Things to know before you get a new puppy

Are you considering getting a new puppy?

While I thought we were completely prepared before we brought Allie home, I quickly realized that there were so many things that I never anticipated.

Here’s what you might want to know before you bring your new addition home:

  • You will track your puppy’s bowel movements with the same diligence you employed when your babies were newborns and poop and pee will once again become two of the most popular words to leave your mouth.
  • Your right arm will grow freakishly strong from throwing your new puppy’s toys 3,492 times a day.

  • You will let your puppy kiss your face and you will be only slightly grossed out when she kisses you directly on the mouth.
  • You will have very little time for anything not listed above, but will cling to the hope that, as so many people have told you, it gets easier with time.
  • You will trip over your new puppy at least 828 times a day. Where you go, she goes, and she’ll always be directly under your feet.
  • You will no longer need socks or slippers. Puppies are the perfect foot warmers.
  • Your puppy will either be running around like a complete maniac or passed out cold. There simply is no in between.

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  • You will fall so completely in love with your new puppy that you will have a difficult time remembering your life before she joined your family.

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If you’d like more information about Double Doodles, Labradoodles or Goldendoodles, I can’t recommend our breeder, Sierra Vista Labradoodles, highly enough. They continue to impress us with their knowledge, responsiveness, professionalism and kindness. You can see current litters by visiting their puppy page.


  1. Jessah

    Oh boy. She is a beauty. What a sweet face. LOVE! Makes me want to get a puppy even though I still remember how much work they are.

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  3. Alex@LateEnough

    We are very slowly thinking of getting a medium goldendoodle or something along those lines. Glad it's going well!

  4. Pretty sure you wrote this to me. ;-)
    I love Allie. I want to come play with her again. (And wine night with you!!)

  5. Tonya

    Yep! All of this.

    In related news, I almost killed Charlie Pasta today. In the 10 minutes that I left him alone outside in the backyard he jumped into the enormous planter box my beloved olive tree is in and started to dig it up! Dirt was everywhere!! I was beyond pissed. Todd had to come home from work to help me clean up and the water was black after his bath. Such a rough morning, but still so cute and hard to think of our lives before him.


  6. everydaycommotion

    I'm not much of a dog person because I'm not used to them and so will probably never bring one home, but that is a CUTE puppy!

  7. Kristen

    I am smitten!! That face…oh so sweet!!! And they truly take a piece of hour heart and claim it forever.

  8. Aleta

    Wow, that's a beautiful dog! And just remember…. that "puppy" phase can last years :) Mine is still all puppish in behavior and she's a year and a half… major hyper dog!

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