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Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:56 PM

I just adopted a new dog!

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I still have my sweet Bear, now he has a little sister, Honey! I adopted a second dog because my hours are expanding at work and I thought Bear might like a little canine company during the day. (The cats never want to play with him!)

She's about 2, they think, a shepherd mix, maybe she'll get to be about 55 pounds. She was found on the side of the road in New Mexico, nearly starved and nursing a passel of puppies. A friend of a friend fostered her and the puppies until the pups could be weaned and Honey could be fixed and adopted. Puppies were weened last week, Honey was fixed yesterday, and today I brought her home.

So far (three hours) she's been a model dog: very polite, knows sit, no, drop it, how to use the dog door, and her name. Leaves the cats completely alone. Wants to follow Bear around the yard, hasn't explored the whole house yet (which is not very big, just a small shotgun of a place), happy enough to stay where Bear and I are. But not so comfy yet that she's joined us on the couch. I think she's going to be an awesome addition to our family,

Here's my question: I've never had a female dog who's had puppies before. Although the pups have been weened for a week, her nipples are still quite swollen. How long before they bounce back, if ever?

(By popular demand: photo below, in thread)

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Reply I just adopted a new dog! (Original post)
intheflow Jan 2013 OP
get the red out Jan 2013 #1
intheflow Jan 2013 #13
BainsBane Jan 2013 #2
intheflow Jan 2013 #12
geardaddy Jan 2013 #3
smokey nj Jan 2013 #4
grntuscarora Jan 2013 #5
intheflow Jan 2013 #11
intheflow Jan 2013 #6
grntuscarora Jan 2013 #7
intheflow Jan 2013 #10
Stinky The Clown Jan 2013 #14
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #21
intheflow Jan 2013 #26
ceile Jan 2013 #22
uppityperson Jan 2013 #25
intheflow Jan 2013 #27
get the red out Jan 2013 #28
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #8
intheflow Jan 2013 #9
Curmudgeoness Jan 2013 #15
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #23
Auntie Bush Jan 2013 #16
intheflow Jan 2013 #19
DainBramaged Jan 2013 #17
intheflow Jan 2013 #18
TorchTheWitch Jan 2013 #20
intheflow Jan 2013 #24

Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 02:59 PM

1. Congratulations!

She sounds just wonderful!!!!! What a precious angel. I know nothing about female dogs after having a litter (my girl came fixed as a pup) but I just had to congratulate you.

We need pics though.

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Response to get the red out (Reply #1)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:12 PM

13. Thanks!

Picture below!

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:03 PM

2. Wonderful!

It takes time. My girl had recently weaned her pups when I got her. They still quite big and protruded a lot. After three years, they aren't nearly as noticeable, but for the first year they were quite visible. They didn't seem to bother her though.

So when do we see pictures!

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Response to BainsBane (Reply #2)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:11 PM

12. She doesn't seem bothered by them,

but they are hanging rather low. My friend on fb thought they looked like a doggie six-pack!

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 03:06 PM

3. This post is useless without pictures.



Congrats!

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:19 PM

4. Congrats on your new baby!!

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:35 PM

5. So happy for you and Honey!

She sounds like a terrific dog.

Our older beagle had birthed a litter shortly before we adopted her. She had been kept in a crate and used to breed "puggles" until authorities shut the breeder down. Her nipples were quite swollen for several months, and were noticably large for about a year after adoption. Didn't seem to bother her, though.

Again, congratulations!

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Response to grntuscarora (Reply #5)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:09 PM

11. Good to know about the time frame for shrinkage.

Internets were saying everything from six weeks to six years to never-ever-ever. Nice to read more reasonable estimates from DUers.

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 04:37 PM

6. By popular demand: a photo!



That's Bear chillin' on the couch, and Honey looking a bit bemused by the weird in little box in this new human's hand.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 05:45 PM

7. Love it!

Bear looks so mellow and relaxed, and Honey looks so alert and intelligent.
Best wishes to all

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Response to grntuscarora (Reply #7)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:53 PM

10. Bear is pretty mellow all around.

Honey is pretty shy but has settled in nicely. Still hasn't made it up the couch to snuggle but is very happy curled up at my feet. I think we'll be very happy. Thanks for the best wishes!

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Response to intheflow (Reply #6)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 08:12 PM

14. Dawggeeees!

Great looking pair. Bear looks regal and Honey looks grateful, if a bit bemused.

Love them!

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Response to Stinky The Clown (Reply #14)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:44 AM

21. I think she looks like she's already planning her first bit of mischief

What a perfect expression! And Bear looks like it's all just soooooo boring and beneath him (though is secretly thrilled). Awesome photo, and really good looking doggies.


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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #21)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:48 AM

26. She's not at all intensionally mischievous,

but she does seem to think our socks are tasty chew toys. "Human foot sweat - yummmm!"

Aside from being slightly put-off by having less couch space to stretch out on, and a 10-minute pout-fest not being an only-dog any more on the first night, Bear's been very happy. They spent a good chunk of time yesterday chasing each other around the yard like maniacs. Exactly as it should be.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:46 AM

22. beautiful family!

She looks so smart!

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Response to intheflow (Reply #6)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 11:00 PM

25. Bear is looking really good and glad he got a buddy.

Now you have 2 of them to run amok around each other. Pretty girl and Bear is so elegant there.

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Response to uppityperson (Reply #25)

Sun Jan 27, 2013, 10:51 AM

27. They're the perfect pet combo.

Both very mellow, Bear's been excellent about sharing his toys and bones. They spent about an hour chasing each other around the yard yesterday, then cam in and slept the rest of the day. She's just a perfect addition to the family.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #6)

Mon Jan 28, 2013, 04:58 PM

28. She's beautiful

Both of your dogs are. They look so sweet! What fun.

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 06:42 PM

8. She is a beauty.

Looks so intelligent. I feel so sorry for her past, raising pups while starving and having been abandoned---probably because she got pregnant, because someone didn't get her spayed. But it looks like life will be much better for her now. I am sure that Bear will thank you for the friend.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #8)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 07:49 PM

9. She may have been a feral dog.

She was in a remote border region, from what I understand. And the woman who fostered her said she had no idea how to be a house pet. Didn't know how to play with toys, wasn't housebroken, didn't understand about eating from a dish. Maybe she had a 100% asshole owner who left her outside and just threw food at her, but there are a lot of feral dogs on the Mexican border so it's likely she's never had a home before.

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Response to intheflow (Reply #9)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:26 PM

15. Wow. That makes the story even better.

That Honey has been doing so well with you, and behaving so well, is a testament to her intelligence as well as the training she got at the foster home. Wow.

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Response to Curmudgeoness (Reply #15)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:47 AM

23. Foster family did an excellent job and in such a short time

I'm really impressed. Could also say a lot about Honey's natural disposition... wanting to please and learn quickly.


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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 09:34 PM

16. Now you can just call, "Honey Bear!" and they'll both come.

Their names certainly go good together. Congratulations on your new addition to the family and good luck and good fun with her.

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Response to Auntie Bush (Reply #16)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:17 AM

19. It's funny about their names, isn't it?

I would never have named Bear Bear because I think cross species names are kind of dumb. But he came with the name, he's a Katrina dog, and I just figured he'd been through so much he didn't need the hassle of learning a new name.

Honey's foster mom started calling her Honey because of her coloring but the name stuck (so to speak) because of her sweet (so to speak) nature.

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Fri Jan 25, 2013, 10:34 PM

17. The Spirits smile when a goggie is adopted

Congratulations.


You are a great person.


You will find (in the end) that you did it for you too. Up until I moved to my apartment, I had two dogs from the 70's until 2008. And they ALWAYS provided me with as much company as they did for each other.

You done good.


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Response to DainBramaged (Reply #17)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 12:14 AM

18. Oh, sadly, I know my motivation to get a companion for Bear

has been underscored by my own selfish desire to surround myself with dogs. Really, have almost always had one dog, have always, always wanted two!

Bear will appreciate the company - this last year has been the first in six years that we haven't lived with other roommates with dogs, so I know he's missed the wrastling. Humans try but we can't wrastle like dogs, we get all hurty between the claws and the paws and that bums Bear out. Honey is still trying to figure out how to be a pet, but I keep seeing glimpses of what will be her playful dogish nature once she knows she's safely home at last.

Thanks for the huzzah! May you dream sweet puppy dreams tonight!

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Response to intheflow (Original post)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 10:40 AM

20. Yeah!

Congratulations on your new family member! She is so adorable!

As for her nips... I haven't the foggiest idea. I've never had a female dog before. That might be a good "by the way" kind of question for the vet. She does look like she could use a cute lacy doggie bra! LOL!

Also, if Honey just had surgery yesterday, she probably shouldn't be climbing on the couch yet anyway. She needs to take it easy for the next few days with no running, jumping, climbing, etc. Gotta be careful of pulling stitches including on the inside. I'm also surprised that she doesn't have to wear the "Cone of Shame" so she can't mess with her stitches. Some dogs though (like mine and the one before him) just couldn't wear it since it made them ballistic which was a lot more dangerous for pulling something than not having them wear it. And being such huge dogs even though they weren't full grown when they had their surgeries their cones were so enormous they could barely get through a doorway, and there was no way they could have worn it in my small sized car. Neither one cared a fig for their incisions though... it was a hell of a lot harder trying to keep them relaxed and not let them run about, leap up and down the stairs, etc. It's absolutely amazing how fast dogs bounce back from surgery.


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Response to TorchTheWitch (Reply #20)

Sat Jan 26, 2013, 01:04 PM

24. I asked the agency about her acceptable activity level.

Also about the cone. She said as long as I'm not running her in a three mile marathon, regular exercise - and the dog's own pain sensors - should be fine. She told me to monitor Honey's actions about licking the stitches and let her know if she gets obsessive, but in general I think vets are moving away from the cone of shame for for just the reasons you've mentions - dogs freak out with them and end up causing more damage to themselves and their surroundings with them on. Bear had stitches a couple years ago and they didn't give him a cone, just told me to watch him and let them know if he licked.

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