I love animals, dogs in particular, but I’ve never had a pet until I was in my 20s. My Mom would not let me have a dog since she was sure that the care would fall on her and she didn’t want that. My first puppy was from a neighbor. A mixed breed or what you would call an askal. They call them Aspin now I think. But he was so beautiful with thick, soft fur and a mischievous personality. I named him Gus. He looked like a yellow lab.
I knew caring for a dog was like caring for a child. A long term commitment and it would be expensive. Gus would need shots, a bed, bowls for his food and water, a leash and toys. Lots of toys. We shopped for dog supplies and I think I spent too much on doggie toys and treats.
Getting a dog is a big decision and responsibility. Here are some tips on what to do when getting a dog.
- Decide on what breed best suits your personality and lifestyle.
- Prepare your home. Just like preparing for a new baby, your home needs to be ready. Make sure no expensive shoes or precious belongings are within reach of a teething puppy. I lost about half a dozen shoes that way. My puppy chewed on them.
- Bring your dog to a Vet for check up and vaccines.
- House train your dog. Let him know right away what areas are off limits, if he is allowed on the bed or sofa, etc.
- Shop for supplies, whatever your dog needs like food bowls, toys, leash, toilet training pad, grooming supplies, dog carrier, etc.
Now you can enjoy your pet and have fun. You have a bestfriend for life.