Keisha is home!

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Sophie and Keisha relaxing the day Keisha came home 

I thought I’d take some time to write an update.  I did finally pick a name for the puppy.  I named her Keisha.  It’s one of the first names we thought of, and it’s been in the back of my mind ever since.  It’s funny how you go back to the first thing you picked sometimes.

We picked her up on Nov. 7th, and it only took her a few minutes to make herself at home!  She slowly came out of her kennel, and hasn’t been the least bit timid or unsure since!

She’s a handful, and loves to play.  She tries her best to play with Sophie, but Sophie doesn’t like dogs playing with her.  She just turned 10 years old on Nov. 3rd, and likes to relax for most of the day, enjoying some play time when she feels like it.  Keisha, however being the hyper puppy that she is, thinks every minute of the day, or night is play time!

Julian brought her home a rope toy, and she really likes playing with it.  She also likes stealing my fuzzy slippers!  Sophie liked fuzzy slippers as a puppy also!  It must be a puppy thing!

I’ll write some longer entries later, but right now I have to go finish doing laundry and cleaning up the kitchen before Keisha decides that nap time is over. 

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I’m getting the puppy on Nov. 7th!

NylaboneI just thought I’d write an update.  I’m going to pick up my puppy on Nov. 7th, thanks to a family member on my step dad’s side of the family!  She offered to drive me to the puppy breeder’s house to pick the puppy up! 

I still haven’t thought of a name!  I know I need to come up with one I am happy with, and that suits her, but I’m having trouble finding a female “husky” name that hasn’t been over-used.  It seems like the same names are used over and over.

I’ve picked out a crate, crate pad, collar, leash, and Nylabone and it will be ordered this week.  It will be shipped from this city, so it shouldn’t take too long to get here.  I’ve decided to buy a collar to use for now, and Julian is going to bring me a leash, harness and collar that he is getting a girl in the dog club class he teaches to make.  She breeds husky’s, and makes leather leashes etc. 

 I decided on a Nylabone because Sophie, my yellow lab has had one since guide dog school in Aug. of 2000 and she still has the same bone!  She’s not a “power chewer”, but these bones are great!  The yellow lab Viki owned who stayed in the room accross the hall would chew his bones up in the matter of days!  I thought that if I got the “wolf” bone it would last longer, and the puppy would have something she could chew on and I wouldn’t have to stay with her while she chewed it.  I also found bones that you fill with water and freeze them.  They are really good for dogs that are teething.  I’ll have to look into these later.

It’s so hard to find non-latex dog toys!  As a matter of fact, it’s hard to find non-latex anything!  I have a latex allergy, and can’t handle anything that is made of rubber.  All of the “Kong” toys are made of rubber, and most “chew” toys are.  Even tennis balls have rubber bits on them!  I’ll have to try to find some toys besides rope toys to get.  Even some rope toys have tennis balls attached!

I’ll keep everyone updated, and add more photos of the puppy when I get her!

I’ve chosen the puppy!

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puppy at 6 weeks and 2 days old

I emailed the breeder about which puppy I want tonight.  I had been thinking about it for a few weeks now.  There were four females and two males in the litter, and I had already narrowed it down to the females from the very beginning.  The reasoning behind this has nothing to do with one sex being better than the other when being trained, but I didn’t want a male puppy that would climb all over my current yellow lab guide dog, Sophie until I had the puppy neutered.  I want the whole process to be as stress free as possible for her.

From the very beginning, I totally fell in love with the puppy in the photo above!  I thought about one of the other puppy’s as a possibility, but I still had a nagging feeling that if I never got the puppy in the photo I would always regret it and wonder where she was, how she was doing and what could have been if she was mine.  

I received an email from the breeder yesterday asking if I was still interested in the these puppies because some people were going to see them on Sunday.  This made me think even more about the puppy I wanted.  The first thing I thought about was how I couldn’t let the puppy I really wanted all this time go.  I knew then that I had to choose that puppy!  I’ve spent nights thinking about that particular puppy, and something in the back of my mind just couldn’t shake the feeling that this was “the” puppy for me.  I know that I have made the right decision and don’t have any regrets.  I also know that if I sent the email to the breeder saying that I wanted the other puppy I was thinking about, I would have regreted it as soon as I’d hit the “send” button!

Now I just have to think of a name for the puppy!  I can’t just keep calling her “the puppy” all her life!  I’ve been looking for a “husky” name.  A name that when you hear it, you think “husky”.  If anyone has any ideas, I’d love to hear them!