Proper Care and Feeding
The general rule of WerePups care is to handle them like you would handle a real newborn baby - if you do this, you will have a unique collectible that will stay in excellent condition for many years.
Silicone dolls are actually quite resiliant, but here is a basic guide to giving your WerePups a happy, long life.
Lift WerePups like newborn babies, supporting the head with one hand and the back or butt with the other. Don't pick WerePups up by the head, arm or leg. This will put excess stress on the joints, and this kind of handling can cause limbs can pull loose from soft bodies, or joints to tear over time.
Do not use latex accessories on WerePups, including dog toys or latex nipples on pacifiers or bottles. Use silicone nipples and silicone, plastic or cloth toys.
If your WerePups have open mouths, do not force objects that don't fit into their mouths. Don't leave bottles, toys or pacifiers in mouths over long periods of time.
Store WerePups in a dry place
Do not store with latex materials.
Do not leave WerePups in direct sunlight for an extended period of time.
If your WerePups collect dust or lint after sitting, you can dust them off with a good quality make-up brush.
If your WerePups skin has a dirty spot, you can clean it using a washcloth and warm water. Do not scrub, as this can start to damage paint and rooting jobs. Pat dry with a cloth. See fur care for more specific details.
If your WerePups skin has any unwanted shine (especially if you have just cleaned a spot) you can lightly dust with baby powder to give a more natural, matte appearance. This is great for photography or a trip out on the town to turn heads.
Do not use baby lotion on WerePups.
It should be common sense not to yank your WerePups' fur out.
If you are going to be handling and dressing your WerePups often, it is good to use a soft baby brush to help brush the hair back into position. With heavy handling, it is normal for some light shedding to occur, especially with extremely fluffy fur. When in doubt, always ask, but here is a highlight popular fur types and how to care for them.
Synthetic or human hair: It can make for a fun and feral look of the classic werewolf. It is safe to wet if necessary, and you can comb or brush it gently in the direction that it lays. If pressure is applied for an extended period of time, the hair can crimp or be forced into laying the wrong direction. This can often be corrected by wrapping (the head for instance) in plastic or a silky material so that the hair is forced to lay back into its proper position.
Faux Fur: Very soft and fluffy like a wild wolf or husky, this plushy fur is a favorite, especially for "Fiona" pups. It's fun to decorate with ribbons, hair clips and other accessories, but do not use hair styling products on it. If it gets dirty, use a damp (not wet) washcloth and air dry. DO NOT USE HOT WATER OR BLOW DRYER. Heat applied to this type of fur can melt it. You can brush with a soft baby brush.
Mohair: Mohair can be washed, shampooed, conditioned and styled in all different ways. It is soft and can take many different hair products. Mild styling gels and mousse works well, and can be safely washed out. Do not use hairspray.
If you want to do a lot of styling and washing, you may want to request that your WerePups’ fur be done completely in mohair.
There is no extra charge for this if the fur is more sparse, but if you have chosen a very thick fur style for your WerePups, then there will be an additional charge as this hair is more costly. Bear in mind that the resulting look may differ if the original WerePup's with the style you want was done in a different type of fur.
Traveling With WerePups –
Traveling with your WerePups is half the fun of owning them! It can be a highly entertaining experience watching the reactions when new people are introduced to such an unusual creature, and many WerePups parents are heavily involved in conventions, doll shows, pet expos and other events. Before you take your little lycanthrope on the road, however, make sure you know what you’re in for.
If you have to pack your WerePup into your luggage, be very careful that he is extremely well wrapped and padded. Make sure the fur is in the direction that it is supposed to lay before wrapping the rooted areas in bubble wrap, plastic, or a silky material.
If you are flying, your WerePup can ride with you in the cabin, but be prepared to spend a little extra time going through security. Place your WerePup separately in one of the plastic bins and be ready to answer a few questions when it goes through the xray. WerePups can appear very startling and unusual on some of the xray scans. You may have to stand aside while your WerePups get swabbed and sent through the xray a second time – don’t be alarmed, this is normal.
Don’t be surprised if, by the time your WerePup is back in your arms, people are taking pictures with their cell phones and begging to know what it is!
Accidents can happen, so if your WerePup ever gets a boo-boo, here’s what you can do
Limb pulled from socket or broken zip tie: This is an easy fix that you can do at home. The limbs are fastened with zip ties, which are available at your local hardware store and even in most supermarkets. On the leg, arm or head hole of the cloth body, find the original zip tie, which will most likely still be fastened in place. Using a strong pair of scissors, carefully cut the original zip tie. Unthread it from the limb hole, thread the new one in its place, put the limb joint stump back into the hole, close the zip tie around the stump groove and tighten. Cut off the excess zip tie end.
Hair pulled out, bitten, cut, or stained: contact Anders Eriksen, the WerePup doctor at Doghead76@gmail.com