- Posted by Gilleen Witkowski
- On October 19, 2016
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We were attacked by bears this summer, but made it out alive – even rejuvenated.
It was time for a 7-week-old puppy to join his dads Jim and Doug at their home near Tobermory, Ontario. They run a BnB called Bear Cove. The new pup was aptly named Bear, and we were the lucky group of chauffeurs (who were also staying over for a family visit).
Bear Cove remains pet-free in the guests’ quarters. Bear lives with Jim and Doug in their space.
We learned a few extra things about bringing a new puppy home while driving Bear the 4 hours from Scarborough to Tobermory.
- Dedicate at least one person to cuddle duty while in transit.
This does not include the driver. The new pup might be excited, a little anxious, or both, and is probably going to have a lot of energy. It’s also a prime time to gently socialize them while they are in the midst of the biggest change to ever happen in their short lives. We had two people in the back seat to take care of Bear. We had brief reprieves from his energetic bursts when he decided to nap.
Bear did eventually give in to the power of napping after attempting to explore the entire vehicle.
- Come prepared with equipment.
Make sure there is a plan to hold the pup in the vehicle, such as a crate or other container. We opted for a basket layered with towels and blankets, with one person on either side to take turns with Bear when he decided he wanted to sit on a lap. Also bring water and a water dish, have treats on hand, and remember that puppies aren’t exactly toilet-trained, so come armed with gentle cleaning supplies too.
- Keep a mind for size.
Bear is a Boerboel (South African Mastiff) and he’s going to grow to weigh about 200 pounds. When we picked him up he was 7 weeks old and weighed 15 pounds, already bigger than some of the dogs we walk in Toronto.
It’s important to make sure the equipment you pick up for your puppy is appropriate in size, for their safety and comfort. This includes their collar and harness, if you have them already. The basket in the picture above was just the right size for Bear – but he also wanted somewhere to lay his head.
- Take your time to adjust at home.
The happy parents greeting their little one.
As Doug joking exclaimed at one morning shortly after Bear arrived, “It’s like having another baby!” While also so joyous, those first few hours and nights are long, tiring, and unfamiliar to all. Be patient with your pup as you show them their new home and routine. Over time you will get to know each other and develop your story together.
By the way, if anyone needs help transporting a new pup to their home in a loving and safe manner, let us know and maybe we’ll start up www.delivermydog.to!
Guests stay at Bear Cove to relax while exploring the Bruce Peninsula’s unique beauty. Jim and Doug provide a tranquil getaway with private rooms, a beautiful waterfront and dock, and hot tub in a wonderful forested setting. They also cook a mean breakfast.
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