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Sorry for the nearly week-long hiatus. Taking on the responsibility of a new pup has been a somewhat time consuming. Between work, kids, housecleaning and just wanting to chill out and relax in the evenings I've avoided the forum. I don't know how some of you find it in your schedules to be involved in multiple forums! :lol:

Things have been going pretty good with Peanut, except for a few accidents which were our fault because we lost track of time and weren't watching her close enough.

We took her to the dog park here in town (Dakota Bark Park) last Thursday night. It's very convenient, only a mile or so from our house. Of course, we'd never been there before since we never had a dog before. It was quite interesting. Ken and I got to meet quite a few new people who claim to be regulars at the park and Peanut was enjoying every minute of strutting her stuff. Just by watching her interact with the other dogs, I don't think she's gonna let anyone step on her toes! :lol:

The rest of our 4th of July weekend was hot and humid (YUK!) with more of the same for the next couple days.

Ken and I both took today off from work; it's our 7th anniversary on the 7th. We thought it would be nice to have a 4-day weekend, especially with the new dog. A day off is about the only reason I have time right now to post pics. We're heading off to lunch after this and then back home to take Peanut out to potty. Wish us luck on wrapping this potty training thing up soon!

Without further ado, let me introduce you to Peanut!...







 

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katlover13 said:
She looks like such a little darling! Is she as good with your kids as she looks in the pictures? No wonder you couldn't resist her. :D
She's wonderful with the kids! She absolutely loves running back and forth through the yard with them. Everybody gets exercise that way! :p My daughter Emma almost can't go anywhere through the house without Peanut. It's kind of cute how she picked her to be a buddy so far (well, her and my husband).
 

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Peanut is so darned adorable!!! What a good puppy that lets her girls hold her. She would have come home with me too if I had seen her.

Congratulations on your anniversary.
 

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AWE! A Sheltie!!! I love shelties! What a cutie too.

Just a word of advice from a concerned dog lover. Avoid the dog park until she's had all three of her puppy vaccine series. She's not fully protected and parvo is rampant in places like that. Just the vet tech in me talking.
 

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Just a word of advice from a concerned dog lover. Avoid the dog park until she's had all three of her puppy vaccine series. She's not fully protected and parvo is rampant in places like that. Just the vet tech in me talking.
Thanks for the advice! She's due for the second set of shots on the 14th. The thing I'm wondering, though, is with 6 or so people and their dogs that I saw, having told me that they're "regulars" you would think their dogs would be vaccinated, right?
 

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You have to worry about ALL of the dogs that visit that park, not just the 'regulars'. :wink:

Couldn't parvo be in the ground from other infected dogs? Or tracked in?
 

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Yeah i've been told never to let a puppy touch the ground anywhere outside of your own home, but at that age its also realy important that they get plenty of socialisation! Bit of a dilemma but realy it just means carrying the puppy everywhere and only visiting other dogs you know has had all their vaccinations at either their house or yours. Puppy preschool is also another realy good idea.

Actually on that note puppy preschool is very important if you ask me. My first two dogs never went to puppy preschool and now have grown up to have so many behavioural problems where as Tyson although heading down the same road got all those problem behaviours nipped in the bud early thanks to our preschool. :D Highly highly highly recommend you join one, both your pup and kids'll love it! (we've got heaps on littlies that come to ours with their dogs and love to learn everything and interact with all the other pups). Although there are good ones and bad ones out there you have to ask around a bit.
 

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Jimmyness said:
Puppy preschool is also another realy good idea.

:D Highly highly highly recommend you join one, both your pup and kids'll love it!
Puppy preschool does sound neat but we don't have anything like that here in this small town. We have dog training classes and the dog park; that's about it for dog socialization.

As far as visiting with other dogs that we are positive have been kept up on their shots, our next door neighbors have a mixed terrier that Peanut has already been introduced to and they get along pretty well, although the terrier is sometimes a little rough at play for Peanut, being quite a bit bigger than she. My aunt also has a small dog not much bigger than Peanut. We haven't introduced the two yet to see how well they get along but we'll have to try it soon.

In retrospect, though, I guess it's only going to be about a month before she has all of her shots, and then won't require any boosters until quite a bit later. A month isn't so bad to wait.
 
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