My New Puppy + Puppy Essentials!



Hi friends, if you follow me on Instagram you'll have noticed a new furry face popping up here and there. This is my sweet new puppy Charleston, or Charlie for short. 

All about Charlie

Charlie is a 9 week old shorkie, which means he's half Shih Tzu and half Yorkshire Terrier. He's about 3 lbs right now but you'd never know it by the sheer amount of personality crammed into his little body. When he's not running around the house, he's figuring out the next thing he can climb on
or bite.

What's it really like having a puppy
I'm going to be 100% honest with y'all, it's hard. Charlie used to wake up at 3:00 in the morning and then again at 6am. He sometimes gets pretty bitey and most things I've tried haven't really worked. He's only about 60% potty trained so I also clean up my fair share of accidents. Not to mention its definitely very expensive. From buying food, to vaccines, to all the little random things I'd never realized a dog would need it's a lot.

But, he's also made me more discplined, more understanding and so much more patient. I won't say there haven't difficult moments, but I will say he makes it worth it. My best advice to any new dog parent is first to strive for routine, getting up at the same time, lunch at the same time etc. Then secondly, wait until you have the time to devote to training. This is advice I definitely wasn't willing to listen to at first, but I'm so glad I did. Charlie definitely takes up all of my attention.

Puppy Essentials
When I found out I was getting a puppy, I was super overwhelmed at all the things I could and should buy. I tried to look up lists but if we're being honest there are so many things those lists left out that I definitely use on a regular basis for Charlie. So I though I'd round up the top ten things I use everyday for Charlie.


Keep in mind these are things that I've bought for my extra small puppy. You'll definitely have to make adjustments depending on your dog size and breed. If you have any questions about shorkies or raising a puppy I'd love to answers your questions! Although I've only been a dog mom for two weeks now.

I hope this post was helpful and gave you a little insight into what my life is like as a dog mom!

Until Next Time,
Autumn

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