I’ve not been writing, but I have been preparing.
Nym isn’t my first dog, by any means, but will be the first after I move out. This means that I’m actually starting from scratch: everything will need to be purchased.
I’m a tad fickle, especially with ordering online. It’s important for me to gauge item quality, but unfortunately, the nearest pet store to where I live is actually 30+ minutes away. (There are actually closer ones, but one is very high priced, and the other two are very… shady. The most I’ve ever bought from either is feeder mice for my ball python (RIP, lil guy).)
This means that I will be doing a fair amount of ordering online for supplies, especially to coordinate gear.
My first step was to take advantage of the ability to add several wish lists to Amazon. I’ve organized them as follows:
- Nym Necessities: Absolutely necessary care items. This list includes clippers, dishes, and nail trimmers.
- Nym Agility: Agility training items. While I plan to build some items, there are others that are simply better to purchase… such as weave poles. (And books!)
- Nym Toys: Toys I know I want to get for Nym. These will mostly be for travelling or mental stimulation. (I only created this list because I saw something I knew would be amazing for an intelligent puppy.)
- Nym Considerations: Items I’m considering at the moment, mostly on a price or quality basis.
My next step has been to patrol various websites such as pet stores and Etsy for items such as collars, leashes, and customizable must-haves.
Some of the items I’ve chosen so far are based on personal preference and experience. My chow and my brother’s beagle had a pair of very nice plain metal food bowls with a rubber rims. They were impossible to flip. (Trust me, the beagle tried.) This was the first thing I found for Nym. I, a clutz, could never use ceramic. I also personally find metal bowls easier to clean.
Some of the items I’ve chosen have been purely off reviews or aesthetic. Grooming and training tools fall into this category.
And some of the items, I honestly can’t buy until I know more information. Nym’s harness is one of them, as are collars. Crates are temporarily falling into this category.
A leash is something I want to purchase right before I go get her. I have decided against the extendible kind, since I personally found that those are the number one way to get road rash on your face, as your dog can get a head start and pull you over when they hit the end of the leash at an all-out run. I’m tiny, so even a smaller dog can do this to me. (The beagle is extremely fond of attempting to do so.) The ID tag also goes in this group.
Finally, I want to make sure I have a bag of her chosen food before I pick her up. Obviously, this is something I want to pick up very close to getting her, but it’s still something I need to research…