Tuesday, July 5, 2011

A new puppy

This funny looking wee girl (on the left) is the soon to be new addition to our family.

2 weeks ago I went in to the Waitakere Animal Shelter to sort out Pepper's registration for the year (as we'd moved to a new area and needed to change some details) While I was there I was told that a litter of puppies had just arrived and would I like to see them. (This is where I should have said no!!!!) They had been left at 5 weeks old in a box on the side of the road with a sign saying "Free" beside them. They're heeler cross (probably with a short coated border collie/heading dog)

One of the hardest things for me is that they must be spayed prior to leaving the kennels, so she will be spayed at 8 weeks. I understand why they have this rule, and certainly agree that it's necessary to control the overwhelming population of unwanted dogs that they and the SPCA have to deal with. But I still feel 8 weeks is a bit young! I've done lots of thinking and research and have spoken to 4 different vets and have decided that while it's not ideal, it's also not the end of the world and that alot of the information (both pro and con pre-pubescent spay) is not based on scientific studies more just hear-say. And the vets I have spoken to have much me feel much more confident.

Let the fun begin!


  1. wooohooo!!!! can't wait to meet her!

  2. It's so exciting, isn't it? Pepper is going to have a sister soon!

  3. wooooow how fun is that a new pup ^^
    what is the name? SALT maby? ^^

    El'bow & Hauwii

  4. New puppies are so much fun. I have had mine for four months now! I'm sure your family are counting down the days until she arrives.


  5. Aww.congrats. Bet you can't wait to bring her home. :)

  6. Awww so cute!! Everyone is making me want a puppy lol. I wouldn't worry too much about the spay. The vets here actually like to do it young. They recover faster and don't seem to be in as much pain. They don't bleed as much either. The only problem I've ever heard of with spaying one young is that they might have problems with incontinence when they get old. Storm was spayed young and she's ten now and doesn't have a problem. She has a bladder of steel lol. I can't wait for you to bring her home. You must be so excited!!