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I got to see my little boy Dutch at the breeders this weekend. He is a rolly polly thing as there were only 2 puppies in the litter. He is beautiful. The only worry I have is the mother cleaned him so well after he was born that she licked his eyes open. Will there be any troubles with that?

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Clara Bow went to a new home. She has developed some bad habits that I just couldn't tolerate anymore. I found a lovely old lady who loves her to death and doesn't care that she urinates everywhere. Besides that fact that she refused to potty train, she started peeing and pooping on the kids toys, books, pillows, and anything on the floor. I had her tested for infections and she was clear. I tried confining her to her crate, keeping her tied to me, and setting a timer to take her outside every 20 minutes. Nothing worked. She peed on her beds, in her crate and everywhere. Poor Luna hated sleeping with her. Beside that, she was so consumed with food that she was jumping at the kids hands and nipping them if they smelled the slightest like food. I run an office from my house and she bite two kids. She wasn't being mean but they smelled like food. She was insane about food and swallowed anything that was dropped on the floor. She ate a dime and spent 3 nights in the doggy hospital to wait for it to pass. She ate the tires off of my sons mini skateboard (while he was changing them), any food that was dropped, even pieces of a plate we shattered after dropping it. I knew when I got her from the awful BYB that she would have issues but I was growing to resent her. My job was also going to be in jeopardy if she continued to bite. I felt it was best and this older lady just loves her to death. I know I did the right thing but that doesn't make it any easier. :(
 

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It is heartbreaking for you... I am so very sorry things did not work out.. Hopefully, she will do much better in an only dog home without children. It just might be what she needed..And, you have made a dear lady a happier and less lonely person.

Would love to see new pics of Dutch! I bet he is growing like a little weed!..lol
 

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We tried a local behaviorist. She had us crate her when she was fed. That stopped her from eating all of Luna's food (Luna eats like a bird). She also helped me with some leash training because she wouldn't walk on a leash at all. The potty issues she said to crate her unless she was being supervised. I did that but she just peed in her bed. I had to wash it every day. She had me crate her with a smaller carrier, so she wasn't sharing a bed with Luna, that didn't work. I ended up bathing her every day as she was covered in poop every morning. I even woke up in the middle of the night to take her out in case it was a small bladder, nothing. We worked on leave it and sit for when she wanted to gobble up anything that hit the floor. She just couldn't do it. It was usually partly my fault as when we dropped something I was in a hurry to step in and say "Sit" or "Leave it". She just was making us crazy and always in trouble it seems. I loved her happy personality but she was a few bricks short. She is perfect in her new home and the lady said she has only wet her bed once....ewwwww! She sleeps with her :)
 

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Sorry to hear about Clara Bow. I know it was a hard decision for you. Hopefully, Dutch will work out better for your household. As for the eyes being open from birth...yes, that can lead to vision and eye problems, especially if the eyes weren't kept protected and the pups in dark for the first couple of weeks. It's just about impossible to pry those eyes open if there wasn't some type of underlying problem like an infection to start with. I'd want to make sure the puppy can see and have a vet check them thoroughly, including the retina and cornea, preferrably by a specialist. If you're purchasing this puppy, I'd want the vet exam in writing documenting the eyes are normal and so is the vision.
 

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I'm so sorry, I know how difficult that must have been for you. I'm glad you found a good home for her with a lady that loves her. It sounds like a good match. :)

Good luck with your new little one. You must be excited waiting for him to come home with you. Would love to see pics, if you have them. :)
 

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I know how hard it is to admit to yourself that a dog is just not right for you and your household, for whatever reason. I've been there and done that and it's not fair to you or the dog when you start to dislike the dog for being who they are. They can sense your resentment and have no idea what they are doing wrong. You made a difficult decision but one that was best for both you and Clara. Kudos to you for finding her the right home for her.

Pictures of new boy please!!!
 

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I would second what Lisa said about the new little boys eyes being licked open early. They are sealed shut for a reason. Without proper tear production, blinking reflex, etc. the eyes could dry out and you could end up with all kinds of eye problems. For the life of the dog. I would DEFINITELY have a vet and preferably a veterinary opthamologist look at that babies eyes before you commit to him.

Been there, done that, paid the huge bill! Brody is blind in one eye (since birth) and had a detached retina. My vet bills were close to $2000, not to mention all the stress! So be very careful and KNOW what you are signing up for!!
 

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Aw little Clara Bow. Did you explain to this little old lady about her food issues? I hope she dosen't over feed her, that would be my only worry. I'm sure they will be good company for one another. Did you ask her to call you if for some reason she couldn't keep her? I'm sorry for all the questions just was curious.
 

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She will contact me if for some reason she can't keep her. I am listed as second contact on her micro chip as well. She does know her food issues and has promised to regulate her feedings and walk her. She lives on property out of town and can walk her off leash. She does excellent that way just wont walk with the leash on.

As promised the pictures of Dutch. I am going to have his eyes checked out and if there is an issue I may take his brother, he is pretty cute as well :)



 

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What truly adorable babies.. both of them! Such lovely little faces and gorgeous coat colors! I sure hope his eyes have not been damaged..
 

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They are beautiful pups and so chunky I love them! He is one month old now and seems to see just fine. He crawled right to his momma when she was sitting in my lap. I will have him checked out though just to be sure.
 
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