my husband + I had been closely monitoring a local pet rescue’s website. until we caught a glimpse of her; a sweet half golden retriever, half border collie mix. we put in an application, amongst many others (or so we assumed), and crossed our fingers.
a day or two later, she was taken off their website, with the words “no longer available for adoption“. little did I know, it was in anticipation that we would be a good fit to be her human parents. they scheduled a home visit and told us it’d be a few days until we heard back. thirty minutes later, we were on our way to meet her. if it was a love match, she’d be coming home with us. and I began to panic.
we didn’t have a single puppy thing; not food, or treats, a leash or collar. we didn’t have a bed or a crate. no toys. so I joined forces with the experts, Chewy.com ..
what you need for your new puppy.
you must have plenty of treats. puppies will work for treats (or at least you can try). we really like the wellness just for puppy treats, so does eleanor. you must have toys they can chew on, because besides eating + sleeping ..all they want to do is chew on everything. this puppy chew starter kit is amazing. and a teething ring, because she’s clearly teething. and I’d rather her do it on a toy, than on our wall. HINT, HINT! don’t forget healthy food, a crate (or “eleanor’s den”), and a collar + leash. (free shipping on orders of $49+ and you can set up autoship, which beats the “oh crap we’re out of food” trip to the local pet store).
don’t be unprepared like we were. but do adopt a puppy (especially if you’re ok with little sleep + the occasional damage). that tail wag welcome home + sweet face is worth it.
*new puppy kit products c/o chewy.com. all thoughts + opinions are my own, with the help of eleanor, the puppy.