Happy weekend everyone! Our short week is finally over and it dragged on as expected. I still can’t get over how short weeks seem to go at a glacial pace!!! Anywhos, for those of you who follow on snapchat and instagram you will already be VERY aware of this but we have a little newbie in our family; Karlsson :)[spacer height=”20px”]
We got this little rascal at the end of August and can I tell you he has changed our lives!!!
A little about the baby:
Breed: French Bulldog
Color: White with excellently placed black spots (right on his tail and nose!)
Current weight: 7.5 lbs and GROWING (we got him at around 3 lbs so he is getting bigger by the day)
Demeanour: Insane – haha JK he does calm down at times, but he is full of energy!
Here is a little peek into our life now – you may have seen this on Snapchat 🙂
So for a little background on the puppy situation. We had been talking about getting a dog for over a year now. It was just a matter of the right time and agreeing on a breed. Once we were good to go on the type of dog we were looking for then we needed to find him!!! Here are a few things to think about when YOU think you’re ready for a dog.
- Do you actually have the time!? – This is one of the biggest things and its no joke! If you work really long weeks not only is your pup going to feel a little alone but you are going get s-t-r-e-s-s-e-d out! Imagine all the responsibilities that you have already and then add in another little one to care for (feed, walk, train, love, bath etc). So be sure you’re ready for the time committment. If you DO have the time, woohoo time to play tug-a-war 🙂
- Finances – Do you have the extra dough to spend or Mr. or Miss puppy? Depending on the breed you get the costs will vary. There is of course the initial purchase of little doggie, then food, toys, bed, play pen, pee pads, shampoo and all the medical expenses (shots, other vaccinations and if you are not looking to have any more puppies then of course the cost of neutering). All these things add up and doesn’t even include if pup gets sick and needs to see the vet which can definitely happen! If you’re trying to be frugal in your day-to-day a puppy might not be the next milestone on your list. If you are at a good place then start your search!
- Patience – I wish I could underline that one another three times 😛 But really, raising a little monster puppy is a lot of work and takes a lot of patience. In the end OF COURSE it is worth it a million times over, but in the moment it can get a little much. If you’re ready to be responsible and take the time to do these things then YOU ARE READY!
Take this as a status check to see if you’re ready. Once you are then a puppy is so fulfilling, he or she becomes a part of the family. If sadly you cannot commit to your own right now then know there are options!!!! Have you thought of dog fostering for a short period of time to see if you’re ready for your own? Plus, with fostering they are often adult dogs so no need for the puppy training portion. Alternatively, if you have family or friends who have a dog I am sure they would LOVE you for offering to puppy-sit when they are away on vacation! That would give you a really accurate picture if you’re ready for your own 🙂
oxoxox Happy training !