I tell everyone that our dog is our first baby, and it's true! Pepper recently turned two years old and we've had her since she was a new puppy. She was our baby and the first addition to our little family. When I had our baby, I was so afraid of how Pepper would feel and react. I wanted to make sure that she still felt loved, had playtime, and most importantly had her needs met.
I recently discovered the beauty of online shopping and having fast deliveries and man has it been great! Hill'sScience Diet dog food is such a great option for your pup because not only does it have no preservatives, artificial flavoring, or coloring; but also their a part of Amazon's subscription service!
With my busier new schedule, I've tried to make it a priority that she still gets the love and attention she deserves. If you are a busy pet owner as well, this one's for you!
Introduce your dog to your baby on their terms, but with your leadership. When we first brought her home, we greeted Pepper and loved on her while keeping our baby in her car seat. We sat the seat down and let Pepper approach it slowly. She gets anxious easily, so we didn't want to overwhelm her. She took her time and sniffed everything out and took to her well. She keeps her distance because Pepper feels like this whole baby crying thing is not for her, but likes to come up and sniff her still.
The way to my dog's heart is food. Seriously, anytime she hears that food hitting her bowl she acts like she's never seen food before! Ha ha Because she loves food so much, I wanted to make sure she got the best of the best. Science Diet is awesome because there are no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. Starting with a good dog food is key to not only keeping your pet happy, but keeping you happy too! This dog food supports a healthy immune system with a clinically proven blend of antioxidants with Vitamins C and E. This may seem like an irrelevant point but just as us humans need vitamins, so do our pups.
Playtime is so essential, especially now that they aren't your only area of focus. Pepper and I used to play all day everyday, but now with a baby that has a lot of needs, it's just not possible. So, I've learned to carve out time to play with Pepper. This doesn't always have to be strictly one on one time, and you can get creative. I put my baby in a carrier and head outside to throw the ball (her favorite activity) or her toys. Even though I can't go run around with her, she's still getting exercise and playtime.
Including your pet is a great way to keep them happy. I take my baby on walks with the stroller and bring Pepper along. It's good to get out of the house and she loves to explore, and sniff, everything! Keeping them included in tasks they are able to be a part of keeps them a part of the family and have that stimulation. When our baby is up in the middle of the night and needs a car ride around the block, Pepper is more than welcome to tag along and come with.
Now I'll get real with y'all, it is so hard to make sure all of her needs are met. I can't tell you how many times I've had to make late night store runs to get more dog food for her because I simply forget or don't have the time. If you have mom brain like I do, or are too busy to make those tripsAmazon Subscribe and Save is the answer. You can easily subscribe toScience Diet dog food and have it delivered automatically, however often and much you want. #gamechanger You set up the free regular delivery times AND you save up to 15% each time and more. This dog food is Vet's #1 choice to feed their own pets and easily my #1 for the great convenience of it being delivered to my door step!
Focus on your dog's behavior. If your dog seems sad, you may need to give them more attention. Watch out for aggression cues and try to be proactive. Some dogs are just naturally aggressive towards children, and others are born out of jealousy. Keeping your pup happy and well loved will hopefully curb envy, but never ignore a dog's cues to their attitude. Also, your dog may become depressed and not eat as much which could result in a trip to the Vet. Keeping a close eye on your pooch is never a bad idea, you know them better than anyone!
I know if Pepper could speak, she would agree 100% that spoiling your dog is beneficial! Take them to a trip to the store and buy a treat, give them that extra belly rub, and maybe even give in and let them lay on the couch (totally guilty!). Keeping your pet happy, especially as you are all adjusting to this new life, is definitely possible. Don't feel frustrated or stressed about keeping everyone alive. Your pet loves you and will adjust, too. I love that I have one less thing to worry about with knowing Science Diet is made with natural, high quality ingredients; and I just have to open my door to get it. If you are wanting to get it a go, it's 100% satisfaction guaranteed or your money back. Here is to a happy and healthy pup, fur parents can enjoy convenience without sacrificing quality time with family!
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. ♥