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Sunday, 12 May 2013

Our Golden Retriever Puppy, the First 9 Months

After 5 years living together, my boyfriend finally convinced me to get a dog. We live at the foothills of the Dublin Mountains, in a 3 bed house with a decent sized garden. He did a lot of research and decided the Golden Retriever breed would suit us best.

He contacted the Golden Retriever Club who recommend a breeder in Wexford. We went to visit when the puppies were 5 weeks old and picked out the boy we wanted. 3 weeks later, my boyfriend drove back down to pick him up. We called him 'Ted'.

Ted being brought home from the breeder's house

That was last summer. Ted is celebrating his first birthday in a few weeks. He has grown from a tiny fluffy puppy into a big brute of a dog.

He is an easy going, gentle and easily trainable dog. We did 2 courses up in the DSPCA training him so he's pretty well-behaved now. He is happy to sit with us while watching tv or studying. Luckily my boyfriend is at home a lot so Ted has company a lot of the day. We are lucky to live near Marlay Park and have a large green in our estate so it's easy to walk him.

The cat tree we bought the cat to say sorry for the new dog

2 months vs 5 months
The rest of the photos are taken from www.thelifeofted.com which is the blog my boyfriend started to chronicle Ted's life so far... It's a bit of a photo overload from this point on so I hope you like the photos! :)















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    1. Thanks, he is! Although a 30-something kilo cutie at this stage!

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  2. He is just adorable, fair play to you both for doing your research first, a lot of people don't and it's so important! He's gorgeous, your pictures are fab x

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    1. Thanks! We (he mainly!) spent 2 months on research before approaching breeders and had talked about it for years. Think that is why it has worked out so well!

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  3. What an absolute dote - these pictures are too cute!

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  4. Sooooo cute! would love a puppy :(

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    1. It's just such a pity how quickly they grow up!

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  5. I may just die from the cuteness! Love him!

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    1. Awh thank you! Ted is a pretty cute guy! :)

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