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I cannot believe that Teddy has been a member of our little family since the end of April and I have yet to officially introduce him here on HTC! Granted, we brought Teddy home two days after Dustin had his emergency surgery in Boston, and three weeks after we closed on our house, so we were a little distracted at the time.
Now that Teddy has been around for some time, I wanted to share his sweet little face here on the blog and share some of my tried and true tricks for bringing a new puppy home for the first time. Since Teddy is the second puppy we’ve brought home, I’d like to think we’ve gained a fair amount of knowledge on how to adapt and prepare for a new puppy.
Why we decided to get a second pup
Dustin and I have always wanted to get a second dog so that our Rosie Roo would have a pal to spend time with. Rosie suffered from the worst separation anxiety the first year of her life, and while we have gotten that under control, we knew that a friend could really help her not feel so lonely when we had to leave. However, since we were moving SO much and we didn’t have a yard, we knew we had to wait for a second dog until we were more settled.
If you’ve been around these parts for a while (and have followed me on Snapchat for some time) you’ll know that I spent last summer taking care of our friend’s dog, Cooper. Cooper is an apricot golden doodle, and boy, did he steal my heat. He is as SWEET as they come and the snuggliest, goofiest, happiest dog I’ve ever met. I wasn’t the only one smitten by Cooper Trooper. Rosie was the happiest I had ever seen her because she had Cooper over every day to play with. They wrestled. They played tug. They spooned each other on the bed. And, Rosie never whined when we left her to go out to the movies because she had Cooper to be with her.
After last summer, we knew two things: we were going to get a second dog as soon as it was logical for us to, and it would be a golden doodle.
Teddy is a Teddy-Bear Goldendoodle (hence his name!) Teddy bear doodles are half poodle, half English Cream golden retrievers (the white ones.) Dustin wanted to surprise me with a puppy for my birthday (a week after we closed on our house) but decided to tell me he wanted to get me one so we could pick one out together. We decided not to bring a puppy home until after my sister’s wedding in April but wanted to look at a few pups before we left on our trip to get an idea of what was out there. Teddy was the first puppy we went to see and it was love at first sight. He came right in, plopped down right in front of us, and kicked his legs straight out behind him. We went to look at two other puppies that day, but we knew that Teddy was the one for us and went back the next day to put a deposit down on him. Thankfully, the breeders agreed to hang on to him while we went home to Boston for the wedding and we were able to bring him home after that.
Teddy is now 7 months old, and he. is. a. hoot. He reminds me of Cooper in so many ways but has his own very distinct personality. Teddy LOVES the hair dryer, he drinks water like he is a camel, he is undecided about the vacuum (but usually wants to fight it) and he is obsessed with his big sister, Rosie. He loves to chase laser lights, puts his paw on your face when he wants pets, and has only chewed up my college diploma.
Rosie took about two weeks to warm up to the idea of Teddy. Cooper was one thing, but a bouncy puppy was another. However, we only had one incident where Rosie got too grumpy, and after two weeks, it was clear that they had bonded. They are always together, always wrestling, sharing toys, and (much to my dismay) digging holes in the backyard.
I’ve always said that bringing home Rosie was the best thing we’ve ever done in our marriage and I still stand by that. But bringing home Teddy was the best thing we could have done for Rosie, and in turn, makes our family a little more complete.