I'm Sarah, I live in South Australia with my husband, two cats, two guinea pigs and a cockatiel. We are planning on getting a puppy before the end of the year, (probably October) so I thought here would be a good place to start planning and get advice.
We are originally from Dublin, Ireland. We moved here almost 3 years ago. In Ireland we were living in my mums house where there were two family dogs, Tess (maltese cross) and Chico (Jack russell cross???) I loved them dearly, but as they were my mums dogs, I could not bring them with me when I moved.
We got Tess as a puppy, so I have some ideas of whats involved in living with a puppy, but, to be honest, Chico did a lot of her training for us - particularly with toilet training.
I am studying at the moment, doing 4 days a week 9am - 3pm. When I finish studying, I will be working mainly from home, so I have lots of time to dedicate to a dog. The main reason we are waiting a few months before we buy is so we can both take some holiday time for the first 2 weeks when we bring puppy home so that we can work on socialization, and also so we can save for things like desexing and puppy classes.
I guess 6 months is probably a long time to be planning getting a puppy, but I want to make sure we do everything right.