Hi everyone, Glad to be part of this awesome website! Last Friday, we picked up Sparky, an 8 week old Yellow Lab, from the airport. He had a long journey being dropped off at the airport at 9 am, and did not arrive at the airport until 9 pm. He became available for pick up at 9:45 pm. I was so worried he wouldn't be ok since he's been hanging around airplanes for 12 hours. As soon as we got him, we popped open his crate and he was so excited to see us jumping up and down and gobbling treats. It appears that Delta did not even open his food and feed him, only water. I guess the good part is there was no poo in the crate, but the newspaper shredding was wet. His first night was rough, frankly, because I didn't know quite to expect since this was out first puppy. I've read alot and was expecting the worst. We played with him for a while and fed him a kibble filled kong and water. He peed in his brand new wire crate and I quickly used an enzyme cleaner to get rid of the odor. I figured its probably because the space was too big and moved the divider in closer and that seemed to work. Crated him and he quickly fell asleep without even fighting. My niece, who wanted to sleep next to him for the first night, misunderstood my instructions and woke him up in the middle of the night to toilet him outside. Potty he did, good boy! But, now, he did not want to sleep and he wanted to play. After 30 minutes we crated him, and he whined a few seconds. We shushed him and ignored him and he settled down and fell asleep. Second day, I only had two hours of sleep and woke up at 5 am to him sitting quietly awake in his crate. I let him out and carried him outside to potty. He pottied and peed and put him in his pen while I readied his breakfast. I had prepared a couple of frozen kongs. Turns out that was probably two steps ahead for a puppy and was quite complicated and frustrating for him to get out the food. Later on I won't freeze it, and use less peanut butter to seal the ends. He had a couple of accidents inside, but that's from the lack of cognizance of the signs from the rest of the family. He was much calmer today. Very quiet. He'd start crawling around to a dim corner and lie down when he wants to sleep. I'd pop him in pen and he would go right to sleep. We had a surprise visit. Family from Canada, 14 of them, were coming. What a great way to start him getting socialized even more. I read somewhere that he needs to meet 100 people quickly.... 86 more to go! Too bad they came way too late at night when its already sleepy time. He was very good with the kids getting excited licking and nipping but not hard at all. Then he got tired and off to the crate again! Again he was awake before me at 5 am just sitting there quietly all alone. He slept all night despite all the noise from the visitors. Lotsa screaming, laughing and the tv blaring. He barely flinched. I grabbed him and we went outside for morning potty. He did his poo then he peed. I thought he was done and he pood again. Both were massive for a little pup. Semi formed. Still calm and waited for me patiently in his pen to prepare his food. Popped his kong in the his crate and he happily gnawed at it. He finally figured out to give it a little bump to launch some kibble out. No potty after lunch and went to sleep. After dinner he had 2x poo again. Today was great. No accidents in his pen nor his crate. None in the house, but part of that is recognizing the signs and at least I think I'm getting better at reading it. Now he is back in his crate sleeping. Tomorrow is our first vet visit! Thanks for reading all! I'll keep this thread as journal for my adventures with Sparky!