Wherefore Art Thou, Step-by-step Guide?

More than anything, the weeks leading up to bringing our first puppy home have thus-far been filled with questions mixed in with the excitement. Do I really need the $40 dog bed? At what weeks do we need to get vaccinations again? How young is too young to begin leash training? How often will she need to go to the bathroom when we first bring her home? The list goes on and on.

It reminds me of something a friend of mine said once, that she had a minor freak out when she brought her first born home and something happened that she wasn’t prepared for. Not all the answers are in the baby books, she said. But you want them all to be.

Though we’re not bringing home a human baby quite yet, this statement really resonates in our situation, too. Not all the answers are going to be in the books. We’re going to have to figure it out as we go, and that’s part of the adventure of it all.

Still, a step-by-step guide would be oh-so-welcomed! – A.


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