I’m back! I took a long break over the summer since we had so much going on… something had to give, so the blog got neglected. We got a couple of big projects done over the summer, and I’ll have posts soon on the blog about what we did. For this post, I’m writing about our puppies. We adopted two puppies in March, but it seems I never wrote about them on the blog – so here goes…
In March, Michael saw a Facebook post by our local animal shelter that listed four puppies that were picked up and available for adoption. It was a weekend when he saw the post, so Gavin and I went to the shelter on the following Monday morning to see the puppies. They were cuties! We decided on two pups – a male and a female. We completed the paperwork, paid the fees, and were able to pick up the pups later in the week after they had been neutered and spayed.
The first day was great! They were cute, playful puppies. Then the second day happened. The boy puppy was sick, so I took him to the emergency animal clinic (it was a Sunday). They ran their tests, and he came back positive for parvo. I had the female puppy at the clinic too, but she did not test positive parvo. Taking care of a parvo puppy is really hard! The first couple of nights, I gave the boy pup fluids (Pedialyte or Gatorade) by syringe every 30 minutes. I didn’t get much sleep, but I was hoping to keep the puppy alive, so it seemed worth it. After the first couple of nights, I didn’t have to give him fluids as often, but I liked to check on him every hour or two. Giving constant fluids and the medicines prescribed by the veterinarian worked for our puppy. He survived and we named him Rocky… because he overcame defeat!
The female puppy stayed healthy and never got parvo. Once we knew the male pup had parvo, we separated the puppies and cleaned everything in the house they had come in contact with. Obviously, we had to keep the male puppy in his crate at all times, but we also kept the female puppy in her crate. I’m surprised she didn’t have it already, but I think keeping them separated and keeping everything clean helped prevent her from contracting it. The female’s coat is different than the male’s – they are both black dogs, but her color looks brown in the right light. So, we named our energetic little female puppy, Java.
The puppies were only about two months old when we got them, so they have grown a lot the last seven months. They are both happy, healthy dogs and are getting lots of love with their new family. Gavin gets along well with them, but he gets jealous of them and they get jealous of him. And they all aggravate each other at times. Sometimes though, they all play together really well, and it’s just the cutest things you’ve ever seen!
The puppies stay inside the house most of the time. We leave them outside a lot during the day, but if I’m home, I like to keep them inside with us. They’re still puppies though, meaning they have the occasional “accident” in the house and they chew on things they shouldn’t – mainly Gavin’s toys. So, they stay in their crates at night.
Since we adopted the puppies from the local shelter, their ancestry was a mystery. They were listed as labs, but it was just a guessing game as to what other breeds they may be. We decided to get Java’s DNA tested because we were curious if we were guessing right. We weren’t. Her DNA test came back that she was half weimaraner and half other breeds. The other breeds went back too far for the test to fully confirm which breeds, but they listed the most likely breeds as Labrador, German Shepard, and Chihuahua. That’s right. Chihuahua. I don’t see it. After looking over Java’s results, we kind of wanted to get Rocky’s DNA tested too. You know, to see if it came back with the same results. They were litter mates, so they should have the same breeds on their DNA profile, right? So, we sent in Rocky’s DNA too. He came back as half weimaraner and half other breeds. As Java’s results showed, the other breeds went back too far for definite conclusions. However, Rocky’s other breeds only listed Labrador and Chow Chow – it said Asian breed, but listed Chow Chow. They look nothing like Chow Chows. So, we just say we have Weimaraner/Labrador mixes.
Rocky and Java are almost always together, and they both stick pretty close to me too. Rocky has always stayed with me – I figured that was because we bonded during his time with parvo. He was getting a lot of one-on-one attention from me then. Java has come around though, and now she stays right with me too. Yep, that means I usually have two dogs and a toddler with me at all times in the house.
It is hard having two puppies. Part of it may be because I don’t have as much time to devote to them as they probably need. However, one of the reasons we wanted two puppies was because that would give them a buddy to hang out with. Most of my time is devoted to Gavin, so it’s nice that I can let the puppies outside and they can play together while I’m inside handling other things.
We are so excited to have these puppies as part of our family! I can’t wait to watch Gavin grow up with them. So much fun is in their future!