Welcome to the family, Noah! Lola was the one who wanted a dog the most, and somehow one day it just happened, her dreams came true. And really, all of us are so in love with this little puppy! We were at the right point in our family life to be able to add a puppy to the mix.
After traveling to Utah and visiting family, Lola was a little sad one day about missing family (although when I asked her if she wanted to move to Utah, she quickly said no). It is always hard to be away from family, even if you are happy where you are. She has had some personal things we were working through with her, trying to figure out the best way to support our little sweetie. Somehow she got on the subject of a dog. I showed her a photo of a dog my friend had just gotten (that was small and so cute) and then that spiraled into looking at photos of dogs online. Then it quickly went to buying a dog online.
*The place she found online didn’t look like a good place to support. So that is where the search started. We then found Noah and somehow the stars aligned that we could get him in a few weeks, so we knew it was meant to be. We would love to rescue a dog in the future, now that we know a lot more than we did even a month ago.
What kind of dog is Noah?
Noah is a Mini Aussie Doodle. This breed is a mix between an austrailian shepherd and a poodle. This breed is known for being playful, loyal and smart. They are known for being excellent family dogs and are incredible therapy dogs because they bond so quickly with their owners. We have found all of these things to be true for little Noah! He will grow to be about 25 lbs, he is about 14 lbs now.
Why did you name him Noah?
We almost named Finn Noah! So it felt right to name our next boy Noah. And I actually call Noah Finn ALL THE TIME! I never call him one of the girls names. It is pretty funny.
Where did you get Noah and why?
Often you can find the exact puppy you want through a shelter, (we have learned and agree that this is an amazing route, and all dogs need a home). We found Noah on Instagram (Native Doodles) and did a lot of research into the breeder. And they also interviewed us before allowing us to adopt Noah. We loved that they offered a lot of training before we got the puppy. Noah came with some therapy training, crate training and obedience training. We can continue therapy training as he gets older, which we will do for several reasons.
A big reason we wanted a dog, was for love and companionship for our kids and Kevin, our biggest kid:). This has been a trying time for all of us and kids often don’t have a way to process anxiety that comes with uncertainty in their worlds (and some kids it effects more than others). We can already see the difference having a puppy in the home!
How is it going so far?
Noah instantly bonded with our family. He is calm and loving. I adore how patient he is with Finn, (who can be a little wild, but full of love). We are still learning more about each other, but he is such a great match for our family. We are working on potty training too! He is picking it up quickly because he is obviously a GENIUS:)!
How is sleep going?
The first night we had him in our hall bathroom, in his crate with his blanket and a soft stuffed animal puppy that has a heartbeat and Noah cried for a lot of the night. We did take him out several times to go to the bathroom. But he still cried, it was so sad. The second night we decided to try his crate in our bedroom to see if he would do better. It was amazing how much better he did!! I thought him hearing us talking or moving around would make him cry to get out of his crate. But it was the opposite, our sounds soothed him. Kevin did lay by the crate until Noah fell asleep, (and still does) which is the sweetest thing. We laughed that we totally have a new baby in the house.
What about Essential Oils?
I get this questions ALL THE TIME. And it was the number one question after we said we got a puppy “can you use oils around him” or “you know you shouldn’t use oils around pets”. That is not true, my answer is: It all depends on your oil and if you use it correctly. There is a lot of conflicting information on using essential oils around your pets. Young Living has pure therapeutic grade essential oils, with no fragrance or fillers that can be toxic. Even the purest of oils can be harmful for your animal’s bodies. Some oils to be cautious around are: wintergreen, oregano, tea tree, thyme, and clove. The good news is that SO many oils can support your pets the same way that they support you! We have already been using Lavender for calming and sleep for our little puppy. Peace & calming, T-away, valor, stress away, and frankincense are all used for anxiousness when going in the car, going to the vet, fireworks season, etc. Remember: always follow the dilution chart and start slowly, just like you do for your kids. It’s not scary, they are awesome tools to use! (I send you a bunch of information on this when you get your starter kit. Learn more about our journey with Essential Oils check out this post, or if you are ready to join me, click here!)
Tell us about his new dog bed and all the things you like!
We obviously needed a dog bed. I had some floor pillows we used for awhile. Many of you said dogs like a bed with back so they feel secure. That led me on the hunt! And a lot of you told me favorite things you use for your puppies. Decided to compile them here-
Favorite Dog Beds– recommended by you!
- 1- Cane Dog Bed
- 2- Grain Sack Dog Bed
- 3- Plaid Dog Bed
- 4- Wicker Dog Bed
- 5- Shag Cuddler
- 6- Fur Dog Bed
- 7- Pendleton Stripe Dog Bed
- 8- Black Wicker Dog Bed
- 9- Stripe Dog Bed
- 10- Stripe small dog bed
- 11- Linen with leather strap
- 12- Blue Plaid
- 13- Wood and Cane Bed
I did like this round pillow as a dog bed (I found at Home Goods), but he kept slipping off it and was growing out of it quickly. I can wash the cover and use it as a pillow for someone!
- Dog bandana set of 4
- Stripe dog bandana
- Dog collar
- Dog leash
- Dog Brush
- Dog Shampoo
- Dog Bowl
- Tear stain remover
- Stuffed animal with heartbeat (Noah sleeps with nightly)
- Stackable airtight food storage
- Portable Dog Water Bottle
What are your favorite dog things?