This puppy thing is absolutely exhausting! I’ve been researching breeders and have ruled out a lot of them. I wouldn’t say they are puppy mills, but they breed multiple breeds and have puppies all the time. Sounds a bit fishy to me. I’ve finally found someone I think we can work with.
The guy in Houston isn’t going to work out. He’s not willing to not dock the tail, and is really expensive. He also said he’s worried about our “aggressive dog” (Baby, yeah I know, she’s not remotely aggressive) because I told him she doesn’t get along with males and we were only looking for females.
This lady I found is in Nebraska. She has pictures of the parents and the puppies and they seem to be well taken care of. I’m waiting for her to return my email so I can check references on her. I want to contact the vet to see the health records of the mom & dad. Make sure that she brings the pups in for visits when ever she has a litter.
She’s registered with the USDA and the state of Nebraska, so it looks promising. She offers a 10 day guarantee against any communicable diseases and a 1 year guarantee against any genetic health defects. She has them certified for health & we can register them with the AKC (which I really don’t care about). The breeder here said if we do go with someone out of state not to worry about it. He said the puppies take well to the trip and usually come tearing out of their cages ready to play.
She said that she has a litter that will be born soon and she will reserve one for us with a tail. It all sounds promising. We would get the puppy in early May. That’s perfect because I’ll be done with school & shouldn’t have to take any final exams. Of course, that part (the no final exams) all depends on how well I do on my exams during the semester. If I’m satisfied with my grades I can skip the final exam in two of my classes. In the other class, there is no final exam, just a 20 page paper.
I just got an email from my French teacher. I took my final exam a couple of weeks ago and she was emailing me to let me know that got an A in the class. So with the A- in Gender Psych, I did quite well last semester. Now I just have to take my other two final exams and write a paper to complete the work from last semester. I’ll take the exam for Dr. S sometime next week and hopefully the Modern France exam the week after that. I hope I do as well in those classes. It’s hard to take the exams this far out because I’ve forgotten so much already.
March is going to be a little crazy. I have 3 exams (2 in one week), Spring Break (yay!), several meetings and events for Phi Alpha Theta, a 15 page paper due on April 7th, and I really need to be working on my 20 page paper. Plus, March 22 is our 6 year anniversary. We might take the girls to New Orleans for a few days, but that’s not really decided yet. I might spend my entire Spring Break studying and writing! (That’s what I did last year.)
It’s almost over though! I counted and I have 20 Tuesday/Thursday classes and 9 Wednesday classes left. That means unless I am actually insane enough to take french this summer, I never have another undergraduate class after April 28th! So, 10 more weeks then I’m done.
My graduation is on a Friday, it’s May 15th at like 9am. I thought that was a little strange. I wasn’t going to walk, I think the whole thing is a little silly, but I’ve been working on this for so freaking long that I think I want to walk. I think we’re going to have a party the next day. It’s a little silly, but a good excuse for a party.
I don’t think that’s silly at all to walk – it’s just one of those life experiences.
As for the puppy – how soon would you be able to take it after it’s born?
It’s about 8 weeks from when they are born. That’s apparently enough time for them to stop nursing, start eating dry food, and begin to potty train.
The breeder crate trains them for the plane, so when we get her she will be able to adapt quite well. (Hopefully!)