Well, being his future new mom, I think he is very special. I may have mentioned this, but out of the litter, he was the first to investigate us. I know that can just mean he is the pushiest, alpha dog, but his demeanor was one of curiosity, especially with my husband sitting in his wheelchair. Once his Dad Sober came into the room, he was on his best behaviour. Sober tended to 'soberize' the group of puppies, a nice trait. The best was meeting the parent dogs. I would tell people that it is absolutely necessary to meet the parent dogs, see the condition and mental state they are in for their age. Of course I realize some people get their new puppies from far away and it is not possible. But if you can do it, take some time to do it. If Kipawa turns out anything like Sober, we will be very lucky.
I puppy proofed 2 rooms yesterday - it was not difficult. Had to move a rattan basket that was on the floor of the ensuite bathroom onto the far side of the bathtub, in the corner. Our master bedroom was perfect. Nothing tempting at puppy height/imagination height. So we are doing a couple of rooms a day.
I saw a nice crate a couple of days ago and will go purchase it. The size is considered LARGE. Sizes are small, medium, large and extra large. EXLARGE was way too big, but the large one will fit a nice bed we have and will give Kipawa some room to move around in. I would rather get the right sized crate now than have to buy a bigger size later.
I am still looking for a litter 'pan' - round shaped and not too high. It's a little smaller than an outdoor garbage can lid turned upside down. But if I can't find it then I will use an existing litter pan we have that has an easy entrance to it (a cut out).
I'm finding it fun to buy toys and goodies, and will wait until Kipawa is here to buy him a little warm, waterproof coat. I have seen some that have velcro that goes under the dogs' tummy. What do you think about these?
Thanks for all of your helpful suggestions!