It’s been a hot minute since I last sat down to write a blog post Life has been in overdrive recently for many reasons which I won’t get into but one huge reason is the arrival of our new puppy!
A month ago now, just before COVID-19 lockdown in the U.K., we took an early morning trip down to Brechin to pick up our sweet boy, Casper, two weeks earlier than planned to make sure he had a lovely home to spend isolation during these strange, tragic times.
Casper is a golden retriever puppy who has already provided us with so much love. He came at a great time after the loss of my family dog, Benji, and helped fill the huge hole that our cocker spaniel left.
We had talked about getting a golden retriever for a couple of years and had the name Casper picked out long before meeting this bundle of fluff. If you know of Casper the friendly ghost, you will know the vibes we were going for with the name Casper. Casper the friendly golden retriever – the perfect name for a Goldie if I do say so myself.
He’s been with us since 8 weeks old and he is the biggest bundle of energy since – he certainly keeps us on our toes. In the few weeks we’ve had him he’s grown up so fast which makes us proud dog parents but Casper if you’re reading you can stay small for a little longer if you want… please!
Here is Casper at 5 weeks old when we went to see him for the first time.
Casper at 8 weeks.
And now 12 weeks old.
We’ve been trying to give him a good training session each day. He picks up commands quickly which is one of the reasons we wanted a golden retriever. They are a smart breed. He knows the basics of sit, down, paw and come already with a few more being learned at the present. Hopefully by the next pupdate he will be confident in a good few more and have completed puppy training classes.
He loves to play, like any puppy. Trying to rip his cuddly toy monkey apart is his favourite past time. That, or chewing up my slippers. We’ve tried to be resourceful too by creating some activities to work his mind with kibble and plastic boxes which let him ponder how to get the treat out. One to try with your pups perhaps!
Another reason why a golden retriever was a firm favourite for us was their activity levels. We love going on long walks or runs and wanted a dog who could easily fit in with that lifestyle. Casper has his final injection today which means that in a week’s time we will be able to take him out for his very first walk around the block. He is going to be one excited pup experiencing life outside of our garden. All those new smells to sniff out and paths to explore!
At the moment he won’t be able to go too far. A common problem with Golden retrievers is Hip and Elbow Dysplasia which is to do with the bones forming abnormally causing pain and can lead to arthritis. So during these puppy stages, we have to be careful that he isn’t putting too much strain on his legs and growing bones until he is strong enough. But he will be in his element when we can eventually take him out on some long trails.
With lockdown, there isn’t too much else to report about Casper but once he is out and about we will have plenty of adventures to share! To keep in the loop, make sure you are following me over on Instagram and YouTube where I’m likely to post more regular pupdates.
All I can say is that he has settled in incredibly well into our home. He is a joyful, playful puppy and we hope he enjoys our company as much as we are loving his.
That’s it from me. Stay safe folks!
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