If you follow me on social media you would have seen that at the end of August we welcomed into our house a new addition to the family – Monty the black Labrador puppy.
We unfortunately lost our chocolate lab Nelson last year at the grand old age of 12. He had done so well especially following his diagnosis of skin cancer two years previously. Since then we always knew we would get another dog but didn’t know when. Earlier this summer my husband came across a local breeder that had just breed two of his labs and invited us to pop over and meet his new bundles of joy. Que a complete puppy meltdown when we arrived as we were faced with 7 chocolate and 6 black adorable Labrador puppies. How we didn’t put our names down for half a dozen there and then I don’t know.
Well after a couple more weeks of visiting these gorgeous bundles of joy we finally picked our boy and brought him home 2 weeks before the school holidays finished. Leading up to that time there was much googling, Amazon and Pets at Home window shopping/purchasing to ensure we had everything we needed to welcome Monty into our home.
So what did we get:
- Dog bowls x 2 – one for water & one for food
- Dog bowl holder.
- Mat for bowls
- Cage – you can pick these up second hand on Facebook Marketplace or Gumtree
- Cage mat.
- Bed x 2 – one for the cage, which is small puppy bed and one for around the house which is larger
- Toys – Soft, chewable, a toy called a kong that can hold food.
- Puppy Food
- Poo Bags
- Cage for the car/van
- Puppy shampoo
Other things that you may have around the house/need to stockpile:
- Kitchen roll
- Dettol spray
Other things to organise
- Find a vet
- Book puppy in for vaccinations – they won’t be allowed out until they have had their second vaccinations
- Book annual leave so someone is home for the first 2 to 3 weeks
- Find puppy training/socilisation groups
I would really advise that you make sure someone is home for most of the first few weeks. Even call on family/friends to puppy sit so you don’t get a bad case of cabin fever and can get out of the house for a couple of hours.
And that’s where we are now. Monty has been with us for 4 weeks now and he truly has become one of the family. We have all thoroughly enjoyed having him here and now we can take him out for walks he is really helping us all spend good quality family time together.
Do you have a pet or are you thinking of getting one? Did you have one when you were growing up?