Countdown to Puppy


My Precious!
I think puppies don’t hold still very well so all of her pictures are blurry, but this is Precious, my new Chinese Crested powderpuff puppy. She’s not here yet–she’s coming in 10 days.

Morgan can’t stand the name Precious and calls her a cat-dog.

Yesterday, I went shopping for Precious–for a little pen for inside the house, a crate, puppy training pads, food and treats and toys and, of course, some little clothes.
I can hardly wait till she gets here! PLUS my friend Kat, who lives in Illinois and breeds Chinese Cresteds, is coming here to bring her to me! Puppy delivery! (You can see more about Kat and her dogs at Long Road Kennel.)
Buttercup took to the dog bed immediately.
This picture inspired the following text conversation with Morgan.

Morgan: You know you can’t give that bed to the dog now.

Me: 10 days to puppy!

Morgan: You’re going to kill Buttercup.

Me: He will just have to Deal!

Morgan: He will die.

Me: He has survived cats, dogs, chickens, goats, sheep, donkeys, horses, geese, guineas, and moving four times. He will survive a puppy.

Morgan: This is the last straw, the one that breaks the camel’s back.

Me: But did you see the little puppy Christmas dress?

Morgan: Buttercup is going to die.

Me: I have to replace you SOMEHOW, Morgan!


  1. Jersey Lady says:

    Good Grief, Girl! Is there anything left in the pet department that you didn’t buy? Have fun with the new addition to the family.

  2. Turtle Mom says:

    Precious is adorable! Do you still have Gwennie? I haven’t seen her or hear her mentioned in quite some time. I can’t wait to see more stories and photos of Precious, although I think Maia may be just a tad jealous of all her outfits!

  3. beforethedawn says:

    I didn’t even notice Buttercup in the 2nd photo the first time I looked at it. haha

    That is going to be one spoiled dog.

  4. fogebotom says:

    Super cute puppy, but just a few questions???? Why a harness for your dogs?
    And not meaning to be pick on the breeder, but did you make sure that your puppy and or it’s parents are tested for the common issues in Cresteds? PRA, dry eye, deafness? The most important thing is to have a healthly long living dog, and that starts with health parents!
    I have a good friend who’s raised and shown them for many years and tell you what, fun dogs to be around, especially the hairless ones! Enjoy!!

  5. KateS says:

    Oh fun! I love questions about my favorite breed!!! Bring them on!
    Harnesses – I like harnesses for the tinies because it is a little safer for them. They can’t slip out, they don’t ‘choke’ before they are trained. I have trained dogs from a 200 mastiff to a 2 pound yorkie. Harnesses work for a lot of them. Gives you more control and to me is equal to a collar and is often safer. Why Not a harness?
    Yes I do CERF testing on my breeding dogs though I do not do conformation showing. I breed for temperament. I’m a trainer. Because this is a hypo allergenic breed of a smaller size, they can do things other dogs may not be able to. My homed dogs are therapy dogs, One goes daily to his special ed teacher mom’s school, a few have gone to autistic kids as working companions, some are specific need dogs, and many are ‘only’ someone’s most beloved baby. Which to me is one of the highest callings a dog can have. Like Precious Cupcake will be.
    I do not do BAER testing because its been a non issue in my lines.
    And you are right – these are fantastic dogs. I not only breed but rescue, re train and re home too. I’m so lucky to have a job I love.
    Any other questions? And questions aren’t ‘picking on’ just fyi they are Welcome.

  6. fogebotom says:

    CERF doesn’t test for PRA. Most breeds now, though a few are still working on the sequencing the gene, have a DNA test for PRA. I’m very familar with that. That’s why I asked about it. You can only detect PRA in a CERF exam if the dog actually has it and then it’s because the dog is going blind from the disease(simple recessive trait). I wondered about the BAER as I was told by several breeders that it is indeed an issue in the breed as whole. Regardless if it isn’t an issue in your line, it’s a breed issue and the more dogs in any breeding program that are tested and documented the better it is for the longevity of any breed. I have a breed that PRA could be a significant issue. Even though I have generations of dogs tested non carriers, I still test.

    Harness in my training experience don’t actually teach anything. I’ve been teaching at the adult and youth levels for over 20 years. Even put rally titles on toy dogs, trained many therapy and service dogs and have active K9Ambassador dogs. I always use a flat buckle collar or a martingale/greyhound collar is needed, lots of treats and have the most beautiful loose lead walking/heeling dogs. The only time I use a harness if for an ill or injured dog that requires more help or with my tracking dogs. And actually to be a certified therapy dog for TDI, you can’t use a harness, must be a flat buckle collar. It’s like all the talk about halti collars and comparing them to just like a horse and halter, control the head you control the body, which is pretty false. Dog’s heads and necks are built very differently then horses and vets see more injuries to dogs that use those than a flat collar.

    Personally I like the PP’s, but the hairless are interesting in their own right, especially the degree of hair they can have vs being true hairless. Then again, anyone who’s touched a Xolo, is missing out on a true hairless experience.

  7. Jen says:

    I have to agree with Morgan, the name Precious makes me think of the weird creepy Gollum from Lord of the Rings saying over & over in desperation ‘My Precious’. Ach!

    My husband gave me an empty nest puppy this fall – a Morkie. There is no competition, she is the sweetest puppy ever & has an adorable name: Maggie.

  8. KateS says:

    I saw no questions in there – just ‘this is how I do it’. Which is fine – there are many dogs and many ways of doing things. My way is not the ‘right’ way – its just ‘my’ way and how works for me. Suzanne is not going to make Precious a therapy dog, so why NOT a harness. I train each dog to a specific family and circumstance. I’m flexible.
    The last time I took a formal training class with one of my pups – his new mom wanted puppy ‘class; for him, there was an elderly lady with a broken right arm and a Maltese puppy. She said – he won’t come when he’s called. The teacher kept demanding she do everything on the right (broken arm) side and do the formal obedience. And I was (silently)jumping up and down and screaming in my head ‘she just wants the puppy to come – HELP HER!!!’ When I mentioned it the teacher said ‘but if she wants to go on to tracking she needs THIS’. well yes, she does but NO SHE DOESN’T. She dropped out of class and probably re homed the dog. Flexibility is the key in My dog training world. I give people what they need and want, not what ‘should be’. What this autistic child needs is not what this man with COPD needs and not what this guy with MS needs…. and while I like my pups on a harness, sometimes they need to move on…. but I never judge what other dogs/people need to do. And yeah, my dogs are ‘really’ trained…
    yes, tracking dogs, dogs who do formal obedience, etc need collars. But no, in my world, harnesses do teach. I have also taught with choke chains, pinch collars, martingales etc. Once the dog is ‘trained’ the equipment really doesn’t matter. and when we ‘test’ formally with the required equipment – we have the skills. Really. 🙂

  9. KateS says:

    Laughing!!! Left side – she broke her left arm – pup on the left.

  10. fogebotom says:

    I feel very badly for the person with the broken arm. Honestly, in my opinion any trainer that only has one method of training or insists on my way or the highway attitude is one to run far far far away from. Again I teach obedience, agility, rally and other things to kids in a large 4-H dog program. You have to be able to adapt! Yes there are reasons for doing some training in a specific manner but all can be taught many different ways. So the key is to adapt the training to the dog and to the human. If harness works best for that dog, then okay, but like I mentioned, most of the therapy dog organizations or service dog training does not happen with a harness. Yes a harness is used in service dogs but it’s a balancing tool for the human and I’ve always seen them with some sort of collar or ugh, halti on.

  11. yvonnem says:

    So cute! I love puppies. :woof: :snoopy:
    It’s hard to really tell from the pics, but that cute little dress looks like it may be too big for that little pup – guess she can grow into it! Can’t wait to see a picture of her wearing it.

  12. emmachisett says:

    Don’t abandon your focus or reporting on the older animals. We (your long-time followers) have vested interests in them. Hope you are not adding “sexy” (new animals)for the sake of the blog. Consider your demographic.

  13. KateS says:

    Laughing!!! Suzanne and I have been friends since before Morgan was born. She came out to visit me last summer and fell in love with Precious’ mom, Daisy. She said the next litter with a puff female, I WANT. And she got – two pups in the litter, one a hairy hairless male and one puff female. 🙂 Our Precious.
    But I just might put ‘sexy dogs’ on my website – because! Why not?! I like it!!! Kate

  14. Annabelle1 says:

    I want that PUPPY!!!! 8)

  15. Leck Kill Farm says:

    I see Precious and Buttercup sharing that bed!

  16. yvonnem says:

    So…tomorrow is puppy arrival day ???? Can’t wait to see pics!

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