Ivy’s Christmas wish list

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There are lots of things I have done that I said I would never do since welcoming a dog into our home: total access to the sofa, occasional treats when I am cooking, asking Ivy questions (and ever hopeful of a response!). So with Christmas looming, I was wondering whether I’m going to be putting a Christmas present under the tree for her. Who am I kidding!?

Which got me thinking – what kind of Christmas gifts do people buy for their dogs? And what would a dog even want for Christmas? So, I asked Ivy for her top five gifts for her Christmas Wish List… and she answered!

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1. Advent calendar

Dear Santa.. please could I have an advent calendar? I don’t really understand what they are for, but if it coughs up a daily treat in the run up to Christmas, then it sounds like a great idea to me! My humans haven’t got me one yet, but I am happy to open more than one door a day to catch up!

Screenshot 2018-12-04 at 09.31.132. Christmas jumper

Why should humans have all the fun? I get a little chilly when I am out on my walks and so a nice Christmas jumper would keep me warm. What’s more, it would mean that I get even more attention than I already get when I go to the park!

0004937_12-inch-jumbo-odor-free-bully-sticks.jpg3. Pizzle sticks (yum yum)

Listen, this is my Christmas list, not my human’s Christmas list! I don’t really know what these are either, but they smell and taste delicious! However, whenever I have one my family pull weird faces and wrinkle their noses and laugh. But they make me very very happy, so I don’t care!

rBVaGFY-7liAfS67AAW6XO56_m0644.jpg4. Balls, balls and more balls

In my opinion – and this is MY Christmas wish list so my opinion counts – you can never have enough balls. So a good selection in my Christmas stocking would be much appreciated. I am not that fussed what they look like, but if there are a couple that squeak, that would be fabulous. I don’t just run after balls, I chew, chew and chew too, especially as I am teething at the mo’.

5062egg_cartons.jpg5. Egg boxes

Yes! Egg boxes. My absolute favourite for chewing, ripping up and generally destroying. Even better if there is a little treat inside as a reward for all my effort!

If I can get just one of these presents on my Christmas list I will be very happy. If I get them all.. well, Santa, I will feel like I have died and gone to puppy heaven!

What are you wishing for this year?

Ivy the puppy – a baptism of fire

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Life with a new puppy… where to begin? There are quite a few things you need to get used to when you welcome a new puppy into your life, most of which you simply will not have anticipated!

Obsessive photo taking

Anyone would have thought we were gunning for a place in the 2019 edition of the Guinness Book of Records for the most photos taken in one day! She’s sitting – snap. She’s standing – snap. She’s running  – snap. She’s sleeping – She’s done a poo – ok, we did draw a line there, but that first poo did not go unremarked upon! And I must admit to having taken a picture of one of her poos, because it looked like a Stonehenge statue, but I have been expressly forbidden by the whole family to share it, even tho’ I know you might be desperate to see it!

 

Sudden popularity

Seriously! You’d think there was a sudden world caffeine shortage, the number of friends who suddenly wanted to ‘pop over for a coffee’ – more than ever wanted to come and see our offspring when they were born! I guess watching a new puppy bombing round the garden and generally being adorable is a bit more interesting than watching a baby sleep, but still!

 

Complete chaos

By day two or three, our kitchen began to resemble a crêche. Brightly coloured balls and toys scattered all over the floor. A wire pen surrounding her night time cage. Paw prints on the glass doors and floor. Wee mats, like so many discarded diapers. Just mess everywhere!

 

Poop and wee

E.V.E.R.Y.W.H.E.R.E! Yes we knew this was going to happen, but seriously how many times a day can one small furry creature empty its bladder and bowels!

 

Who spilled the super glue?

Someone has definitely applied superglue to our new puppy. Wherever we are, so is she. If you move, she needs to know where you are going. When you leave the room, she follows. When I am making supper, if I stand still more than five seconds, she comes and lies on my feet, ever hopeful I won’t move and she can fall asleep! And don’t talk to me about trying to go for a wee alone!

 

Cuteness overload

Ivy is undoubtedly gorgeous. A whirling bundle of fur who just wants to have fun and cuddles. Every morning she greets us as if we have been parted for months – I don’t think we have ever been showered with such unbridled affection!

 

We are all in love!

 

Name that dawg!

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Oh the minefield that is choosing name for our new puppy! Even before we had picked our new family member, we began thinking of names and it soon became clear that coming up with one that all of us felt comfortable with was NOT going to be easy.

Still, we were confident we could come up with something more inventive than Simon Cowell’s Squiddly and Diddly and numerous discussions ensued. And talking of Simon Cowell, celebrity choices seemed to be a good place to start. Kelly Osborne’s dog is called Noodles – we decided that that would make us hungry. Britney Spear’s dog is called Lucky – given her run of bad luck in years gone by, that didn’t work out too well for her!

Noah fancied ‘Mookie’ for a boy or a girl (right fielder for the Boston Red Sox – long story but we lived in the US for a few years). We all tried it out a few times and realised we would feel a bit stupid shouting that out loud, so we put the kibosh on that. What’s more, we already have Coco (named after Coco Crisp of Oakland A’s fame!). Dylan wasn’t bothered, but wanted a girl so he could liberally sprinkle his conversation with the word ‘bitch’ and then smile sweetly and ask “What’s the problem?!”. Teenagers! We went round and round in circles and then realised we’d better wait until we knew if we were getting a girl or boy.

Girl it is! We then looked at the most popular dog names for last year:

  • Bella
  • Lucy
  • Daisy
  • Luna
  • Lola
  • Sadie
  • Molly
  • Maggie
  • Bailey
  • Sophie

Some nice ones there, but actually do we really want to choose a name that everyone else has thought of? That said, it could be worse. This next list of names is one we compiled ourselves – I kid you not, there are actually people shouting these names out loud in public parks around the country:

  • Fire
  • Taxi
  • Tripod (someone had a three-legged dog!)
  • Chow Mein
  • Fuzz Butt
  • Stinkabell
  • Stinky Baby
  • Squiddly and Diddly (I know . . . I have mentioned them before, but frankly they deserve to be on this list!)

I mean, you’d steer clear wouldn’t you?! Still, it could be worse, we could be trying to name a baby and coming up with ideas like Apple, Prince Michael II, Sage Moonblood or Fifi Trixibelle (not a bad name for a dog as it happens!), but believe it or not, there are already four youngsters out there who have already been ‘blessed’ with these names.

But as we fell about laughing at some of the ridiculous names celebrities have come up with for their unsuspecting offspring, one lingered in our minds… Blue Ivy. Well, not the ‘Blue’ bit, just the ‘Ivy’ bit. Short, sweet, fun and when we said it and looked at her picture, it felt… right! I am pretty sure that’s how it goes. All of a sudden you stumble across a name and it just feels right. Though I continue to struggle with Squiddly and Diddly, neither of which names have the X Factor!

Ivy it is!

Choices! – choosing the right puppy for us

photo-1525253013412-55c1a69a5738OMG! They are all so cute. How’s a girl supposed to decide!? OK, I need to backtrack. This is not just ‘my’ dog, it’s the ‘family’ dog, so I have to take other people into account… or at least look like I am taking them into account!

Noah: “I want a dog that can come up for cuddles on the sofa” (the rule breaker)

Dylan: “I want a medium sized dog, not too big and not too small” (he secretly wants sofa cuddles too, but he’s just too old to admit it!)

Me: “Intelligent and easy to train.. oh and its poo must smells of roses” (always the optimist!)

Ollie: “Whatever makes you all happy.” (he’s the best right?!)

Coco and Sadie (the cats): Non! Nein! Nyet! Just no! NO DOG! Please.” 

There are actual books written on choosing the right puppy for you, but frankly the decision was overwhelming enough without reading a book on the subject. I got the best advice from friends who already have a dog – people who know us, our family and how we roll. In the end found a breeder who had a litter of four cockapoos ready to leave in three weeks’ time. Yikes! This is really going to happen!

We turned up at the farm expecting to be torn and wanting to take them all home. Luckily, we all fell in love with the same one. She was flat on her back legs akimbo and  fast asleep with her little round tummy providing a bouncy pillow for her wriggling brothers and sisters. What’s more, she was a delicious brown and sable colour with unusual markings. It was love at first sight and we returned home with three weeks to prepare for the arrival of our bundle of joy!

I mean, seriously! Look at this irresistible little button-nosed dumpling!

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Breaking down barriers

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Everyone we know is getting a dog. E.V.E.R.Y.O.N.E! I love it – I get the cuddles and licks and the adoring looks and tail wagging and dog walking… all without the responsibility. AND I don’t have to pick up their poo! Win-win!

“It’s fine picking up their poo”, says my friend Ems. “It’s like changing your own baby’s nappy.. it doesn’t bother you.”  Yeah, right!

I love animals. I’m constantly reposting videos of a cute row of ducklings following mother duck, the cat who’s adopted a mouse, the handsome dude who has rescued a baby deer (I am just looking at the baby deer, honest!). My husband has got used to me asking: “Can I have a baby elephant for Christmas?” or “I want an aardvark for my birthday!”. He knows it’s tongue in cheek, but plays along and responds with a very firm “NO!”.

But, this summer we were sat on the beach when a couple walked past with a gorgeous little puppy. As I melted into the sand, I turned to my husband and said “Can we get a puppy?”, fully expecting the usual resounding “No.”  But instead he said, “Sure. Why not?” Me: “What, really?” Him: “Yes, really!”

Squeeeeaaaal! We’re getting a puppy!