So, you're getting a dog! Prepare for long walks in the park, endless hours spent throwing a tennis ball, and lots of love and kisses.
Now, let's talk logistics. Once you've made this awesome decision (extra awesome points if you plan to rescue), you're going to have to take a few necessary steps to get your home ready beyond just buying a cute dog bed.
When my boyfriend Dan and I got our little dog Reggie, I was pretty unprepared for the general chaos that was about to ensue. Though both Dan and I had grown up with dogs (and, weirdly, both with dogs named Ginger), we really had no idea what this cute, cuddly ball of terror was going to do when she moved in and took over.
In the year and a half since, I've learned a thing or two about protecting my home and sanity from the shoe-eating, attention-whoring dog who is also one of the things I love most in this world. Shortly after getting Reggie, I started my job as editor of a pet magazine, which has no doubt taught me aRead More »from Getting a Puppy? How to Dog-Proof Your Apartment