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MJ



Joined: 25 Sep 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 20, 2014 9:04 pm    Post subject: Its finally happening!!! Reply with quote

Hello Everyone!

Its been a long time since I've last posted.
I never did get that Dalmatian I had been planning for. Kinda just realised it wasn't the right time in my life. I knew I was going to move out my parents at one point and didn't know if I'd end up in a tiny 1 bedroom flat or not!

Anyway, here I am a couple of years later......
I have a lovely boyfriend in my life now and we have just bought our first house together!

So the time has finally arrived where things seem to be perfect for my lifelong dream to come true!!

Dalmatian daft me has finally got her name on a waiting list!
Pups are a week and a half old just now.
Getting pupdates every couple of days and I'm just so freaking excited!!

I am slowly working my way through as many posts on this form where appear under the search of "puppy" and writing as many tips down as possible!

My first of probably many questions is food!
I've been looking at chappie and reading on that.
Would I just be feeding it dried food? Or the wet stuff? Or a bit of both?
I realise they don't do puppy food but just for future reference.
And are there any flavors I should avoid?

Sorry for the HUGE post.
Hope everyone is well. Forum seems mega quiet these days!

MJ Smile
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Mortissues



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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and congratulations!

Monty is a strapping six year old now and he started out on dry. The breeder advised us which brand to use as you have to be careful of purine (protein) levels with dalmatians. If I remember correctly up to 22% was okay for a pup but you need to be under 20% for an adult. However I know there is much more scientific and specific advise on here somewhere.

Later on we switched him to wet which is lower than most dry foods and we've found he's thrived on Tesco's, 10 for twenty four tins which will last him 12 days.

Good luck and keep us posted

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 4:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

And yes, its very quiet on here these days Shocked
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 21, 2014 5:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Regarding the food it's important not to confuse purine with protein. Wink Purine is a part of protein that dalmatians can't metabolise properly, and it leads to an increased risk of bladder stones. However some proteins contain higher levels of purine than others - these are the ones to avoid.

Basically dalmatians are fine eating chicken, or eggs, or cheese, or white fish and moderate amounts of beef and lamb. The protein sources to avoid include oily fish and offal.

A high protein food based on the 'safe' ingredients is better than a basic low-protein food.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 1:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi, how exciting for you! I bet you can't wait. I struggled to find a food to suit my dalmatian pup at first. I had another dalmatian a few years ago and she could eat anything. Pippa, our new pup, has proved more problematic. However, we kept her on porridge for the first few weeks. She is now on Wainwrights dry puppy food (Pets at Home own brand - cheaper than James Wellbeloved) with a little Chappie mixed in to make it more palatable. Seems to suit her fine.
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MJ



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 25, 2014 11:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your replies!

I've spend the past week dog proofing our garden!!

We are going to view the puppies on the 7th when they will be 4 weeks old. I'm 6th on the waiting list, however we are first to be going to visit. Been told we wont be picking a pup anyway until after their hearing tests at 5 weeks.

We are hoping to get a good idea of which pups we would like, as we wont be able to visit again until we are going to bring him/her home. We live 5 hours away. So shall be an interesting drive home with a crazy pup!
Any tips on long car journeys/first car journey, would be appreciated!

Will find out what food the breeder will be feeding the pup then take it from there.

Wendy, that sounds like a good idea mixing it with chappie. Is that with the dried or wet food?

Got soooo much to buy!
I'm reading the perfect puppy for the 3rd time. Treating it like a bible at the moment, I'm so determined to get it right from the start!
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 27, 2014 12:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi MJ
It's dry Wainwrights food mixed with tinned, wet Chappie - just about quarter of a tin each time. Our pup's almost 6 months now and she gets that twice a day.
Have you bought a blanket for your new pup? We got Pippa in early May and I found she got chilled easily. You'll be spending a lot of time outside housetraining and it is getting to the colder end of the year again! I used to wrap Pippa up in her blanket when we came back inside to warm her up! She used to get shivery but I guess she was just cold, bless her! Are you going to use a crate? I had Pippa in a little basket to begin with but she used to get up in the middle of the night and wander about - I often found her under the bed chewing something and it was no joke getting her out again at 3 in the morning!! I didn't like the sound of a crate (they're like cages after all) - however, it's been a godsend and Pippa loves her crate.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 28, 2014 4:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you are buying from a reputable breeder they should provide a diet sheet and may be even a little food for the first few days. It is important to keep your pup on what he/she is used to at first. I have done everything in the years -tinned, all in one, raw mince etc as knowledge and fashions have changed.

Now I feed mainly raw but every puppy I've had has had at least one meal of raw minced beef from a very early age and that is probably still the most attractive from the puppy's point of view.

I think Chappie is a good basic food for Dalmatian adults but would want a puppy formula for a puppy and then a junior while they are growing so quickly. It will be no time at all before you stop feeding four times a day and are just giving one or two daily meals

Good Luck and how exciting
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 12:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll find out from the breeder on Tuesday what she is feeding the pups. Got a picture the other day of them turning 3 weeks old and now up and moving about! I can only imagine how crazy the house must be.

I'm going to be using a crate, was looking at some on amazon and not sure if I should get the 36" by 24" or 42" by 28" size. S'pose the bigger the better. Going to get a canvas crate for the car too. Don't know if I should put him/her in that when I go to collect or if I should just cuddle into them on the long car journey home.

I stocked up on blankets from primark the other day. They were reduced to 2.50, and I'll be getting one from the breeder with the mums smell Smile

Trying to think of all the questions to ask on Tuesday. I must admit I'm so scared I fall in love with one and someone else ends up getting it. Not much I can do but just play with them all and have a wee list of ones I really like.

I'll let you know how we get on next week Smile

MJ
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I got the biggest crate that I could fit in my car (36") - at a later date I got a larger one (42") so that I didn't have to keep lugging the crate in and out of the car!

It's nicer for the puppy to be cuddled securely on your lap in the car when you collect him/her, but take plenty of towels in case of carsickness!

Play with all of the puppies and most likely one will stand out. I was very lucky with my litter - everyone who came to see them chose a different one with no pressure from me, so everyone got their 'pick of the litter'! Smile
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PostPosted: Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I usually take a cardboard box with blankets in it for the journey. It might get tiring for you if the pup's on your lap for an entire journey. He/she will probably sleep a lot.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 04, 2014 2:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cuddle on lap with all of ours, great time to bond and cuddle, but with lots of towels just incase, my mums first was put in cardboard box and hated it and was not good in the car after,
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PostPosted: Sun Oct 05, 2014 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, our dog's fine in the car. I guess every dog is different. Cover all bases and see what works for you and your new pup. We brought an Airedale pup up from Yorkshire once and she was sick in the car, poor thing. However, she's also fine in cars now. As the others say, take a couple of towels and factor in breaks in your journey.
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 07, 2014 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I collected my second Dalmatian, Lucy, many moons ago in 1989, I was told to bring a washing up bowl and a couple of towels. The towels lined the bowl and she curled up in it and went to sleep on my lap. If she had been sick at all then it would have been contained. Well that was the idea anyway. Smile
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MJ



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PostPosted: Wed Oct 08, 2014 4:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Haha brilliant idea with the washing up bowl.
I think one of us will sit in the back with him/her and have a box with blankets so we can get cuddles but she can sleep when she feels like it.

I got to meet the pups yesterday and it was the hardest decision ever!!! I was really hoping that 1 would just choose me but it felt like they all did since at one point they were all on top of me.

I have always wanted a girl however they aren't the spottiest in this litter. I've picked the spottiest girl with my second and third choice being boys.

I'm so excited to find out which one I get. I'm not first on the list so need to see what others pick before I know. Wish they would hurry lol Very Happy

Emailed the vet today to see about vaccinations and registering with them. Now just trying to chose which training school to go to. There are a couple close by. Unfortunately none that do the KC good citizen which I had hoped to do.

We are looking to get the pup when it turns 7 weeks. I don't think itll be able to go out walks until its 12 weeks which is annoying coz I really want to get is socialising as soon as possible. I don't know any other dogs which would be able to meet up before then either. Just need to work hard soon as we are able to.

Enough of my rambling on. When I get a picture of mine I shall post it Smile

Cheers
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