• Elisabeth Bachmann

I Got a Puppy!

I have wanted a puppy since I was — I mean, I don’t know — born. I grew up in a house with lots of dogs. Right now, my parents have four. Yes, you read that right. They have four dogs.

When I was 18, my little sister got a corgi puppy. Thing is, she wasn’t really ready or able to take care of him. Puppies are a lot of work, and to be honest, I am exhausted even though my puppy has been much easier than hers was (or currently is).

He sleeps from 10PM to 6AM and has not had a single accident (knock on all the wood).

So, as you can tell, I finally did get my puppy on Monday night. His name is Redford (Red for short), he’s eight weeks old, and he is a Ruby Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. He is my baby, and I cannot believe how lucky I am to have him.

I helped take care of our corgi puppy when he was little, so I thought I knew what was going on. I thought I knew exactly what to do (LOL). I don’t. First thing that happened that I wasn’t prepared for was that Red did not want to eat. HE’S A DOG! WHY WON’T HE EAT?!

Well, it turns out, puppies can have shell shock when you first bring them home. Red had never eaten without his siblings before. They may not feel comfortable eating. Or they might be so excited by their new surroundings that they do not recognize they are hungry.

However, it is very important that puppies eat because they can get really sick pretty fast if they don’t. Puppies’ little growing bodies don’t have all that fat storage to pull from, and, if you remember from being a human child, growing takes a lot of calories.

Don’t worry though. We went to the vet on Wednesday and they said he’s just fine. The vet recommended that I soften his food with warm water. She also recommended a couple additives to help make the food more enticing.

She recommended:

  • Apples

  • Green beans

  • Carrots

  • Low sodium chicken broth

  • Cottage cheese

  • A little bit of wet dog food

We tried low sodium chicken broth first because we already had some at the house. It didn’t take. We then ran out to the store at got cottage cheese which worked like a charm. I just add a tiny dab in his softened food and mix it up. Now, he’s a part of the clean plate club.

So, we’re learning as we go and researching how to train him, love him, and keep him as healthy as possible. Red sleeps so much more than I expected, but he’s perfectly healthy. These first few days have been wonderful, and I can’t wait to see what the future has in store for us.

A couple things I do know for a fact that are important for raising puppies:

  • Take them for a wellness check as soon as you get them

  • Do not let them walk in the park before they have their Parvo vaccine (at least)

  • Take it slow with other dogs in the house

  • Take them out to use the bathroom frequently (got to set them up for success)

  • Introduce puppies (safely) to as many new things as you can early on

  • Let your puppy sleep

  • Do not overwhelm them with a bunch of crazy kids on the first night

  • Use flea and tick prevention year round

  • Heartworm prevention is non-negotiable

  • Spaying/neutering your dog unless you are planning to breed is absolutely essential for their behavior and health

  • Don’t get a puppy if you aren’t going to love it when it stops being a puppy (it will grow up)

  • Adopting is a perfectly wonderful option for everyone

Thank you for checking out my blog today. If you have any suggestions or recommendations about raising a puppy right (or about Cavalier King Charles Spaniels), please leave them in the comments! I’m always looking to learn more.

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