The Pom Chronicles

 

Haley looking beautiful as an adult.  But look at the small pictures of her going through “the uglies”.

haley ugly

KIM'S CAMEO OF KEEPSAKE (HALEY)

It's common for Pomeranians to go through the ugly duckling stage starting at about three months and lasting through nine months of age or more. Just like the children's story goes, once out of the ugly stage, a beautiful Pomeranian will emerge. Finally, when spring arrived, Haley saw her own reflection and was astonished that she was not an ugly duckling anymore, but she was a beautiful young Pomeranian instead. 

Jazzy went from the "Ugly Stage" to win BISP (Best In Show Puppy)

Jazz BISP

The boys and the girls both go through an ugly stage that can last months, but when they get past it, they emerge as beautiful Pomeranians.  The longer the ugly stage lasts, the more beautiful they become.

 

This is Jazzy's half brother, Victor at 2 months, 5 months and as an adult

victor 2m 5m adult

The above picture is not so much about the uglies as it is a demonstation of how Pomeranian puppies change over a short period of time.  You would have thought Victor would have been a dark color as an adult, but most Pormeranian puppies like him become prodominately orange as they get older.

 

The Pomeranian, or "Pom", is a small, sturdy toy dog that descended from the sled dogs of Iceland and Lapland. It stands about 6 in. (15.3 cm) high at the shoulders and weighs from 3 to 7 lb (1.4–3.2 kg). It has a double-coat consisting of a short, fluffy, under layer and an abundant, long, straight topcoat that forms a ruff of stand-off hair on the neck and back. It also has a fringe of feathery hair on the hindquarters. Poms come in many different colors, such as red, cream, black, brown, orange, sable, blue, white, and multi-color sometimes referred to as parti-color. The Pomeranian's coat gives the appearance of being difficult to care for, but it is actually quite easy to maintain, and with a regular brushing, will stay in good condition.

The immediate ancestor of the Pomeranian is a larger dog which was used in Europe for sheep herding. Queen Victoria was the first to bring a smaller specimen from Italy to England in the late 19th century, and they became very popular. The Pomeranian makes a magnificent family pet, and they are hearty and strong despite their fragile appearance. Pomeranians have become one of the most popular of the registered dog breeds in America, and their popularity continues to grow.

SpitzThe Pomeranian is related to the Spitz family, which are furry dogs from the blustery Arctic circle. They are renowned for their skills in carrying loads, hunting, and for their guard dog duties.

The Pom got its name from a small province called Pomerania in what is now eastern Germany. Back in the Renaissance era, the early German Poms weighed about 35 pounds, but they were highly desirable pets for the people who lived in continental Europe at the time.

Michelangelo had a Pomeranian who patiently watched him paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling. Isaac Newton had a Pom named Diamond. Mozart had a female Pom named Pimperl (to whom he dedicated an aria) and Chopin was so amused by his girlfriend's Pom that he composed the "Valse des Petits Chiens" for the pet.

rainbow bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge. There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together. There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor. Those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by. The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent. His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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I'm often asked about what products I use for my dogs.  Here is a partial list:
 DOG FOOD

I recommend BilJac, because it's what I feed my puppies. The puppy select chicken recipe dry dog food.

If you're going to switch from BilJac to another brand, do it gradually so they don't get an upset tummy. Mix the new food with the BilJac for a few days:

1/4 new food to 3/4 BilJac for a few days, then,
1/2 new food to 1/2 BilJac then,
3/4 New food to BilJac 1/4.

GROOMING PRODUCTS

I use Pure Paws products for shampoo day

The Shampoo and Conditioner are the h2o line, and they have a finishing spray in the regular line.  It really makes a difference in the coat.  Here are a few links if you would like to order.  It costs a little more, but it is very concentrated and lasts a long time, you will be pleased with the difference in their coat.  I don’t use anything with oat meal, it makes the coat stick together.

I use Chris Christianson Grooming tools.  Again, they cost a little more, but the outcome is noticeable and it sure makes the job easier.

This link has a nice selection of scissors as well.  I have 3 pair.  Small for trimming around paws.  Long for grooming arms and body, and thinning shears for everything else.

MOSQUITO REPELLANT 

Cedarcide Original.  If used properly, biting insects will stay away.  It does not have DEET, so it's non-toxic to animals and it's safe for your family, pets, and home.

For use directly on people, pets, and indoors, Cedarcide Original kills and repels biting pests like fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, mites, and ants without harmful chemicals.  And, it's safe for clothing, gear, carpeting, furniture:  Cedarcide Original

FLEA & TICK PRODUCTS

ZODIAC® SPOT ON®

FLEA & TICK CONTROL FOR DOGS AND PUPPIES

  • Kills and repels fleas, ticks and mosquitoes for up to 30 days
  • Kills flea eggs
  • Prevents reinfestation of fleas on your dog

When your puppies are very young, you don’t want to use any of the topical poisons on them, or the ones you give by mouth.  I would recommend waiting until they are at least 3 to 4 months old.