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.
So since I last blogged, a lot has happened! We were finally able to pick up our darling cocker spaniel puppy, Pepper! We are over the moon excited and things have been going great so far. When we picked her up, she pretty much immediately fell asleep in my lap haha. We took her to Petsmart to get her first toy and a few other essentials. We went straight to the toy section and found about a thousand to choose from so we just set a few of our favorites in the cart with her and let her choose. Low and behold, she fell in love with a duck squeaky toy that James picked out. I had originally wanted to find a dog bed at Ross because they are so cheap, but then James spotted the deal of all deals! There were dog beds 50% off with my Rewards account which made it well worth it to buy from here versus Ross. We also picked up a little red collar, puppy treats, and some training pads- just in case. Just an update: we replaced her first collar and got her a more festive one that has a bell on it. SUCH a great investment because puppies are little sneaky things haha.
I seriously have never been so satisfied with Petsmart in my life! The employee at the front was awesome and told us about this neat little booklet called the Puppy Starter Kit. At first, I was thinking oh great another push for a stupid unneeded thing. But, she went through the book with us and there were so many coupons in it, it ended up being well worth it. The book itself is $20, but with all of the coupons it saves you about $200+ in the end. As a new puppy owner, that was music to my ears!
As we were leaving Petsmart, we thought it'd be a good idea to try and get her to potty before we continued heading to his parent's house. James set Pepper in the grass and I'm not kidding you, the second he did she immediately squatted and went to the bathroom. Did we not get the easiest puppy in the world or what?! Last night, we took turns taking her outside every 2-3 hours and she went every time. We plan as she gets older and can hold it longer to train her using a bell. I believe I found this trick on Pinterest, but I'm sure you can just google it. Every time you take your puppy out to potty you ring the bell (placed by the door) and say "okay, let's go potty!" The goal is for them to eventually ring it on their own and not need to come get you if they need to go outside. I will definitely do updates when we start doing that, which will be when we move (which oh my word is in 4 days...). Anyways, enjoy some pictures of our little Pepper + my amazing finds from Petsmart. I seriously love this store and even found a few deals you guys can snag as well! Above, are the training pads we purchased and they were buy one get on half off! It's nice to have these just in case, especially with us moving!
This bed costs us about ten bucks and she is so in love with it. She slept in it the whole car ride home + last night. She loves the sides because she could kind of dig in and snuggle her head down. I also love it because she will be a medium size dog and there is plenty of room for her to grow in to it! Also, this toy is like her best friend. I don't see it lasting more than a year!
This is such a quality brand dog food! I have become very picky on what my pets eat, due to recent news of sicknesses with other brands. The main thing I look for though, is that there is actual meat in it + that there is no CORN. Pets can't digest corn and it is not really good for them. Yet, so many brands include corn (sometimes the main ingredient) as a way to be cheap and supplement the good stuff. I advise y'all to look at the ingredients, because this is your puppy's food and you wouldn't want to be eating crap food either. This is just one of the things I don't mind throwing a few more dollars out for. Below, I have for you all nice coupon deals you can use on dog foods, woohoo! *Also, if you buy the Puppy Starter Kit, you get this entire bag for free, can I get a huge cheer for awesome coupons?*
Now, here are some adorable pictures of Pepper!
Thank you all for reading + putting up with the many pictures of my puppy! I hope you all have a great week and if you are a new puppy owner or new dog owner, definitely check out Petsmart soon! I believe next week is when they begin their sale so head on over there. :)
I AM SO AWFUL. I don't enjoy not writing on my blog, I have just been busy, busy, busy! And on top of that, I haven't done anything blog worthy haha. We have 23 days till we move to Colorado and our house is slowly moving into giant cardboard boxes. It's so bittersweet packing everything away! I look forward to moving into our new house + I have some exciting news!!! If you follow me on Instagram you already know this, but we got a puppy! Her name is Pepper and she is a Cocker Spaniel. She is pretty much the cutest thing on earth and we get to pick her up a few days before we move. I figured I'd do a quick little update/ fun stuff goin on in my life for y'all through some iPhone pictures + we will go from there.
Is she just not the cutest little furball you ever did see? I just wish I could have her here already! haha
As I'm packing up our things we found Jimmy's old missionary photos. I stopped when I found this photo of the Provo Temple. It just made me stop in my tracks + think about how one day our child (or children!) will one day go to the temple in preparation for their mission. It makes me so excited and fills me with so much joy to think about the great work missionaries do. I feel like often times missions are just thought of as 'oh cool, hopefully you get to go to a different country and learn a new language!' but it is so much more than that. You are teaching the gospel to those who have either been lost before, or have never heard of Christ at all and each missionary matters + makes a huge difference. Whether that be a change to one person's life or many people's lives, just the fact that one person will have their life changed forever is such a blessing and I am forever grateful for the missionaries in my life.
On a lighter note: LOOK AT THESE SHOES! I am so in love haha. I found these beauties at DI (Deseret Industries) for six dollars. I found on the bottom that they are topshop shoes and were originally over a hundred bucks. If that's not a great thrift find, I don't know what is ;) Also, I am so obsessed with the fall time and seeing leaves on the ground. I am not looking forward to the cold, snowy winter ahead, I wish it would just be fall all the time!!
Also, today I made a super yummy crockpot beef stew dinner. It tastes SO GOOD. I found the recipe off of Pinterest, of course, and I just searched easy crockpot beef stew. I believe the poster's website was soveryblessed.com or something like that. I'll have it pinned on my account here if you want to see it! It filled James and I right up and was the perfect meal to end our day!
And that is the end of my update through iPhone pictures. I have been working these past several weeks which is fun-ish. haha. Also, I've been considering making vlog videos on my youtube and I'm currently working on one, so let's see if I upload it! Y'all have a great week and a super fun Halloween! We are just staying home and having James' best friend Nick over and I plan on handing out candy for the first time ever at our house (like first time ever in my life, you don't know how excited I am for this). God bless!