Jules is our first purebred dog, and we picked the Dobe for its intelligence, generally superior temperament and beauty.
Even before getting Jules, this site has been my haven. I've learned a lot!
Jules is 4 months old with several champions in her pedigree. She was only delivered by the breeder yesterday morning. She was shy. But that's all gone today. She was all explorey and sniffy all day-- to the point of not eating properly. She's sleeping on the sofa now. And I should turn in, too. Just thought to post and thank you all first. So, thank you!
BTW, Jules threw up twice today. Just her food. We didn't stop to see if she wanted to eat the puddle again, though. If she does it again, we'll see. Eep. But I've learned from reading the threads here that it probably came from her bouncing around so much and not slowing down enough to chew and digest. She's not too bouncy like she's demented, but she IS always curious and attentive to us. Tomorrow, we'll implement nice suggestions like crating her while she's eating (We'll make a fort of some sort in the kitchen and leave her in peace there
She also ate a couple of leaves from the yard (found out through here that it's normal and ok), bounced and zoomed around, and sniffed the butts of our three other dogs. They wouldn't bond with her yet, and Jules is respectful enough to keep distance, even though she tried to initiate play with the veterans several times.
She's so friendly and sweeeeeeet. I was all for obeying a doggie book about keeping her on a leash until she has made friends with her housemates, but Jules seems ok, no aggressiveness. And since she doesn't invade the others' personal spaces, there are no growls from them either. When they
are curious and sniffing Jules, Jules lets them, the hypocrites.
It's hilarious because our mongrels are all mixed-breed small dogs. They're all adults and about a foot tall. Jules towers over them!
I've already convinced the family to switch her to a raw balanced diet (loved the RAW thread by Doberkim; made notes). I've read (also here!) that it's good for puppies, although there was some dissension that it's not. But I'm convinced it IS good for their growth. And it would probably eliminate Jules's stink, which we're already used to, only to smell it again and again whenever we come from fresh air.
She's been bathed by the breeder, and a family friend who has a Rottweiler also smells like this. That Rottweiler is on the same brand of kibble Jules is on.
But am I right in my instinct? Is she old enough for raw food? She's 4 months old so I think that's ok for diet transitions. I've read here that the brands of kibble sold here (Alpo and Pedigree) are inferior anyway, so she's probably better eating RMB with fruits and veggies, like what our other 3 mongrels eat. And they're such healthy mongrels, too.