...to an adorable ball of fur!
She is a beautiful 7 week old German Shepherd.
We haven't named her yet. Well more specifically we haven't set her name in stone. We are trying a few on for size. It's just so hard to decide. A dog name that's not my favorite kid name or a friend's favorite kid name...a name that fits a german shepherd but isn't too stern or serious because she is a nice girl!...a name that fits a dog that black and tan and silver.
I don't exactly come from a family of great pet namers. Let's be honest we've had Bugsy, the Beagle...ok that one isn't that bad. But then there were, Corky, the cat and C.J., Corky Junior, the cat. And yes, Corky is what my Dad goes by...a grown human. You can thank 3 year old Camille for those two. Then we've had Bear, the Great Pyrenees and Baby Bear, the 2nd Pyrenees. P.K., Princess Kitty, the dog. Yes I said dog. Long story that ends with we got her from a lady named Kitty who was Kitty Wells's granddaughter. So basically P.K. is famous. But anywho, as you can see...We're bad at naming pets. So you're thinking, it's okay, B can surely appropriately name a pet, but most of their pets were named after carbohydrates. Sugar. Muffin. Hush-puppy. Hershey. I know we are awful! We must get this one right!
Ok, back to our baby girl. We are so excited. But also nervous. Like a baby (but I know way less serious and HUMAN...back down momma's), a puppy needs SO much stuff. We were so out of sorts when we went on our first trip to PetSmart.
A Crate...I hear they are important, but I'll be honest I don't know all the rules of crate training.
A Leash... that isn't too girly so my husband won't turn into a woman when he walks her.
A Collar... that's girly enough that people know she is a girl.
Puppy food... that isn't too expensive so as to make us broke but is full of good things that make her grow big and beautiful and who's first ingredient is meat...Very important per animal-loving-over-eager-PetSmart-product-pushing employee.
Toys...Every dog needs a toy.
Treats...for training and maybe for fun too.
A Dog Bowl...we went with cheap and generic for now. Until I find a set of bowls that match my kitchen. Please! You knew I would.
A Teething Toy...because we are going to be doing some serious re-direction with any chewing or teething.
And I know I'm forgetting things!!!!! It's a crazy mess around you!
So PLEASE offer your best advice for puppies and new puppy parents! Your favorite purchases. Things we should be sure to know from the beginning.
Thanks for your help! I will be looking for puppy play mates for fun play dates! If you have a puppy, we would love to have you and your little pup over for dinner and some playtime. We also welcome children because I hear early socialization is key. Luckily her birth family had a 3 year-old rambunctious little boy who had played with our pup since birth. So she loves kids right now and is a total doll right now! But we want to keep it that way!