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Thoughts to consider when getting a new puppy

People always say that dogs are man’s best friend, and Dan had been pestering me for a puppy since we moved into our home in 2016. I’d never had a dog before, so was hesitant to let go of some of the freedom associated with not owning a pet, ie jetting off on holiday whenever I wanted, leaving my leftover dinner on the floor instead of taking it into the kitchen, or you know, not being followed all day, every day.

Alas, I relented, and in no time, we were waiting on our new puppy. Like we did with our fish tank in the summer, we went for a starter pet rather than jumping into a Labrador or Newfoundland. Meet our Cavalier King Charles Spaniel!

Seven week old Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel

Related: Five things every new puppy owner needs to know

Despite the loss of freedom, which I imagine I will never get back (unless perhaps I live to 80) I think the benefits of owning a dog far outweigh the negatives.


  • Responsibility for another living being
  • Training another living being to not be annoying
  • No more 2 week holidays
  • Picking up poop
  • Barking
  • Insurance and vet bills


  • More exercise
  • Something that loves you unconditionally
  • Something that you love unconditionally, which I realised when I saw him
  • Company when you are alone
  • More opportunities to hang out with my dog owning friends
  • Less stress
  • A healthy heart
  • Preparation for a new human (not yet though)

Someone might also add protection in there, but I highly doubt a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel is going to defend me against a burglar.

As soon as he was put into my hands, I completely fell in love. Just look at my face! He’s chunky and inquisitive, and smells like a baby. I did get peed on, and he did try to munch on my finger, but he’s my boy and I can’t wait to bring him home.

Blenheim Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppy and Tricolour Cavalier King Charles Spaniel mother

So that’s it, we had a soppy, fluffball Cavalier on the way and I had absolutely no idea what I’m doing! If any of you have any tips or advice on owning your first dog, please, leave me a comment!


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