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Old 02-17-2017, 07:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I put down a deposit on a Maremma puppy not long after losing my Maremma last year. I had forgotten about it for a while. In fact, I didn't think I was gonna get a puppy because this was an incredibly rare breed and the breeder was the top breeder in the country and there was a looong waiting list. I thought it was gonna be at least a year before I heard from her. So Lucky is 11 months and about to turn a year and we have a wonderful buddy for him. I thought it was gonna be a huge challenge to have two dogs similar in age but it actually is working out much better than I had expected. The new girl is named Kit and she is amazing with Lucky.

We actually flew 3.5 hrs and drove 6 hours round trip to actually pick her up in the midwest because it was freezing @9 degrees. We got her at 8 weeks and she was able to be in the cabin with us. The pup has never seen grass because she lived in a barn and have only seen snow. Her parents were very friendly and they were the second time I've actually seen a Maremma sheepdog. They were very different from my girl because they were nice to strangers. The breeder was super awesome and bred her dogs for temperament! She also OFA test elbow and hips. I could not have asked for a better experience. She picked out a pup exactly what I've asked for confident, friendly, and food motivated.

For the first night, I tried putting her in a crate alone for the first night and she cried all night. Lucky has been super helpful because he taught her that the crate was okay to sleep in and toys were meant for chewing. I am not sure if she had too much experience with toys as her parents and the majority of her littermates are meant to be working livestock dogs. Lucky also taught her that grass is where you go potty. Having him was a big help! He is also super happy because he finally has a friend who plays with him. My little dogs only play with each other and only watches him play with toys by himself.

In fact, the crate training has gone so well that they hang together inside the crate all the time. Kit sleeps on top of Lucky and it is like a puppy pile. I've also made some chewing treats for them: dehydrated sweet potatoes and stinky beef liver treats. Here are some happy photos.
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Old 02-17-2017, 08:00 AM   #2 (permalink)
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What a gorgeous pup - there is nothing like a friendly big brother for helping a baby puppy settle in! I do not envy you those two beautiful white coats when it turns muddy, though...
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Oh my goodness, how cute! She reminds me of the Great Pyrenees we had when I was a kid. I guess they're fairly similar breeds (being fluffy white livestock guardian dogs).

Anyway, big, fluffy dogs make such adorable puppies. That's great that she and Lucky are getting along so well!
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The Kit is out of the bag! She is such a gorgeous girl. So glad it's going well
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Wow, Kit is so cute. It's wonderful how Kit and Lucky have bonded and Lucky is showing her the ropes.

You must have your hands full now with the two puppies in addition to your other pets.
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Welcome to Kit - such a gorgeous puppy!
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Congratulations! She is adorable! Hope Lucky continues to show Kit the ropes!
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Oh my! She's adorable! How sweet Lucky is to be such a good brother to her! I imagine your days are going to be very 'hairy' now! LOL!
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What a pretty puppy she is, they look so happy together! How big will she be grown?
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She will be 85 lbs ish but the same height as a large male standard poodle. My previous girl was 68 lbs but she was smaller than the norm although I've seen an adult Maremmas twice. The mom is short but is about 90lbs and Kit is one of the smallest one in the litter.

Oh yes the shedding. It has already begun! I vacuum at least once a day but when this one gets dirty I brush it off pretty easily. Lucky is a 2 hour bath + brush. Lucky's coat is really changing. I miss his soft coat. It is getting dense and coarse. I honestly don't mind the shedding anymore. My sofa, bedding, and chairs are all white. My clothing is now also mostly white lol. I kinda purchased my furniture to match my dog so I have to clean up less. lol I acquiring white furniture years ago when I rescued my previous Maremma. I still own 5 vacuum cleaners and have great relationships with the local vacuum repair people of the 10-mile radius. If anyone has any questions on vacuums, I'm the person to ask.

Some of the difference between Lucky and Kit. Lucky is very quiet. He never barks whereas Kit play barks and whines a lot. I think this maybe a difference in their breeds but also their age when I first got them. Lucky was 16 weeks old and already potty trained. Kit is still working on it. We are down to maybe one accident a day and she has never lived indoors until I brought her home at 8 weeks. Kit is a lot calmer than Lucky as a puppy and I remember a trainer told me Lucky was the calmest puppy they've ever met. Lucky is on the shy side and Kit is literally afraid of nothing. We took her to the farmer's market and there was a train station nearby. We were half a block from the train going by and she was still curious to go closer. Kit also seems to enjoy the water whereas Lucky scuttles around the pool. He hates baths so much he avoids coming if I call him into the room next to the bathroom where he always gets bathed. Lucky has stealthy intelligence. I've thrown out a tiny pepperoni bit in a trash with multiple paper towels wrapping it. I told him to leave it and I took a nap. I woke up and saw the tiniest pepperoni bit fished out of trash bin with a ton of shredded paper. He carefully took out the wrapped pepperoni and left the trash pretty intact. I was a bit shocked he didn't make a mess and waited for me to fall asleep. By comparison, it took me 10 min to teach Kit sit at 8 weeks. I think food motivated dogs learn faster. It took Lucky days to learn sit at 16 weeks and I had to try 5 different kinds of treats. My training with Lucky is going really well. I should video record his progress and post it.

One of my friends has a spoo and she is thinking about getting a second dog upon hearing how successful Kit and Lucky are. I have met her dog and it is very high strung. When it gets excited it almost knocked me over whereas Lucky has never jumped on me before. I had advised her to wait for her pup calmed down or is a bit more advanced with his training. Not sure if it came off hypocritical but I think the reason it has been easy for me is because Lucky is really well trained and very calm indoors.
These are the photos from the day I got her home to FL. As you can see she was smaller.
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