Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
(Photos taken by the gorgeous Amber Rose)

Ever since I can remember I've wanted a puppy. 'Hey doesn't every child want one?!' I hear you cry. Well, probably yes (and I definitely know how lucky I am to finally have one). But this yearning for a little fluffy best friend continued way through my teens and into my earlier twenties, and living at home- it took a lot to crack my parents- until this summer. I'd spoken of logistics, breeds and everything in between, browsed Battersea's site for a pup small enough to fit in to our home (we would have loved to rescue a puppy, but living in a small property- it was important for us to find a dog that would live happily in the space, which we didn't), watched more Paul O'Grady than I care to mention (which, understandably doesn't make me any more a natural dog owner than the next person)- but in July this year the deal was set, and come September, Maggie would be the latest Purvis (you can read about the little bundle of cute over here).

In the few months we've had Maggie I have learnt a lot about having a puppy, and if there's one thing I don't think people prepare you for, it's the challenge that having a new little one is, hence why I thought putting a post together could be helpful to any potential new puppy parents out there! Undeniably I'm still learning and I am certainly not a dog expert, but these are some of the things I've learnt in the last few weeks. I fully appreciate everyone does things differently and has their own ways of doing things, which is absolutely ok and if you have your own,or have learnt anything worth knowing/funny/any of the above please comment below too- I'd love to pick up some new tips too!

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
It is like having a baby...
Although it's not something you necessarily hear before getting a dog, it really is like having a little baby (from what I've heard from Mama P, anyway). They need consistency, company, lots of care and walks (once they've had their injections) and essentially just want to love and be loved. The first few weeks were indefinitely the trickiest (think 5am starts and lots of naughty accidents), but once we began a routine and Mags was allowed out following her injections, things became a lot easier.

Be committed and have the time...
It's impossible to be there for your dog every minute of every day, and it's a given (for the first few days I felt guilty even nipping to the loo) everyone has errands to run- be it washing their hair, popping to a meeting or nipping to the supermarket, but it's important to factor in your schedule. Working from home, I'm able to try and keep meetings to certain days or times where I know Maggie either won't be alone for long, or at all- but making sure you have enough time to spend with them, and to form a bond is so important, especially as no-one likes a neglected pup.

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
The dynamics of your home will change, and that's alright...
There have been tears, laughs and lots of cleaning up (I've read more newspapers these past few weeks than I ever have), but it's been so, so rewarding and the love we have for little Maggie is growing each day (which is probably expressed by the weird nicknames I call her out of love, ahem). There are times I certainly wish I'd been better prepared- be it thinking more about her diet, sleeping arrangements (and the 'crate or no crate' debate) and toilet stops, but I don't think any amount of reading up can prepare you for the real deal- it's a lot of trial and error, but preparation doesn't hurt and the more reading you can do before, the better.

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
They don't train themselves (duh)...
Obvious one right? With a little dog (or big one at that) patience is a virtue and the puppy comes first- and you get out what you put in. It's easy to get cross at a messy pup, or one that nips at your slippers (no pom pons allowed here), but after all- they are very small and don't speak human, so training them and letting them know who's boss is a big thing, hence why your time in the first few months is so very crucial.

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
You'll probably learn all of the adverts on T.V...
Spending 3/4 weeks with a puppy who can't go outside properly and have a run around is hard. The four walls of our living room became mine and Maggie's best and worst friend, so daytime television will undoubtedly play soundtrack to the first few weeks. I have heard the Argos (whoa oh oh oh ohhh oh oh) and Toffeefee advert more times than I've had hot meals and it's just a good thing there are Christmas adverts out there at the moment hey? Luckily Maggie's barking has prevented me learning too many though, and now she's queen of the park we can switch off and head outside too!

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
You get to know each other more and appreciate the outdoors...
It sounds silly and perhaps a little selfish, but before we had Maggie, I never got to really celebrate the great outdoors or appreciate how beautiful it can be to just spend time outside with your loved ones appreciating the little things in day to day life, and in a way that's what a puppy does. They teach you that really, all you need is love and even the smallest things- such as stumbling across a cricket ball in the park (treasure to four legged friends) and cuddling up after a cold walk can be some of life's more special moments, and sometimes it's ok to switch off and just enjoy them.

After all, a puppy really is for life and not just after browsing Pinterest for hours (I've found myself even searching the #westie hashtag on Instagram), or for Christmas, so be wise and think properly- I've added a couple of links below to some amazing dog charities which have some amazing links for either rescuing, sponsoring or advice you may need too here, here and here. A puppy is one of the most special little additions you can have to a family, so although it can be tricky at times it's so, so wonderful (I already miss when Maggie was teeny teeny)- so enjoy every minute of it (even if it's messy)!

x
Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
(Photos taken by the gorgeous Amber Rose)

Ever since I can remember I've wanted a puppy. 'Hey doesn't every child want one?!' I hear you cry. Well, probably yes (and I definitely know how lucky I am to finally have one). But this yearning for a little fluffy best friend continued way through my teens and into my earlier twenties, and living at home- it took a lot to crack my parents- until this summer. I'd spoken of logistics, breeds and everything in between, browsed Battersea's site for a pup small enough to fit in to our home (we would have loved to rescue a puppy, but living in a small property- it was important for us to find a dog that would live happily in the space, which we didn't), watched more Paul O'Grady than I care to mention (which, understandably doesn't make me any more a natural dog owner than the next person)- but in July this year the deal was set, and come September, Maggie would be the latest Purvis (you can read about the little bundle of cute over here).

In the few months we've had Maggie I have learnt a lot about having a puppy, and if there's one thing I don't think people prepare you for, it's the challenge that having a new little one is, hence why I thought putting a post together could be helpful to any potential new puppy parents out there! Undeniably I'm still learning and I am certainly not a dog expert, but these are some of the things I've learnt in the last few weeks. I fully appreciate everyone does things differently and has their own ways of doing things, which is absolutely ok and if you have your own,or have learnt anything worth knowing/funny/any of the above please comment below too- I'd love to pick up some new tips too!

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
It is like having a baby...
Although it's not something you necessarily hear before getting a dog, it really is like having a little baby (from what I've heard from Mama P, anyway). They need consistency, company, lots of care and walks (once they've had their injections) and essentially just want to love and be loved. The first few weeks were indefinitely the trickiest (think 5am starts and lots of naughty accidents), but once we began a routine and Mags was allowed out following her injections, things became a lot easier.

Be committed and have the time...
It's impossible to be there for your dog every minute of every day, and it's a given (for the first few days I felt guilty even nipping to the loo) everyone has errands to run- be it washing their hair, popping to a meeting or nipping to the supermarket, but it's important to factor in your schedule. Working from home, I'm able to try and keep meetings to certain days or times where I know Maggie either won't be alone for long, or at all- but making sure you have enough time to spend with them, and to form a bond is so important, especially as no-one likes a neglected pup.

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
The dynamics of your home will change, and that's alright...
There have been tears, laughs and lots of cleaning up (I've read more newspapers these past few weeks than I ever have), but it's been so, so rewarding and the love we have for little Maggie is growing each day (which is probably expressed by the weird nicknames I call her out of love, ahem). There are times I certainly wish I'd been better prepared- be it thinking more about her diet, sleeping arrangements (and the 'crate or no crate' debate) and toilet stops, but I don't think any amount of reading up can prepare you for the real deal- it's a lot of trial and error, but preparation doesn't hurt and the more reading you can do before, the better.

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
They don't train themselves (duh)...
Obvious one right? With a little dog (or big one at that) patience is a virtue and the puppy comes first- and you get out what you put in. It's easy to get cross at a messy pup, or one that nips at your slippers (no pom pons allowed here), but after all- they are very small and don't speak human, so training them and letting them know who's boss is a big thing, hence why your time in the first few months is so very crucial.

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
You'll probably learn all of the adverts on T.V...
Spending 3/4 weeks with a puppy who can't go outside properly and have a run around is hard. The four walls of our living room became mine and Maggie's best and worst friend, so daytime television will undoubtedly play soundtrack to the first few weeks. I have heard the Argos (whoa oh oh oh ohhh oh oh) and Toffeefee advert more times than I've had hot meals and it's just a good thing there are Christmas adverts out there at the moment hey? Luckily Maggie's barking has prevented me learning too many though, and now she's queen of the park we can switch off and head outside too!

Maggie Westie Puppy What Olivia Did
You get to know each other more and appreciate the outdoors...
It sounds silly and perhaps a little selfish, but before we had Maggie, I never got to really celebrate the great outdoors or appreciate how beautiful it can be to just spend time outside with your loved ones appreciating the little things in day to day life, and in a way that's what a puppy does. They teach you that really, all you need is love and even the smallest things- such as stumbling across a cricket ball in the park (treasure to four legged friends) and cuddling up after a cold walk can be some of life's more special moments, and sometimes it's ok to switch off and just enjoy them.

After all, a puppy really is for life and not just after browsing Pinterest for hours (I've found myself even searching the #westie hashtag on Instagram), or for Christmas, so be wise and think properly- I've added a couple of links below to some amazing dog charities which have some amazing links for either rescuing, sponsoring or advice you may need too here, here and here. A puppy is one of the most special little additions you can have to a family, so although it can be tricky at times it's so, so wonderful (I already miss when Maggie was teeny teeny)- so enjoy every minute of it (even if it's messy)!

x

47 comments:

  1. How wonderful that you finally fulfilled your long lasting wish, and Maggie is not only cute but also simply adorable <3
    xx from Germany/Bavaria, Rena
    www.dressedwithsoul.com

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  2. Oww what a sweetie! I'd love a dog too, my parents have always had one and I'm trying to convince my boyfriend we should get one, but it's just not happing :( (I'm determined to get my way though ;)

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  3. Aww oh my gosh she is beautiful! Puppies are definitely like babies... super energetic babies! My boyfriends dog is now 8 months old and he's still like a baby and even more hyper than ever! This is such a good guide for those wanting a puppy, I don't think people realise how much hard work they are! xx
    ELEANORMAES

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  4. Great post, so many people just think that a tiny bundle of fluff will be so easy to look after but they're totally wrong, it takes so much hard work, that's why I don't think my boyfriend and I should get one just yet. It's really important that people think really hard about it before getting one!

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  5. It's so true! Having a puppy is totally like having a baby lol. Great post, and congrats on the cute little puppy! So jealous :P

    http://www.skinnybelle.com/

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  6. Such a cute post! *squealing* I've always wanted a puppy but just like you, we haven't got enough space in our apartment. Your puppy is so adorable bless x

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  7. awe so cute!!
    xo
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  8. ohh so cute!I would like to have one :)
    http://angelandchic1.blogspot.com.es/2014/11/london-style.html

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  9. AWWWWW SHE IS THE CUTEST THING EVER!!!

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  10. So so so adorable!! I have wanted a dog since I was a kid as well, and when I move out from home, and have enough money I will most likely be getting one - thins was such a helpful read!

    The Velvet Black // UK Style & Beauty Blog

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  11. So cute!!!

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  12. She is absolutely gorgeous and looks really happy! We got our Jack Russell when she was three months old and she's been a lovely addition to the family. Having a dog changes so much, but nearly always for the better. Hope you continue to enjoy lots of time with your gorgeous little pup!
    Jennifer x
    Ginevrella | Lifestyle Blog

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  13. Lovely pup! Getting a puppy is definitely out of the question with a full time job though!
    x
    http://www.daniellesdiscerningeye.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. Lovely post, I wrote a similar one a couple of week's ago about Monty too so can totally relate. Great point about appreciating the outdoors more with a dog - I used to be the type who would be quite happy to have a day inside all day. But it's actually so refreshing to get out - even if just to local park!

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  15. Oh my gosh, what beautiful photos! Maggie is absolutely adorable and the shots of you together brought a grin to my face. :) Such a sweet post, you sound like an awesome dog parent. xoxo

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  16. This post came at the most perfect time! I've been doing my research and puppy sitting and am now waiting to meet the perfect shelter-pup for me :)

    Warm Regards,
    Alexandra
    www.littlewildheart.com

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  17. What an original blog post. And such a beautiful puppy. I always wanted a dog when I was younger but traveling didn't allow it. If I ever get one in the future your tips will definitely help!

    Emily

    zuzankosjournal.blogspot.ca

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  18. Ever since I was little, I've always wanted a puppy, but for some reason, my parents wouldn't let us. However, when they broke the news that we'd be moving from the States to China, we got really upset, so they promised that if we agreed to the move, they'd finally get us the puppy we've always wanted. We agreed. But a few months later we found out that my mom and one of my brothers are allergic to animal fur, so we never got a puppy. Now I'm in college so I don't have the space for a puppy, but maybe one day I'll have one! I really love that last tip you gave. It's incredibly heartwarming :) -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  19. OOOHH What Kind Of Dog?? :) <3

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    1. A West Highland White Terrier (Westie)! x

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  20. Oh my god how adorable is she! I had to say goodbye to my family dog a few months ago & it was so sad but I'd love another puppy - especially a westie, guess I'll just have to wait till I've finished uni :( Liv x

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  21. What a gorgeous pup! I had a kelpie (Australian working dog) but she ran away. I miss her so much. I'd love to get a pup but my husband won't let me :(
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  22. What a sweet puppy. So lovely.

    We have a westhighland white terrier too and I want to give you some tips. Unfortunately this breed often has problems with the skin. They are allergic dogs. Not always but often.

    Our dog was absolutely healthy until she turned 7. Now she has skin-problems here and there. We treat her allergies (we can't really tell what it is, we made several tests and tried many many things) with special food (hills z/d or hills d/d) and wash her bed, pillows and blankets on high temperatures. I can really recommend you the articles by doctor bark (http://www.doctorbark.de/). The dog can develop an allergy to washing powder too...

    Her hair also needs special treat. Find someone who's an expert when it comes to cutting the hair of a westhighland terrier (I am not kidding). You can't just shear the dog like a sheep. The first cut is very important for her hair. I hope you don't get me wrong. I am not exaggerating.

    If you have more questions, write me. I wish you all the best with your sweet, new family-member.

    JANA // janatoldme.com

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  23. She so so sweet! Good for you for holding out for so long! I def don't have that in me, I got the first pup I saw and mad it up in my mind he was it :)

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  24. Maggie is such a cute! i want a dog too.

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  25. She is a dream! We babysat a little Bichon Frise puppy over the summer and nothing could have prepared me for how much 'work' they are at the beginning. But I completely agree with your points, and it certainly made me appreciate the outdoors more. So rewarding to see them learn gestures and develop little personalities as well! x

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  26. Oh my gosh, Maggie is so cute! I have two dogs and I can't imagine not having one, and you're completely correct about it being a lot of hard work and commitment for the first few months.

    Tessa / Bramble & Thorn

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  27. How cool and chic! Amazing!

    XO

    Jeanne

    http://www.fashionmusingsdiary.com

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  28. Aw your puppy is gorgeous! I have always wanted a puppy too but I don't think my parents ever had the time, as you've shown they take a lot of work! You seem like a great and committed owner :)

    Emma Louise xx

    theemmalouise.blogspot.co.uk

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  29. This post is oh so very accurate and I think that you're right in warning people of how much hard work pups can be. I had nagged and pestered for a puppy for god knows how long but because both of my parents worked full time I wasn't allowed one. It wasn't until my Dad retired that they finally gave in but i'm so pleased they made me wait because I don't think its possible to have a puppy if no one is home to look after it during the day. They need company and constant care just like a baby. I feel as though I must reiterate how important it is for people to be 100% sure that they are making the right decision in getting a little one to join the family! X

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  30. What my brother and sister in law did to potty train their dog Mollie, was buy a set of bells and put them on a string on the door. Then every time they went outside the bells would jingle, after about a week Mollie knew that the bells associated with going outside and she would smack them when she needed to potty. It's a fantastic way to do it and it really works. Think you can get them from any pet store. Xxxx

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  31. Maggie is beautiful! awww x

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  32. She is just so adorable! I grew up with a rescued border collie until I was 12, and I miss having a dog so much. It's great to see how much you care for her- unloved pets are one of the saddest things in the world.. Can't wait to hear more about Maggie's adventures!
    Sarah McCallum-Orr

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  33. I AM ACTUALLY IN LOVE. Maggie is such a cutie!! x

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  34. Maggie is so cute! All of your tips are spot on. Having a puppy changes a lot more than I thought it would. I've had mine for 4 years and sometimes I still feel like I'm still adjusting! - Deanndre http://deardeanndre.blogspot.com/

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  35. Your dog is adorable! I've wanted a puppy my whole life (I'm 21!) I guess I'll have to wait till I have my own space! Great post!

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  36. So adorable! We rescued one of my dogs from the dogs home this time last year and it was the best decision I ever made. Don't get me wrong she's been hard work, chewing the sofa, blinds and pretty much anything she could get her teeth into. As well as finding out she has Epilepsy, but Betsy is totally worth it, she's my baby x

    www.blondecanvas.com.

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  37. Aww this is a lovely post and Maggie is too cute. Thinking of getting a puppy soon so this post was definitely so helpful! Thank you

    Katie xxx
    http://bigtown1.blogspot.co.uk/

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  38. I remember when Rob and I first got Sid. Rob was working away the first weekend we had him, so I had to do it all completely alone. I've had dogs all my life but this is the first time I've ever been responsible for raising one (Mum did all the hard work with previous ones!), and I can't even begin to tell you how hard it was to do that first week alone - especially when we're house bound!

    I'm not afraid to admit there were tears. People don't realise how hard it actually is, but it's so worth putting all the time and effort in to training them, because then for the next decade or more, you've got a lovely companion who would do anything for you.

    Maggie is ADORABLE, enjoy every second! x

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  39. Great post, I'm 20 next birthday and my parents still don't think I'm anywhere near responsible enough to be given a puppy! One day, one day...
    And by the way, that first photo is absolutely magical!

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    x

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  40. What breed did you get liv, it's like a little teddy bear that just looks so perfect in all the photos shown!!

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  41. I love this post. I have always had dogs and what worries me the most is when people get puppies because they're cute without realising they grow up to be big dogs who may not be as cute but still deserve just as much love and time. Pets are for life and mine are like my children <3

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