This is the first in a series of personal posts chronicling the arrival of a new dog in our home. After doing some reseplace on living with pets and kids, I realized there wasn’t a ton of useful, honest information out there. I hope you’ll enjoy them and find them useful.
Farfalle was an exceptional cat. Everyone who met him agreed. Not one of those cats that hid from you, but rather, he was always close by â€“ curled in laps, perched on shoulders, happily not squirming in our young daughterâ€™s arms. Friends always remarked that his warm nature was more dog than cat like.
He died quite unexpectedly a few months ago from feline leukemia. It was a heartbreakingly sad process to go through. He was under a year old and was born with the illness, unbeknownst to us when we got him. Losing him left a big vacancy in our home.
Immediately we realized that our family was not complete without a pet. Shortly thereafter, the puppy pangs started. After being a cat owner for nearly 20 years (Prior to Farfalle, there was another great feline soul in my life, who lived to the ripe old age 17), I was suddenly wondering: Is it time for a dog? During my single, apartment-dwelling urban years, a cat was the natural companion. Now that Iâ€™m part of a suburban-living family unit, it seems time to make the transition from feline companion to dog parent.
Admittedly, itâ€™s been many, many years since either my husband or I lived with a dog, so this is not a decision weâ€™ve taken lightly. True, we grew up with dogs, but pet ownership has changed a lot in the past 20 years. Gone are the days when you train your puppy by covering your floor with newspaper or simply put the dog in the back yard to do his â€œbusiness.â€ Now you are encouraged to crate train your puppy, socialize him with doggy playdates, and of course take him for long walks in rain or shine. We are ready to commit to all that, and more. Here are few of the things that helped us decided we were ready for a puppy.
1. We live in a house with a fenced in yard.
2. One of us has a flexible schedule, so the puppy wouldnâ€™t be alone for long hours during the day.
3. Our daughter loves animals and we want to raise her to be respectful and kind to them.
4. We are active people. We like being outside, taking road trips and exploring nature. A dog will, too!
5. Weâ€™re responsible â€“ emotionally and financially â€“ and able to commit to caring for another living creature for the rest of its (hopefully long) life.
Once we decided that a dog was in our future, the next step was to do some reseplace on dog breeds to help us get a dog whose temperament would match ours.
— Angela M.
Coming up next in The Puppy Files: Finding The Perfect Breed For Our Family