I created this page in 2013 when Jilly was still very small and I've decided to update it. I'm amazed at the things we bought for her and the things we really didn't need. it's now 2019 and in the light of this I've updated the page further down so that you can see what we really needed and you can look pictures of lovely puppies on the way. Here goes.
How much do you need to spend on a puppy?
In our case quite a lot but then I did save up for the spending spree and the Council Tax was less than I expected. To be honest I haven't added up the exact cost and it's probably best not to . Now, down to business.
Our new little puppy is called Jilly. At the time of writing we haven't collected her from the breeder. We're parents in waiting.
Here's Jilly's litter mates at three and a half weeks old. They're springer collie crosses from an accidental mating. Gorgeous aren't they? Mum had ten puppies and the vet has advised that the first ones have to go at six weeks. Mum is feeding them regularly at this age although they have already started to eat solids.
And here they all are again at five and a half weeks. Mum is hardly feeding them at all now and they are eating good quality puppy food damped down with a little warm water. Their poo is bigger and they're much more inquisitive. The first one will soon be leaving. Mum has found it very hard to feed ten puppies and have them around her all the time so the vet has said a couple of them need to go early.
Here's Jilly at five and half weeks. She looks a little dear and has already gone right off the cutie scale. She has no idea of the massive amount of preparation we have done in order to look after her properly. In the lower picture Jilly is the one in front sniffing the ground.
And so to prepare for a new puppy. I haven't had such a small puppy of my own since I was a child but I have had experience of looking after working sheepdog puppies on a farm and I know what they can get up to. I also know how big the hole has to be for them to escape and it's surprisingly small!
If you weren't thinking of getting a puppy but this page has made you broody have a look at this.
Here's what we've bought for the new puppy (so far!)
As you probably know, getting a puppy isn't cheap. I needed to save up quite a bit before I went looking and I looked around on the internet for lists of things you need for new puppies. Some of it may not be necessary but if you haven't got it you're bound to need it. Here's some useful puppy items that I've picked up at a reasonable cost.
In the next few days I'll also publish a page on how I earned the extra income needed to buy all this and buy the puppy too! I did it all on the internet so it could be useful if you have time but no money.
I bought two pillows and a blanket from Asda for less than £6. You can always go to charity shops for bits of bedding.
I bought this from Petplanet in their sale. It will double up as a cage for indoors and I can use it to take Jilly along to Sasha's rally obedience classes. One pillow just fits inside nicely. I paid £14.99
Kong Teething Stick
This came from petplanet as well. It will give Jilly something to chew on. I bought it from Petplanet for £3.99.
This keeps puppies dry if there's a little accident. It's easy to wash and dry. I paid £3.39.
Small dog bed
This is for daytime use. Puppies are active for a little while but then they suddenly go off to sleep and they need a nice warm little bed to snuggle in for a nap. I paid £5.
This will keep Jilly safe if we go out of the room. It will also be a little haven for her and it will give Sasha a rest from time to time. When it outlives it's usefulness I'll put it round the flower bed to stop the dogs digging up cat poo and eating it. I paid £13.99
Self heating pad
Puppies need to be kept warm and it isn't always easy to fill a hot water bottle. The pad will warm up with Jilly's own body heat and then stay warm. I bought a medium sized one from Amazon for £9.99.
I've been buying these as I come across them. Our local pet shop has a bargain bin so I bought a couple of little things to keep Jilly amused. She'll soon grow out of them!
Collar and Lead
Measure the puppy's neck for a collar and buy one a bit bigger. I bought the collar in our local garden centre for £1 and a training lead in Pets at Home for £3.
Any little non chewable bowl will do until puppy gets older. I already had a little Beko bowl which will be perfect for Jilly.
It doesn't end there!
No it doesn't. We also have to stock up on puppy food and treats and make sure the garden is secure. We'll also need carpet deodorant and carpet cleaner plus a goodly supply of newspapers for toilet training.
There's also the Kennel Club registration. Jilly will be registered on the Kennel Club Activity register. This costs £15 and I shall do it straight away so that the breeder can sign the forms. If you don't know who bred your dog he or she will be registered as parents unknown. I'm sure it won't stop there. As Jilly grows up she'll need more adult things and a bigger bed!
Jilly will be deflead and wormed when we pick her up but all puppies need to be booked in for their vaccinations when they are eight weeks old. Hopefully Jilly will see our favourite vet Nicky. Nicky breeds the most adorable chocolate labradors so we may linger a little longer than strictly necessary if she gets to see her.
Jilly will also be booked into the vets' puppy classes. These are intended to educate puppy owners and to help puppies to get to know each other and have a little play with dogs they don't know. It will also help the puppies to get used to going to the vet so that they won't need to be dragged in when they're older.
When Jilly is a little older she will go to local puppy classes to help her grow into a well behaved sociable dog that likes other dogs and people.
Pre agility training
Can't do anything with a puppy? Oh yes you can! Jilly's "training" will start as soon as she's settled in with us. She'll learn to walk on different surfaces and will have clambering exercises. Puppy's need exercise other than walking in a straight line to help their limbs to develop and become flexible. Jilly will also play on the wobble board to get her used to things that move under her feet and stop her being afraid of the see-saw when she grows up. She'll use a cardboard box for a tunnel and when she's old enough she'll chase toys through padded jump wings.
I have already asked if she can go to a special pre agility class in September when she'll be 7 months old!
There's nothing like being prepared. When Jilly comes home I'll publish an entertaining diary of progress and that should be great fun.
Here is the 2019 Update and a look back at how totally daft I was
Ha ha. After getting a puppy I had no time for earning money on the internet and hence no money either especially after Jilly ate the carpet and we had to replace the entire floor covering.
We didn't need two pillows. They were too big for a small puppy.
Jilly took one look at the dog carrier and said, 'You've got be kidding.' She hated the thing and refused to travel in it. We did manage to get her home in it but once she came out that was it. I tried transporting her to puppy classes in it but I couldn't stand the screams and eventually gave up.
I think the Kong teething stick was the one thing Jilly failed to chew. She chewed all the furniture and every lead and harness. She ate the carpet and wrecked the garden. She chewed just about everything in the house including a rare book that I was hoping to sell for £200. The one thing she didn't chew was the Kong teething stick.
The Vetbed was very good, nice and comfy and warm. The thing was though Jilly never ever wet her bed. She preferred to do it on the carpet that she was so busy chewing during the day. We did eventually manage to housetrain her.
As for the little bed Jilly fitted in it quite nicely for about two weeks but she liked our bed best.
I could weep at my naivety over the playpen. Little haven my foot. This was another thing Jilly refused to have anything to do with. As a playpen it was a total waste of money. I did manage to protect the flower bed for a short time but as Jilly grew she found out she could climb onto a bench and jump into the pen.
Oh dear a self heating pad. Someone really should have come and saved me from myself. If Jilly felt in the slightest bit cold she simply snuggled up to us on the sofa or on our bed.
The toys were actually quite a good investment although I seemed to have to replace them at an alarming rate. The same thing happened with the collar and lead and the harnesses. It was fascinating to watch such a small puppy go chomp chomp with the rows of little needles they call teeth. I never realised they could go through a harness in approximately two bites. Luckily I was able to buy replacement harnesses for £2 each. Thinking about it I should just have gone direct to the wholesaler.
I've still got Jilly's little Beko bowl somewhere.
Digging back in my memory I'm sure my mother fed our puppies from an old tin plate. I don't ever remember us getting anything special although the dogs always had their own beds and that was it. We had brushes and combs for them but no cages or pens or Vetbeds or self heating pads.
I did take Jilly to lots of training classes and I still do. They cost a small fortune.
It's probably best not to add up the cost of a puppy but you do need to be prepared to keep spending. When Jilly was still very small she got hold of one of Bernie's heart pills. I didn't know how much she'd ingested but she was down at the vets quicker than you can say 'OH MY GOD.' They kept her in all day and gave her an injection that made her sick (£100 then and probably more than that now.) They said she was very good and she was fine when she came home but we had yet another dent in the bank balance.
Here we are at six years old. Jilly and Sasha are with their friend Shadow. Sadly Bernie is no longer with us having slipped away peacefully last year. If you're wondering if it's worth it and would I do it all again the answer's 'Yes, I'd do it in a heartbeat.'
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