Getting a Puppy in Park Slope Heaven

September 24, 2020 | Meeting Tucker, our new Cavapoo puppy.

Meeting our Puppy

Tucker is a Cavapoo, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel and Miniature Poodle Mix (the kind of dog I had growing up) and came home to us on September 24th, 2020. Since the breeder was based in Ohio and we weren’t able to road trip to get him, we had him delivered. It ended up being the most nerve-wracking, exciting, life-changing delivery of all time.

He arrived as a six-pound ball of fluff and we loved him immediately. I was so relieved that he ended up being the right puppy (you never know with delivery!) and even cuter in real life. He was so tiny, so sweet, and snuggled up to us right away. I was in…puppy heaven.

The first few days

I got very little sleep the first few nights, but it wasn’t because of Tucker. He slept in his crate from the start with very little complaint. Because he was only nine weeks old, he was too little to sleep through the night. When he woke up, he’d fall back asleep but I couldn’t. I was just so happy and in complete disbelief that we had a puppy to care for and that he was ours.

The first 24 hours were a whirlwind of fluff, playing, and getting to know our new puppy. Right away, he loved his teddy bear (pictured below) and playing with all of his toys – these cookies became an instant favorite. He learned how to climb out of his playpen almost immediately, which was certainly not in any of the puppy books I had read. He was not interested in treats (this has changed) and had no idea what to do when we took him outside (luckily this has also changed).

The first few days also brought his first visit to the vet for the “initial wellness visit.” I had called around and decided on Prospect Park Animal Clinic (on PPW) and cannot recommend them enough. It’s a family business and the two vets are father and son. We’ve now seen both of them, and they are so patient and kind as they answered all of my new dog mom questions.

Miraculously, we got Tucker into training classes at Unleashed by Petco (7th Avenue + Union). This was truly a miracle because, due to COVID, group sessions have been reduced to two puppies. We love our trainer, Genevieve, and Tucker is learning how to be a very good boy.

On a more personal note, one of the best parts about having Tucker is how many people we have met. Now, when we leave the apartment, we know everyone. People stops to say hello, pet the puppy, tell us about their dogs, etc. I’m so impressed by how friendly the world has become! I’ve exchanged numbers with other dog moms at the vet, the crossing guard greets him every morning with a treat, our super sent him a BarkBox (so nice!), the grandma around the corner calls him “her baby,” and I’ve even met quite a few friends of @parkslopeheaven (@bessieinbrooklyn even walked over her extra puppy pads!). I love dog people.

What everyone says is true – having a dog is so much work but so worth it. Tucker is playful and sweet and loves his people so much already. He is our little teddy bear and we just can’t get over how cute he is and how much we love him. We tell him constantly – we’re those people and we love it.

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