Meet Dolly our new dog. If you follow me on instagram you probably saw we got a new dog about a month ago. This was a decision we toyed with for a few years. Since I got divorced the kids have begged me for a dog and I always said no. I was just trying to take care of the three of us the best I could and I thought a dog would be more than I could handle. I also really wanted to wait until the kids we old enough to “help” although I use that term lightly because we do most of the work.
About a year ago right before I put an offer on our current house, someone introduced me to a local breeder- I knew we wanted a mini golden doodle because Sterling is highly allergic to dogs + cats plus we had friends with two Goldendoodles that we just adored and loved so much. They were such a sweet breed we fell in love with. In true Natalie fashion I impulsively put a deposit on a golden doodle and put an offer on a new house within two weeks. I call that the beginning of my mid life crisis- haha. A litter became available to take home the week we were moving last December 2019. I thought no way I can handle a move and a new dog, so I told the breeder I needed to wait.
I would get emails every few weeks with upcoming litters but we really wanted a mini which are harder to come by. So I ignored the emails with the idea of a dog faintly in the back of my mind. Then in September I got a message that a mini litter would be born in October. Because of Covid both Evans and I had been working from home more so we figured it was a good time to train a puppy. Also I felt like at ages 10 and 7 Sterling and Frances Moon were at good ages for a dog, so we said let’s do it!
The litter was two boys and two girls, half white and half brown. We saw pics and immediately looked at the white girl with little brown ears and said that’s our dog! We brought her home December 12th, and have been smitten with her ever since. We debated forever on names. Everyone submitted names and we would vote and veto and we all finally agreed on Dolly- named after our favorite Dolly Parton.
I wanted to answer a few questions you guys sent me and share products we have loved for Dolly.
What breeder did you use?
We worked with Jenna Lee’s Designer Doodles and I can’t say enough great things about our experience. You can check out her site HERE. They sent weekly updates and pictures and were wonderful. They do zoom calls for you to meet the puppies and send you home with lots of great tips and info.
Are you crate training ?
Yes! We knew from the start we wanted to crate train Dolly. The great thing about Jenna Lee is they start the crate training process early so Dolly wasn’t new to the crate. She sleeps in her crate every single night. We put her in around 9:30/10 and she sleeps until 6. I feel like we got really lucky because from night one she whimpered maybe 5 minutes and then fell asleep and has since slept through the night. She doesn’t whine and cry and wake us up in the middle of the night. We also put her in the crate if we leave the house or just if we are busy at home and can’t keep a close eye on her. Now she will even go in her crate on her own if we are home chilling, it is her safe place.
Hardest part about having a puppy ?
For me the chewing and nipping at ankles. Her teeth are like razor blades and she wants to chew anything and everything. Also potty training sucks. The chewing- case and point my purse:)
Potty Training Tips?
This may sound excessive but as babies they really need to be taken out every 30 minutes. As soon as we go longer than 30 minutes she has inevitably peed or pooped in the house. And yes we have cleaned up lots of pee and poop. No we are not using puppy pads.
Do the kids help?
Yes and no. Frances is kind of scared of her right now because she just wants to nip and chew. Frances does love to help me take her on walks. Sterling is great about getting up with her first thing in the morning and taking her out to pee and poop.
Favorite purchases for Dolly :
Snuggle Pup – this is a stuffed dog with a heartbeat. It is supposed to comfort the dogs and they snuggle up to it like they did with their brothers and sisters. We keep this in Dolly’s crate and she still sleeps with it- and occasionally attacks it (which is hilarious to watch)
Dog Bed – Dolly loves this bed to lay in when she is not in her crate, it is so plush and soft.
Yeti Dog Bowls – we did pink of course but I love the turquoise and black too.
Harness – this was recommended by our breeder, it is still a little large for her but it is very sturdy.
Dog Leash – we like the retractable kind
Diamond Naturals Dog Food – also recommended by our breeder
Poop Bags– the lingo got me- haha
Dog Grooming Brush – it was highly recommended we brush her hair because golden doodles hair can get matted easily.
So happy to have sweet Dolly in our lives.