What To Expect When You're Expecting A Puppy, Pt. 2

What To Expect When You're Expecting A Puppy, Pt. 2

Raising a puppy is a bigger challenge than I ever expected.

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After spending nearly three years trying to find the perfect Pomeranian puppy, my search came to a miraculous close. On November 3, 2018, I spent nearly two and a half hours in the car on the way to a Starbucks in Indiana so that I could pick up my brand new pup. I was overwhelmed with joy and excitement at the thought of having a brand new addition to my life filled with loving energy - that was, until my new addition threw up on me the very first time we met.

Remy's car ride home.Gina Brennan

Apparently, my thirteen-week old puppy, Remy, has a bit of an issue with car sickness. I assure you that I was uninformed of this issue before my grand purchase, but it surely does not make me love him any less. Rather, I felt an utter sense of responsibility for this 3.2-pound animal, as his nerves were truly visible after leaving his parents, his siblings and the rest of his family. It was at that point that I knew I would be in for a long ride, but I was ready for the challenges to come.

At least I thought I was ready. In actuality, I had absolutely no idea that taking care of such a young puppy is seemingly relatable to the act of actual parenting. Ensuring that they eat enough food, drink enough water, and cleaning up their constant messes was more difficult than I expected. That may be because Remy is the type of puppy to sleep soundly through most of the night, but wakes up like clockwork at 5 a.m. because he decides that it is time to play outside and chew on all of his favorite toys. When I use the term "toys," this includes, but is not limited to: toys that squeak, shoes, socks, jackets, handbags, jewelry and my personal favorite, my fingers. As an owner, I am doing my best to break him of this habit.

I can only hope that Remy will grow out of his rambunctious puppy phase, though I can honestly say I love him more than I ever thought possible. He is the center of attention and the star of the show. His constant love and warmth is a treasure to come home to every day, and I am looking forward to our years of memories to come.

Gina Brennan

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1. Yorkshire Terriers

Look at this cutie. Is it the eyes or the fur color, or both? We're not sure, but imagine trying to say no to a face like this!

2. Pomeranian Puppies

If you wanted a walking marshmallow, now is your chance! This fluff ball will snuggle up with you and blend in with every white pillow in this house.

3. Puggles

Pug + Beagle. Puggles. Enough said.

4. Lakeland Terrier Puppies

Seriously though, how could you choose just one?

5. Bolognese Puppies

You thought bolognese was just a type of pasta, but nope! It's also the breed of this adorable little mixed pup! Just don't actually give this mush Dr Pepper!

6. Golden Retriever

Just imagine these little paws running around the house in a bowtie or jumping on your legs after you come home from a long day.

7. Shar Pei Puppies

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8. Pug Puppies

The epitome of "puppy dog eyes" has arrived.


9. Poochon

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10. Teddy Bear Pomeranian

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Confessions Of A Multi-Species Pet-A-Holic

THEY'RE ALL GOOD DOGS, BRENT!

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When I was a kid, my house was filled with animals. Whether it was the pets in our house, the animals in the zoo or the aquarium, or the local shelter.

I was obsessed, it was fairly (very) obvious from a young age. I had all kinds of fish growing up, raised frogs from when they were just little tadpoles, turtles, and, of course, dogs. Dogs were my favorite, although all kinds of animals have a special place in my heart.

Now, here I am, almost 22 years old and I already have three pets on my own. While I'm not trying to add any more pets into my family (right now at least — ask me again in six months), it is still so so so so hard not to get another animal.

For example, I was at a pet store and saw that the bunnies were on sale for $10, and they just looked so sad in their little cage and I know that they would be just so loved in my little home... and then my boyfriend took me away from them because he knew that I would actually get the bunnies, which would stretch my budget much thinner than it needed to be.

So, you could say I'm basically a shopaholic but for pets (and I'd much rather rescue).

My pets (Finn the dog, Kylo Ren the betta fish, and Anakin the hamster) are treated like my children, and they get everything they need and more. Especially because my mother is now the pet grandma she could ever want to be. All three are spoiled like none other and honestly deserve even more because of how wonderful they are. Anakin and Finn became close friends once Finn understood that Anakin was too small for him to play with. Kylo lives on his own and hides behind things like his emo namesake from Star Wars does with his mask.

Since I rescued my dog I followed many different pet rescue pages, and every time I see a new dog I feel the inevitable need to adopt them and give them the best life because they deserve so much more than the life they had lived. Seeing cats just makes me feel like I need to round out my group of animals with a cat, and when I see cats, sometimes we have a bond and it is just so very hard to walk away.

I love animals more than people (for the most part), and being a pet-a-holic keeps not only my life interesting but also the life of my family and friends a bit interesting as well.

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