This time of year can be exhausting. So much to do… so many parties… all that shopping!
I hope you’ve had a good week so far! Things around here are pretty busy. Even if it wasn’t the holiday time, getting this blog up and running, earning a living, being a daughter, partner, friend and pug mom takes up a great deal of time and energy. I try not to slight any of those areas, but I know that’s impossible sometimes. I am sure many of you can relate.
If you can believe it, I still haven’t started (that’s right — started — my Christmas shopping. I’ve barely decorated the house and I haven’t made one thumbprint cookie. This is serious stuff. But I have wrapped up the final installment of the “should I or shouldn’t I get a new pug puppy?” series. Priorities!
In case you missed the first two parts, you can read them here:
OK, so, in wrapping up… it’s time to talk about the things no one wants to talk about—the unpleasant aspects of what having a baby pug in your life means. But that’s OK, because at the end of the post, I have some freebies for you to enjoy
Here we go…
It’s not always pretty.
Baby pugs do take a lot of work, so it’s imperative to think about all that is involved when you bring home your bundle of love. Are you ready to wear a constant paper towel glove and carry around a mop? Can you tolerate chewed shoes or corners of furniture? I can’t tell you how many of my books have been nibbled on over the years by little puppy mouths. In fact, I have a dieting book that Licorice chewed on when she was a puppy. Her little teeth marks are still there today reminding me of her food addiction issues
Are you ready to get up in the middle of the night to tend to your baby pug’s potty or emotional needs? How about playing with her when you don’t feel like it, or taking her out for a walk? What about those trips to the store to buy pet food when you’re snuggled down for the night only to realize you forgot to pick it up on the way home? Are you ready to handle emergency situations with your puppy? It also takes hours and hours to physically care for a puppy. There’s training, bathing, brushing and veterinary care. Again, this is not to scare you off, but just to ask questions about the changes that lie ahead. OK, here’s the big one…
Can You Afford a Puppy?
Baby pugs cost money. Even if you get a puppy absolutely free, he is not going to stay free. Perhaps you are buying a purebred baby pug, or adopting one for a nominal fee. In any case, the expenses do not cease when you bring your sweet pea home– they just begin! You will need money to cover your puppy’s food, dishes, bedding, crates, leashes, collars, toys, treats, shots, grooming, neutering or spaying, routine medical bills, unexpected vet bills, various licenses, obedience classes and more. Be prepared for all of this and seriously consider if you can afford what it takes to raise and care for your new dog.
If you have sincerely answered these questions, you are in a better place to make a decision about whether or not you can bring a baby pug into your life. If your answers reveal that, in spite of your best intentions and desires, you are not quite ready for a puppy, then waiting until the time is right is the best thing to do. If your answers say you’re ready, then congratulations! Enjoy this exciting time as you embark on your new pet parenting adventure.
And now for the free stuff…
Click on the books below to download your free copies of “Before You Get Your Puppy,” and “After You Get Your Puppy.”
They are in PDF form, so if you don’t already have Adobe Reader, you can download it here.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend