It’s official! We’re adopting a puppy! We’ve been going through “the process” for the past few weeks, so we didn’t want to get our hopes up until we found out for sure. I just talked to the shelter tonight and she said the pups are ready to be picked up on Saturday. YES!
Me: “WE’RE GETTING A PUPPPYYYYYYY!!!!”
Kevin’s mind: *dollar signs, stains, dollar signs, lack of sleep, walks, runs, dollar signs*
Only kidding. He’s the realistic one in the relationship, while I am the optimist. Yes, I know it will be expensive, hard, time-consuming and like having a child, but I grew up with a dog and I can’t stand life without a furry companion!
We were trying to decide if we wanted to adopt or buy. Nala, my family’s dog that we adopted is a full-bred golden retriever, so I know I wanted to stay with that breed, but full-breds bought from a breeder are pushing $1,000. I don’t know about you, but I don’t have that kind of cash laying around. We looked at adopting, and when we found this little lady, we couldn’t resist. Meet our new puppy:
Her mom was dropped off at a pound in Iowa and was pregnant with 12 pups. Two of the puppies died at birth, but 10 survived and were put up for adoption. Her mom is a yellow lab and her dad is a golden retriever. We haven’t seen her in person yet, but the adoption lady said she really resembles a golden more than a lab (the picture proves so too).
I just can’t get enough of that face!
Now my dog from home, Nala, has a new sister! Welcome to the family, pup!
(Nala and I open Christmas presents together every year)
We’re going to have to get a lot of things to be ready for the new addition to our family. I have the following list put together. Dog owners, please tell me what I’m forgetting!
- Crate (we’re definitely going to crate the new pup. Nala was crated and it was a great training tool)
- Bedding (for inside the crate)
- ID tag
- Food (she is currently being fed Puppy Pedigree – so we’ll stick with that)
- Dog food/water bowl
- Puppy shampoo (Necessary? We’re bad and wash Nala with whatever is laying around the house)
- Clicker (mom is mailing the clicker we used to train Nala)
- Carpet deodorizer (
in case offor accidents)
- Bitter apple spray (recommended from co-workers who have puppies)