Placement Issues - Sometimes A Change Is Needed

Our mission at Maltese Angel Babies is to create the very best Maltese puppies in the world and to find appropriate, loving homes for each one of them. This post will discuss various placement issues that come up around the conflicting needs of parents vs those of the puppy. We want people to understand that we do all  we can to ensure that everyone is happy in the end. Of course, that's not always possible but we try!


We initially match parents with a puppy at birth to suite their male or female preference. After the initial placement to the parents sometimes the puppy will develop specific needs that also must be taken into consideration. What are some situations that may necessitate a change in placement?  Here are a couple of situations: 

a timid puppy that needs outside encouragement

failure to thrive puppy that needs a lot of direction and encouragement 

puppy that needs outside prompting to eat

In each of the cases above there is a puppy that needs close attention or close observation that we could not have anticipated. If  a puppy had been placed in a loving home with loving parents but the puppy needed more than they could provide a change in parents will be needed.  This is not a personal decision against the original parents.  This is the breeders showing love to the puppy by providing what it needs. 

We know that a situation like this is bound to be painful but it must be done. We do all we can to mitigate the situation as best we can.  The parents would be offered another puppy or a refund after the situation was explained to them.


There are times when prospective parent gets past the approval process but issues come up later that have to be dealt with for the safety of a puppy. We have been made painfully aware that abuse happens even to these tiny, beautiful babies that only want to love their parents.

We have had some pretty bad situations come up unexpecedly. Here are a few:

Parents who opened their trunk and threw the puppy in and were going to drive away after placement.

repeated drunkeness or drugging while waiting for their puppy.

address given as their residence but no house on it just bare land.

one spouse claims the other is unfit to parent.

found out that they were going to gift the puppy to a young child!

prospective parents were abusive to each other in our presence!

communication issues where we were unable to reach parents and they failed to return our calls.

and much, much more...

Each one of these issues calls upon us to respond for the wellbeing of the puppy but only if we have the authority.  Once a puppy is placed in the home it's out of our hands. So, if we are the least bit uncomfortable while they are here we pay close attention. Our job gets difficult but in order to protect the vulnerable puppies, that we create, we have an obligation to. We will do everything in our power to ensure the safety of every Angel Baby! 

Thank you for your understanding of the complicated things we need to keep in mind when making dificult decisions.  We hope you respect that we take full responsibility for the lives we create. 

Steve & Sally

Reviews From Parents Who Now Have Their Angel Baby

Searching for a new addition to your heart & family?

We understand that the search can be a fearful one leading to heartache. We want to earn your trust. Most would agree that there is no better assurance than reviews from previous customers. 

With this understanding, I am providing this post as a place for  parents of Angel Babies to share their experience with you from before, during and after getting their baby.  I hope this will help you make an informed decision. 

Parents posting:

Here are some things new ones want to know. Don't feel you have to touch on all points but they are here to help you know what to post that will be of help to others. Please only share your honest, heartfelt review of your experience.

How many stars would you give Maltese Angel Babies?   

How did you find us?

What were you worried about when you were searching for a puppy?

When did you get your Angel Baby? What is its name?

How was your experience with Steve & Sally throughout?

Did you get helpful information, pictures and communication?

How was your Angel Baby once you took him or her home?

Was Disneyland helpful?

What makes an Angel Baby different from other puppies you have had?

Would you get another puppy from us if you wanted to get another one?


Steve & Sally

What To Put In A Doggie Day (Diaper) Bag?

I remember leaving the house with my new little Angel Baby for the first time. Panic set in as I wondered if I had all the things I could possibly need to take care of him till we got back home.  It turned out that even with diligent preparation I was still caught without what my baby needed! One little trip turned into an unexpected day trip that I hadn't prepared for.  Now, I know that it can happen to anyone at anytime. Always carry a well stocked doggy day (diaper) bag when you go away from home with your precious Angel Baby!

I want to help you feel well prepared so let’s get into the complete list of what to pack in a puppy day (diaper) bag.


Sweater - little ones get cold easily & quickly. Also, a snug sweater calms a nervous or unsure one.

Blanket - this can be used for so many ways. Wrap puppy in, cover, put in purse to lift puppy up, etc..

 Heat Pad

Heat source - keep your baby warm with a snugglesafe heat pad that stays warm up to 10 hours without having to be plugged in. Your baby craves heat especially when it's cold outside.

Pee pee pads - your baby will usually be trained to go potty on a pee pee pad on command wherever you put it by the time your pick him up from me. You can even put the pad on your lap. Be sure to keep some in your bag.


Nutra-cal - A high calorie nutritional suppliment used to prevent hypoglycemia (low blood sugar). Low blood sugar is caused by using more energy than puppy has (playing too hard, or too long), not eating when food is needed, high stress situation or anything that causes baby to use up energy quickly. It's good to have several tubes of this in varying places.  I use it on my adults too. Sometimes that won't eat or can't eat and need nutrition.  This is what I turn to. It's thick and comes out of the tube like toothpaste.  Put a ribbon on your index finger, open their mouth and quickly put it on the top of their mouth.  They will eat it cuz it tastes good!

Bottle of vanilla Ensure - I have found Ensure to be a lifesaver so many times.  It's an easy, quick meal on the go and they love it. I always keep Ensure on hand!

Brush/comb - ya never know when a photo op will present itself. :)

Kibble - a sandwich bag with some hard kibble is a great treat on the go.

Bowl for water/kibble - I use bottled water. Make sure you always have some available for your little one all the time.

Bottle of water - see above

Dog Treats - if you have a special treat for your baby be sure to have some in the bag.

Chew toy/pig ear - prevent teething while on the go by having something "legal" for him/her to chew on.

Dog Toy - ya, they love to play anywhere.  You'd be surprised how many times for play come up on a simple outing.

Wet paper towel in sandwich bag - This is needed for many reasons, either for them or you.

Leash - be sure your puppy is always leashed when out.  Never forget how many people would love to literally snatch your baby right out of your arms! Keep him tethered to you.

Large & small plastic bags for potty disposal - I keep a few bags to pick up potty messes and a bigger one to throw trash into.

Hand sanitizer - germs are everywhere!

Hand lotion - sanitizer can be rough on hands.

Snacks - keep a pick me up snack in there for you.  What good is anything if you run out of gas?

By being prepared I am also able to save money.  I have what I need for my little one when we are away from the house or caught out for an extended period of time.  A new puppy is much like a new baby.  It is always a great idea to be prepared!

Are Diaper Bags Necessary?

Short answer is yes. Consider it your new mom purse. Unless you plan on carrying all of the non negotiable items I mentioned earlier in your bare hands, you will need a way to transport it all. Life is going to throw a lot your way when it comes to outings with your baby. Now that you're all prepared, go and make sweet memories without worries! 

What Is The Difference Between A Male Vs Female Angel Baby

"Which sex makes a better pet, male or female?"  That is a question I hear most often from people seeking an addition to their family.  There are inherent differences in personalities between male and female Maltese as there are in reasons for getting a Maltese. I would suggest that you really think about what needs in yourself or your family you wish to meet.  That answer will affect your happiness with your decision. Let's take a closer look. 

Opposite Sex Instinct

For the same reason that peacocks have bright plumage and chameleons change their color, women wear makeup and men wear cologne. They are all devices that attract the opposite sex. There are sex differences in partner preferences in humans and animals! Link Link Link Female humans and animals prefer males and males prefer females. Understanding the basic needs of your pet will help you select the right sex for your needs.

 Meeting The Needs Of Your Heart


In the dog pack hierarchy females are usually in charge. They determine the pecking order and compete to maintain and/or alter that order.  The females are much more inclined to display dominance by exhibiting alpha behaviors. Of course, they do it ever so cutely. 

Female Maltese left in-tact may mark their territory.  They may lift their leg, or simply squat to urinate in small dribbles to mark their territory. This is natural instinctive behavior within the Canine world to ensure preservation and continuation of the species.  Spay and neuter your dog early to prevent these behaviors from developing. 

The BIGGEST factor in a decision is who will the puppy be drawn to? Females are mostly drawn to males, usually their Daddy or any other male figure in the household. The males cling to their Mommies. This is why the Dads usually want a little girl.  It fits their needs.  The girls seem to come alive with Daddy!  Remember, these are typical situations.  One can never say "always" about anything.


As sad as it sounds, below is a picture of a typical Mom with her little girl after the puppy has bonded with Dad.  I am not for or against any sex for anyone but from my own experience, that of others and research on the internet this is usually how it goes.

The female Maltese will usually come to you for attention  & food but when she has had enough she will move away.  Females are generally less distracted during training as she is more eager to get on with it and get it over with so she can return to her comfy spot on the couch. They are usually independent and can be aloof if you are not her "chosen one".

 Females tend to be moody and emotional. The female can be more cunning and resourceful in getting their own way.    If you are going to get a barker it's usually a chatty girl. 



The most desirable trait of a male is how much they want and need their Mommy! They could be called clingers. They need their Mom like Dad needs his little girl.  There is no greater love or loyalty than from an adorable little boy!

There is no difference in size between male or female. Males are not larger than females.  Males who are neutered early usually don't ever raise their leg unless they mimic other in-tact male dogs marking and copy them. Both males and females occasionally display humping behavior which to them is play. 

The males will always be ready for your attention and always want more.

Males are usually more affectionate, exuberant, attentive and more apt to seek attention from Mom.  LOYAL is one word that sums up a male. They are very attached to their people.  They also tend to be less moody and much more loving. They want to cuddle with Momma as much as possible!  They are more outgoing, more accepting of other pets, and take quicker to children.  Most boys are easily motivated by food and praise, and so eager to please that training is easy.  Because of this they are much easier to housetrain. Give them a treat and they will do almost anything! However, males can be more easily distracted during training as males prefer to play, play and play.  No matter what age, he is most likely to act silly and be sweet. 

Little boys love to romp in the yard, at the beach, in the mud or anywhere they shouldn't.

It is our opinion that when spayed or neutered, either sex will make a wonderful and loving pet. BUT, when it comes to matters of the heart, you might want to think twice.

Mom With Her Baby Boy

Dad With His Little Girl

The problem many couples have is who is going to get their needs met? Not to worry, why not get a girl for him and a boy for her?  

That way everyone gets their needs met!  :)

How To Create Your Own Disneyland

Without further ado, let's get started with all aspects of creating your own Disneyland!

What Will You Set The Cage On? 

Do Not Put Your Disneyland On The Floor!!!

The recommended cage is 36" by 24". The entrance door to the cage is in the center on the 36" side.  This is ideal and makes it very easy to manage everything  inside.  My cage is on a table that is at least 37" by 25" and it's about 30" off the floor. I keep Disneyland high on a table for many reasons such as:

Easy access
Easy to see and watch puppy
Puppy can easily see me and whoever
No drafts
Puppy is a part of the family instead of being shut up in a cage on the floor
I can see how the puppy is eating
I can watch/monitor behaviors closely
I know how much puppy is playing/sleeping
I can keep pee pee pads clean and know baby's potty habits

There is room under and on top of the cage for storage that includes:

Pee pee pads
A lined garbage can
Scale & paper to record weights
A folding pen to put puppy in during cleaning and pad changes

Location In Your House

Once you have it all together, where in your house will you put it?  I suggest putting it in a central location where you can see your puppy the most.  You want to be able to observe him or her while you go about your daily activities easily.  You want to be able to play and hold the puppy near their home. Be sure to think this out.  I suggest that you put your baby at the center of your universe. It will make a BIG difference once you take puppy home.

Do not put it in your bedroom unless you want to be kept awake at night and seclude your puppy during the day!

The Cage

This is 24" Deep by 36" Wide. There are two doors, one on the left side and one in the center of the front.  We will use the center door.  You can find everything on this page at this link on the blog.

Items I Use In Caring For My Puppies & Where I Got Them

It is recommended to cover the entire cage EXCEPT the front with either a blanket or sheet for several reasons:

Keeps out drafts
Decreases stimuli & distractions that will stress your puppy
The puppy will focus on you
The puppy will feel safer
The puppy will be able to sleep without fear of unexpected things happening around them

If it helps your puppy, you can put a blanket or sheet over the front at night to help him sleep or when company comes over to shield puppy or when napping during the day if needed.

A Grid/Grate To Keep Puppy From Falling Out

When you open the door, your puppy will be there to greet you. You will need to find and secure a grate of some sort to put across the opening to keep puppy from falling out. I used a wire shelf with the legs poking outward secured with twist ties.  It works!  Some have used longer racks for cookies or wire shelves like I did.  Think out of the box. Hint: don't use cardboard. He or she will chew it up in a hurry! Use something that you can see through so that you can observe your puppy.

The Heating Pad

I put the heating pad on the left side of the pen (personal choice).  This is a special heating pad for several reasons.  It can be set to turn off after 2 hours or to stay on till you turned it off. You want it to stay on. Very few now a days have that option.  See the link above on my blog for where I purchased it.  The soft velour cover does not come off for cleaning so you may want to cover it with a pillow case. Put it toward the front of the cage on the left and work the plug through the wires to plug it in.  You don't want your puppy to gain access to it as he may chew on it! Mine have never done so. You will be putting more stuff on top of this.

Depending on the weather and your puppy a suggested temperature could be #3 (be sure check with your vet).  You don't want it too hot or cold. The puppy needs to be able to move away from the heat source (heating pad) to cool off if desired so be sure to keep it towards the front.  They can move to the back or right side if they want or need to. Your puppy will be very small when you bring him home and will need heat.  Even when grown, most Maltese crave heat. Adjust yours according to your vet's recommendation and your puppy's needs.

Memory Foam Pad

This memory foam pad comes in the exact size to fit perfectly. To purchase them, please see the link at the top of the page for where I list what I use and where I buy them.

This is actually a bath mat.  It's soft on top with a ruberized bottom. Perfect for our use.  They come in many colors. I prefer tan. I wash and BLEACH everything daily or as needed.  This retains its color even through bleach! It's also very comfy for baby.  Put this on top of the heating pad. NEVER have the heating pad next to puppy!

The Blanket

Next, put a soft, fleece blanket over the pad to keep it clean and create the softest and warmest place for your puppy to play and sleep.  They will spend a lot of time here.  I change mine daily to ensure cleanliness.

I get all of my blankets and toys at thrift shops.  Besides saving money, I just love buying stuff for my babies. Each "find" is a treasure!  Bring them home, bleach them and they are as good as new!  You will need several due to changing them often.

Pee Pee Pad Holder

This is specifically designed to hold pee pee pads in place.  You set the pad on the base and add the "frame" to lock it in place. It's easy to use and keep clean, just wipe it off as needed.  This and the pee pee pads can be purchased at the link above.

Slip the entire frame with peepee pad in place into a flannel pillowcase.  This will prevent your puppy from chewing on the paper and PLASTIC that can choke them.  Be sure to have at least 6 of them for frequent changIf your puppy starts tearing and chewing on the pee pee pads (some do) replace it with a receiving blanket (be sure to have some on hand for this reason). Don't scold puppy, keep this a happy "yes"environment always (meaning they can do what they want in their place) .

Stainless Steel Dishes

These are awesome because they attach to the side of the cage so they can't be turned over.  Be sure to place them to the back like I have them here because puppy plays mostly at the front and you don't want them playing or stepping in their food or water.  Three are needed because your puppy will need acess to a wet and dryer food plus water.  Your puppy's food requirements will be told to you at pick-up.  You will need 3 dishes.

Back Wall Of Cage

Before I wrapped my cage with either a sheet or blanket I put a bright, colorful, happy blanket across the back wall on the outside.  It makes it fun to look at and it matches all the colors of the toys.  It just seems "dull" without it.  Some call it Disneydud without the colorful back wall.

Anyway, that's my preference.  I think the puppy loves it too.  :)

Stuffed Animals

Your puppy will love sleeping on and snuggling with his or her stuffed animals!  Be sure to get fluffy ones that they can sink into.  Be sure the outside "fur" is  fluffy too.  Plush animals that aren't fluffy on the outside are not good.  Also, be sure to have at least one big WHITE stuffed animal because it reminds them of Mom (who was white). I notice that they tend to sleep on the white ones the most.  They also love having a small white one too that reminds them of their litter mates.

There is a sleeping dog in there that has a "heart" inside a velcro pouch with a battery operated beating heart.  They love "her" and think it's Mom since I have one that they are used to.  See the link above in order to get one if you'd like.

I will send home a soft blanket with Mom's scent and that of her litter mates and me to put in their new bed.  This makes their transition seamless.  They feel right at home when they get to your home immediately!

More Toys

Get some smaller toys that they can chew on and carry around.  They also love things that make noise when they do something to it.  The yellow and red toy makes noise when stepped on.  There are crinkle toys and ones with a bell in them.  I used a lot of cat toys cuz they are small and have noise to them.  Be sure that you can wash them & nothing will or can harm puppy.

Remember, your puppy will be teething so get a teething ring, some chew toys  and or something for him to chew on.  They love pig ears because they are thin and easy to move around.

Hanging toys

I put three hanging toys in my Disneyland.  They are attached to the top of the cage by rings and each toy hangs down from rings.  I hang them down the center of the cage right next to the end of the memory pad and before the pee pee pad holder.  This gives them room to play on either side. My toys are large so I use 4 rings for each so that they actually touch the bottom of the cage.  You will probably need 15 or more rings.  I buy hanging toys (see where I buy things to get yours) that have noise and crinkle sounds.  They love them!

Be sure to buy ones that are colorful.  Some people try to accessorize their Disneyland to match their home decor.  Please don't do that!  This is your baby's home.  It should be colorful and fun, fit for a baby.  Relax and have fun with your little one.  This is a center of joy!

I also hang toys on the sides and front of the inside with things they can chew on or make noise with.  Again, they love it!

A Mirror

Most puppies love mirrors.  They think it's a playmate they are seeing.  My puppies love them as you can see.  You may have to pin it on one side to keep your puppy from flipping it over as I needed to do.

Portable Foldable Pen

You will need a safe place to put the puppy in when cleaning their pen.  This handy little folding pen with a bottom is perfect.  Put a pee pee pad in the bottom and put baby in it for stress free cleaning.


One last thing is the smell of your washed toys and blankets.  I use Snuggle, Blue Sparkle scent.  Smell matters because that's the sense that they use the most at this age. So, if you want your baby to smell the same scent that he or she is used to, get Snuggle, Blue Sparkle scent  :)  It smells so fresh and awesome!!


That's how you can create your own Disneyland for your baby. The question is, will you have one for your baby when he or she leaves mine to go home?


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