Lessons Learned with a New Family Addition


We’ve recently gotten a new addition to our family. Freddie is the sweetest, cuddliest little pup around. But even tiny, charming golden retrievers come with a learning curve. It’s been a bit of a wild ride. Here are a few things I wish I’d known before adopting him.

Dogs come with a lot of dirt and fur
There’s really no way around it—having a pet is messy business. I dealt with it for a while the best I could, but I finally broke down and bought the best vacuum for dog hair here. I’m not sure why I didn’t do that first, but life is much easier now.

You’ll need to make your home pet-friendly
Most people know about chocolate, but did you know that chewing gum can be deadly for dogs? Before you bring a new pet friend home, you’ll need to prep your home. That means looking out for toxic foods and plants as well as chemical and cords—anything laying around or that a curious new pup or kitty could get into. Just a little preparation will make the transition much easier.

Your time will no longer be your own
Much like having a child, adopting a pet means you now need to care for a living thing. That often means giving up more time for your dog than you might want to. It also means planning things around your pet. For instance, if you have to stay late at work, you need to make sure someone is available to walk or feed the dog. Traveling requires a whole different level of planning too because you have to figure out whether the dog comes too or if you should get a pet-sitter or use a kennel. So many decisions!

They are expensive
If you think the cost of adoption stops at the fee you pay, you’ll be sadly mistaken. In addition to vaccinations, heart worm pills, flea and tick prevention, and additional procedures, making sure your dog is in good shape can cost a pretty penny. But it is worth it to have him healthy and happy. One thing we’ll be looking into soon is pet insurance.

Puppy training can be tough
Puppies are tiny, sweet, and want to please you. But it’s important to remember that they are, in fact, babies. And that means they need to be trained. Be ready for chewed up shoes and plenty of accidents.
Even though it’s taken getting used to, we love our Freddie and wouldn’t have it any other way.

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