We're a family of 3, hubby, myself, our 3 year old (almost).. & our 8 year old cat AND as of Monday our PUPPY!!
We found an amazing breeder, went out to the property met the family that breeds them, the litter and the parents, grandma and aunties! They were all so beautiful! Family was gorgeous, dogs and pups included! Hubby would have happily taken the dad of the pups home he was so lovely and reminded him of his own dog he had growing up. And the mum was such a lady, she was gorgeous. So it was great to see the parents/family and it reassured us that we had found the breeder for us.
My husband has had his heart set on a Golden Retriever for the 10 years I've known him. I grew up with a boxer, (she was amazing) and would have loved a Boxer, but we decided a Golden Retriever would be a better option for our family, and I don't really mind as we a have a puppy join our family!
We were met by 7 puppies to choose from! As gorgeous as they all were, 2 stole our hearts - one a cheeky, boisterous character, and the other, the sassiest, snuggliest and smallest of them all. I knew from the second I laid eyes on him that I really wanted that one. We asked our 3 year old, Josh, which puppy he'd like.. he put his hands on 2 random puppies and said 'Um..that one!" so he was absolutely no help at all haha. Then as we played and cuddled the puppies trying to make our minds up, we chatted to the family and then the, husband, who said that the little one, had real character and he was their little 'pocket rocket'.
What I haven't told you is that back in September when we decided that after we moved and settled it would be time for a puppy, we'd already picked a name, too. Josh, is absolutely OBSESSED with rockets. "Rocket", we thought would be a perfect name. So when the husband said that, we didn't need any other signs that he was the one for us!
So I probably won't be able to sleep from now until Monday when he is old enough to come home! We've been to Pet Barn, Kmart and Petstock and we're ready for when Rocket gets here! I even bought Trixie, the cat, a few little things too.
Rocket will be 8 weeks old. Chipped, vaccinated , wormed and perfect. But here's my dilemma.. I actually thought that once he had had his first shot he'd be ready to face the world. It wasn't until yesterday when I was speaking with a lovely girl at Petbarn that she said 'Oh no, you can't take them out and about to parks and things until they've had their final shot!" I was mortified! How did we not know this? We do markets 3 Sundays a month along the beachfront and had planned to take him with us. So I did some research, and found that parks and other contaminated areas are a massive no. So after trying to find a way to keep him safe and have him with us at the markets we decided that the risk would be too great, so we are going to keep him home with one of us instead, because it's an all day thing and don't want to leave him alone too long. I'm a stay at home mum so he'll always have someone here with him normally apart from a couple of hours here and there when I go grocery shopping/park etc.
However we are picking our puppy up from Toowoomba, and we live on the Gold Coast, so it's quite a drive for a puppy. How do I let him go to the toilet/stretch his legs or am I best just to drive all the way home and let him out in the backyard where I know there haven't been any dogs (we're the first tenants in this house) to let him (hopefully) relieve himself and stretch his legs? Please help, I'll speak to the breeder about it too on Monday but just wanted to ask!
Have a great day everyone and thanks for reading!