Beginners Guide To: Dogs

Research suggests dog owners are likely to be fitter and happier than those without a pup. As if this isn’t enough to convince you that you need a tiny, loving companion, they are also adorable, loyal and soon become a valued member of your family.

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So today, I’m giving you crash course in owning a dog.

The first, most important thing to take into account before getting a pup, is to find out which one is most suited to your circumstances. You’ll need to think about how much time you can dedicate to them, and if where you live is suitable for walks, and generally raising a happy, content pup. Time also is paramount as the amount of time you invest in your dog, is directly correlated to how many tricks your dog knows, and how well behaved your dog is.

The next thing is cost. The first year is one of the most expensive, but also paramount. There’s also, the bare minimum you can spend, but you can also be more extravagant, with toys, treats etc.

Be prepared for mess. A lot of mess. This mostly applies to puppies, as they like to test to see if everything is edible, and also sometimes they play interior decorator and just feel you don’t need your current carpet, skirting boards or curtains.


But once you’ve trained and spoiled your pup, the rewards really are endless. So now I’m going to stop listing requirements and considerations and just show you how amazing and fulfilling they are to have in your family. Big or small, loud or timid, our puppy posse shows you how real angels look.

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They really are members of the family once you get one. I urge everyone to have a dog at some point in your lifetime, if you can realistically care for one. Unfortunately, not everyone can, but even more unfortunately, people make commitments to these guys, with no intention of keeping them. So today I’m sharing with you a link that by answering a daily question, right or wrong, Freekibble donates 10 pieces of kibble to Animal Shelters to help feed their hungry dogs. Add it to your bookmarks, and just by answering their daily question, you’re helping out dogs that really need it.


also s/o to the dude that assisted me today, an excellent photographer.

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A Day In The Life: Pet Owner

As I mentioned in my previous post, I always think it’s nice to have a little insight into someone’s life that you may not usually get to see. So today I thought I’d give you all a look into a different area of my life; my pets. I think this post will be multi-purposeful because not only will it just give you a little peek into this area of my life, but it might help you if you are considering getting a pet, I will outline all of the responsibilities, but also all of the amazing rewards that come with them. And they are all very cute, so that’s always a plus. So here we go!

A day in the life…

7.00am – On a usual day I will begrudgingly part ways with my bed after being padded at and snuggled by Milo, and once he’s successfully woken me up I immediately throw my curtains back (a great way to help you wake up in the morning, the sunshine suppresses melatonin, the hormone that tells your body to sleep!).

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7.10am – In order to ensure I can have a peaceful breakfast and general peaceful morning, I do as the many repetitive cries tell me, and feed everyone before preparing food for myself. (Everyone’s always most grateful though, so I don’t resent it)

This stage obviously is arguably the biggest responsibility that comes along with pets. This is not only because it takes your time and money, but you need to ensure you fully understand your pets dietary requirements. For example, the Chinchillas can’t have a lot of sugary foods as much like Degus, they are high risk for diabetes, so treats must be kept to a minimum. Remember also that every animal is different, so you have to know that not everyone can have the same thing; for example, Milo gets fed less and more often than the other cats because he can’t stomach larger-less frequent meals, Hemingway despises carrots, whereas Jack loves them, but they both must have them rarely as carrots aren’t actually good for Buns. It’s always heavily important to do your research about any animal before you invest in giving one a home.

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7.30am – By now everyone is well fed and settled (usually into their morning naps) and my morning is free for non-pet related activities.

10.30am – At this point of the morning when I’m home, I’ll move onto cleaning out and refreshing the bedding for the Buns, Guineas and Chinchillas (cuddle time ensues).

Again, this is another important responsibility for the hygiene of your pets. Without frequent bedding changes, your Buns and Guineas are at risk of mites and diseases. Furthermore, some pets can actually be allergic to certain types of bedding, so it’s always best to remain safe and not frequently change the brand of what you use for bedding, and if you have to, mix your current one with the one you are changing to and keep an eye on your pets eyes, skin and any sneezes you might hear (tiny sneezes are adorable, but remember your pet is telling you it’s agitating them!)

11am – And once again I am able to take a little break to sort out any non-animal related things on the agenda.

1pm – If I’m home and have a bit of free time and the weather permits, I like to spend some of the afternoon with the dogs, going for a short walk or just a spot of playing in the garden.

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2pm – By now we’re home again just in time for everyone’s scheduled afternoon nap.

3.30pm – Uncle Tyler comes home. Everyone rushes to greet him.

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3.35pm – Everyone has their own cuddle and play time.

4.30pm – Everyone is now in scheduled phase 2 of ‘Afternoon Nap’.

8.30pm – Dinner time at the zoo. Everyone has their water and food bowls topped up before winding down for the evening (Though this is now morning time for the Chinchillas who are nocturnal, they are just watching their equivalent of early morning television).

10pm – By now, everyone’s eyes are fighting to stay open, and usually Sawyer has complained enough at the lights being on, alerting us all that he is ready for bed.

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10.30pm – We’re all snuggled and in the land of dreams.

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That’s it for a day in the life of a pet owner! Do you have any pets? Let me know in the comments below! Also if you have any questions about pet care/advice, ask away!