Meet Teddy!

I’ve always I wanted a puppy. I also knew that I was going to have to wait a bit before finally becoming a dog owner: transitioning into the real world, working insanely long hours, were just a few of the reasons. I definitely had that “itch,” but I knew I wasn’t ready for one.

Getting Teddy was one of those things that had been a long time coming, but ultimately felt like it happened oh-so-suddenly. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t completely scared. My family had a dog when I was younger, Terry, a big german Shepard, but they got him as an older dog and he passed away before I turned one, so puppies seemed kind of foreign to me…
Nevertheless, Teddy was mine as of Saturday and it’s been a really fun and really exhausting couple of days! Puppies are great and adorable, but definitely a lot of work. It’s been so fun to watch his personality really come out. Teddy is super super super playful and loves to snuggle and cuddle.
I don’t think that all the reading and researching in the world will ever prepare you enough. Once the puppy landed in my arms for the first time, it was an overwhelming sense of responsibility, terror, and love. All mixed together. My biggest thing right now is that I’m super afraid of making mistakes with Teddy! But I’m taking it one day at a time and doing my absolute best. So far, so good. I get more comfortable every hour that passes…
I have tiny sized tennis balls and he finally figured out how to pick it up with his teeth…he’s so determined running after it.  We’re working on the potty training and it’s not exactly as bad as I thought it would be. He’s so smart! I will admit, I cannot wait until he sleeps through the night. Everyone, thankfully, warned me about being exhausted and they were not kidding.
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Anyone have any tips for new puppies?