I got the call, the puppies were born. Soon it would be time to select the one I wanted.
Anxiety immediately started to rear it’s ugly little head as I thought about choosing my Goldendoodle puppy. How can I stand in a room full of heart melting adorable puppies and automatically know which one I want to bring home. The thought terrified me.
What if my selection was really not the right one?…
Harley was my first. And while he didn’t turn out to be my last, he’s certainly been my everything! #goBarryWhite
I knew I wanted a cuddle-bug and since there were no other pets in our home I never thought to concern myself with whether or not he “played well with others.”
Harley and I were the type “A” scenario in the process of puppy selection. I allowed the puppy to choose me! So often I’d heard “pick the one who runs right up to you!” And that’s just what I did. I saw him, he saw me – BAZINGA we were a pair. #forusitworked
Keep in mind – I was as inexperienced at pet parenting as I am at building a space rocket. With a few printed articles tucked neatly in a folder, I knew just enough to be considered “dangerous” when I went searching for a puppy.
Translation? I thought I was making all the right decisions.
Harley’s situation turned out to be a common one for first time pet ownership. I had no knowledge of what evil lurked out there with puppy mills pretending to be reputable breeders #anotherstory #anothertime
Leo on the other hand, was my lone star. He was the only pup. With a little more knowledge under my hat I did my due diligence before I even contacted the breeder. He was older (6 months) and to me unlike a younger pup – I believed once we spent some time together we would either have a love connection or not. #alwaysandforever
Then came Jaxson…
He was born at Laurel Ridge Goldendoodles. A place all too familiar, you see Dr. Kelly was also Leo’s breeder. While there are many different views and opinions about “adopt vs. shop” let me say this – I support both!
However, when I realized I was ready to love, cherish and care for another tail wagging doodle, I knew I had specific desires. I wanted to start this journey from the beginning of his life. I wanted a puppy – born in the winter, so I went to a reputable and responsible breeder…
But regardless to where puppies come from, we want them to be healthy. Signs of good health include (but are certainly not limited to):
Energy: is he alert and energetic?
Eyes: are they bright, clear, w/o crust or discharge?
Breathing: w/o crust or discharge in his nostrils. Does he cough or sneeze a lot?
Body Condition: does he look well fed?
Genitals: does he have feces or pus visible to his genital region?
Coat: does he have excessive dandruff, dullness, greasiness or bald spots?
Hearing: does he respond when you clap your hands?
Vision: does he notice a ball when it rolls within his field of vision?
Did you also know a puppy’s behavioral health is just as important as his physical health?
- How do the puppies interact with one another?
- Does the puppy seem to like people?
- Does the puppy like being handled by people?
- Does the puppy seem overly sensitive to sights and sounds?
While Jax and his siblings were experiencing their first 9 weeks of life I had an epiphany that lessened my anxiety attacks – Shouldn’t I solicit the assistance of the person who’s been with them the longest?
Think about it – who best to give me guidance and insight based on time spent with the entire litter? Dr. Kelly – the breeder! She’d been with them from the day they were born.
On a number of occasions I’d spoken to her about certain traits I was looking for, like –
ADVENTUROUS & OUTGOING…
During those many conversations I was surprised to find out she’d done this before and loves when new pet parents ask her to help them choose. I personally think it’s a great alternative for people like myself that just cannot make up their minds based on crazy fear of not getting it right. The ultimate decision should always be yours, but with one as serious as this, I welcomed the assistance from the person who loved them first. #justsaying
She didn’t steer me wrong 🙂
MEET MY ENERGETIC, INQUISITIVE, ADVENTUROUS AND OUTGOING JAX…
If you’re thinking about adding a puppy to your household, the internet has oodles and doodles of information out there to read. Here are just a few that I found interesting and informative:
CHOOSING A PUPPY FROM A LITTER
HOW TO CHOOSE A GOOD PUPPY
CHOOSING A HEALTHY PUPPY
Have a Doodletastic weekend, and come on back Monday – we’ll have some mischief for you – I promise 🙂 Thanks for reading.