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Puppy Preps!

Totally off house-topic, but exciting puppy news calls for exciting puppy blog! For a long time we've been saying we'd get a new puppy with a new house... pretty much been saying this for the last two years. Our dog, Todd is now 7 and half, and I think it's the right time given his age. A few years ago I probably wouldn't have been able to deal with two dogs, and any later, I probably wouldn't want to get a puppy as it would feel too much like I was replacing Todd before his time. Todd is still super active and playful, but slightly calmer and more independent than he ever used to be. The house thing basically lined up at the right time, and also, it would be handy considering puppies tend to wee everywhere and ruin things.. and whatever our new house would be, I could guarantee you it would be a wreck anyway, so what's to ruin?

BUT, like most of life, things don't always go to plan, and we're still not much closer to moving. So why wait any longer? If we get a puppy now, we can enjoy him all through the good weather the UK has to offer. So we went for it, we found a breeder, some pups, and soon enough we will be the owner of a new little pupster. Given the fact we have no DIY/house renovations on the go, I've been pretty puppy-orientated the last few weeks. Which can only mean lots and lots of shopping and preparations. So I share with you some of the stuff I have purchased ready for our new little addition to the house.

First of all, beds! This is from Pets at Home and actually has a removable pad you can pop in the microwave to keep the puppy warm. Unfortunately we don't have a microwave....


A small crate, ideally a medium would be better for him to grow into.. but I figured I would buy another when that time comes. (hopefully we'll be in the new house and have more space!) This one's from eBay, whilst the quality isn't as good as better brands, the price is about a quarter of what you'd pay elsewhere!


And obviously LOTS of training pads..


I know some people feel crates aren't very nice.. but our dog actually loves his! He would whine and cry and scratch doors if we didn't have one.. and actually he doesn't whine at all in it. I think it makes him feel secure and he recognises it as his own little den. I also bought new bowls, for both dogs. And a new water bowl. I thought this would help Todd being introduced to sharing... having a completely new water bowl he doesn't recognise as his own. As for the food bowls, I just liked them to match!





The star food bowls are by Mason Cash, bought from TK Maxx. And the water bowl is by Garden Trading from John Lewis.

As for a collar and lead, these were also from Pets at Home.


This ones a bit random and I suppose not entirely necessary, but I remember how Todd loved being wrapped in a blanket as a puppy.. and in fact, puppy blankets are far more pricey than baby blankets. Why? I have no idea, they're pretty much the same thing! So I got a baby one.. this is also from TK Maxx. I'm not a crazy lazy who treats her pets like babies though, I swear!


Finally, some puppy toys! I actually already have lots that were in fact some of Todd's old ones he no longer (or sometimes, never did) play with, and also random little teddies, but here are some I've bought new...


These are from Argos and are actually tennis balls!



Both above from Pets at Home.

We've also bought puppy toothpastes, food, and other obvious necessities. But hopefully we haven't forgotten anything too major! And hopefully Todd will accept a new puppy in the house, although I feel like this may take the most work and time. I guess we shall wait and see. Excitement!

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