We made it!
This is the last group message that will go out before the pups start to go home.
Puppy Stacks. The entire litter (minus Caribbean) was graded for conformation and temperament on Sunday, June 8th. Here are the photos from that event. If I forget, please ask me to tell you about how your puppy rated on the temperament scale when you pickup him/her.
The Declaration Nine – Registered Name. The litter was named “The Declaration Nine” because they were born on April 15th. Tax day. And there were nine of them. Officially, we’re going with an “Americana” theme for the litter. Your pup’s AKC-registered name will be related to taxes, freedom, independence, etc. Bonus points if you can come up with a call name (what you’ll be calling your dog) that’s related to the registered name. All registered names will begin with the kennel name. Some examples to inspire ideas:
– Barrett’s Declaration of Independence. The dog’s name can be “Indy.”
– Barrett’s Lone Star. The dog’s name can be “Texas.”
– Barrett’s Tax Evasion. “Capone.” Named after mobster Al Capone… who evaded taxes most of his life.
– Barrett’s National Treasure. “Cage.” Named after Nick Cage, who starred in the National Treasure movie.
– Barrett’s Renaissance Man. “Ben,” “Franklin,” “Frankie,” etc. Named after Benjamin Franklin, who is one of America’s forefathers.
– Barrett’s Army Recruiter. “Sam.” Named after Uncle Sam.
– Barrett’s Statue of Liberty. “Lady.” Named after Lady Liberty.
Here are some other litter themes that other breeders have gone with. Read these links to get a “flavor” for how the breeder geeks like to play with their litter themes:
Homework. Think about how you’re going to tie-in your puppy’s call name with the registered name. If you can’t think of any registered names by the time you pick-up your pup, we’ll come up with something generic for you!
The Declaration Nine – Call Name. If you already have a call name chosen, please let me know… I’ll start calling your puppy get and start teaching him/her their name. We’ll also start with the “come” and “here” command and do a little bit of leash work, too.
Puppy Proofing Your Home. It’s time to crawl around your house on all fours so you can see what it looks like from the standpoint of a puppy. As a friend recently pointed out, “this is a good time to pack your one of a kind items, irreplaceable items, heirlooms, etc. and ship them off to Okinawa for the next couple of years.” Put away anything your puppy might be able to get into, chew on, swallow, etc. Some items to protect or keep away include: cords, uncovered trash receptacles, shoes, laundry, books, and magazines.
Need a boost in the right direction? Just remind me to tell you about the time my puppy ate my PRADA WEDDING SHOES.
Important to note: Two boys out of “The Pioneer Seven” made trips to the vet last year. Somebody ate a sock and got his stomach pumped… and another somebody swallowed a bouncy ball and had to have it surgically removed. While in there, the vet also found some Legos and fabric. Both pups were eventually fine… but avoid this if you can!
Pickup Day. Bring a leash, information tag, and a towel and/or crate for your pup to ride in.
Puppy Routine. As of this writing, the puppies have not “made it through the night” yet. Assign someone the role of getting up once about 2 AM to let you pup potty. You may have to do this for a few days or a few weeks. (Depends on your household routine.) Remember: a new puppy is like an infant… it requires round-the-clock care until it grows up a bit.
Housekeeping. Please shoot me a message and let me know if I can post your email address to a PRIVATE page for all puppy owners. On this page, I will be posting answers to questions about health, behavior, training, nutrition, safety, etc. Anytime you have a question, you can pop over there to see if it has already been discussed/answered. I’ll also be setting up a page for puppy updates and photos.
Last and Final Call. I realize we’ve covered a lot of information in the past couple of months. I hope it’s clear that getting a new puppy will include a lot of blood, sweat, and tears. (And heartache if your pup gets snatched by a coyote. EGADS. ) So – if anyone out there has “cold feet” about getting a new Weimaraner puppy, now is the time to speak up. I’m happy to provide you with a 100% on your paid deposit, no questions asked.
I think that’s it. If we haven’t already coordinated a pickup date and time, now is the time to do so!
Cheers, and congratulations!!!