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People warned me.  They did.  When we made the decision last fall to get a puppy, everyone was telling me that having a puppy is very much like having a child.  I heard things like “Oh boy…you’ll be busy!” and “Your life is going to change”.  All I could think of was, they can’t be serious.  Raising a puppy is MUCH different than raising a child.

I was WRONG.  They were RIGHT.

Having a puppy around the house is VERY much like having a child.  Here’s what I’ve discovered in the 5 months we’ve had Bella:

  • You WILL be woken up at night by a crying puppy.
  • You WILL be woken up at the crack of dawn by an excited puppy who is all ready to play.
  • Your day WILL revolve around your puppy – feedings, playtime, walks, training, numerous excursions to the backyard to help them “do their business”, and constantly eyeballing them in your attempt to keep them out of trouble.
  • You WILL spend a small fortune on “general maintenance” vet bills, including vaccinations and spaying/neutering, and set up including bowls, food, bedding, crate, toys and treats.
  • You WILL invest heavily in cleaning products.  Your floors WILL be mopped/swiffered/vacuumed more than you ever imagined.
  • You WILL lose clothing and shoes to rips, tears and stains of all kinds.
  • You WILL succumb to buying all kinds of treats and toys for your puppy.  Trust me.  Your puppy, like your kid, WILL be spoiled.
  • You WILL step in bodily fluids.  It WILL happen.  Probably more than once.
  • You WILL have to clean up these bodily fluids – often at the most inopportune times.
  • You WILL lose personal and household effects to some kind of destructive behaviour.
  • You WILL be interrupted constantly.  You WILL play with your puppy no matter what task you are in the middle of.  Your puppy WILL make sure of that.
  • You WILL repeat yourself.  You WILL repeat yourself.  The listening skills of your puppy are about as non-existent as your kid’s listening skills.
  • You WILL get excited when your puppy finds their little voice and barks for the first time.  There WILL be times later when you WILL want to slap yourself for ever encouraging your puppy to make a sound.
  • Your puppy WILL get into everything they shouldn’t get into.  Your puppy has absolutely no understanding of things that are bad for her/him.  The dirtier, the smellier…the better!
  • Your mouth WILL come into contact with a mouth and paws that have touched/eaten things you don’t even want to imagine.
  • You WILL be so proud of your extremely smart puppy for learning all kinds of awesome tricks on command.  You WILL also be shocked when your puppy never seems to be able to be smart enough to “sit and stay” on command.
  • You WILL put your puppy into just about as many “time outs” as your kid.
  • You WILL delight in finding your puppy’s first baby tooth on the floor.  You WILL delight even more in the fact that the Tooth Fairy doesn’t have to fund puppy teeth.

I should have listened to everyone that told me so. I could literally write about dozens of similarities between puppies and kids, but I think you get my point loud and clear.

Despite all the hard work and effort it takes to raise a puppy, would we trade her in? NEVER! Bella  is an amazing puppy who provides us with an abundance of love, loyalty and fun. A puppy’s unconditional love is something everyone should get to experience. We cannot imagine our life without her.



  1. April 19, 2013


    what a wonderful post about your puppy I have never had pets 🙂 it is nice read about this

    • April 19, 2013


      Thanks so much, createwithmom! I’ve had all kinds of different pets and have loved them all but, nothing beats a dog in my opinion 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  2. April 19, 2013

    Bonnie Way

    Aw, sounds like fun! 🙂 We got our dog (when I was a teen) when she was about six months old, so we missed the puppy stage. Our girls keep asking for a dog, so maybe someday (when we’re not renting) we’ll go through this – or just adopt an older dog again! 🙂

    • April 19, 2013


      Yes, despite all the work, it sure is a lot of fun to have a puppy around, Bonnie. She’s pretty awesome! Hope you get a chance to own a puppy one day…but yes, wait until you are ready and have the time to commit to one. Of course, older dogs are great also – and many need loving homes 🙂 Thanks for commenting!

  3. April 19, 2013


    Although our Bella was not a puppy when we got her we did go through all of the above. 🙂 Have fun with your Bella!

    • April 19, 2013


      So you truly understand what I’m saying, eh Shannon? I love how your dog is named Bella also! Thanks for commenting 🙂

  4. April 19, 2013


    Puppies are a big responsibility and TOTALLY different then kids! lol! I love your list! So accurate of everything a new puppy mom or dad will experience1

    • April 19, 2013


      Thanks Jenn! They sure are a big responsibility and a lot of work, but also a ton of fun. Thanks for commenting!

  5. April 19, 2013


    Definitely true on lots of aspects. Our dog is three years old and she’s use to my hubby getting up for work at around 4am, so that’s when she goes to the bathroom. On the weekends, she’s like, “Um, excuse me, time to get out of bed and let me out, no sleeping in for you” lol….Dogs are hilarious, fun and super cute!

    • April 19, 2013


      LOL, LaQuita! You are so right! They get into a routine and get so used to doing things at a certain time (like getting up!). Ours wakes at our normal time of 6am…I can’t imagine 4am on the weekends! lol Thanks for commenting.

  6. April 19, 2013

    Brenda Penton

    I could relate to all of it, lol. I think my kids and cats were easier to handle than my dog. Your Bella is so cute!

    • April 20, 2013


      Lol, Brenda! Glad you can relate 🙂 What kind of dog do you have? Thanks for reading and for making me chuckle!

  7. April 21, 2013


    Omg! This post describes EVERYTHING about my cats! Ha! Yep cats. I think mine were dogs in a previous life! Lol! I will be rethinking getting a dog till I’m positively ready! Lol! I knew taking care of a puppy would be hard work but damn this just put it ALL into perspective! My two male furbabies drive me mental enough already! Lol! I like you, wouldn’t trade them for the world though. They are my children:) I think puppy can wait a few more years. 😛

    • April 21, 2013


      Lol! Now that’s something I wasn’t expecting, Tasha – to hear from someone who’s cats are like my puppy. Although they drive you nuts at times, by the sound of it, I bet they are full of personality. I’ve known a few cats who are more like a dog and they were wonderful cats. All I can say is…yes, wait until you are ready to go through all the same stuff again. Definitely do it when you are ready though – despite all that you have to deal with, it’s pretty amazing having a puppy 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

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