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Sent: Saturday, February 23, 2008 11:33 AM
Wanted to let you know that our Timmy is doing great. I'm having so much fun with him. He is so smart. He actually hugs when he gives kisses (sometimes more kisses than you may want-but that's ok). He's in the process now of learning that barking isn't the way to get what he wants--only talking-- which believe it or not, he does very well. So, we are working on this and when I say "no barking, talking only" he talks (example: grrrump, grrump, rr rr ). This generally means that he has to go outside or he wants to play. He also sits when told, dances, and about every 3rd try gives his paw. And, one of the more amazing things he does is he puts 2 of his toys in his bed on a regular basis (a practice he started for some reason)--a football that is medium sized (he drags it by the pointed end--this ball at one point was equal in size to him) and a fuzzy teddy bear and then gets into the bed with these toys. This is a tiny bed, but he's apparently comfortable this way because he naps with these toys. When my brother was still here with us recuperating, he couldn't believe that this tiny dog could do this and it gave him great pleasure to watch him. He remained amazed by his determination.
He loves to fetch and return whatever toy and learned to do this very early on--at about 2 months. And, he loves the snow. Runs around like a lunatic at high speed, collects a pound of snow on his fur and then has to be blown dry to get the clumps off, but has a ball. This is the only time he doesn't show contempt for the hair dryer.
I'm going to make a point of having a picture taken with the grandkids sometime this week or next so I can send it to you and you can see how much he's grown. Weighs a little under 10 lbs now.
He's going to be neutered next Friday, and he has to stay overnight. This will be a first time real separation, since for the most part, he goes where I go. So, I'm not sure who will be more upset--him or me. As you can imagine, we're very attached to each other, although he loves everyone who wants to play with him or pet him (even if they don't). But, other than going to the groomer for a couple of hours, he's pretty much with me all the time, or when I'm out he's with my husband who, by the way, has to admit that he really is amazing, and gets a kick out of him. Who wouldn't!! And, my husband walks him and the Akita together, which is quite a site to see. The Akita is tolerating his presence in the house and considers him just another interloper like the cats. But, she also believes he, along with the cats, are her responsibility, so she keeps an eye on him while on their walks and doesn't allow other dogs to come near him. That's Akita's for ya', family is family, so don't think you can touch my family!!!! She may think he's a pain in the neck but he's hers to protect, nonetheless. Also, Timmy's a great car rider. So far he's been to South Carolina for a week and to Florida for almost a month. And, of course, he goes with me to the pet store and any other place where he's welcomed.
Bottom line is, I'm so happy to have him!!
Hope you and your family are well. And, hope that 2008 is a good year for you and yours.
Sent: Wednesday, February 20, 2008 8:01 AM
Subject: RE: Hello
Bella is the most precious thing I have ever seen. She has the sweetest personality, and is quite the energetic one. I have so many stories to tell you about her, I could write you all day.
Bella has been in Puppy Kindergarten for six weeks now and out of 10 puppies, has been the life of the class! She is one of the 3 smallest puppies there, but likes to run with the big dogs (the 25 pound puppies)! As the trainer says, Bella has never met a stranger, either person or animal. She has an "attitude" which will serve her well being such a small puppy. She doesn't even realize she is so small! We have three more kindergarten classes, and then will go through the beginner, intermediate, and advanced obedience classes along with agility training.
I plan to go through the Certified Therapy Dog International certification process with Bella, but she cannot be tested for that until she is one year old. I just found out yesterday, though, that I can start taking her to the local nursing home without that certification. That is important because, with the certification test, Bella will have to show that she is comfortable around wheelchairs, walkers and patients who are bed-ridden. I hope to start her in the nursing home within the month.
Next to riding in the car and going places with me, Bella loves to go to Pet Smart. I take her often, particularly on days that are too cold or windy for her to be outside. The people who work there LOVE her, and Bella loves to play with every animal she sees - even ferrets!! She is particularly fond of the 75-100 pound dogs because she can play rough with them and they don't mind. What is so sweet, though, is that Bella knows to be calmer around the smaller ones!
Bella now weighs 6.2 lbs. She actually gained 2 lbs in the past month based on her vet visits! She even enjoys going to the vet. Last week, she had her last series of shots (3 that evening) and the whole time she was crying because of the shots, she was wagging her tail! She loves the different veterinarians there, and continued to kiss the vet after her gave her the shots. She is quite a character.
Bella is so smart, too (but what puppy parent thinks otherwise?)! She learned her basic commands very quickly, and seems to understand things I say to her. She doesn't understand the meaning of the word "no" however. I have different phrases I say for certain behaviors which works best for her. For example, if she tries to nip at my ankles when I am walking, all I do is stop, say "Excuse me?" or "I don't THINK so" and she stops! When she was biting a lot in the beginning, I would say, "Bella, I do NOT like that" and she would stop! Those negative behaviors are almost extinguished now, but she does need gentle reminders every now and then.
Her potty training is going much better. I have learned Bella's schedule now and can USUALLY avoid her having accidents. The only real problem we have is if it is really, really windy. Bella does not mind going potty in the rain or snow, but she refuses to go outside if it is windy. She will use pee pads in the house for most of those times, but I have to be a bit more careful watching her in the evening.
She is the best little sleeper and she loves to be in her crate. I have one downstairs that she sleeps in while I am at work, and one in my bedroom for the nighttime. If Bella wakes up before my alarm goes off, all I have to do is say, "Bella, it is not time to get up. Go back to sleep." This morning was the first time I have ever had to say it twice, but after the second time, she just waited until I was ready to get up!
I could go on and on, but I won't bore you anymore. You can tell I am a proud parent, I am sure! I do have a question for you, Cindy. IF we decide to get a sister for Bella down the road, is there any time that is better than another to bring another puppy in to the house? I don't know if I can talk Joe in to another one, but Bella has so much energy, it might be best for her to be raised with another dog! If we get another one,
I would want another Bella!!
I know this is a long update, so feel free to cut and paste whatever you would like to use. I, too, enjoy looking at the pictures of the adopted ones! Bella has her first grooming appt next week, so I will send a picture of her once her little face has been trimmed! I'm sure she will look much different then!
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1071 Pamplin Hall (0234)
Sent: Wednesday, December 24, 2008 8:18 AM
Subject: Midnight & Tilly..
Hi Cindy -
Well we have had them in our possession for a full day and two nights now. They are perfect little angels. Sleep all night quietly, snuggling together. The play wonderfully together during the day, and we just adore them. My husband was totally surprised that I did this, and is in LOVE with them. Because they were a gift to him, I said he could name them. He chose to name Midnight "Ramsey", and Tilly "TJ". So they will now be called Ramsey and TJ.
They had their vet visit yesterday, and you should have received the faxed sheets? Let me know if you did not.
One thing I found missing in my packet was the registration card with number for Midnight with his micro chip #. Tilly's was the only one enclosed. At the vet we identified Midnight's chip # as AVID 1016185571877 pet link. I hope this is helpful and also HOPE you can get this in the mail to me so I can register them right away. Tilly weighed in at 4.9 lbs. and Midnight at 3.1.
I'm a little busy today getting ready for an early afternoon of entertaining, but promise to get pictures off as soon as possible. I also gave them each a little bath yesterday, and was so pleased with the results. They were so good!
We love them and I want to thank you again, and again, for your care and coordination. You are the best!
Love, Cheryl, Jerry, Ramsey & TJ
To: Cindy Miller
Sent: Sunday, December 28, 2008 7:30 AM
Subject: RE: Puppy
Our new baby is named "Gizmo'" and it seems to fit her perfectly. Here are some pics of her Thanks for such a sweetheart to brighten our lives.
Tamara and Miranda
From: tk browning
To: Cindy Miller
Sent: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 3:26 PM
This is absolutely the MOST adorable, sweetest funniest little dog I have ever seen. I don't know how you all can stand to send them to new homes, as I would end up the crazy lady with 500 of them around my house. Even the rough Italian guys at the cargo center turned to weeping babies when they saw her.
I plan to purchase another, but I think next around I will plan it when I am on vacation in the states and bring it back in the cabin with me. Thank you so much for giving us the chance to love this little cotton ball. We adore her.
I will send some photos once we get a bit more grounded.
From: Teri Triplett
To: Cindy Miller
Sent: Monday, December 22, 2008 7:01 PM
We love her!!!
From: Gene Snyder
Sent: Monday, November 03, 2008 10:18 AM
Subject: Update on Patches
Hello there and I hope you are well. I am writing to give you an update on Patches (aka Kayla). Patches has been a wonderful addition to our family! She continues to grow as a puppy should. She now has the run of the house and has trained very well. Considering she was only 9 weeks old when we received her, she was housebroken within 3 weeks through crate training! At this point, she is free to roam the house, including at night, and we have not had any accidents! I am also happy to report that she has never chewed anything besides her own toys. The kids continually add new toys to her basket in the playroom. It is quite amusing to see Patches goes to the basket, climb in to make a selection, and excitedly bring a toy to your feet to play!
Needless to say, we couldn't imagine life without her. She travels with us for family vacations and will soon hit the slopes in Park City, Utah for Christmas!
Enjoy the pictures...
Gene, Robin, Dylan and Kylie
Sent: Tuesday, September 09, 2008 5:13 PM
Subject: Update on Madigan
Thought we should send an update on our sweet Madigan. She is now over six months old and has been with us just over 4 months...and we can't imagine not having Maddie in our family. She has been such a welcome addition and we enjoy having her here every day. She is very playful and makes us smile and often makes us laugh.
She weighed 3 1/2 pounds when we got her and is now 9 1/2 pounds, so she has certainly grown. She is pretty much potty trained. When she wants to go outside, she come and pats my foot. I will have to admit that sometimes she wants to go outside to 'do her business' and other times she just wants to go outside and play around and chew on a stick or whatever. She is an incredibly fast runner and high jumper... seems to have lots of energy. She loves to be outside and wants to 'help' my husband weed the flower beds. That ends up with a muddy dog and a bath...
She and my husband have attended "Puppy School" to learn some basic skills...she gets so excited to be around other people and other dogs that she doesn't pay much attention in class. We are afraid she is not going to make the honor roll in Puppy School...but we work with her at home as well.
Thanks again for helping us find our little Maddie.
Tom and Ann
From: Jilian Kronteres
Sent: Sunday, December 21, 2008 5:33 PM
Subject: update from Ma
Sorry that we haven't updated you in a long time... As you know, holiday seasons can get a little hectic. First things first, Cash is fantastic! The medical issue that we had discussed a couple months back have seemed to work themselves out, as the itching and various other concerns are being monitored by our vet. Last vet update was that he is a perfectly healthy puppy and any medical issues that they think may be a problem are in the future at this point
Cash is a ton of fun to have around and we really do think that you guys breed a quality puppy that is not only energetic, fun, and mischievous, as Cash has a great personality and makes everyday interesting! So we really wanted to just say hello, give you some updated pictures of him, and say thanks one more time because he really is an amazing dog.
Hope you enjoy the pictures... Merry Christmas!
Jilian & Ryan
From: Ron Sharpless
Sent: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 2:39 PM
Subject: Emailing: 100_0135, 100_0140, 100_0141_0002, 100_0142_0002
We got some pictures for you. I'm not the best picture taker, but we hope you enjoy.
I want to thank you for all your help and patience with us concerning Graci. She has become very special in our lives.
God bless you and yours,
Sent: Thursday, September 25, 2008 11:44 AM
Subject: Valerie (aka "Mia") Update
Hi! How are you? My husband, Bill, met you 4 weeks ago (tomorrow) to bring our wonderful fuzzywuzzy pup home. All he kept saying is how he could tell how much you love your puppies. Well, it shows! Mia has been such an added joy to our family! She is so loving, quick to give out kisses and be held. Mia is so good with, and for, our children. They love each other soooo much! First thing in the morning, the kids have to play and love on Mia before school, first thing in the door after school, and definitely before they go to bed! In fact, my darling daughter won't go to school unless I promise to bring Mia with me for afternoon carpool pickup. She just can't wait to see her. We have a serious case of Puppy Love around here!
You'll be pleased to know Mia is growing like a puppy should. She is eating and sleeping well. We think she came home knowing the command sit, because she did it on the first day and does it so naturally. She's really gotten use to the wet grass feeling on her paws in the morning, after the early morning sprinklers turn off. Overnight, she gets out there, takes care of business and comes right back in. During the days, we play and run her around. We have a lot of fun and the kids can't get over how fast she is! Mia's speed really impressed them.
By the same token, as active as we keep her and how much attention she receives, she is very good about going to get her water break and has a favorite spot to go to when she wants some down time. The kids know it and, when they see her do that, they go do their homework or play somewhere else. My favorite thing that happens is when Mia falls asleep in the middle of the family room, the kids will go get her soft puppy bed, and blankie, then put her in the bed, tuck her in, turn off all the lights and start to whisper! It's so darling and precious to see my babies caring for another baby; and, so well and carefully too! They gladly clean up after Mia outside, feed and water her, give Mia her vitamins and daily snack, but most of all, the just LOVE her.
Thanks for your role in adding to our HAPPY family! Attached are a few updated pics~ENJOY~and we'll stay in touch.
Laura, Bill, Nick, Christina and Christopher
Sent: Sunday, October 19, 2008 8:21 PM
I got an email asking about the female Scichon puppy I bought one year from you and had flown here to sunny California. We named her Shanti and I am pleased to say that she has turned out to be everything that you said she would be. She is very smart and curious, loyal and not aggressive in any way. She loves other people and will lick them to death if you let her. She understands and learns commands but can be stubborn and willful. She seems wicked smart. Shanti is the only dog or animal in my house so she stick to the adults like glue. She is crate trained and quickly learned to be house broken. At one year of age, she has no accidents in the house. She does bark if someone comes to the front door. She is very good natured though and a great snuggler. Cindy was great to work with and I might get another puppy in the future. Shanti arrived in great condition and the vet felt sh e was well cared for. I am attaching a few pictures including some of her as a puppy. Any questions please email me.