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Old 06-07-2008, 11:13 AM
 
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oh congratulations, rapture! that is so exciting!

don't forget the heartguard, or other monthly heartworm preventative.

also, one thing you might want to get ahead of time are her dog tags with your name and number on them.

oh, and, i would make one suggestion that your other posters haven't agreed with thus far. i WOULD suggest a retractable leash. i've used one with my shih tzu for 11 years, and i've found it to be very useful. if you train your dog to respond to commands, you will still be in charge of her on a retractable and it will give you a freedom that you don't have with a standard leash. and, of course, i am sure you would use caution when approaching any other dog regardless of what kind of leash you had your own dog on. also, you can lock a retractable and make it as short as you'd like in the meantime while you are getting to know your new girl and she you. i would say maybe this should be something you should try out and decide for yourself.

good luck, it sounds like you're mostly prepared already!
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Food? Premium feed or Big Box brands...There is a huge difference. With the big scare last year, you need to consider the food. We always used Innova or Canindae. Those product use real meat and veggies. Unlike the Big box brands use Wheat! Dogs eat wheat?

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Last year my vet called me to tell me the Royal Canin Hypoallergenic food they sold me (for a few years) had been put on the contaminated food list. Even the best, most reliable brands are not immune.
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Old 06-07-2008, 01:48 PM
 
Location: The Frenchie Farm, Where We Grow 'em Big!
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Last year my vet called me to tell me the Royal Canin Hypoallergenic food they sold me (for a few years) had been put on the contaminated food list. Even the best, most reliable brands are not immune.
ROYAL CANIN and CANIDAE are totally two different food brands from totally two different companies. I've done my homework. I looked. CANIDAE was never on the list, but ROYAL CANIN was. Once again... INNOVA and CANIDAE. Trust me, I'm not being ACCUSTATORY. Those names do get mixed up all the time. But as an active breeder, I know my care for french bulldogs is a priorty. And the food I give them is one of them. They were never affected by the recalls from last year. Canidae and Innova are not available in the Big Box stores. You can only get them at feed or specialty stores! All the breeders that I associate within my area played it smart several years ago! And we're so glad! Those two companies never let us down! The most reliable brands were immune to the recall! Both were grown and made in the US. Not grown in China and manufactured in the US. Both companies are strickly US brands w/ zero foriegn involvement.

Here's the list from the FDA

Search for Pet Food Recalls

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Old 06-07-2008, 02:21 PM
 
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Congratulations and best wishes with your new friend!
One thing I got right away was a temporary tag I.D. for the collar, until I could get one stamped with the dog's name, and until I got him microchipped. I had a vet visit almost right away just to say hello and get his file started, and to get the microchip done. Also, here, heartworm test, to start heartworm preventative if necessary.
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:24 PM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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I didn't read everything posted yet but thanks to everyone for the kind words and info.

I just got back from the shelter and adopted her. She is so cute and petite, about 7lbs. She is 1.5 years old and very friendly, gave me lots of kisses and not shy at all. They are taking her to the vet for shots and to be spayed. I can pick her up next week, I just want to cry because I've been waiting so long for her and she's so sweet. Just perfect.

I hope I make her as happy as I know she is going to make me.
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Old 06-07-2008, 04:59 PM
 
Location: Southeast Idaho
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I didn't read everything posted yet but thanks to everyone for the kind words and info.

I just got back from the shelter and adopted her. She is so cute and petite, about 7lbs. She is 1.5 years old and very friendly, gave me lots of kisses and not shy at all. They are taking her to the vet for shots and to be spayed. I can pick her up next week, I just want to cry because I've been waiting so long for her and she's so sweet. Just perfect.

I hope I make her as happy as I know she is going to make me.
Oh I can't wait to see pix of your new baby
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Old 06-07-2008, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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Congrats on the new dog. I will agree with the others on all the suggestions. I will say spend the money on a good food as in the long run it is well worth every penny as you will have a healthier dog and less vet visits. My dogs have eaten Innova for years, mixed with some supplements and people always ask me what I bathe my dogs with as their coats are so healthy and shiney and I laugh as my dogs get maybe 1 to 2 baths a year. The real secret is what goes in the dog not what goes on the dog. My vet use to always ask what I fed the dogs as their skin and coats and over all health is so good. So do spend money on a good food and the ones people have listed here are all excellent choices. Whole dog Journal rates the dogs food about once a year and to even get in the rating the food have to be top of the line.

I find it interesting that so many people seem against the retractable leashes as I have a 26 ft flexi lead and walk the two dogs on one with two bungee extensions at the end and have actually done 3 dogs this way with no problems. If I need my dogs back by me I call them! If I am around traffic I keep the lead short. It is also great for training a recall and tossing toys when we are at a park that is not leash free. I will say you do have to be very careful as if the rope part slides across your skin or you grab onto the actual rope in an emergency and it pulls through your hand you can get a very bad deep slash or a rope burn. I learned that when Jazz was a puppy and a skate boarder passed by and being a herding breed she took off after it and pulled the rope across my arm and it sliced my arm like a knife, but that was the only problem I have ever had with it and I have used it everyday for the past 12 years. Once you learn the secrets of using them they are great.


If you are old enough to remember the old purina commercials " ALL YOU ADD IS LOVE" which it sounds like you are ready to do! May the two of you have many happy years together!

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Old 06-09-2008, 07:08 AM
 
Location: NJ/SC
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ok, I'm doing the shopping today and picking her up tomorrow!

Here's a pic from Petfinder. More to come!
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Old 06-09-2008, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Florida
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ok, I'm doing the shopping today and picking her up tomorrow!

Here's a pic from Petfinder. More to come!
she's pretty. ...I'm a little jealous of her hair! Its beautiful!

Congrats!
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Old 06-09-2008, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Va Beach
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Get her a colorful little backpack too,to carry her stuff in when you go places. Doggie wipes! Don't get flea collar as someone suggested. Talk to your vet about Frontline Plus or other once a month applications.
Dog parks...I would never take mine there. Walking them around the neighborhood is a good thing. Familiarize your dog in the surroundings.
Training is a must. Simple, easy voice commands are the best.
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