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PostSubject: A Thor In My Side   Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:52 am

A lot I know...not going to be trend.

IT’S OFFICICAL.  Thor Superman has come home to Virginia Beach.  Thor was born August 7, 2017 to Mia and Mayhem in Dunlap, Tennessee and was #4 of 7 in his litter and 1 of 3 males.  The anticipation, excitement, and questions were in full swing, even before the 14hrs round trip drive.

A week has felt like a month for sure.  The drive home was a long one indeed, and although he wasn’t a fan of the travel carrier, he was a good sport and we made a compromise.  He stayed in the carrier, but I let him have the front opened.   To my surprise Thor slept like a baby, literally.  Other than the pit stops for restroom breaks he slept the entire 7hrs drive home.  That was in deed a good thing because I was tired after working the night prior.  This is on characteristic that hasn’t changed, we have driven twice in the past week, one the vet, and once because we had a busy Saturday where I wasn’t going to be home, so he got o run errands with me. He is a car ride away from sleep.

When it came time to meet the family, I knew what I was getting into and that was a headache LOL.  My 3 yrs old twins are not friends of dogs by far, but I was totally convinced that’s due to them not being around dogs, liking the loud barking, and most importantly, the see them as big and scary (my twins were preemies and are well below the size of the average 3 yr olds, heck on can still wear 18month clothes). The weeks leading up to bring Thor home the twins were super excited and talking about “my puppy”.  When I got home with him last Saturday night, the twins were having none of that.  I took him out the carrier and immediately they yelled a-lined it for the back of the couch. Sunday was the same; they wouldn’t come within 5ft of Thor and didn’t force the issue.  Figured give them a week and they would start to come around once they got see how he interacted with me.  

To my surprise I woke up Monday morning to take them to school and they were both sitting in front of his crate talking to him and patting him from the inside.  By Thursday were helping with his food, water, and walking him outside to potty. Almost too friendly, I have to keep telling them not to play with his face or be rough with him in their hugs.  He’s a good sport and plays right back and haven’t barked/howled at them or tried to nip/bit them.  I almost feel sorry for the poor guy by being doubled team by these two.

Sleeping is cake, he gets to run around the house and I got a fun toy he LOVES.  He eats well and at 11 weeks weighs 20lbs. He has a eating schedule for three times a day at 1 ½ cups of food and a bowl of water.  He’s updated on his shots and had to get him a prescription for worms, found some in his feces on Tuesday.   The breeder says he was de-warmed at 2, 4, 6, 8, and 10 weeks.  His teeth are healthy and after changing him to IAM’s 2 for large breeds, his feces it self has a better solid texture and isn’t runny.  He’s got good energy and the best temperament I could have asked for.   He likes pouncing on the grasshoppers in the yard and of course chews and chews and chews; this new toy does re-focus much of that behavior.

Both parents are AKC registered and I don’t know much about that. I plan to register him, it was part of the packet I got, but that’s about as far as I know to go with that. I have read up on it on the website, but I’m not sure if it worth it or just how “special” that makes him.  I know the breed itself is very popular.  Thor was getting all kinds of attention at a Halloween event. Does it matter if he goes to a regular vet in the area or an AKC certified vet?

Of course the biggest headache has been house training.  He refuses to use the training pads.  I’ve cleaned my carpet three times and my kitchen twice.  Not too mention his crate what feels like every other day.  He has a good size crate that he can grow into.  It has a divider, but when he sits up, you can fit two of him in there, however laying down it’s the perfect size.  He was really stubborn about not going potting in the designated area in the yard. I gave in the first two days and just wanted him to go outside vs in my house.  The next couple of days I put my foot down and we walked that designated area until he went.  He will go outside when I take him, but only literally right along the fence line.  I don’t get it. The space about 3 feet wide and 15feet long.

Oh, did i mention he worked his way into two baths in one day...UGH
What color would everyone say he is? Markings?

Here’s to  another week, entries with less words, and more photos.

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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:19 am

Color - I'm gonna guess wolf gray but these guys have a habit of changing as they grow Razz

Welcome! He's a cutie. You are one brave Daddy - 3 year old twins and a husky puppy! You are in for the ride of your life times 3!
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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:26 am

I would also say wolf gray. He is adorable! Have fun!!!
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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:39 am

Clark, that looks like an acceptable addition to the family - you now have three puppies, two human and one canine - you're a glutton for punishment!!

I, for one, enjoyed your "book", you can do that as often as you feel like it. It was a great way to start my day!

Now, how about some pictures of all the puppies?? I'm impressed that he hasn't "grabbed" either of them when playing. I think that's just a natural thing puppies do - but then he may be picking up you telling them to be gentle so he's being gentle too. That will change --- when they all get a little older --- I'm betting on that!
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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Mon Oct 30, 2017 11:57 am

Glad the anticipation is over. You look like you got yourself a nice looking pup there. Let the fun begin.

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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:13 pm

Aww, Thor's a cutie. Good luck with ALL of your kids!
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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Mon Oct 30, 2017 1:40 pm

Awww Thor is so cute. What an awesome story!! And you definitely have guts to take on a pup plus your twins! *Bowing Down*

Good luck!
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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Mon Nov 06, 2017 11:01 am

Amy, Al, and LoA:
The combination of twins and a pup is definitely a hand full. Like with brining home a new child, the twins want to hold, hug, pat, and do everything else under the sun with him. It's crazy how fast they went from horrified of him to obsessed with him. I was think more like a month to adjust, but they start every morning with getting him at his crate and talking with him before I take them to school.

Jen:
The fun is there for certain. He's full of energy which i make sure to burn throughout the day. Helps him sleep better and so do I. Of course there's also the training and accumulating him to the house. I haven't stated his puppy training classes yet because i will be gone for a week for work, but after that I plan to get him enrolled for both our sakes. For him it's an environment of structure, directions, rewards, and of course burning energy. For me its about keeping him squared away and as much fun i want him to have to simply running about, I know at this early age now is the time to set the bar and level of exceptions for behavior before he sets it for me and there's no turning back. Unlike my female lab/pit I had in the past, boys (my German Shepard and now Husky) seem to be a lot more stubborn taking to training so i wanna get a jump on that quickly.

Thanks everyone for the compliments, he is a very good looking pup, but i try not to let that fool me. As many of you had already said, i know i'm in for quite the adventure.

Question: Any input on completing the AKC registration; pros and cons? does it matter? what next?
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PostSubject: Re: A Thor In My Side   Fri Nov 10, 2017 5:49 pm

hi, welcome to the forum. your very brave to take on twins and a puppy. he is adorable.
i did the akc paper work for the akc registration. it transfers the ownership of the puppy from the breeder to you. it also gives you the registered names of the parents. its manly to change owner ship of the puppy. they also give akc reunite service, if the unthinkable were to happen the help find him with can be linked to a microchip when or if you diced you want to do that.
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