I Have a New Puppy, Now What? Take The Anxiety Away From Your First Days With Your New Best Friend
I found Milo on www.petfinder.com. He was one of many other puppies that I was expressing interest in. But he was secretly my first choice.
The yellow Lab coloring reminded me of Candy, my yellow Lab mix when I was growing up.
So imagine my surprise when his foster mom called me and asked if I was still interested.
Of course, my answer was a resounding “YES.”
But… I had to wait TWO WHOLE WEEKS before bringing him home. He was too young to leave, and I could only pick him up on a Saturday because I work during the week.
Combine that with the fact that his foster mom is a nurse and works some Saturdays.
Two weeks to bring my baby boy home? The agony!
The silver lining is that I had plenty of time to do my research and get only the best for Milo.
I was determined to make this day as exciting as possible. After all, how often do we mark “Gotcha Day” on our calendars?
Milo’s new fur-ever home was going to be the start of a lifetime of health, happiness, and love.
Here are some steps I took to make the most of my dreadful two-week waiting period.
In addition, you can find these helpful steps in ensuring that you’re making the best decisions possible.
- Do your research
I knew that Milo was part Beagle and part Yellow Lab. They are two high-energy breeds, so I made sure that I had plenty of toys to keep him busy and stimulated.
Some of my favorite research websites are:
If you’re not sure what breed you would like, www.animalplanet.com has a Dog Breed Selector that you can check out. It’s just 10 questions, and it can guide you in the right direction.
2. Invest In Supplies
Some essential items that you should get for any puppy include but are not limited to:
- Food and water bowls
- A good leash — (I recommend leather. Yes, you’ll pay more…