Nikki On Welcoming Her New Addition, Rooney
The newest addition to the family is our 12-week old puppy, Rooney! I think on my second date with Corey I told him if we were ever going to get serious, a non-negotiable was getting a dog. I have never lived in a house without a dog but he did not grow up with dogs and though he liked to play with them, he knew raising one and being responsible for it is a whole other story. We made a pact that by September 2020 we would have one and our Rooney came in August. We have been living together a year and a half and felt like we were settled in enough to handle the responsibility and really devote the time and energy that a dog would deserve and need. Everyone tells you it’s hard, everyone tells you they are expensive - No one can really prepare you for how hard and expensive it actually is. That aside, I think the hardest part for me is that we are still learning all about her–what her barks mean, what her actions mean, and we are not mind readers! When her stomach is bothering her, we ask ourselves a million questions: Do we call the vet? Is it her food? Did she eat something off the street? Is it a parasite? I’m excited to learn more about her so I can truly understand what she needs, what’s bothering her, and what she loves!
My advice for someone looking to get a dog soon, remember that they are babies! They need time to learn, become comfortable, and grow into the well behaved dog you hope they will be so have patience. This is key! If you cannot be patient, then raising a dog is just going to be that much more difficult. Also, know that mistakes do happen. They will pee on the rug, they will throw up and eat it, they will have diarrhea!