Titus

by Cindy
(Newfoundland, Canada)

Are you my mother???

Are you my mother???

My baby Titus at 6 weeks old.

We received him from the breeder early as his momma stopped feeding him. So being his new momma, I started feeding him a high quality puppy milk and Blue Buffalo large breed puppy food mash.

He is growing like a weed and healthy as a horse! Gets along well with his sister, a 10 month old Siberian Mix and the family cat (they all take turns chasing each other around the house).

He is so very loved, words cannot express...

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Feb 22, 2013
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Nipping and Biting NEW
by: Cindy

Lol, yes he is a little nippy ... but his adopted sister seems to be taking care of most of it so he isn't doing too badly. Aleera, even thoush she is almost 11 months, is still immature / puppy like herself and I got when she was 3 months old. My parents have her brother so she hangs out with him quite a bit too. He, on the other hand, is quite mature. What a difference between two dogs from the same litter.

What I normally do is say his name, clap my hands to get his attention and say no bite ... he looks at me like I am crazy sometimes but he does stop most times, lol...all I can say is that he is an absolute treasure :)

Feb 21, 2013
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7 weeks NEW
by: Anonymous

I brought my baby boy home at 7weeks at the breeders request. Some people calculate a dogs age by days. For example April-June would be considered 91 days or 13 weeks old. But if you count by weeks he would only be 12 weeks old. In your case 6 weeks old may in fact be 7 weeks old depending on his birth date. Either way, your baby was very young, and will probably have nipping and chewing issues because he did not spend enough time with his litter mates to teach him better. What worked for me was to yell as loud as I could every time he nipped my toes. So loud he ran for cover....lol. It works.

Feb 21, 2013
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Thank you Captain Nancy NEW
by: Cindy (Titus' owner)

Thank you very much and I truly believe that I did the right thing for my beloved little boy... I can't imagine my life without him now. Just add a 10 month old cat - who believes she is a dog, in the mix (we were only supposed to be a foster home for her on an emergency basis but ended up falling in love with her too) and there is lots of fun to be had at my house. The three of them take turns chasing each other around, eating together, playing with the same dog toys and then passing out together on huge doggie bed, lol. There is never a dull moment to be had in our home and the amount of visits from my family and friends has increased substantially, and I am pretty sure it isn't because they love me, lol :)

Feb 21, 2013
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good for you NEW
by: Captain Nancy

You can blame the breeders all you want, but the focus is on the well being of the puppy. You did the perfect thing, got that puppy home and gave
him the best care possible. Good for you ...BRAVO. Its a lot of work and care but you did it! :-) What should be done and what is done in the world are two different things.

Glad he likes the cat and the husky mix. This puppy is going to have a ball at your house.
Keep the pictures coming.


Feb 21, 2013
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Thank you NEW
by: Cindy (Titus' owner)

Hi again,

I apologize for the triple response to you, my computer is unfortunately not cooperating with me and I had no idea it was done in triplicate, lol.

I know exactly what you mean in regards to the breeder, but at the same time, this person does love and care for all of his dogs - his home and the manner in which he keeps his furry family (as he refers to them) is the best I have ever seen (as I have been there many times). We had many discussions pertaining to Titus' care and I didn't mean to sound unhappy with your posting, so please forgive me if it seemed that way.

Titus is absolutely treasured beyond words and there are no words to express the amount of love both myself and my daughter have for this little boy.

Have a great day and thank you again for commenting...

Feb 21, 2013
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8 weeks NEW
by: Anonymous

I am not saying that you did anything wrong. I'm glad you are taking great care of him. It's the breeder who should have known better. If a mother stops feeding, the breeder is supposed to step in and care for the pups until at least 8 weeks of age. Alot of mothers wean around 6 weeks, that does not mean the breeder is supposed to sell them. It's crucial for their social development to stay with those litter mates and mother until then. I'm just saying that particular breeder either needs to do more research on breeding or needs to give it up altogether. Thank you for taking great care of him.

Feb 21, 2013
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by: Cindy (Titus' owner)

I understand your comment and point of view, in regards to the breeder letting him go at 6 weeks but due to the fact that his own mother refused to feed him, there was no other option for me. I have been involved in his life almost from his birth and visited a couple of times a week to see him. I knew I loved this little boy from the start and I refused to let him suffer and perish or be euthanized due to his mother's refusal to feed him. I am sure you would have done the same. He was fed a very high quality puppy milk formula and Blue Buffalo Large Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice kibble mash, which he had no problem eating and his feeding schedule was closely monitored by myself, and under consultation of my Vet. On his most recent vist to the Vet last week, he is now 9 weeks old, I was informed me he is thriving and well in the range of normal puppy growth and development. My other dog, who is a female, interacts with him like he was her very own and is teaching him doggie manners, so he is being socialized with another dog (she is 11 months old).

I have owned dogs, large breed dogs, almost all of my adult life and I do know the consequences of taking a puppy from it's mother and litter mates too early. I am sure if you were in my position, you would have done the exact same thing.

Feb 21, 2013
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by: Cindy

I understand your comment and point of view, in regards to the breeder letting him go at 6 weeks but due to the fact that his own mother refused to feed him, there was no other option for me. I have been involved in his life almost from his birth and visited a couple of times a week to see him. I knew I loved this little boy from the start and I refused to let him suffer and perish or be euthanized due to his mother's refusal to feed him. I am sure you would have done the same. He was fed a very high quality puppy milk formula and Blue Buffalo Large Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice kibble mash, which he had no problem eating and his feeding schedule was closely monitored by myself, and under consultation of my Vet. On his most recent vist to the Vet last week, he is now 9 weeks old, I was informed me he is thriving and well in the range of normal puppy growth and development. My other dog, who is a female, interacts with him like he was her very own and is teaching him doggie manners, so he is being socialized with another dog (she is 11 months old).

I have owned dogs, large breed dogs, almost all of my adult life and I do know the consequences of taking a puppy from it's mother and litter mates too early. I am sure if you were in my position, you would have done the exact same thing.

Feb 21, 2013
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by: Anonymous

I understand your comment and point of view, in regards to the breeder letting him go at 6 weeks but due to the fact that his own mother refused to feed him, there was no other option for me. I have been involved in his life almost from his birth and visited a couple of times a week to see him. I knew I loved this little boy from the start and I refused to let him suffer and perish or be euthanized due to his mother's refusal to feed him. I am sure you would have done the same. He was fed a very high quality puppy milk formula and Blue Buffalo Large Puppy Chicken & Brown Rice kibble mash, which he had no problem eating and his feeding schedule was closely monitored by myself, and under consultation of my Vet. On his most recent vist to the Vet last week, he is now 9 weeks old, I was informed me he is thriving and well in the range of normal puppy growth and development. My other dog, who is a female, interacts with him like he was her very own and is teaching him doggie manners, so he is being socialized with another dog (she is 11 months old).

I have owned dogs, large breed dogs, almost all of my adult life and I do know the consequences of taking a puppy from it's mother and litter mates too early. I am sure if you were in my position, you would have done the exact same thing.

Feb 20, 2013
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8 weeks NEW
by: Anonymous

I can't believe a breeder let him go at 6 weeks. It's very important for pups to stay with their litter mates and mother until at least 8 weeks of age regardless if they are weaned or not. It's actually illegal in some states to sell pups before 8 weeks old. That breeder should not breed anymore.

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