Puppy love


Chloe's new puppy TeddyI am incredibly excited – I'm finally getting a dog! The reactions I've had when I've told people have varied from "it's the best think you'll ever do" to "you'll completely regret it". I guess I will just have to make up my own mind.

I started to do my research many months ago, as mentioned in previous blogs, now I've got several books to refer to. One piece of literature I've really enjoyed and found very comprehensive and easy to use is The Puppy Bible. The clever structure navigates you through the early times in the puppy's life and focuses week by week on how they will change, adapt and discover.

Sleeping Teddy!When I get my pup on the 31st August he will be exactly 8 weeks old. According to research between then and 4 months old is when the dog's character will be moulded. I'm pretty much ready at home from a practical point of view, I've puppy proofed the house as much as possible. I've bought plug covers, wire ties and even crawled around on my hands and knees at puppy height to see what treats could be chewed on.

Needless to say I'd imagine I've missed something, I've been told that he'll chew the sofa and the bed too! (Hope not I've just invested in a Sealy Posturepedic). He's got some house warming presents already, I've bought him his own little den with a bed, some toys and puppy pads (for accidents) and of course his special little puppy food.

Hopefully I will be able to train him to a degree, at least to foul outside not in. I truly believe what people say though that pets pick you, not the other way around. When I went to see the litter for the first time, he came waddling straight over, a confidently little thing with a podgey belly. I picked him up, he licked my face and that was it, I decided we'd make a good team. I had a good chat with his mummy to let her know that I'd take special care of him, she approved.

It's certainly going to be a wild few weeks of sleepless nights and cleaning up after the new kid on the block. I guess you should all know his name. The new man in my life is 'Teddington', Teddy for short and that's his photo at 6 weeks when I first went to meet him.




  1. Tania August 28, 2013 at 8:04 pm -  Reply

    OML!!! (oh my life)
    That puppy is too cute!!! Animals are
    the best. I have an indoor British Shorthair cat and is one of my best buds.
    Teddy is a lovely name.
    All the best and enjoy!!
    I dont think you will regret…well not in the long run!

  2. Linda August 28, 2013 at 10:02 pm -  Reply

    Aww what a wee cutie, he’s sooooo gorgeous. Hope you have lots of happy times together.

  3. JANE GRINT August 28, 2013 at 11:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, he looks absolutely adorable what breed is he? I myself bought a puppy for the 1st time 8mths ago, it’s one of the best things I have ever done! His name is Charlie & he is so good, he slept right through the night from the day I brought him home, & he has never chewed up anything he shouldn’t! He was po po trained in a week & completely toilet trained in 2 mths. There are 2 tips I can give you, unperfumed baby wipes are brilliant to have at hand for muddy paws,face etc and from the day you bring your little pup home always make sure that he knows that you are the boss! Once he knows that, you should have no trouble in training him! I’m sure you will have some lovely happy times with Teddington. Enjoy him while he’s a puppy, they grow so fast! Lots of love to you both Jane xx

  4. Jean August 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    What a gorgeous puppy, you will not regret having him, spend lots of time with him and you will soon have a lovely bond. We have eleven dogs at the moment, they are all working dogs/shooting. Our oldest is a yellow labrador who is 14 years old, and the youngest are two black labradors 10 months old (brothers), five other black labs, one yellow, a border collie a 17 month old golden retriever.
    We spend lots of time with friends training them, it is great fun. A dog will always be there for you, they give you so much love, always ready to please. And there is nothing better when you are stressed out to have a cuddle with your dog or dog’s. I work full time in our business and it is great to spend time with them when you have had to put up with difficult rude customers. I think like a lot of other people that I prefer (well I do) prefer animals to most human’s.
    At least you have looked into it all before you decided to have him, which is really sensible, so many people get a dog, then realise it does not suit their life style and cannot be bothered to take it out, or get angry when it does something wrong.
    Regard the chewing, this come’s natural with a puppy especially
    when they are teething, a lot of it is boredom if they are left on their own for long.
    I wish you lots of fun with your puppy, what breed is it? it looks like a golden retriever, I may be wrong, and what have you called him?
    I love your tweet about people with nothing interesting in their lives tend to moan about other’s, never a true word spoken, you are spot on.
    Have fun you and your pup, speak soon.
    Love Jean x

  5. Louise August 29, 2013 at 5:05 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    He is gorgeous – I love them at that age. I used to breed boxers but, invariably, I found it difficult to let them go. The most we have had in the house at any one time, is 11! Mum and dad, eight pups, and an older boxer. Incredibly, we never had any problems house training them, learning them to walk on the lead, or nibbling and chewing things in the house. Perhaps we were just lucky, but I like to think it was ‘all in the genes’! I currently only have two boxers – a dad and his son – as, when my fiance and myself split up, I couldn’t bring 7 boxers home to mum’s, so I got 2, he took 1, and we rehomed the rest, two of them together; they actually got the better end of the deal, as they are living in scotland, at a guest house, with horses, no less!
    Anyway, Chloe, as my vet said to me the other day, “enjoy him”, I’m sure you will. Unconditional love is definitely applicable, when it comes to our dogs; they are with us for such a comparatively short time – used to be 7 years of a dog’s life to 1 of our’s, now it’s 6 – we have to do all we can for them. I’ve never wanted children, so my two guys are my babies. I know Teddington – I like the extended version of his name! – will be the same for you. What breeed is he?
    Well, take care of you both, and speak soon.

  6. Elizabeth Morton August 30, 2013 at 9:24 am -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    Teddy looks adorable, no wonder you chose him! You sound a very caring person and he’s going to be thoroughly spoilt (good!) I can tell.
    Not long to go now,
    Beth (who loves animals but hasn’t got any at the mo!)

  7. Shirley Cole August 30, 2013 at 12:35 pm -  Reply

    Gorgeous puppy wot a cuty, puppys don’t always chew we got our dog from a shelter she was 8 months old and has never chewed anything, good luck.
    Shirley x

  8. Rachel August 30, 2013 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    What breed of dog have you gone for? Teddy looks so cute. I’m a new mother to a 12 week old goldendoodle. She’s beautiful, past 4 weeks have been hard work but everything is falling into place training wise. Its worth putting in the hard work at the beginning. Enjoy Rachel xxx

  9. Vanessa August 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe your puppy looks totally gorgeous, he looks like a golden retriever puppy…..if he is could you kindly give me the name of your breeder. We sadly lost both of our beautiful Goldies Buster and Barney this year and are totally heartbroken…. They are such a wonderful breed. We are sure you will fall totally in love with Teddy….he looks like a total smasher….have fun together.
    Love Ness

  10. Debi Stubbs August 30, 2013 at 10:56 pm -  Reply

    Chloe, you will enjoy your puppy, yes they are hard work but they are so rewarding as well. We had our Monty for 13 years, yes he did destroy things when he was little, but then there were the times where he would give you a cuddle, we lost him in January this year and it was so hard, coming in the front door and he was not here anymore. So in April this year we welcomed to our household two new puppies Ratchett and Bertie they are Weimaraner lab cross all legs and ears, they are six months old. We have done things different this time, Monty did not have a cage, so when we were out he chewed a lot of thing so Bertie and Ratchett have a cage when we are out and they sleep in it at night. It has been easier this time as there are two of the they keep each other company, they were already house trained when we got them. Enjoy, keep us up to date of how it’s all going

  11. Cheryl August 31, 2013 at 12:36 am -  Reply

    He is gorgeous,he will become the best friend you will ever have. Is he a Cocker Spaniel? Lots of luck,you will have great fun.

  12. Sandra Gregory August 31, 2013 at 2:20 pm -  Reply

    Oh, he is so lovely. Good luck with him xxx

  13. Jill Cope September 1, 2013 at 1:49 am -  Reply

    He looks so cute & cuddly, what breed is he?
    I think that it will be be the best thing ever for you, a new best friend for life.

  14. Deirdre White September 1, 2013 at 4:43 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe, Love little Teddy’s photo’s but was wondering what breed he is? I have a little Shizhu puppy called Lola and she is a nitemare for chewing things so a little advise for you is to buy a large chew and keep it with him all the time. My litle Lola chewed the leather of the hand break in my new BMW car last week and that was because we left her in the car without a chew for only 20 mins. By the way I love you on QVC and look forward to seeing you on Air.
    Good Luck with Teddy
    Deirdre x

  15. marie September 1, 2013 at 6:29 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    Teddy is just so adorable your life will never be the same again. You are going to have so much fun and lots of love. Enjoy every minute. Keep up the good work on qvc and keep us up to date on Teddy’s progress and antics. Marie xx

  16. marg. September 5, 2013 at 2:18 am -  Reply

    Hope you have lots of great times with Teddy, he looks adorable. Enjoy all the puppy things he brings with him, they mature so quickly and lose that wonderful puppy smell,if it coul be bottled I’d buy it.
    Hope you are enjoying being at Q, please keep us posted on Teddy,
    good luck and lots of patience,

  17. martina gorman September 6, 2013 at 3:31 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe,
    What a gorgeous wee puppy his name really suits him. I have a shih-tzu called Reba who is coming 7 and she is like my baby girl and totally spoilt but such a loving caring wee doggie just like your Teddy is going to be with you as you sound like a wonderful surrogate mummy for him you will thoroughly enjoy him and he will always be there for you. Martina xx

  18. Carolyne Ellis September 7, 2013 at 8:42 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe. Their is nothing better than coming home, opening the door and your little friend is so excited to see you. I have two Papillons Sydney & Rosie, Sydney is nearly 18, blind & deaf but always knows where his food bowl is. Rosie is 12 and I call her my little lady with attitude. They have been such great little friends and I wouldn`t be without them. Enjoy little Teddy and I am sure he will give the love back you give him. Carolyne

  19. sandra Howard September 15, 2013 at 3:37 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    Your puppy look’s ever so cuddly and cute, what breed is he. I have looked at Teddy a few times and cannot tell. I have 2 Chihuahua boys. Max is 14 years in febuary 2014, Rio is 3 years in april 2014. big gap in between because I for years put it off as Max had quite a few health problems as a puppy, he was born with a under shot lower jaw. We knew this his mum was a show at cruffs, So we knew he was from a great place to go for a puppy. we were told he was not a show dog because of this. I said all I want is a lap dog to love and love me back. Her answer was we would be made for each other. when we when to see him and his family, mum, dad, sisters and brothers, plus some show dog he was the checkie one his owner dropped a pen she had on the arm of a chair, He Max (which they called squirrel picked it up and ran under her t.v. set and was growling as she tried to retrieve it. Well I was hooked straight away. she shown us another puppy that was older but much smaller and I still found the first on round my legs. He was six months old before we could take him home as I had a lot of hospital appointments, having had cancer, he was such a help in my recovery, as I had been given only 5 years life expectance my husband was also to give great thought to could he cope with a dog when the worst possible out come of my health took a turn for the worst. When he said he would because he would have some one to still take care of would hopefully make his days barable. Well I am still around as this e-mail proves, and it’s 13 and half years ago I received this awfull news from my surgeon and doctor. I am not and never did get back to my life as before but life is sweet and we take each day as it comes as a day to enjoy. And belive me Max @ Rio add to my joy they make me laugh a lot some times cry with worry but I would not be with out either of them. we got Rio as max’s health was a worry he was sluggish and would sleep all day we had him to the vets and they said it was his age to try and engage him in play more often. He was not interested. So I said to my husband you know I have wanted another Chihuahua for a few years now I think now is the time to get one. firstly because it would be a friend for Max and secondly Max would get more in his life to liven him up. Well Max would not entertain Rio for the first 6 monthes, then when we had Rio cassterated (I do not like this word) he was not well that is when Max made friends with Rio he would get in his bed with him and cuddle up, until then we tried every thing to get them in the same bed, Max would not let Rio in his bed so we had to buy him one, we got one bigger than Max’s hoping that they would end up in this one together. but no max would not let Rio in his and he never tried to get in Rio. So we were over the moon when this happened both fast asleep in Rio bed and from then max seams to have gotten a second burst of energy, they have such different natures. But we are a happy family and we do get lots of laughter from the things these 2 get up to Max is the top dog and keeps Rio in his place but funny when Rio rebels and try’s it on with Max. We think that max look’s forward to the end of each meal as Rio gives his face and ears a good clean then he see’s to him self, as Max has never wash Rio, another sign of who is boss. well I may have gone on more than I intended but that shows how much they mean to use. Hope you have as good a time training Teddy as we did are 2. Good luck, hope you keep up with pics of Teddy as he gets older. thank you for sharing your little bundle of joy.
    Regards Sandra.xx

  20. Karen Halford September 17, 2013 at 10:01 pm -  Reply

    I love your comments about your little puppy

  21. Karen Halford September 17, 2013 at 10:15 pm -  Reply

    Hi Chloe
    Just loved your show with Charlie Bears on 17th Sept you were having a ball.
    I was loving it !!

  22. pamela Wright September 24, 2013 at 1:39 pm -  Reply

    I have a rescued Lhaso cross Spitz puppy and he is 9 months old. He had been kept in a shed and didn’t know the difference between the shed and my furniture.!!! He improves every day and has just had the ^snip^ so am looking forward to a more laid back Teddy. Your Teddy looks adorable . By the way you are a great presenter. Regards Pam

  23. audry watson October 17, 2013 at 12:45 am -  Reply

    I hope when you are at work you do not leave that little dog on his own, he is far too young to be left, all creatures need company, and coming home and cuddling him does not make up for the lonely hours he has spent alone. it is like leaving a baby, I have had Norfolk Terriers. but I was at home, there are times when you have to leave them but not for hours at a time, I am shocked to think you would be capable of doing this.

  24. Caroline January 5, 2015 at 11:43 am -  Reply

    HI Chloe

    Your puppy is beautiful, what breed is he. I hope he is doing well, I have a 3 year old cavachon, he is very gentle, loves his food and long walks, also recent addition – Molly a none month old zuchon, she is tiny weighs just 3 kilos and loves lots of cuddles, Charlieadores her but she is the boss and. Will take his toys and treats which makes him cry -typical male, he weighs10k but. areal baby. More Pics of teddy please .

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