YOU’RE Getting a PUPPY???


Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Advice, Animals, Attitude, Family, Family Pet, Life Lessons | Posted on 20-05-2012

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“I’m getting a puppy!”

Instead of being a naysayer, how about being a yaysayer. Here’s what I mean…

When you tell people you’re getting a puppy, these are comments you might get:

  • “YOU’RE getting a PUPPY?!”
  • “Do you KNOW how much they pee and poop?”
  • “They will eat EVERYTHING.”
  • “Do you KNOW what you’re getting yourself into?”
  • “Are you SURE you want a puppy?”
  • “It will wreck your house.”
  • “Better hide your shoes.”
  • “It will turn your yard upside down.”
  • “Ugh. Why do you WANT a puppy?”

Naysayers and Debbie Downers. All of them.

I mean, imagine if you tell someone you’re pregnant or adopting a baby. And imagine these SAME comments for a human child. You would probably drop these friends like a hot potato. And, oh, by the way, have you ever HELD a hot potato? They are freaking hot.

I think the snarly comments are made by people who may lack boundaries, who simply like to blurt out their opinions. Regardless of their impact.

Some people are well-meaning and try to be helpful. They like to point out things you may not already know. As in, “You may want to put your shoes up high because puppies like to chew on shoes.” Haven’t we all watched Marley and Me? We KNOW the damages puppies can cause (we also know the love puppies and grown dogs can offer).

And some people are reality-based. As in, “Puppies are a lot of work. You have to train them to pee outside by taking them out every 10 minutes.” Gee, thanks for the pee tip.

While other people are just mean-spirited and want to burst your happy puppy bubble. As in, “Are you SURE you want a puppy??” When you’ve already told them you’re GETTING a puppy. Of course you are sure. And you are excited. (Again replace the “puppy” reference with “baby” and the comment is even meaner.)

As a future puppy owner, aren’t we simply expecting people to say:

  • “That’s awesome!”
  • “I love puppies.”
  • “Puppies are the best.”
  • “Your family is gonna love a dog.”
  • “Aw, so cute. I can’t wait to see a picture.”
  • “Very cool.”
  • “I want a puppy.”

The next time you hear someone exclaim, “I’m getting a puppy!” Maybe ya might want to hold in the meanness for a second, and high-five the person instead. And shriek, “COOL!” #yaysayer

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Comments (10)

Nice puppies

Aw, thanks!

I’m sure you’ll be seeing plenty of pictures soon!

I have a chihuahua named Max and two Maltese grand puppies Barkley & Bella. People can’t believe I babysit the grand puppies while kids work. I think anything worth having is worth the work that comes with it. I don’t know of anything else that gets that excited when they see you a a dog does !

Aw, you are really sweet. I love your dogs’ names. We are picking up our puppy in two weeks. He is still bonding with his Mama. I haven’t had a puppy in years, but have raised 6 dogs from puppies to adulthood so far. I agree with you. They are a lot of work but soooo worth the payoff: that love and sweetness.

Thank you much for writing and being so kind!

How can you not just love their big feet, smelly breath and puppy kisses! Raising a puppy can be so much fun. As with anything there can and will be challenges but isn’t that what makes the experience so rewarding? Congratulations on your soon to be new member of the family!

I adore big feet and smelly breath and kisses…from a puppy. 🙂

Thanks for your nice words. Clearly a fellow dog lover, huh? People can be such naysayers and that’s what struck a chord with me. I prefer seeing the dog food bowl half full, so to speak.

Thanks for writing,

I heard all of those naysayers too. Now, I could not imagine my life without my co-pilot. Literally as he’s decided it is his mission in life to accompany me everywhere I go.

Aw, that is so sweet! We pick up our puppy in a few days. He will join our “senior” dog. Full house!

Thanks for writing,

We’re on the same wavelength it seems…just posted about my puppy-want. 🙂 I shall live vicariously through you!

Ignore the grumpy naysayers. I say GOOD FOR YOU!! Can’t wait to see pics.

I shall read your post too. I post pics pretty regularly at

Thanks for writing (and reading)!

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