that's his name and i'm sticking to it! the time is finally drawing near; the breeder is dropping him off saturday afternoon! i lucked out because she happened to be coming my way for a dog show and offered to drop him off so that i don't have to drive 8 hours to get him.i'm extremely excited and i've finished off my puppy shopping this week. if there is one thing i learned, or i should say that i realized, is that dogs are not cheap. hold your horses and comments people, i did do all the research and went into this knowing that having a dog wasn't cheap, and i budgeted accordingly. but the reality really hit me when i swiped my credit card for almost $200 dollars at a pet store for items that would either eventually be destroyed or grown out of, therefore rendering them useless. i spent $15 on the smallest bag of dog food because 1. he might not even like it and that will just end up being money wasted and 2. i realized that there are more than 5 brands of dog food (and 800 types WITHIN those brands!) and i don't know the pros and cons of all of them. i just know from reading this site (and others) the ones that are backed up by the community. consequentially, none of those backed brands are cheap. out of fear i may kill my new puppy because the kind i bought might have rat poison in it and out of the fear that one day down the line my dog might grow a 5th leg or have his nose fall off because the food i've been feeding him the past 8 years was made with radioactive chickens raised next to a nuclear plant. but the thing is how do you know these things? it's like the children's toys from china made with lead paint. they didn't know until after tons of toys had already been sold and used by children. i looked up the brand of food my breeder said she was using and she "swears by it" and refuses to feed her dogs anything else and found out that there were recent recalls on some of their food because of the presence of salmonella, which is threatening to both humans and dogs! thankfully the exact type that was recalled wasn't the one that she was/is feeding my puppy. i'm going off on tangents. the point is, i bought one of the more expensive dog food brands because it seems the most trustworthy. i hope this puppy realizes all that i have and will be doing for him in the future, and in return does me a solid and stays out of trouble in order to avoid pricey emergency vet bills! moral of the story: dogs ain't cheap, and if you're considering REALLY look in to what you're getting into in the first year and make sure you budget accordingly and are prepared to handle it financially. people aren't lying about that! thankfully my breeder already got his 3 series of puppy shots done for me.. that's $75 saved for me. man, i might just be like my sister and sew my own doggie bed. pillows are the easiest things to sew and was the first thing i ever learned how to sew, and a puppy bed is essentially a giant pillow. plus i can pick whatever pattern i want and make it unique and more stylish than the boring muted solid colors the pet stores offer. no thanks martha stewart, i'm not going to pay an extra $30 to get one of your "stylish" pet beds (which are still just solid colors.. at least they're not brown, maroon, and camouflage-green)
again, i'm going off on tangents. i'm going to end it there, i just wanted to share my insight.