‘A Life with Dogs’ tracks the journey from ‘Pre-Puppy’ to the inevitable ‘Saying Good-bye.’ Inspiration crafted from the meeting of a brand-new puppy – Jerry (a.k.a. Royoni-naughty-on-arrival) and a deep, heart-felt love for dogs.
Whether you own a dog, are thinking about introducing a dog to your family or are the proud owner of a brand-new puppy -it’s a special time.
Chapter One. When is the Right Time to get a Dog?
Chapter Two. What Type of Dog is Right for You?
Chapter Three. Tips for Buying a Puppy
Chapter Four. Tips for Adopting a Dog
Chapter Five: Fostering a Dog
Chapter Six. Your Pre-Puppy Checklist
In 2000 we decided to introduce a dog to both our family and our home. I felt that circumstances allowed such a privilege as we had recently moved from high-rise city living, to the land.
It was important that the dog chosen for my daughter was a lover and not the more independent, wilful type. It also needed to be both inside and outside compatible, small enough but not too small and above all, personality plus. It was a well thought out decision and one that proved itself in so many ways. This new family member endeared himself to us all in a nano; so much so, without hesitation we made a return trip to Royoni Kennels. Dudley would have a wife!
Whether you’ve been a devoted dog owner, or it’s all new and you’ve already had a touch of the overwhelm, let’s start from the beginning...
According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), 3.9 million dogs enter shelters every year; many of which are relinquished because their owners simply weren’t prepared for the responsibility.
Here are some questions you should ask before deciding whether you are prepared for owning a dog, (or not).
What does your family look like?
Consider your Routine
Consider your Lifestyle
What are your Family Obligations?
Do you Plan to Move?
Is a Dog in your Budget?
"Dogs are not our whole lives, but they surely make our lives whole." Roger Caras
Introducing Ambassador Jerry @jerrythecockerspan
By Ash Sukhwani
Losing a pet can sometimes leave you with huge feelings of emptiness that nothing seems able to fill. It is the love you felt for that Pet for all those years, that does not easily fade. Karun and I had lost two beloved dogs - Beagles, of which Goofy, our eldest passed on 3rd July 2017. Coming home to an empty house became a daunting exercise, so to combat the hollowness we travelled to Thailand for a week, helping me grieve and to think about our next steps.
Fortunately, I have been blessed with a strong and supportive business network and on my return, one such colleague Yooseon Jang, handed me tickets to The Dog Lovers Show - seeking only a promise that I would go.
The following week on the 6th August, we hopped on the Hills Bus, changing three times in order to reach the Hordon Pavilion. The place was buzzing, however our eyes remained alert, searching for our new companion? Were we ready for another dog?
Whilst thinking about adoption and looking at new puppies, we stumbled upon the Underwater Dogs Stand. It had been the beautiful fluorescent green bottles that had caught our attention, as had the most beautiful Cocker Spaniel. We watched… he had such a calm and inviting persona, and we fell instantly in love.
So, this is where destiny had definite plans for Karun and me, because Gayle (Owner of the Underwater Dogs Haircare Company) provided us with details of Ralphie’s breeder. Without hesitation we made a call that same day, however no contact over the following few days set some early disappointment.
Perhaps it was just not meant to be?
But early on the morning of August 8th we received a call from Royoni Kennels advising there was a puppy ready to go home that following Saturday. Would we be interested? OMG - the news made me jump off my chair, and I immediately requested a photo.
So, when is the right time to get a dog?
For Karun and Ash Sukhwani, it was the 13th of August 2017…and they have never looked back.
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