This photo was taken the day after it was born! Keep scrolling to see 2 week old pictures, such a difference!
I’ve been dying to share this news with you all for quite some time now, and today is finally the day! Yippie!! If you haven’t already guessed from the name of this blog post, I’m getting a puppy!! I’ll be bringing home a little, female Maltipoo the second week of September and I couldn’t be more excited! (I haven’t decided on a name yet either, so comment below with any suggestions. Please!)
I’ll be doing many more puppy-related posts in the future, but for now I wanted to answer a few basic questions/share my excitement with you all! So here we go!
Ha this is kind of a funny story…I guess the short answer is because Bichon Frises are freaking expensive! Like over $2,800 expensive! But there’s a lot more that went into picking the breed aside from the price tag. Lemme explain– My first puppy, Cookie, was a Bichon Frise (and perfect!), but she looked nothing like a Bichon. She looked more like a scruffy little thing and she was the runt of the litter. So while she technically was a Bichon she definitely resembled the coat type, personality, and size of a Maltipoo. I loved everything about Cookie, my first dog, and especially her size and ability to come everywhere with me! She was always my side-kick and I loved how “errand-friendly” she was (a term I just made up, but describes her perfectly). One time my Grandma and I actually had lunch with Cookie at an Applebees. Yes really! For those who don’t know you really aren’t allowed to have non-service dogs in restaurants, but Cookie was so chill that she just sat in her carrier the whole time next to me as I handed her chunks of chicken from my salad. Now, Maltipoos are small, but not teacup small and that’s important here. Sure teacup puppies are cute, but there a little toooo small for my preference and there is definitely some science to back up the breeding for these small puppies to be unhealthy. So no teacup puppies for me, just a little baby Maltipoo!
I love Havanese (and kind of had this dream of going to Cuba and bringing one home), but they’re typically 15-20lbs and I wanted something more in the 10-15lbs range. [However, I did meet a Havenese the other day that was full grown and only 10 lbs, so I guess they do exist, but not as easy to come by.]
I also considered Bichipoos (Bichon x Toy Poodle), but it ended up just working out time wise for a Maltipoo.
I think I’ll dedicate a whole blog post to this in the future… but here’s just a little backstory for the meantime: While we got my first puppy, Cookie, from a breeder, we always tell people we feel like we rescued her. The house that the breeder lived in was disgusting. There were too many dogs to count in such a small space and the breeder definitely had no standards when it came to cleanliness or best practices. And it’s a double edged sword if you think about it…on the one hand we supported her terrible business by buying Cookie from her, but on the other hand, we gave Cookie such an amazing life that this woman wouldn’t have given her.
Let me put out there also before we dive into my breeder research, I do not support shopping at puppy stores. At all! Stores like Puppy Love get their puppies from puppy mills, which are terrible places! Dogs are kept in cages too small to move and mothers are forced to be constantly pregnant. Anyway- puppy mills suck and it’s difficult to distinguish bad breeders who have borderline puppy mill practices from breeders who actually care about their animals and have standards.
It took me a long time to find a breeder I felt I could truly trust. My breeder was nothing but kind and open about her practices and she even gave me the contact info of her vets and previous customers. A family that previously adopted from her were alumni from Roanoke College, the same college I attended, and speaking with them really sealed the deal. I knew I could trust fellow Roanoke-ers! Another great sign was that I was on a waiting list and the people ahead of me were repeat customers. Clearly you wouldn’t get a second dog from someone if the first one wasn’t exactly what you hoped for (and most importantly, healthy!).
Not sure yet, I have this thing where I’ve always named my pets after foods. Not joking…I’d love to keep on that same trend, but I also really like the name Cooper! Please send me suggestions though, this puppy needs a name!
Puppy at 2 weeks old!