A friend once told me of a test you can take to determine if you’re ready to have a puppy. Stand in the middle of your house with a blindfold on. Then, take 10 baseballs and throw them as hard as you can in random directions. If you open your eyes and you’re devastated by the chaos around you, you’re not ready for a dog.
Personally I think that is a bit extreme. Gatsby has been a perfect gentleman (by dog standards, at least) since day one and the worst damage he has caused were a couple bite marks on one of my favourite books. Still, it’s good to be prepared. If you spend some time planning and arranging for a safe space for your puppy before you bring them home it will be easier for them adjust to their new surroundings. Here’s what I did to help make Gatsby feel at home in my apartment. Read More