1. A puppy does not equal major life changes.
When I was considering getting a dog, all I heard was, “you can’t do thing on your own time” or “you have to adjust to a whole new schedule.” While that’s true to an extent, you have to feed the dog, let it out, etc. there’s some gray area. When I got Windsor, he adapted to my schedule more than I did to his. I didn’t have a set schedule for him i.e. feeding times, potty times, etc. I made sure he was fed and had outside time, of course, but we didn’t “pencil” things in. We figured it out together and made it work. Putting too much pressure on yourself to make sure he eats at 6 am, has a potty break by 7 am, and another at 9 am will stress you and the puppy out. We are both still alive so it worked out.
You will worry about him, wonder what he’s doing, miss him, cry when you leave him, etc. just like moms do with their children. I would hear people say they didn’t do this or that because their dog was at home alone and I thought they were crazy. I am now that person. I don’t want to leave him alone for any longer than necessary. If I’m going to be out late or gone, I arrange for a babysitter (his grandma or his aunt) to come stay with him so he isn’t alone till late when I get home.
The expense adds up quickly! Grooming, vet visits, shots, flea prevention, heartworm prevention, food, treats, toys, etc. I buy Windsor something basically any time I’m out shopping. Whether it’s a treat, toy, or new collar, I’m always getting him something. He is very spoiled and he knows it!
I got Windsor when I was a senior in college. For me it was the perfect time because my days were broken up and I had time between classes and things to come home and check on him. A luxury I wouldn’t have had had I waited till I was working a typical 8-5. Even though I still had a lot of freedom, I still couldn’t just go and come as I wanted. I had a little baby waiting on me to get home, take him out, and play. It was all fine with me though. I wanted a puppy for so long and now that I had one, I was going to make sure he was well taken care of and had plenty of love!
5. Puppy=your heart
I didn’t know I could love someone or something as much as I love Windsor. He’s just the best and he is my whole heart. The love of and from a dog is something special. When I think about how much I love him, I tear up. He’s my best friend and my baby. He’s the best of my day every day and he makes me so happy.
The picture of us where I have sunglasses on was taken the day I picked him out and he became mine. I had to wait about a week to pick him up though. Longest week of my life!
Some recent pics including one from his 4th birthday!
If you have a puppy or are thinking about getting one, be sure to check out puppyspot.com! They have everything from breed information to a puppy locator plus tons of tips, tricks, and advice for pet owners! PLUS they have a no puppy mill promise which is extremely awesome. The words “puppy mill” is enough to make me cry and get angry so the fact that they make such a strong promise makes me love them even more.