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Old 12-03-2012, 11:30 PM   #1 (permalink)
Name: Tennille
Dog's Name: Eli
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Hi everyone

I'm new here. I'm so glad I found this site. All the info on here is great!

I'm so excited to have my first maltese soon. I am going to get my little Eli on the 15th (once he's 12 wks). The days can't pass by fast enough.

I've been keeping in touch with his breeder and getting pictures. He's SOOO adorable... and also patient! I've heard his sister is a bit bossy hahaha

We have bought everything we can think of.
I'm trying to make sure we have the same things as his breeder for a smooth transition when he comes home. I'm sure he will be a little scared his first time in a strange place.

We will have a 7 hour drive(one-way) to pick him up. Any advice to making this trip a pleasant one for him? I would feel so bad if he got sick.
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Old 12-04-2012, 12:56 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Congrats... He should be fine,I held and cuddled my baby all the way home but you really should consider a safer alternative...If you have a small carrier , strap it down with a seatbelt if you can and add padding...
It's a long drive and anything can happen. Try to get him a small collar with some sort of ID too, just in case...
If you have an old shirt in the laundry with your scent ,put it in with him to help. He'll be scared but give him lots of lovin and reassuring cuddles... and post piccies, we love piccies...

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Old 12-04-2012, 06:38 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Congratulations!!! I absolutely know how excited you are....I just picked up my puppy three weeks ago!

I also was worried about how scared he was going to made me feel so bad to know he was leaving behind everything he had ever known, but I have to say, he really handled the transition like a real trooper!

He seemed more curious than scared...and he actually slept pretty well for the first couple of nights (probably from the stress of the change).

The breeder sent each of us buyers home with a small towel that the puppy had been sleeping with as well as one small toy that the puppy liked. He definitely slept with that blanket and wanted it near when he was it's a tug-of-war toy! *sigh* Pretty much everything is a toy around here, now!

I think that breeders who keep the puppies until they are 12 weeks do an immense service to both the puppy and the buyer. The transition is easier when the puppy is older....and he/she will be a much better age for learning how to be a good member of his/her new home.

My advice - GET LOTS OF SLEEP NOW!!! LOL!!! For the first three weeks (different for each puppy), I was setting my alarm for 2am to take him out to go potty. Then getting up at 5:30am to take him potty and feed him, walk him, and play with time for me to go to work at 8:30.

It REALLY is like having a toddler (with very sharp teeth!) in your house! You have to watch them every minute! My hubby and I keep Bravo tethered to us when we are up and about.

He still (at almost 15 weeks) needs a good amount of sleep - he plays for 2-3 hours, then sleeps for a couple of hours...then potty, then play, then walkies, then eat, then sleep........repeat over and over, LOL!!!

It's so worth it - your going to have a ball!!! Post pictures!!!

I actually have a Papillon puppy...but I joined this message board to get great grooming, nutritional, general toy-breed tips......and all the great people!!
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Old 12-04-2012, 06:56 AM   #4 (permalink)
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hi and welcome to SM!! It is exciting getting a new puppy!!! I've had 4 in less than three years! The last one came on a plane with a courier at 12 weeks and did just fine. We'll be looking forward to seeing pics and hearing all about your new little one.
Deborah and my Fluffs, Laurel, Violet , Hardy and Dewey!

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Old 12-04-2012, 07:08 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Congrats on your new puppy just as others said get little collar and lead with ID as you will have to get out for piddle stops. I know we had 2 1/2 hour drive to pick daisy up she never piddle on me but we did sop every 30-45 mins for water and piddle stops. Bring something with your scent.

Enjoy getting them home he will whine first night a bit daisy did but I ignored it however did set my alarm to stand outside the door and listen and peep in to make sure she was ok.

Don't worry they are hardy little things and he will be absolutely finexx
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Old 12-04-2012, 07:38 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Thanks everyone. I appreciate all the advice. I will post pics as soon as we get him.

How will I know if he's whining to potty or just whining to get out of his crate?? When do I give attention and when do I ignore? I would hate to ignore him if he needs to potty but I don't want him to learn whining is ok.
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Old 12-04-2012, 08:35 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Hi Tennille! Welcome to Spoiled Maltese! We drove about 6 hours one way to pick up our baby last June. I sat in the back with him. We had a carrier strapped in and it was large enough for a small pee pad, a blanket and a toy. I also gave him a bully stick and that kept him busy for a long time. I had a bottle of water and would offer him some every hour or so. He did use the pad on the way home. For my husband, who was driving, I'm sure he felt every minute of those 6 hours but for me, the time just flew by.

Congratulations and we can't wait to hear more about (and see pictures of) little Eli!

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Old 12-04-2012, 10:03 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Congrats and Welcome!!

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Old 12-04-2012, 11:36 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Congrats and welcome! Can't wait to see photos!
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