“No onions, no grapes and no chocolate… and keep an eye out for cockroach baits. Or any baits for that matter.”
I uttered that sentence around 4 times a day when we first brought our 8-week-old puppy home. I felt like a new mum preparing my home for my first child. The only problem was, I'd grown up on a farm and been around animals my whole life.
But having your first dog that’s all yours? Well, it turns you into a bit of a helicopter parent.
In 2020, my partner and I decided to take the leap and get a dog together.
Having both grown up on farms and with animals our entire lives, we thought we knew about the logistics of having a puppy. But, after a failed puppy school, crate training gone wrong, the destruction of two laptop chargers, a hair straightener, his bag of Royal Canin Puppy food and an entire deck of Cards Against Humanity... we knew we had a LOT to learn.