Maleseb, as they both have crusty ear rims, you can see it more clearly on the pics of Mouse as she has hardly any fur on her ears.
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Wow, what beauties! I'm sure they will blossom in your care. Can't wait to see follow up pics as they learn how to be real dogs.
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I think mouse is a great name it's one of the names I considered for Mylo because it's the name of one of the characters in a favourite childhood book called 'the 18th emergency'.
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