It’s no secret that this is the Year of the Puppy (#yearofthepuppy). It is my main goal to get a toy poodle this year.
This is my best friend’s toy poodle, Zoe. She’s the sweetest and the dog that convinced me that a toy poodle is the perfect first dog for me.
Now, you’re probably wondering, how am I prepping for a puppy that I aiming to get at some point this year?
Well, here’s how:
- Applying to jobs. I am literally applying to jobs left and right, and I’m definitely making sure that I’m applying to a variety of school districts.
- Working all the time/Saving everything. Between subbing and my job as an assistant manager, I have like 4 days off this entire month, if that. I’m also working really hard at not spending any money unless it’s for gas, netflix (it’s a necessity), and food when needed. So far, I haven’t spent anything!
- Keeping an eye on puppy things. I always check the pet aisle whenever I go to HomeGoods, TJ MAXX, Marshalls, or Target. This way, I constantly know what is available and what’s a good deal or not. I honestly dislike shopping at pet only stores (like PetSmart) because they often mark things way up. As a puppy, she won’t need the best things, just things to get her through her puppy stage.
- Helpful friends. Oh my goodness, my friends are the best. My BFF is always giving me advice and my college roommate/other BFF gave me the most thoughtful Christmas present: a puppy blanket! It’s so cute and I can’t wait to give it to Puppy Girl.
- Careful planning/searching. This is definitely not a shocker to anyone, but I’m a planner. So I am constantly on websites looking at the best ways to train a dog, what I should do as a puppy parent, etc. This way, I can better prepare myself for puppy girl when she arrives. Also, since I’m very specific about my first pet on my own, I’m doing a lot of research as to where to find her. Unfortunately, there isn’t a poodle rescue that is very close to me and I want background information available and support which I wouldn’t get from adopting from an SPCA. Our yellow lab came to us via a breeder through a client from my dad’s work, and we could always reach out to the breeder and get more information about health issues or personality.
Do you have a dog? What is she or he like? What advice to you have for this first time single puppy parent?