New Puppy Poem

Don't smell crotches, don't eat plants.
Don't steal food or underpants.
Don't eat my socks, don't grab my hair . . .
DON'T RIP THE STUFFING FROM THAT CHAIR!
Don't eat those peas! Don't touch that bush!
Don't chew my shoes ... What IS that mush?
Eat your cookie, drink your drink.
Outta the toilet! Outta the sink!!
AWAY FROM THE CAT BOX, IT'S FOR THE CAT!!
(And MUST you kiss me? After that???)
Yes, raising a puppy is not for the lazy!
Though puppies are funny, they're also quite crazy.
But don't despair, though its toil and strife.
After 3 years, you'll get back your life!
So, let's go for "walkies", you can "do your thing".
(And perhaps I'll get back my GOOD DIAMOND RING!)

- Author Unknown

QUESTIONS TO ASK YOURSELF....

ARE YOU PREPARED TO...

____1)Take full responsibility for this dog and all its needs for the next 8 - 12 years? This is NOT a task that can be left to children!

____2)Invest the considerable time, money and patience it takes to train the dog to be a good companion? (This does not happen by itself!!!!)

____3)Always keep the dog safe; no running loose, riding in the back of an open pick up truck or being chained outside?

____4)Make sure the dog gets enough attention and exercise?

____5)Live with high activity daily grooming  for the next 10-15 years.

____6)Spend the money it takes to provide proper veterinary care including but certainly not limited to: vaccines, heartworm testing and preventative, spaying or neutering and annual check ups?

____7)Become educated about the proper care of the breed, correct training methods and how to groom? (There are many good books available, invest the time to read a few.)

____8)Keep the breeder informed and up to date on the dogs accomplishments and problems?

____9)Take your questions to the breeder or other appropriate professional before they become problems that are out of hand?

____10)Have the patience to accept (and enjoy) the trials of puppy hood, which can last for five years, and each stage afterward?

____11)Continue to accept responsibility for the dog despite inevitable life changes such as new babies, kids going off to school, moving or returning to work?

____12)Resist impulse buying, instead have the patience to make a responsible choice?

____13)If you answered yes to ALL of the above you are ready to start contacting breeders. Start early because most responsible breeders have a waiting list ranging from a few months to a couple of years. Remember, the right puppy or adult dog IS worth waiting for!!

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