Nick and I have talked about getting a puppy since we got married. Now that Ashlyn is almost four, we figured it was a good time. I wanted something that could be an indoor-outdoor dog so that it would get the attention it needed. That meant we needed something that wasn't too big and didn't shed a lot. When I found pictures of this little guy, I fell in love. He is adorable. He is a cockapoo (or a spoodle) - a cocker spaniel poodle cross. This means he should be about 15-17 lbs, doesn't shed much, and should have low dander. His fur is incredibly soft.
The girls absolutely love him. Even Ash likes him. We're just having her how to treat him. She's a bit happy about having something smaller than her to boss around. At the end of a busy day, he loves to curl up in my lap to sleep. I rather enjoy it. He found my nephew's binky and apparently really liked it. There have been pros and cons. I've never had a puppy before, and I'm doing my best to help him be a good dog. When we first got him, he got really sick. He was throwing up and had really bad diarrhea. Fun stuff, right? I took him to the vet to make sure he didn't have parvo or some other virus or bacteria. He tested all right, but it took him well over a week to start eating well. He got pretty skinny.
On top of that, we're all getting used to having a puppy around. He's HYPER in the mornings and evenings, which adds a bit of awkwardness to those already busy times of day. We're also trying to figure out some discipline methods. After reading up a bit, we're all learning. Hopefully with time he'll be the perfect addition to our family.
With that, if anyone does have any pointers, I'd love to hear them. Wish us luck!