Ladies, I am quite literally freaking out right now. 2 nights ago, we brought home a 7 month old rescue pup, a cross between Great Pyrenees and Mountain Cur. I know its not a common cross breed. We are so unprepared and this is so unexpected. We literally saw a "Free Dog" sign outside a what-looked-like a run-down town, about an hour north of our cottage. My husbands first thoughts were, 'why free' and mine were, 'is it possessed'. We went inside, mostly out of curiosity. I could see the owner was high, this pup was in a crate much smaller than what we would prefer and really...long story short, we took her; it was very clear in the first 4 mins that she hasnt been cared for there. Just like that, we decided to bring her to our loving home. here are my questions and I hope my fellow ILies will help me with this.... I hope no one would judge me for this decision about being impulsive. I just saw an abused dog who needed a loving home and I decided to give her one. 1. She has not been vaccinated or visited a vet before (we have an appointment today). Is 7 months too late? 2. The owner said she is 7 months but she looks really big and she is so strong (I am 5 '1'' and she knocked me over. twice, when trying to get past me). Is this normal? I mean, she is a mountain cur and is strong; I wasnt expecting she would knock me over. Next time I will be prepared. 3. She has been fed (according to her old owner), 1/4 of what she normally needs. When I went to pet-store, they recommended 1.5 C of food, twice a day. First day she was fed at her old home, so, yesterday I gave her 1.5 Cups in the morning (as recommend at pet store). She ate but she vomited. Should i be increasing it slowly? 4. She is crate trained and she went to bed at 10 PM last night. I left the light on but not full, i dimmed it slightly. Do usually people leave the light on? Or just a bed lamp? She sleeps in her crate and she has comfortable bedding. I retained one of her old toys so that she wont feel lonely. 5. For the walks, hubby and I work mornings at the same time 8 times in a month. So 8 days out of 31, she will be in her crate (pretty big) for upto 11 hours. The owner says its fine but I am thinking I will get a dog walker to come take her out around 10 AM. Which one would you prefer? Is she going to be OK in the crate for 11 hours? I am guessing no...right? At least for pee-break I need to let her out. Is dog-walker a solution or should i be looking at a doggy daycare? Note, this is for 8 days in a month. Other days, she will be in her crate for about 5-6 hours max. 6. We have a fenced medium sized yard. we have some small plants but I am OK if the pup decided to walk over them. during mornings, I am thinking of letting the dog in the yard for an hour while I get things ready for work. In the evening is when I properly take her out for a walk for 45 mins. Is this a good plan?? 7. Pee/Poo. I am unable to figure out how would I know if she needs to go. This morning at 5 AM, she let out a little bark. I came running downstairs and thought she needs to pee. She went outside by as soon as I bought her in, she poo'ed. Damn...I should have stayed out longer. Do you all have a place where they go pee/poo in the yard?? about 7 hours between the time they last went to the time they need to pee again? Please help a new dog-mamma out. P.S: Both kids have grown up with dogs around (our daycare lady has 2 dogs) and are very excited.