Since I moved to the city over a year ago, I just knew that I wanted a puppy. I also knew that I was going to have to wait a bit before finally becoming a dog owner: transitioning into the real world, working insanely long hours, and getting my bearings in the city were just a few of the reasons.
I definitely had that “itch,” but I knew I wasn’t ready for one. Right before I quit my job, I started seriously considering it. I reconfirmed with my apartment building that I could have a small dog, researched different breeds, and took a serious consideration of whether or not I was truly ready.
It was one of those things that had been a long time coming, but ultimately felt like it happened oh-so-suddenly. Even though I had ton the preparation ahead of time, I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t completely scared. My family never had a dog growing up so they seemed kind of foreign to me…
Nevertheless, Teddy was mine as of Saturday and it’s been a really fun and really exhausting couple of days! Puppies are great and adorable, but definitely lots of work. It’s been so fun to watch his personality really come out. Teddy is super super super playful and spunky, but also loves to snuggle and cuddle.
I don’t think that all the reading and researching in the world will ever prepare you enough. Once the puppy landed in my arms for the first time, it was an overwhelming sense of responsibility, terror, and love. All mixed together. My biggest thing right now is that I’m super afraid of making mistakes with Teddy! But I’m taking it one day at a time and doing my absolute best. So far, so good. I get more comfortable every hour that passes…
I have tiny Teddy-sized tennis balls and he finally figured out how to pick it up with his teeth…. he’s so determined running after it and trotting back to me with the ball. We’re working on the potty training thing and it’s not exactly as bad as I thought it would be. (He’s so smart!) I will admit, I cannot wait until he sleeps through the night. Or at the very least for more than an hour. Everyone, thankfully, warned me about being exhausted and they, unfortunately, were not kidding.
My favorite things so far:
Teddy sitting on top of my feet while I’m at my desk.
When he drinks water and his little chin gets all wet.
Watching him carry the tennis ball back so proud!
Having him follow me around the apartment throughout the day.
I’m excited to see him grow into his giant puppy paws and learn more about his personality. (I’m also excited to personally get more comfortable and trust myself more with him!)
Anyone have any tips for new puppies?
PS Teddy is on Instagram: @TheodoreFitzpatrick… I’m pretty partial, but it’s a lot of cuteness.