Tuesday, 3 April 2018

I rescued a puppy

It's taken me a while to write this post, as rehoming Ollie back in December has meant my time has been taken up by amazing dog walks, cuddles on the sofa, chronic diahorrea and some occasional destruction of my home!

I am going to throw it out there and say the thing you aren't supposed to say, because as much as I love Ollie, a few days in I was thinking to myself "what have I done" and I had the same conversation with another guy in the pet shop today, about his 18 month old pup too.  Owning a dog is hard work, it isn't all cute photos of puppies that you see online, so if you really want to get a puppy, make sure you are ready for all the rough that comes with the good!

I rehomed Ollie around Christmas from a couple who really had bitten off more than they could chew and from there on out, we had countless trips to the vets with a sensitive tummy, which cost a fortune and left Ollie with still a poorly tummy! Eventually, after switching to an independent vet surgery and getting a raw food diet recommendation, all was resolved and we haven't had any issues or cause to go back to the vet since.  Which, yes is great news for my poor bank balance, but also for poor Ollie, who was so poorly and dropping weight so quickly I didn't know what else to do. 

He now weighs a very healthy 15kgs and is growing into the perfect little dog/teenager that has selective hearing, unless there is a food treat involved! 

With the hardest part behind us now (hopefully) we have been making the most of getting outdoors and I love seeing him enjoy something new all the time.  

So here are some of my favourite photos of our adventures together over the last few months. 

So if you are thinking about getting a dog, please think carefully about it and make sure you have some savings to fall back on when things don't go as planned! 

Other things to remember are: 
  • Pet Insurance
  • Puppies grow quickly 
  • Training
  • Socialising with other puppies and dogs is important
  • Your support system (everyone is ready to tell you "you can't do it", but you will need one friend that will remind you, you can!)
  • There will be accidents and you will want to cry, but it will get better and easier! 

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