Pupdate

A collection of doggy related posts.

She’s home | pupdate

Wow! We have finally done it, we have dog, well a beautiful cockapoo puppy we have named Daisy. She has been in our home for almost two weeks and, well man ALIVE it has been quite hard. I mean wonderful, but SOOO Tiring.

We knew it would be hard work, but not ever really prepared for just how much! Having a puppy for us so far has been like having a toddler in the house, but one that wants to chew and bite everything, is teething and is incontinent!ย ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

We of course trawled the internet for advice about how to start looking after her as well as asking various lovely friends what they did and how they coped. Us mining for help and advice was a blessing and a curse as even though everyone’s advice is very good, it can vary and I have to say for the first 48 hours we floundered in relative chaos.

However, after a couple of days we settled on a few small “rules” to start us off. Basically:

  • Take her outside every hour on the hour for a potty break during the day.
  • Big “potty party” every time she wees or poos outside, i.e. lots of praise and cuddles.
  • No big deal if she has an accident indoors.
  • Bed at 11:00 and outside every 2 hours during the night till 07:00.
  • Feed her twice a day, once around 07:30 and again about 18:00

So as you can see, that’s pretty full on. M and I were shattered as Daisy is teething and so wants to bite and chew everything. Also, everything in our house is new and so she wants to sniff and explore every inch. We have had to move everything out of the way so that an interested Daisy cannot grab it.

She wasn’t able to go out at first as she only had her final injection 4 days after she arrived and couldn’t go out for another week after that. This led to us all being a bit stir crazy, but one other bit of fab advice we had was to flood the floor with toys for her to chew. This did help to re-direct any unwanted chewing or mouthing. Which was a lot!

Almost two weeks in we aren’t letting her out every hour, but mostly after a big sleep, big play, food and if we think that she is indicating at the door. We just try to limit the chances of her having accidents in the house. She is doing great, not totally clear of accidents yet, but this is one area that’s going well.

The one where we are still struggling with is the crate. One universal bit of advice is that dog’s do best if they are crate trained. Daisy wouldn’t go in it at all at first, then we started to feed her in there as well as place her water there too. She now will go in and will tolerate a little bit of time with the door shut, but then she gets agitated and starts to cry (which I could cope with ) but then she also starts to bite the door and get distressed. She also pulls her bed out of the crate constantly, so the crate training isn’t going great. We’ve just got to keep going.

But Daisy is in fact a puppy, a baby and maybe we aren’t doing too bad. Maybe she will never take to the crate? But one thing I can tell you, she is 100% cute – show you some photos… well ok then!

 

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Puppy Proofing the House | pupdate
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Awake at 6am

Gah, I’m on annual leave, but I’m awake at 6am? Why could that be? Oh yes, that’s right, WE ARE GETTING A DOG TODAY!!!! I’m so excited and also quite nervous as I’ve never had a puppy before, the anticipation is immense.

I also can’t help but think about our first dog Peggy, who was a German Shepherd / Whippet x-breed, who we adopted in 2004, when she was 5. She was an anxious soul that caused us no end of worry, but we was also the gentlest, most sweet natured dog you could ever meet. We were heartbroken to lose her when we did, we loved her so much.

But today, as M said, we aren’t replacing Peggy, we are just getting her a sister. That makes me so happy, I could cry ๐Ÿ˜ข !

Also, please do expect me posting at weird times, as toilet training a puppy means lots of getting up during the night! Wish me luck!

G x

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Getting Pup Ready | pupdate

Getting a puppy is an exciting thing, but it’s also a little scary and of course a MASSIVE responsibility. As it’s over 5 years since we had a dog, we need to go and get lots of stuff to get ourselves and our house ready. Wanna see?

The first things we had to get were a cushion for Daisy to sit on, some puppy training pads and a blanket. We will use the pads to help toilet train Daisy so that she doesn’t poo or pee in the house. The cushion will go in her crate, which we are also going to use to make her feel safe.

Then of course we wanted to get her some toys and things to chew in the hope that she doesn’t chew anything in the house that she’s not supposed to.

We tried to go for a mix of things her for her bit and play with and also things that we can give her as a treat when she does well.ย It’s hard to know what she will like and what will work best for her, but of course these things will be trial and error, so I will make sure and update my posts to tell you what she and we love.

I am still so excited about her coming to live with us and I can’t wait to blog our life together.

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Meet Daisy | pupdate

Do you follow me on Instagram? I mean, it’s my fave social, so before you read on, check me out >>here<<

Ok so I asked about Instagram because if you DID follow me on there, you would have seen that a wonderful thing has happened, M and & have officially become parents…. to a beautiful Cockapoo puppy we have named Daisy ๐ŸŒผ.

OK, buy lets rewind slightly, as you might have seen previously on gilliblogs, we have been looking for a dog to adopt for a few weeks without any success. So we had a real think and after a long discussion and a chat with a few friends, we made the huge decision to get a puppy. Yes, I know.ย ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ๐Ÿถ OMG.

So on Friday the 4th of May, which incidentally was also M’s birthday, we visited the breeder we chose to work with and met our beautiful Daisy. She’s a Cockapoo which is another name for a x-breed between a Cocker Spaniel and a Poodle. She is currently 10 weeks old and she joins our family on Thursday 10th May 2018. It’s really going to be the best day!!!

So I why not check back in a few days to see her homecoming!!! I can’t remember the last time I was this excitedย ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜†

G x

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The Next Chapter | Pupdate

It’s a big decision to get a dog, massive. But once that decision is made, then oh the joy of expectation. My last pupdate was sharing our experience of visiting various dog rescue centre after out initial thought was to adopt a rescue dog. But as that didn’t quite work out as we were expecting, we have formulated another plan……

14th April, 2018

Today we visited Bleakholt Animal Rescue in Ramsbottom in out attempt to give a rescue dog it’s forever home. However this was our 4th rescue centre we had looked round without really seeing a dog that we could consider adopting. We sat on a bench in the sunshine and started to discuss our options, which after some discussion led us down one particular and unexpected path. Yes, you lovely people, you guessed right, we have decided to get a puppy!!!!!

Not our neighbours dog, but still the cutest. Google images rules!

We always disregarded getting a puppy as obviously it’s a lot of work and also I am big fan of rescue dogs. But after our experiences of the local rescue centres, we think that getting a puppy is our next option.

15th April 2018

Sooooooo, the first step was to invite our very lovely neighbours round as they have a puppy that is around 12 months old and we firstly, wanted puppy cuddles and secondly to mine them for information!

The brought round their little waggy one and it was a total joy to have him in the house. He’s such a sweet natured dog and he was inquisitive and giddy and simply loved a tug of war. He’s a Cavapoo, which is a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel crossed with a Poodle – just adorable. Our neighbours were brilliant and told us all about their experiences and it really helped to answer some questions that we had as well as calm any nerves. We aren’t totally sure what breed of dog we want just yet, but we think we have selected the breeder that we want to work with.

However, after contacting them today, we might have to wait a few weeks as once dogs are ready to leave the mum, the breeder isn’t able to hold them. We have a family holiday planned in a few weeks, so the timing is a little off. The upshot is that it’s M’s birthday early May and we already had annual leave planned. So guess what… on his birthday, we are going to look for a puppy!!!!!!

So just a few more weeks to wait until things get real…. I am honestly SOOO excited!!!ย ๐Ÿ’—ย ๐Ÿถย ๐Ÿ’—

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Getting a Dog | Pupdate

I love dogs, like LOVE them. I have never wanted children, totally not my thing. Dogs are my thing. We had Peggy dog from 2004-2013 and when we lost her we were so devastated that up until recently, we haven’t felt ready to have another pupster in the house. There were lots of other factors and things to consider and the time never really felt right, but in the last few months things, things have changed and the upshot is that last weekend we started the search for a doggy to share our lives with. Here’s the story so far:

Sunday 8th April 2018

OK, today is the day we start our search for a dog. As Peggy dog was a rescue, we have decided to try and adopt another dog. However, we drove past the place we got Peggy from yesterday and there were protestors outside brandishing banners that said things like “Dogs Die Here”. So maybe we won’t go there! We decided to go to The Dogs Trust in Manchester instead here:

When we arrived it was MASSIVE with plenty of parking and many branded vehicles outside. However inside the experience was a little…clinical. It was a huge double height building, with big indoor areas containing park benches and places to exercise dogs (presumably). But there was no reception as such and the staff we did see where dealing with other people or doing other things. It also wasn’t very clear where the dogs where at first, as we thought we could see kennels, but not many dogs. We were sort of separated from the perspex kennels by a walkway and a wall. The wall contained mounted iPads which held each dog’s photograph, story, and sometimes a short video, but the actual dog was more often than not, not visible in the kennel. We didn’t know what to do, so to be honest, after a short look round, we left. I am sure it works very well for lots of people as there is no doubt it’s an excellent facility, but for me, it was more like a school or hospital and I personally, didn’t get a good vibe. Shame.

We sat in the car and decided we would remain positive and try the Dogs Trust in Merseyside here:

From the start our visit here was much more successful as it was busier and there seemed to be many more dogs to look at. They were in more traditional kennels, which meant it was easier to see the dogs and to get an idea of size and temperament. We walked around for a while, saying hello to each dog in turn, trying hard to resist the urge to kidnap every pair of sad doggie eyes and waggy tails we saw. Do you know what was really interesting, the main 2 type of dogs that we saw in both Dogs Trust centres were Staffordshire Bull Terriers and Lurchers! It’s a shame as neither of these breeds appeal to us for different reasons.

However, towards the of our time there, we came across a terrier cross called Dexter.

I think we can all agree he’s pretty cute. We went to the office and spoke to a staff member and she told us that he hadn’t been properly assessed yet, but after checking she told us a bit about him, including the worrying news that he had shown aggression towards children. M & I have 2 nieces under 13 and so we quickly realised that unfortunately Dexter would not find his forever home with us. Sad times. However after visiting the Merseyside centre, we left more hopeful and decided to continue our search another day.

Saturday 14th April 2018

Today’s dog search took us a little further afield, as during the week both people in my office and one of my Twitter friends had suggested alternative rescue centres for us to try. The first one being Freshfields Animal Sanctuary here:

It took us a little longer to get there than usual for 2 reasons, one being today is Grand National Day and the second one being, despite Sat Nav, I took a wrong turn and ended up in Race Day traffic! ANYWAY…. we arrived at Freshfields and there wasn’t any parking, which was ok as we parked in a little lane nearby. We followed the signs for the entrance, but the first odd thing was that we had ring a doorbell for someone to let us in. It turns out, they don’t have any public viewing facilities and they kicked off by asking if we had seen a dog we liked on the website. We hadn’t.ย  We were then shown to reception and given a folder of prospective dogs to look through, then if we liked any of them, and we met the criteria, the dog would be brought out to meet us. I don’t know why, but this felt like I was hiring a prostitute in a brothel.ย ๐Ÿ˜ฃ

But we politely perused the books just in case, but ultimately left with a slightly odd feeling. *sighs*. So our final place that someone had told me about was a place called Bleakholt Animal Sanctuary in Ramsbottom.ย  So we set off, wondering what on earth we would find when we got there.

Bleakholt is here:

Again, despite Sat Nav, it was a little tricky to find, especially because my route took me up a large hill and down some tiny country lanes, but as it turned out, that was exactly right and we did end up in the right place! Bleakholt was lovely, it’s positioned with 360ยฐ stunning views and not only rescues dogs and cats, but some large and small animals too.

We found reception and a lovely lady told us all about the rehoming procedure and where all the kennels where. Bleakholt probably had about 20-25 dogs for adoption and the place was packed out with prospective owners. There were lots of staff/volunteers around and about and it was a lovely place to visit. We even met a sheep:

But despite the good vibes, we didn’t find a dog for our family.ย ๐Ÿถ We did however, sit on a bench in the sunshine and start to formulate another plan…..

You might just have to keep your eye on gilliblogs.co.uk to see what happens next… I for one am VERY excited!!!

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Getting a Dog: Update!

I blogged last week that we had decided to get another dog. One of the criteria for whether or not we would get a dog in September or next year, was whether or not I got offered a new job at work….

Well the bittersweet news is that I DID get offered the job and so we are going to get a dog in the Spring of 2018. Whilst I am really pleased about being promoted and excited to start something new, I am also disappointed that a doggo won’t be joining our family for a while yet. Quite a few people have been asking what type of dog we would like and the honest answer is we aren’t sure. Our lovely neighbours have just got a puppy, who is the cutest thing alive, but I am not sure we want a puppy and whilst reputable dog breeders are great, I think we are leaning towards getting a rescue dog.

I just love the idea of giving an abandoned dog a home and we just have to hope that we find a pupster that isn’t as high maintenance as Peggy was! If anything, I would like a dog that is not a handbag dog, but not taller than me and a non-shedding dog would be ideal. But I have a sneaky feeling I will go to the rescue centre and just fall in love.

Here’s hoping.

G x

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