A New Member of the Family

Getting a pet is something that Alex and I have discussed on and off for quite some time. Whenever we talked about it, though, we realised that it just wasn’t the right time. The main reason behind this was the fact that we were always in rented accommodation, whether it be a flat or house. The issue being that we’d either have to pay a stupid amount to allow us to have a pet or worry about and repair any damage that it may do to the property. But now we’ve bought a house, and we don’t have to worry about those things. We’re both now also in a better place mental health wise, and we can see only positives to getting a pet – well, I say pet, I mean dog.

Whenever we discussed getting a dog, the one breed that we always came back to was German Sheperd. There are a few reasons why we wanted this breed; they’re easier to train than some breeds, they’re obedient and loyal, great for guard dogs and a breed that will generally want to go out – something that we sorely need to do.

With my hip getting better, I will now be able to take a dog out for walks, and by doing this, it will hopefully make my hip even stronger. Both Alex and I enjoy going out for walks, but we struggle to find the motivation to do it. It’s generally just easier to stay in and play or watch stuff sat on our arses. But having a dog that needs to be walked will be the best motivation we could have.

The other day we were discussing it again, and we found a breeder and some puppies that we were interested in. We made an appointment and were able to go and view them that evening. It was a bit of a trek, but it was worth it for a reliable breeder.

When we got there, we found that there were only two puppies left available, both female. We weren’t really too bothered about which gender we got, so we were happy to see the girls.

We sat for over an hour with the two puppies, playing with them and learning about them from the breeder. We found that they were both adorable and the urge to have both of them was strong. We watched how they interacted with each other and us and made our decision based on the temperament that we saw exhibited. By the time we were ready to go, the one we had decided on was dozing off, and the other was still darting about the room. As much as we wanted an energetic dog, we also wanted one that we could tire out, and that would relax with us.

Happy that we had made the right choice, we made our way home. While in the car, we were discussing names for our new doggo. One that we’d mentioned before was Rogue. This was mainly because, in my book Blindsighted, the protagonist gets a German Sheperd and names her Rogue. While we were talking to the breeder, she mentioned that the puppies’ fathers name was Zeus. That got us thinking about names that revolved around that. Alex was looking things up, and we found that one of the daughters of Zeus was Athena. She was all for this, but it took me a while to come around to the idea, but I did. We now had a name for our puppy.

We couldn’t take the puppy away with us when we viewed her because they can only leave the breed when they are 8 weeks old – we were a few days short of that. But we made an appointment to go and pick her up on Saturday morning.

With this arranged, we now had a couple of days to “puppy proof” the house. This meant us taking up one of the rugs, lifting some plants off the ground and hiding some cables and wires that were available for the chewing. I also spent most of Thursday running around various shops picking up bits and pieces that Athena would need; a crate, collar, bowls, toys etc. With all that done, all we have to do now is wait until tomorrow. This is harder than it sounds.

I’m sure that there will be a lot of pictures and videos posted either here or on my Twitter and Instagram. But below are our first pictures of our little bean.

Bring on tomorrow!

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