Having recently watched the incredible documentary by the internet’s big sister, Gracie, I was inspired to tell my story about owning a puppy. When thinking about getting my own puppy I thought it would be a walk in the park, literally. There is so much more to looking after a little life than you would consider and I’ll tell you now – it is hard work. Obviously, like people, all dogs are different. Depending on the breed, they each have their own characteristics, needs and personalities so if you are considering getting a pooch, be sure to look into the breed to ensure you’ll be able to properly care for it and meet it’s needs. Breeds such as Husky’s require a hell of a lot of exercise, so don’t get one if you are a couch potato. Pup’s take up a lot of time and require a lot of training, so be sure you are willing to make the sacrifice. I can only speak about my own experience so here goes..
Freddy has a tonne of energy, honestly I’ve never met a pup like him. He loves to run and leap and spring about all over the gaff. So, we got him snipped (by snipped I mean bye-bye balls). Although this made a huge impact on his temperament, he is still extremely hyper so he requires a lot of fetch playing and laser chasing to use up all the energy before a long night’s sleep. He does love his sleep though which is a good thing although we used to be up at 5:30am every day ready to play ball, now I have to drag his furry bum out of bed. Freddy also loves to jump. Jump 5ft bloody fences. So consider the safety aspects when getting a dog. Say goodbye to a tidy house because toys are everywhere and anything else just gets ripped to shreds.
Dog training is possibly the most tedious thing I have ever been to and I will be honest and say we did not try hard enough when training him when we first got him. Yes, Freddy is able to sit, lay and give his paw but if he gets out the front door (like he has before), all hell breaks loose and we spend half an hour trying to catch him running in the streets. and boy is that dog fast! We’ve even paid out £200+ for an expert dog behaviourist but he just loves to escape and run off, I don’t know how we will ever change that. He is fully aware of his name and what the word ‘come’ means but I think he just choses to ignore us because the outside is so much more exciting. Socialisation is so important. Freddy has his best fur friends at work (yes, he comes to my office) and also my family pet Oscar who usually hates other dogs but in the streets, all hell breaks lose. He doesn’t just bark, he cries and flips out everywhere because he just wants to get close to play, but not everybody wants to play.
‘A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself’
At the end of the day, yes Freddy is a little hyperactive and perhaps not the best trained, but he is not nasty or vicious and he is so full of love and takes every opportunity for a cuddle. He has also become my little shadow and best friend because I am one of those crazy dog ladies. If you are thinking of getting a dog, consider the breed, consider the time you have to look after your fur friend & the sacrifices you will make, and then enjoy their time because they will love you forever no matter what.
You may enjoy my other posts about my introduction to little Freddy which you can read here.