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Basil has settled beautifully at home. :) He is such a dear little thing and SO like Molly his mum from the couple of times we have met her.

He goes into his crate at night with no fuss and we have had a 100% success rate of a dry and clean crate so far. What a superstar. He goes to bed at about 11.30 and I go down to let the dogs out for toileting at about 7.15am ....to quiet dogs too!

Talking of toileting, I'm a bit precious about my garden at the moment. I worked very hard last year reseeding the lawn, creating flower beds and digging a pond (had a bit of help from gorgeous Gareth with that bit!). We have fenced off our garden leaving the patio area for the dogs. Having seen Basil use the bark area at JD Land for doing his business, I set Gareth to work on Sunday morning creating a puppy litter tray. Basil has obliged ever since with wees and poos in the desired area!



Poor Rufus has had his nose put out of joint. He has had a few grumbles and mostly avoids Basil by walking away whenever he approaches. However, I caught them having a bit of fun with a tug toy this afternoon but I won't tell anyone if you won't!

I have attached a Mothercare playpen to Basil's crate so I have somewhere safe to pop him when I am busy. It works a treat. :)

Basil took to a collar first time with no fuss and we have taken him to our local safe park for a frolic and socialization. At the moment he walks well on the lead as long as we don't stop!

Here are a few photos:

Cutie


Meeting Zoe


Touch my ball and you're mincemeat!


The pack



What a cutie


Basil is so desperate to please. You should have seen his 'Bumble Dance' in front of Rufus this morning trying to get him to play. Gareth and I were in stitches.

Thank you Julia and Stephen for a truly gorgeous pup. You can tell he has been so well socialized and the crate training you did for us has paid dividends. Thank you so much. :):):)

Karen xx
 

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Oh all sounds wonderful.... got a soft spot for little Basil, you are so lucky he's beautiful.... sorry Basil handsome... just like his big brother, what a lovely pack x
 

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Your litter tray is a stroke of genius!! I am drawing up the brief to hand over to hubby as we speak. LOVE IT!

Basil is such a cutie. Please keep the photos coming (I am addicted to puppy photos) and giving us updates on Basil and his quest to convert Rufus. I reckon poor Rufus doesn't stand a chance! :)
 

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Karen your post and photos were truly wonderful to read. I'm so so pleased Basil is home with you, and being good! Haven't JD done wonders with the crate training? May all go pear shaped now of course but at least we got two good nights out of it!!!!

Thank you so much for the update. Keep them coming!!

Harri xxx
 

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Karen, great to hear how well little Basil is doing. Lovely photos too .....so cute the way he stands on his hind legs to get up on the other dogs' level! He's gorgeous, you must be thrilled. :D
 

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Karen, great to hear how well little Basil is doing. Lovely photos too .....so cute the way he stands on his hind legs to get up on the other dogs' level! He's gorgeous, you must be thrilled. :D
More thrilled than you could possibly imagine. He has such a lovely character. I'm sure there'll be challenges along the way but I feel so much more relaxed about bringing up a pup second time round and that's bound to rub off on him a bit. :)

Can't wait to hear how beautiful Bess settles in to her new home with you. Plenty of pics and updates are a must!!

Karen xx
 

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He's so adorable, am so pleased he's settling in so well! Love all the pics xx
 

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Lovely pics - what a star! Thanks for the bark idea - we had a similar idea and have a huge old guinea pig cage base that we have lined with puppy pads but. Bark sounds better. Where did you get it from.
 

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He is gorg,and thats a genius idea about the toilet ! must say my grass is looking sorry for its self with all the little brown patches .Someone did say the grass only turns brown from puppy wee not adult ??? does anyone know if this is correct??
 

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He is gorg,and thats a genius idea about the toilet ! must say my grass is looking sorry for its self with all the little brown patches .Someone did say the grass only turns brown from puppy wee not adult ??? does anyone know if this is correct??
Sadly Donna adult dog pee still turns the grass brown. The nitrates in the wee are generally good for the grass but it is too concentrated and therefore burns the grass. You will find that a ring of really lush grass grows around the brown patch! If you are worried about the patches then follow Buddy out with a watering can and dilute the pee immediately. The good thing about a male dog is that once they are cocking their legs they will tend to pee against something so that might save the middle of your lawn. However, Rufus is now 2 years old and still doing girlie wees .....with his back leg lifted slightly! Lol.

Brown patches are dead grass so you will need to remove the dead thatch and patch repair with seed. If you cover the patch repairs with something like a small square of chicken fencing (no sharp bits of course!) then most dogs avoid stepping on it, giving time for the grass to grow.

Karen xx
 
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