Follow the Adventures of Chance & Roxy - Welcome Home, Baby Buggs!

welcome home, buggs

Roxy and Chance came home Thursday, July 22, 2021. They were just over 7 weeks old.

First thing’s first, we (my husband and I) are in love with these little nuggets. They’re the sweetest, most cuddly, most precious little balls of fur, and we adore them with all our hearts. 

Now that that's out of the way, I also have to say ... I think they’re trying to kill us. Slowly. Methodically. 

It seems they’ve banded together to break us mentally and emotionally. Their goal, I believe, is to conquer the world, one exhausted human at a time. And it’s working. We are becoming zombie-like creatures with little to no resemblance of the fully functional humans we were just one short week ago. 

Still, we will not surrender. It’s survival of the fittest and we will not go down without a fight. We vowed to give these monsters … ahem, I mean puppies ... a safe, happy home filled with purpose, happiness and unconditional love. And dog-gone-it, that’s what we’re going to do.

What to expect when you're expecting puppies

My “what to expect when you’re expecting puppies” research began weeks ago, shortly after their birth. I’ve watched all the videos and I’ve read all the articles. I wanted to be prepared.

As I stoically marched through the front door to begin our journey, one little bundle of joy in each arm, I felt pride, excitement and pure joy.

Hindsight: it's those blissful moments that make the hard work all worthwhile.

Puppy parenthood: Week 1

Here’s what our first week of puppy parenthood looked like:

I was told to feed them 4 times a day.

So I did … for the first 3 days. But it seemed like I was waking them up to eat, so I stepped it down to 3 times a day, which seems to be working well for everyone. We’re feeding a raw diet - sign up to see my daily food prep and feeding routine.

I was told to hand feed them. 

So I did … once. Hand feeding ground raw beef is like trying to eat soup with a fork. The beef that comes direct from the butcher is not nicely formed (and dry) like the ground beef you get at the grocery store. Not even close. It’s a bloody mess -- literally. Not to mention the blueberries, oats and smashed peas. 

I was told to withhold food and water for 2-3 hours before bed.

That made sense ... until I realized their tiny bladders wake them up every 2-3 hours anyway. Which ties in nicely with my next point ...

I was told to keep them awake for the last 2-3 hours before bedtime.

Again, it seemed logical. That lasted one night, for two reasons: a) they’re sleepy in the evening and mamma needs her downtime, and b) they get up to pee everything 2-3 hours anyway, so keeping them awake seemed pointless.

TIP: I've discovered that giving them a bedtime snack (frozen goat milk on a lick pad) is a great way to keep them awake before bed (so they sleep later in the morning). They still get up to pee on the pads, but they soothe themselves right back to sleep. 

I was told to give them plenty of exercise, play time, cuddles and brain games throughout the day.

That’s solid advice. A happy puppy is a tired puppy. And tired puppies mean happy parents.

I was told to begin simple training right from the start.

Good advice. These little guys love to learn. We’re working on “sit” and “touch.” We’re also working on biting chew toys, not people, clothes, potty pads, furniture, zippers, tags, blankets, tables, pillows or anything else they can get their razor-sharp teeth into.

I was told to keep each puppy in his and her own crate overnight (to avoid littermate syndrome).

No way. They cuddle and comfort each other at night. I’ve just taken them away from their mother and siblings, why would I deprive them of the comfort of having each other in this strange new house? But that’s just my opinion, and it’s working for me so far.

We have a playpen set up in the living room, which contains a second soft crate, a blanket, pee pads, toys and water.

{Screeching record sound!)

Scratch that -- the blanket just came out. Turns out they don’t yet know the difference between a pee pad and a blanket. And before you ask, yes, I’m using pads with an attractant. I'll share links to the products I use very soon, stay tuned for that.

The tip of the iceberg

So that was just the beginning of our journey. There's so much more to come. Want to know more about my day-to-day life with two baby buggs? When you sign up to get the insider scoop, I’ll share all the tiny details the experts, influencers and vloggers fail to mention.

I’ll also be sharing photos and videos you can’t see anywhere else, and I’ll tell you how I’m handling all the challenges that crop up along the way.

I’m not a trainer. I’m not a breeder. I’m just your average first-time puppy parent livin’ the doggy dream.

Watch Chance & Roxy grow up before your very eyes, and find out what it’s really like to bring home two 7-week-old puppies. 

Have some advice for me? I'm all ears! Shoot me an email at pureformpethealth@gmail.com. I can use all the help I can get!

Sidebar -- I’m so sleep deprived right now, I completely forgot what came after “pureformpet” in my email address.

It’s funny ‘cuz it’s true :-s

Join me on this crazy journey … sign up today.

 

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