So, I can explain. Long story short I am a crazy dog lady. Could you figure that out with my multiple posts about Pepper? haha When I got the opportunity to help get the word out on the Petco Halloween costume contest on my Instagram, I knew I couldn't just stop there! My mom is kinda overboard & put together a cute little set up and helped me find the perfect Halloween costume!
I also ended up buying a costume for my sister's kitten Kevin, he's named after minions haha. Imagine how funny it is to yell Kevin when he's being bad! When I saw the taco costume in Petco I thought it would be perfect.
So, our theme. I took Pepper into Petco & after trying the pinata outfit on here I thought it'd be hilarious!
You know in Marley & Me when John gets concerned she wants a baby, so his friend convinces him to get a dog so she can learn responsibility + be cured of baby fever?
While J and I are aching for a baby, I feel so blessed to have raised Pepper this past year. She is my baby before my baby. Raising a puppy is no easy task, but I highly doubt it compares to raising a child.
Raising her has taught me so much about myself and our marriage. We’ve learned how we mesh as parents and how we want our household to function.
Who knew a dog could do all of that?
This past weekend my uncle came to visit with his wife and their new baby. Pepper was so unsure about the baby at first, but eventually warmed up and was very intrigued in this little thing I had in my arms.
It gave me a glimpse of the future and how she would react to our future children. She is so spoiled and will definitely have first/only child attitude, but I have a feeling she will love them and be their protector.
My baby before my baby has been such a blessing in disguise. She is teaching me so much responsibility, how to stick to schedules, and how to develop patience.
I am a crazy dog mom & Lord help our future children! haha I spoil the heck out of her and buy her more toys and clothes than I do for my own wants. But it is that kind of selflessness that you need when you have children.
Don't take advantage of your fur children and their time with them. I value this time so much, because a puppy deserves one on one time for training and love, and she is teaching me in so many ways as well!
Do you have any fur children? Have they been your practice before your kids?
I wanted to make a post all about my puppy. I have shared a little in the past about her, but never the beginning and what made us choose her! We are huge dog people and this little girl stole our hearts. Also, enjoy some fun anecdotes from this past year. Pepper will be turning one year old in September, which is crazy how fast time flies!
When James and I first started dating and got married, we each had our own dogs. He had his sweet I-only-listen-to-dad Harley and I had my Gus. They were our boys, but with our extremely last minute move to Utah, we had to get homes for them. (since it was so sudden, there was little apartment availability and none of them allowed pets) My mom was able to keep Gus for me, and we gave Harley to a family with a little boy who instantly fell in love with him. My Gus ended up passing away that summer so essentially, we had both lost our babies.
Fast forward to the fall, we got the news James got a job in Colorado. I got so excited because this meant we could finally get a dog. When we got the date we were moving, we scoured KSL and Facebook groups for puppies that would be available at a time that lined up with our move date. We were debating between Great Danes or Cocker Spaniels, but then I imagined myself training and walking a Great Dane and having to potty train it.... So we ultimately decided cocker spaniels were the best option.
One day on KSL, after tirelessly stalking the poor website for any new postings about Cocker Spaniels, one new listing caught our eye. It was a full litter of black and white Cockers and they were the cutest things!
There was one particular puppy that caught our eye because she had the sweetest face and her back markings were a zig zag. We knew we had to have her! I texted the poster and long story short we bought her and drove down one time to see her at a few weeks old.
one of the first pictures we received of her! Look at that sweet face!
so why a cocker spaniel? James grew up having a cocker spaniel and has loved them ever since. I love smaller fluffy dogs, so a cocker was the perfect fit for both of us. After further research, and what James has told me, cocker spaniels are very dependent on their owners and tend to stick to them. This has been proven so true, as Pepper trusts very little people and is always by my side. I love that she is so dependent and since we spend a lot of time together, it makes me happy knowing I am not alone and she will always be there.
When we finally were able to pick her up, I was giddy with excitement! The family we bought her from were the absolute sweetest and we were lucky to find such nice people to get a puppy from. The whole ride home Pepper was crawling up me and would just want to sit on my shoulders haha. It was so cute and funny! James has a thing where when you get a new pet, the first thing you do is take them to Petsmart to get their first collar and toy.
We let Pepper pick out her first toy and she loved this duck stuffed animal. As we were leaving, we realized we had a long drive back up to his parent's house so we figured we'd have her try and go potty... I kid you not, James set her down and she squatted and did her business. We looked at each other in awe and joked we got a puppy that was already potty trained! haha Even at his parent's home, she did the same thing and didn't have any accidents. Score! I did a lot of research before hand, and wanted to
Here are the links to my other two posts about Pepper:
Thank you guys so much for watching! I would love to know about your furry friends, so leave a comment down below or on the video telling me all about them. ♥
Hello! Today I am talking about one of my favorite topics: my puppy! Pepper is now 5 months old and I have only made one other post about her! (linked here) I have learned a thing or two since having her and she is kind of my first puppy that I solely have to care for so if you are a first time pet owner, I'm with ya! Also, this is more geared towards the pet owners who live in an apartment building type set up. But, most of these will work with any scenario.
I have compiled a list, as well as some tips, on what you need for your puppy! Just a heads up, some of the links are affiliated. What this means, is if you decide to buy these must have products, I will get a small commission for it. Really, it's a win win for us both haha.
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