Saturday, 14 April 2018

Making the decision to get a fur baby

Is it just me or do we seem to be having a puppy boom at the moment?
Everyone is welcoming new fur babies into their family and we are no exception. We have always wanted a dog but with my husband's allergies and my OCD we were worried about certain elements of having a puppy. Anyone you ask will say it is not easy and boy are they right!
I know it is meant to be training for a child but babies don't constantly bite and run and try to eat slugs.

I will write another post about how our boy is getting on in more detail. I just wanted to talk about the process of  finding our puppy and why we chose him.

We had particular needs when it came to having a puppy. We needed hypoallergenic with a low to no shedding coat. We came across our 'Chewie' online and we fell in love immediately, reading that he completely fell in line with what we needed was great. He is a Jackapoo and considering he is part toy poodle he has got pretty fast growing legs! He is definitely a terrier and loves to dig.

We booked into visit him the next day and it was a long and slightly stressful journey but so worth it. He stood out from the rest of the litter. He looked nothing like his sisters. He was the only boy and the girls all looked like little cream puffs with black splodges. Gorgeous but Chewie was really something special for us as he was tiny and obviously the cutest. We had a really good vibe from the breeder. The mother and Nanny dog lived together and were deeply loved. All the puppies were confident and comfortable around people. The lady was so helpful and went above and beyond to help us when we decided he was the one for us. We even had pup dates in the following two weeks, prior to picking him up. The mom was not going to be breeded again and she had only mated once before with her choice of dog. Apparently she knew what she wanted in a male and previous suitors had not been good enough.

Our first meeting was so lovely he sat with us and played with us and we just wanted to take him there and then. On the day of collection he was given a piece of blanket that smelt of his family and a teddy he was fond of. He sat in my arms straight away and didn't really understand where we were going. It did break my heart when his mom looked at me in the eyes as if to say "I know what you are doing". He sat with me beautifully the hour journey home.

Now he is definitely comfortable with us, you might say a bit too comfortable!
Have you had any new additions?

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