My Pet Story

From as far back as I can remember I’ve always had cats. When I was a lot younger we had a ginger cat called Cat, original I know, but Cat adopted us, he was never really ours but we all fell in love with him. My mam & dad loved cats; so naturally I loved cats too. I didn’t like dogs, dogs were scary. Growing up there seemed to be a lot of stray dogs hanging around, one of whom bit one of my cousin’s and that was that. Dogs were bad and scary. Dogs weren’t friends. I would never have a dog.

cockapoo puppy Autumnal dog walks my pet story

Fast forward a lot more years than I care to mention, I am now the owner of two cats and a dog. While I will admit that Dobby the Cockapoo absolutely is a pain in the bum, he is definitely not big and definitely not scary.

Pain in the bum or not, we do love all our pets. I love chilling out with the cats, relaxing and unwinding after a stressful day. I love that Dobby gets Aria and I out walking, and I love watching Aria and Dobby run around together enjoying the fresh air. I love that Aria and Dobby will grow up together and become the best of friends.

black and white friendly cat my pet story

Bum pains aside, we love our pets and want nothing but the best for them, which is why Petplan Pet Insurance is absolutely essential, after all, we all know how crazy expensive those unexpected vets bills can be.

I’ll be completely honest, I think I’ll always be a crazy cat lady deep at heart. Cats are easy, loving and low maintenance. Dogs demand attention, they need walking, grooming, they want to play and they are always up to no good, or at least that is the case with Dobby! It really is like having another child, another child who Aria plays with and loves.

red cockapoo pup with toddler my pet story

*Disclosure –¬†This post is in conjunction with Petplan but all thoughts are my own*

Cockapoos and Children – The Reality of Life with a Puppy & a Toddler

We must be crazy, last week we bought a dog, a cockapoo puppy to be precise. We read up on them, they require an average amount of exercise, they are intelligent and supposedly easy to train, they are good with kids and good with cats. They seemed like the perfect dog for us, how hard could it be?

Very is the answer to that! I’m quite sure that the puppy stage is approximately one million times harder than the newborn stage. Especially if the majority of your family come down with illnesses one week after you introduce said pup to your home. I feel like my main purpose in life at the moment is to clean up poop. Kids poo and dogs poo. Just call me the poo lady. At this point I’m sure I’ve earned that title.

cockapoos and children

Dobby follows me everywhere,¬†as does Aria. I can’t go to the toilet without a pup and a toddler in tow. I can’t go into the kitchen without a pup and a toddler in tow. He follows me up the stairs and then cries because he can’t get back down the stairs. If I don’t have a pup and a toddler in tow I worry about where said pup and toddler are, and more to the point, what mischief they are causing.

As for being child friendly, if you count terrorising her and bringing her to tears approximately 50 times a day as child friendly then we’re bang on track!

cockapoos and children

Sometimes Aria loves Dobby, she sits down and chats with him and she especially loves lying next to him when he falls asleep (probably because he won’t jump over her when he’s sleeping, or at least she hopes that is the case), other times Aria hates Dobby.

Sometimes Dobby follows Aria around chewing on her nappy (apparently it’s because it’s a similar scent to puppy training pads), jumps up at her and chews her hair, making her cry, not because he hurts her, but because she is fed up of him.

children and cockapoos

I’m sure that we will eventually be a big happy family, and even the cats will come to love Dobby, but for now I’m you’ll find me researching puppy training classes and googling how the hell do I stop my puppy harassing my toddler, and me.