Daisy is 3/4 Bichon Frise, 1/4 Chihuahua and we got her from an independent breeder in Chesterfield; about an hours drive from Leeds. She was the last puppy available in the litter and I was incredibly relieved when she seemed really comfortable around us when we went to visit her. The lady we got her from was absolutely lovely and so incredibly helpful, she was also asking a lot of questions about us and what sort of home we could provide Daisy with. This is extremely important; If you ever go to see a puppy and the breeder isn't interested in finding out about you, there's probably something they aren't telling you.
The first night we brought Daisy home she was quite nervous as you would expect, but Bichon's are very sociable, friendly breeds so she soon came out of her shell and she is extremely playful and loves cuddling up on the sofa and watching TV. We took her to the vets last week to have a check up, have her weighed and to sort out her fleeing and worming treatments. This was also the first time she was around any other dogs other than her mother and her brothers and sisters so it was interesting to see how she would interact but luckily she didn't seem at all phased and she loves meeting new dogs and new people. She weighed in at 2kg at the vets, so quite small for her 13 weeks of age but she is perfectly healthy and energetic!
Shortly after her trip to the vets we took her on her very first walk to the local park. We weren't sure how she'd find it as she's not really one for walking, she constantly likes to be picked up, but she actually seemed to really enjoy it. She was extremely relaxed around other dogs, some of whom were about 4 times her size, and this seemed to make them relaxed around her also. It was the weirdest feeling taking her for her first walk, you feel like your in an exclusive club with all the other dog walkers and everyone chats to you, it's like some unspoken bond! One problem we have encountered with taking her outside is that she gets extremely cold and shivery, I think sometimes we forget how small she actually is, she has so much fur and fluff but her actual body is tiny. To try and counteract this we bought her a little jacket from Pets at Home and that seems to give her that bit of extra warmth.
It is now over 2 weeks since Daisy arrived at our home and she seems fully relaxed and settled. This has resulted in her chewing everything in site and she certainly knows what she likes and what she doesn't like. Trying to bathe her is an absolute nightmare, she HATES it, but she loves being snuggled up after in loads of blankets and a hot water bottle (all wrapped up safely I may add!) so it's swings and roundabouts really! She's sleeping downstairs all night now without any whining or crying and is learning to sit - although that could just be because she is incredibly lazy!
If any of you have any good tips to stop puppies chewing everything in site then please let me know because nothing seems to be working at the moment and I'm not sure we will have a house left soon! I hope you have all had a good month and be sure to let me know what you've been up to in the comments.