Monday, May 1, 2017

Eat Play Love: Puppy Prepping

How does that song by Carly Simon go? Anticipation . . . . As we wait for our puppy, we feel something greater than lil' ole anticipation. Necessary equipment has been gathered, along with frivilous, too-cute items.
Last year, when I shopped at my favorite stores, I avoided the enormous pet aisles and circled around to the dish section. After my Yorkies passed, I had one goal: above all else, protect my heart.

Two years later, I was ready to be a dog mom. I stepped into HomeGoods, and the pet area seemed way too small. Had it shrunk? No, probably not. I took my time, looking at treat jars and hundreds of beds. The price was right on a freestanding gate, a must-have item, and I popped it in the cart. 


I brought out Zap's old stroller and Mister's sweaters. Life goes on, they seemed to say. I haven't located a crate, leash, or bed. There's still time. I'm researching. I've been very lucky to meet a supportive group of Scottie owners who are happy to share information about the baby years--the things that are truly needed, along with the things that are just plain fun.

It's hard to describe the sublime joy of hunting and gathering. 
But it tells me how far I have come.

It reminds me that every ending will lead you to a beginning.

21 comments:

  1. Congratulations on your new puppy soon to arrive, cannot wait to see him/her! Our hearts can hold a lot of love, and a new furry family member will add to your joy. Looking forward to seeing the little one!

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  2. I am so excited for you and am glad to hear that you are finally ready. Please make sure you share tons of pictures so we can all enjoy that puppy cuteness! Congrats!
    Shelley

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  3. Your Scottie will certainly be well loved!

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  4. I am so happy that you are getting another doggie. You will find that he/or she will bring you and your family much happiness. That puppy is certainly going to love all of the toys and accessories that you have purchased. When will the puppy be able to go with you? Congratulations to your new addition.

    Mary

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    1. He'll be 2 weeks old tomorrow, and I may get to visit him after he's had his first shots. Fingers crossed. He won't get to come home, though, until he's about 10 weeks.

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  5. So exciting, Michael!! Our "baby" Duncan turned three in January. They are truly a unique breed. If you don't mind my asking, where is the support group that you found located?

    Enjoy your new puppy!

    Hugs,

    Denise

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    1. You know how life sometimes comes full circle? One cloudy day in March, out of the blue, I called my first Scotties breeder (she is also active in rescue) and she put me in touch with a fellow fancier, who'd just bred her girl (they call them bitches, but I just can't say it, lol) to my old friend's Grand Champion. I was looking for a pet only --and preferably a male. Full circle. I've gone to area shows, and I've met some of their sweet friends. This weekend, I learned that healthy Scotties can run high liver values and it's important for me to find a vet who understands the breed (and won't overtreat). My Scottie, Scout, had that happen, and I walked out of a vet's office for that reason. I treated her with homemade chicken broth, and she lived many more years. I've also learned that lawn pesticides have been linked to bladder cancer in Scotties, so my husband has been put on notice about *all* gardening chemicals. I got to spend the weekend surrounded by Scotties and Scottie lovers, and I was in heaven.

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  6. The fact you're ready for a new love encourages me. I hope the best for you with your new puppy. We lost three family dogs between July 17th and Christmas Eve. So hard, even though they were old and had a good life, it was a very sad goodbye.

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  7. How exciting for you! I'm glad you were able to make the decision to get a new pup. I have been dogless since 2009 but was so burnt out from all the health issues we went through with my cocker spaniel that I swore off getting another dog. I gravitate towards dogs every time I am somewhere there is one though and you are the 2nd blogger recently to be in waiting for a new pup that I've read about! Looks like you have a good start preparing for your new little one. I'm glad to read that they won't let you have him until he's at least 10 weeks. My cats came from a breeder that won't let you have them until about 12 weeks and it makes a huge difference as to how well the pet adjusts to leaving their home and being ready to live in yours. Have fun dreaming about your new little one!

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  8. You have certainly done your research, and your puppy is going to be well cared for as well as pampered like royalty!

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  9. Ooh Michael Lee, this is such a happy, hopeful post, and I so thrilled for you that your heart is ready for another puppy. Hopefully the weeks will pass by quickly until your little Scottie is at home on the hill in your loving arms.

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  10. Our beloved pup died almost 3 years ago, after living in our home and our hearts for 16 years. We're just now starting to think about a sweet puppy in the next year or so, which surprises me as I was certain from the moment she took her last breath in my arms that I wouldn't want to love another one. But here we are, talking about it and dreaming. Enjoy this part of your journey! X Chy

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  11. I can't wait to 'meet' your new baby - did you pick out a name yet? I don't use any chemicals in my garden either, both for the health of my furbabies as well as to keep the toxins out of my well water. In addition, we found a pet safe ice melt, which I use sparingly as needed. Love all your sweet toys - my Jacks would pull them apart in seconds!!

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  12. Oh puppy love...how exciting for you all. And lovely to learn that you heart has healed from your other puppy loss. You cannot replace a love pup(s), but you can grow your heart with a new one. We still have not looked at new puppies. But it could happen. :-) I will grow with you.
    sheila

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  13. This is so sweet. I wish I could say I'm ready to bring a pup into our lives (Mr. P. really wants one, but he has NEVER had a pup in training, was only introduced to mine (choc poodle) when she was already 3. She's been gone since 2006 and it was very sad. I'll keep following, and maybe an older rescue is what I may be able to welcome.

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  14. We can't protect our hearts, my friend. Because we feel emotions and joy, also means we will feel sadness and loss. Grab onto life and take joy in it. By the way, my cousin Debbie has Scotties and loves them so much she named her fiber shop after them in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It's called Red Scottie.
    Brenda

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  15. I'm so excited for you and your family! Your heart needs to feel that love again. I don't know how far away your new pup is, but after his shots, hopefully, you can visit to bond. I know Zap and Mister will be wagging their heavenly tails when they see their brother. :)

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  16. How exciting....My son just lost his precious dog recently and said that after having to put down two of his precious dogs, he is done....my hubby and I have a bet on how long he will be without one...I suspect not too long! I am happy that you got your "joy" back and ready to welcome another precious one into your loving home.

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