It is a Pugalier’s Life

So I have a new man in my life .. and I am in love … Puppy love after all is endless love.

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Posing in the sunshine !

 

Our wee Pugalier pup arrived all the way from his NSW breeders on the 8th August and our lives changed ! From the moment he looked at me calmly from his flight carry case ( Jet-setter already) and came straight  for cuddles, my heart skipped a beat. Yup .. I doubt I will ever again sleep past 6am, have good woolen jumpers, or a lounge room scented with anything other that puppy ‘fluffs’ – yet I’ve never been happier. Sam friggin adores him and in my book no amount of puppy poo under the clothes airier, can stop me from thinking he is the perfect pup.

Biggest challenge ? Our newest family member is a massive meat lover and so suddenly chicken necks, duck jerky and liver treats are a part of my plant based loving life. Doesn’t bother me one bit ?! Sure I’ve sneaked in a bit of veg and I am not sad he gobbles up sardines like they are a gourmet meal, but seriously I love just feeding my man what makes him feel good. Too his delight I  roasted him chicken and sweet potato in coconut oil last week ( to compliment his vet approved diet ) .. poor Sam just shook his head. I’ve never seen him so excited. There is something amazing about nourishing those you love and your pup should be no different !

Of course I  knew I’d love him, but I’ve been entirely surprised by the whole experience. He is after all my first puppy experience ! All the things I dreaded (poo, pee, chewing .. bath time ) .. I love .. cause this guy is just adorable. At puppy school he is the smallest and the loudest in the class. Through a tunnel ? No probs ..  Walk on my lead ?  .. Sure ! First day at the beach ? I can do that ! Again and again he has surprised us with his boisterous, outgoing attitude. He loves cuddles too and of course we aren’t sad about that.

Warning adorable photos to follow …

 

S0 what would I recommend in my 2.5 weeks experience … ? ha ha – you learn a lot fast !

Get the best dog bed you can afford,team it with a heatbag and you’ve got a pup that sleeps the night through. We love fuzzyard for doggy stuff full stop – style,quality and an Aussie company !

Enrol in puppy school – its been sooo helpful for us; even if Oscar just goes for the food and socialising. No seriously .. he ran to school yesterday .. the whole way. I swear he could smell the roast chicken awaiting him.

Work out what makes your puppy tick ( Oscar is all about roast chicken, sunshine and cubby holes ) and use it to your advantage.

Get a Puppy Kong ( without it I don’t think I could leave for work ! ).

Bath,  massage  and groom from day one. Oscar loves his ‘spa’ moments. Second bath yesterday was fun for all ( despite Mummies’ bad neck ! )  .. though ear cleaning may take a little longer.

Them eyes

First bath time

Last, but not least, expose your pup to your lifestyle from day one ! Oscar loves walks, outdoor cafes, the beach and our local national park already .. which means we can take him along with us when doing all our fav things. He loves Sam’s parents and their two pups as we introduced them early in … he is just one loving and adaptable pup ! can you tell we are proud ?!

A last note and  thank you to the Pretty Fluffy blog too .. seriously good info on loving your pup !

So life is changing .. and I am loving every moment. Now to wake my wee man up and enjoy some of that late afternoon sunshine ! Peace, love and dogs .. that is all anyone needs really !  x

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Depressed, down and ready to dog out.

10431363_10154392801640241_530075619341810444_oMy last post was in April. I’m sorry .. I say this to myself mainly as I stopped doing something I loved .. actually around that time I stopped doing a lot of things I love.

Here are the facts .. battling constant pain and illness wears you down  – a lot. Especially when there is no certain answer. On the short, Crohns sucks .. I’ve just always maintained within my mind there is so much that could suck worse, but finding a ‘good’ recipe … constantly trying to be ‘good’ only to find next week that was ‘bad’ got old .. very old. Crohns keeps you guessing thats for sure.

Yet …

Top that with having to break away from those  who are meant to love you – ( yer the parentals) and I  guess you get a far less happy Cheryl? Actually you get a depressed one.  Just like many others, there are times I want to sit on the couch, eat something fried, maybe twice fried  ( I am Scottish ! ) and follow it up with ice cream embedded with some sort of cookie goodness ( Oreo is the preference ) and Orange is the new Black.. accompanied with a vodka and Irn Bru ( yes .. Scottish .. ) . Unlike others however it makes me sick, very sick. Confession – I haven’t looked after myself properly since May. Actually from the moment in May I decided that I could no longer be a part of my parents lives .. everything else fell apart. IT HAS BEEN DAMN HARD.  I don’t think I have even gone for a walk, let alone felt I needed to look after myself.

I love my parents despite everything .. and trust me this simply ain’t the forum ( despite my love for FB over-charing) to share ‘everything’ ; but May, in fact a certain early May evening, where shit just got too much made me say, STOP enough is enough. It was the most selfish, bravest, scariest moment of my life. It is now the 13th July, how did that happen .. ?! I miss my mother, I miss .. having family .. but I don’t miss the heartache and truthfully, whilst I harbour guilt, I think it is the best decision I made in a long time.  Yet, yes I am depressed. It feels all wrong.

I am lucky .. I have a loving ‘man-child’  ( meant in the most loving way ) of a fiancé who knows just when to hug me, make me laugh or be a silly sod who makes me feel like the grown up. His latest purchase was a star wars t-shirt .. how can you not love that ? His family are incredible – truly. His Dad gives the best hugs, and his mother well .. I don’t even know where to begin .. she loves me and I know it. How lucky am I ? Thats without even mentioning my beautiful Canadian family .. and truly they are gorgeous !! Yet I am depressed still ..

Early June and I figured enough was enough  and so I had to ask for help from the Gp .. only to be give a tablet that doubled my seizures … thanks. So here I am again sans any medication, feeling sad and deciding that is not good enough.

Its time to remember I deserve to live a nourished life on so many levels. Its time to make more change.

So ?!!

We are getting a puppy from some wonderful NSW breeders .. its been 2 years talking about it and a day ( last week ) of just doing ! Dates aligned and suddenly we have the most adorable responsibility arriving  on the 9th August … a darling male pugalier at that. Name ideas anyone ?

To say it has given me something positive ( despite a recent flu .. yawn ) to concentrate on is an understatement. I feel renewed in my journey to good health .. but after reading some of the crazy ingredients pre-made doggy food it has given me a new challenge too ! Watch here for more !

 

Photo is of my actual wee man !

 

Here is too walking the dog, focusing on good health for our whole family and continuing to work with a wonderful group of people. Life just got a lot more whole. xo