Friday, 4 November 2016

5 Things To Think About Before Getting A Dog




I think I have always been a little bit of a know it all. As a child my mother sent me to ballet classes. After a few plies and a pirouette I came to the obvious conclusion that I was the reincarnation of  Anna Pavlova and there was nothing these royal ballet teachers could tell me that I , the oh wise 6 year old, didn't already know.
At 13 years old I managed to wingle my way into being home schooled then dismissing my math teacher because I of course knew better. This may be a good time to point out I received a very wonderful F  for my GSCE mathematics . So when it came to getting my first dog as a separate entity to my parents I the oh-so-wise, now 22 year old, knew exactly what I was doing and chose the breed I just KNEW was right.

I think my days of being a know it all are behind me. I foolishly chose a Pomeranian.
This may be the correct time to say that I am incredibly outdoorsy and was probably a duck in my previous life as I love nothing better than being all muddy and splashing about in puddles... a duck or a pig .. you decide!




This is Nala. A little Rescue Pomeranian. She make look super happy here ..but my goodness she really wasn't. She was very "vocal" and would growl at me an awful lot. I genuinely and whole heartily believe that its due to her not getting breed specific attention. She didn't enjoy our walks much and whenever I tried to have her join in on our expeditions she would struggle and I would spend the entire time carrying her. I could never provide her the lifestyle that she needed . A slow pace lap dog life where she could run the household.
I am super pleased to say however that she now has that attention from a wonderful lady called Vera. They work perfectly together and Nala ( now Nora) is incredibly pleased , happy and settled.

I knew once Nala had been re-homed I wanted another dog. This time (now Mrs know it all had hung up her know it all cap) I did my research and asked as many dog owners as I could what the best active and friendly breeds are. Every single person suggested an English Springer Spaniel. So here we are November 2016 and I have the love of my dog filled life, Bilbo Baggins. The correct dog for me. I genuinely believe we share a soul and if it wasn't for doing the groundwork and reading up I would never have been as happy as I am now.

So without further a ramble here are my top 5 thing to think about before getting a dog:



  1. Think about your lifestyle does a dog fit into that
  2. What breed is right for you ? 
  3. Can you afford a dog? Collars , food vet bills , beds ect.
  4. Do you have the time ? If not can you get a dog sitter?
  5. If getting a puppy do you have the patience to house train ?


Once you have considered it all. Love and cherish your canine companion and enjoy the unconditional love. 

Shannon

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  1. You're absolutely right, it's so important to pick breeds that are specific to your lifestyle. My family have a springer called Milly who is so bonkers, full of beans and needs soooooo much exercise. They are my personal favourite breed!
    Glad you've found your doggy soul mate! :D I can't wait till I'm allowed a pooch of my very own ^_^ (It will be a springer for sure) Bilbo is super cute :D x

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    1. Millie is such a cute name for a dog. the next springer will be frodo I think :) . there really isn't a better breed . saying that Bilbo is incredibly calm in the house . maybe you should get one as a marriage present haha xx

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