If you follow us on social media (namely, Instagram), you’ll know by now that we’ve added a new addition to our family.
World, Meet Pongo.
Pongo is 7 weeks old and loves to be with people. As in, he whines and pouts when he is not in close proximity of us! When we picked him up from the breeder, she warned us that he was the whiniest puppy of the bunch, and so far he’s proven her right. However, right now we are loving his sweet little cuddle stage! He is really (surprisingly) a mellow dog and so far is fitting really well into our little home.
Before we bought a Dalmatian, we did tons of research. It was important to us to get a good family dog, one that would be patient with Joy when older yet active enough to join us on hikes and adventures. Our first choice was a Golden Retriever, but unfortunately Jeff happens to be allergic to cats and dogs… like, more then just a sneeze here and there allergic. So, after a lot of research we realized a shorter haired dog with some extra precautions would fit better into our family.
So far, Joy and Pongo have a interesting relationship. They are both so fascinated with each other, but have to be closely monitored when together. Joy thinks that Pongo is a glorified toy and grabs and pokes and pushes him. Unfortunately for her, this merely excites Pongo and he thinks that she wants to roughhouse. This means their time together is a constant pulling and pushing away of paws and hands and repeating ‘gentle, gentle’ while attempting to show our 7-month old the proper way to love a puppy.
For those who are curious about Jeff’s allergies- we’ve decided to go as natural as possible as far as making Jeff’s allergies and our new family work out. We’ve invested in a diffuser and some essential oils (though lets be honest, we’ve actually have the diffuser a while) and we keep the diffuser on constantly with lavender oil– which is supposed to help subdue allergies. He also sometimes rubs the oil around his eyes (not in them!) or on a rash and it really has been working as far as making the effects way less noticeable. We also got a GermGaurdian before Pongo came to help keep the air as clean as possible.
I want to hear from you! Did you ever have a family dog growing up? How do you feel like having a dog (or not) impacted your childhood?
This post contains affiliate links. When you buy a product through these links, we get a small commission at no extra cost to you! Read our disclosure policy here.