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So as tacky as it is, I have a "Welcome Home Little One" gift bag for each of the pups. My intent was to make sure every new owner feels comfortable bringing their dog home. I've got plenty of time before I'll need them obviously so I'm looking for any advice of what more I can add! So, what's something that you feel helped, or would've been good to have/know about to prepare you for your puppy's homecoming?

So far, I've got->

* "Planet Dog" squeaky soft ABC block toys

* Blue blanket that eventually I'll throw in with the pups so they have a familiar scent

*First dose of heartworm preventative

*Tiny bottle of karo syrup

*Sample of whichever food they get weaned onto

Folder including:
-Articles I wrote on Feeding & Recommended Foods, Potty Training, Crate Training, Socialization, Children/Other Pets, Vaccinations/Health, Handling Exercises, & Hypoglycemia

-Brochures on 2 different Grain Free Diets I recommend

-Photo of the whole litter

-Vaccination Record Health Booklet thingie

-Registerable tag (they each have a pre-printed I.D. number that you can go online and register.. not as good as a microchip but still potentially helpful)



I *know* I'm getting carried away and there's no guarantee that people will even want/use/read half this, but at least I'll rest assured knowing I did my part. Plus since I'm screening people out I hope to be able to find people who truly want to learn about doing everything they can and they won't think it's total overkill lol.

Is there anything else?? When I got Lua all I got was a sample of her food and the vaccine booklet from the clinic. Working at the vets helped prepare me for a lot but I'm trying to look at it from an outside perspective; and anything I think would be helpful to have known.
 

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So as tacky as it is, I have a "Welcome Home Little One" gift bag for each of the pups. My intent was to make sure every new owner feels comfortable bringing their dog home. I've got plenty of time before I'll need them obviously so I'm looking for any advice of what more I can add! So, what's something that you feel helped, or would've been good to have/know about to prepare you for your puppy's homecoming?

So far, I've got->

* "Planet Dog" squeaky soft ABC block toys

* Blue blanket that eventually I'll throw in with the pups so they have a familiar scent

*First dose of heartworm preventative

*Tiny bottle of karo syrup

*Sample of whichever food they get weaned onto

Folder including:
-Articles I wrote on Feeding & Recommended Foods, Potty Training, Crate Training, Socialization, Children/Other Pets, Vaccinations/Health, Handling Exercises, & Hypoglycemia

-Brochures on 2 different Grain Free Diets I recommend

-Photo of the whole litter

-Vaccination Record Health Booklet thingie

-Registerable tag (they each have a pre-printed I.D. number that you can go online and register.. not as good as a microchip but still potentially helpful)



I *know* I'm getting carried away and there's no guarantee that people will even want/use/read half this, but at least I'll rest assured knowing I did my part. Plus since I'm screening people out I hope to be able to find people who truly want to learn about doing everything they can and they won't think it's total overkill lol.

Is there anything else?? When I got Lua all I got was a sample of her food and the vaccine booklet from the clinic. Working at the vets helped prepare me for a lot but I'm trying to look at it from an outside perspective; and anything I think would be helpful to have known.
Seems like you have everything covered. I know I picked my breeder because she helped me with the initial bringing home my chi stuff and included some of the stuff you did...(Love the idea of a photo with the whole litter!) She was also there for me through the whole thing. I was so panicked when I got him home because he was so small that I called her twice that day, but she was so patient with me...lol...
 

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Excellent job! When i got Ty from her "breeder" all i got was registration papers to a less than reputable registry.

I think the buyers will appreciate the effort that you are putting into your welcome home bags. I know i would.

I sent a chi home with a crate, carrier, a little bit of clothing, nail clippers, two leashes, vaccination records, bag of food, his toys and the bowls needed to feed him. And of course my contact info. I only had one chi to send of though, i would expect it would get very expensive if you sent each pup away with crates.

Oh yeah, i almost forgot. you could make a list of informational websites ( including this forum) and send it to the homes now so they could start reading up and be well prepared for the arrival of the little one.
 

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Its good to have a "full" puppy pack if you get me :) sounds like youve got a lot already. Try things like lead & collar sets erm tennis balls, treat sticks and puppy pads. Also a care sheet on vaccinations, vet checks, toilet training, micro-chipping also i have an extra care sheet with what my vet recommends so they have two opinions on things :) Its a nice personal touch. I also have individual pedigees for each puppy that has a picture of that puppy as the background. Hope this helps :)
 

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I offer crates for Chihuahua - Staff size for an extra £22.50 as things can become a bit expensive to add to costs so i ask if they need one and ill get them from my supplier which is a lot cheaper then a pet store. It helps reduce costs really
 

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Our breeder gave us like a partial AKC registration with his family line, too. We never wanted to show him or anything, but it was kewl to have. He isn't 'showable' anyways...he's bow-legged, has an underbite, and is too big...but he's still perfect to me...lol
 

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oh yeah. That is a cool touch to add to a pedigree. it personalizes and shows that you put effort. And i think that is a big deal to buyers.

MJ, I was looking at your pic and i saw his legs and it brought a smile to my face.
 

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The lady we got Toby off sent some icture through email, of Toby and his sisters. There was also a bag with....

His shots history.
A little collar
Pet Insurance companies
A toy
A sheet with what foods he eats.
A blankie
And a few more little things

Something i would have loved is a photo of Toby with his parents.
 

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Thanks for the suggestions everyone! I love it!

The only thing that a lot of people have pointed out to me was regarding a leash/collar, that a lot of people already have that or want to pick out their own when they get a new pup. For me I know it's ritualistic.. lol.. but then again I'm a collar addict (I confess).
 

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Sometimes its hard to find a collar that is lightweight for a really small chi. I think adding one cant hurt, plus it will make you happy lol I think the leash can wait though :)
 
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