I 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.
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.