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Offline Veronica

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Preparing for Apollo
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:51:46 PM »
Hello, everyone. My name is Veronica and, as the title says, my small family of three is preparing to welcome our miniature schnauzer Apollo home here in Phoenix, Arizona! Apollo was born on July 22nd and the last of five pups, making his appearance at 1 a.m. Despite being the last, he was the first of his litter to try and walk and the first to try to climb out of the whelping box. He is showing hints of tenacity! His breeder and I have kept in touch almost daily since before his birth so, while he is living an hour away until homecoming in mid-September, I am always kept in the loop of his milestones and moments. He was born black with a white spot on his rump and his back paw and some light "cuffs" above his paws. Over the past couple of weeks, more light areas have been appearing. It's very exciting to watch him and his coat change by the week, if not by the day!

My husband had three (adult rescue) schnauzers in his life and I raised/trained a papillon from a puppy until her senior passing. This is my first experience with a schnauzer and his first experience with a puppy. I am a very hands on pet parent and I like to be well informed on my breed, which is why I am here before Apollo comes home. I have been combing the forums for tips (especially grooming) and I am thankful for this treasure trove of information. I am looking forward to exchanging stories and photos of our loving pups!
Apollo, male S&P Miniature Schnauzer, born July 22, 2017

Offline Liz W

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Re: Preparing for Apollo
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2017, 12:59:34 PM »
I'm in love  :heart:  He is lovely and so, so tiny!

Mine was the only boy with five sisters and was a cheeky chap since he was little - and he has stayed the same really!  I can't tell you the joy you are about to have as these little dogs are incredibly special.

You might also want to have a read in the basic training thread too, anything about teething (I recommend frozen cotton socks!!) as they can become puppygators quickly!  There was a good thread about umbilical training too recently which you might want to have a read of.

Enjoy, you're in for a real treat!
Buster, male P&S Miniature Schnauzer, born January 17, 2014
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Offline Denise

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Re: Preparing for Apollo
« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2017, 08:30:26 AM »
He's beautiful! Congratulations. He's a lucky pup.
Txiki (pronounced "cheeky"), male white Miniature Schnauzer, born December 29, 2013

Offline Debra F

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Re: Preparing for Apollo
« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2017, 01:04:48 PM »
Awww, Apollo is such a handsome fella and I've certainly forgotten how tiny they can be when we bring them home! 

As my breeder said when we picked up our Gracie, "this breed can be stubborn; make sure they know who is boss!"  But probably the most important advice she gave us was to socialize her like crazy by introducing her to as many life experiences as possible.  Rides in the car, visits to family and friends' homes, other dogs (after immunizations), carefully supervised children visits.  We even bring our Gracie on vacation with us and will only stay at pet friendly hotels,   And be sure that Apollo knows that he's the boss (oops, I mean, that you are the boss!) 

Enjoy every minute of puppyhood and be sure to regularly post photos of him growing up.

Deb & Gracie    :paw:
Gracie, female Black/Silver Miniature Schnauzer, born June 13, 2014 (whopping 13 lbs.)

Offline Robin G

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Re: Preparing for Apollo
« Reply #4 on: September 09, 2017, 07:50:30 PM »
Apollo is adorable. Congratulations & welcome.
Poochie, Female black Giant Schnauzer, 6 years old

Offline Carla

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Re: Preparing for Apollo
« Reply #5 on: September 10, 2017, 04:54:07 PM »
He's adorable,e!! You'll have so much fun with him :)
Barney, male B&S Miniature Schnauzer, born September 15, 2013
Baxter, male black Miniature Schnauzer, born September 13, 2016