(Closed) Getting a puppy 5 months before a wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Pets
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

We got our puppy when our baby was 4 months old. I think as long as you are set financially for the wedding then go ahead. Getting a dog definately costs a lot more than I expected. Also keep in mind what you will do with the dog the days surrounding your wedding, you won’t be home much and on your honeymoon. If you have family that can dog sit that’s great, but keneling can be expensive.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I vote now! They are are a lot of work at first, but it is worth it.  I got my puppy at a time that probably wasn’t the best (right after purchasing/beginning a remodel on a home), and I wouldn’t change it for the world!  Her goofy personality and lots of puppy affection make me smile daily (almost a year later).  I can’t imagine my life without her.  That is WAY worth it in my book!

Good luck and enjoy the little bundle of fluff if you get one!  Be sure to post pictures! 🙂 

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I say wait until after the wedding.  I have a dog and he was injured 2 day before the wedding and needing emergency care.  It threw a big monkey wrench into planning of who can take care of the dog while we were getting married and while we were away at our honeymoon.  Granted he is an older dog.

It takes a lot of time to take care of a puppy and the most crucial time to spend with a pup is early on.  Planning a wedding also takes up a lot of time.  I would say wait til later when you can spend all your time truly dedicated to that pup.

Just my two cents.  🙂

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I’m not good at waiting so I say NOW!  Fiance and I agreed to get a second dog after the wedding as our “new situation” since we’ll already be living together.  But during my daily perusal of petfinder.com this past Sept, I came across THE perfect addition, so I sent in an application.  Apparently I forgot to mention it to Fiance, so imagine his surprise when the rescue called him as a reference…oops…

Once I finally filled him in, he was reluctanly on board with moving our adoption up 8 months, and we brought Julesy home 1 wk later=)

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I also vote now. This way, you can train your puppy over the summer months when it’s nice outside, and not in the snow all winter long! Keeping a 4-8 month old puppy cooped up inside over winter would drive me crazy! Housebreaking can always start with puppy pads until the snow melts.

If you’re worried about vet expenses popping up right before your wedding, check out some pet health insurance policies. They’re really affordable and can lessen the blow if something happens!

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I say wait. Puppies really are a lot of work. If you are going to adopt an older dog I think it’s okay because you won’t be as involved with the training.

You have to get them used to walking on the leash, things in your house WILL get chewed up no matter how hard you try, you have to train them to go to the bathroom outside which is somewhat stressful, not to mention barking/crying issues the first few months ect… Of course they eventually do make wonderful friends/companions..but i’m just saying it’s a lot of work in the beginning.

You should also consider a rescue. =)

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

We’re actually probably going to be doing this! My Fiance has an internship in another city this fall, and I’ve been dying for another dog, so he promised he’d get me one before he leaves so that I have two dogs to “protect” me instead of just one, haha. We’ll probably be getting the puppy in August, and we’re getting married in January, so that’s right at 5 months! I definitely think it’s manageable!

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We got a puppy in December (5 months before the wedding!) and it really hasn’t impacted the wedding plans.  The two are mutually exclusive in my book. 

However, puppies do need to go out A LOT!  So take the weather situation into consideration.  We tend to let her out far less than she needs to because the weather has been crappy.

Also, don’t forget to think about what you’ll do with it during the wedding/honeymoon.  Kennels can be expensive.  And, most won’t take dogs that haven’t had all their shots.  And, puppy vaccines are over a span of months.

Either way, puppies are adorable little bundles of love and puppy kisses!  Maybe they’re like kids, there’s no “right time”!

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think it depends on how old your “puppy” will be.  We got our dog Louie when he was one year old.  It wasn’t the most convenient time, but he was already housebroken, so his training was really limited to leash training and not chewing on random items around the house.  If you are buying/adopting a really young puppy, though, you might want to wait until August/September.  They require quite a bit more work, and by then you’ll have more time to devote to him/her!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i vote get one now!  pups are a ton of fun (and some work) but they are great stress relievers and really bring people together!  as long as you have a plan (ie you get a crate to crate train, and have toys and such) its not that hard to raise a puppy (i’ve raised 10).

also i would suggest looking into a golden rescue program!  or if you go the breeder route make sure you can see the parents, golden’s have lots of skin/allergy problems, and its nice to see how healthy the parents are and hear what they are eating!  my golden has such bad skin it took us 2 years to find the right food for him, he now eats a raw/BARF diet and does great!

good luck!  and have fun!

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i vote get one now!  pups are a ton of fun (and some work) but they are great stress relievers and really bring people together!  as long as you have a plan (ie you get a crate to crate train, and have toys and such) its not that hard to raise a puppy (i’ve raised 10).

also i would suggest looking into a golden rescue program!  or if you go the breeder route make sure you can see the parents, golden’s have lots of skin/allergy problems, and its nice to see how healthy the parents are and hear what they are eating!  my golden has such bad skin it took us 2 years to find the right food for him, he now eats a raw/BARF diet and does great!

good luck!  and have fun!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m with Mrs Spring. It totally depends on the age of the puppy that you want to get. What does your FH think? Getting a puppy now for the doggy company and the doggy therapy is a great idea but in the weeks leading up to your wedding is it going to get stressful planning walks and housebreaking a young pup? Also, who will take care of it on your honeymoon, are your house guests that you’re expecting allergic to dogs? There’s quite a lot to take into consideration.

But oh I know how it feels. I’d love a dog now, but FH is insisting we wait until we have our own place and are able to care for it properly (ie, have the time to train it and such). 

Post # 14
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Bee Keeper

HOLD OFF!  A puppy is WAY too much work to try to raise BEFORE your wedding.  Plus you’ll have to pay to board them for your honeymoon.  Even if you have a friend watch them for you, it’s still customary to pay them something for their trouble.  Puppies are a huge financial commitment, a lot of people don’t realize that.  On top of the vaccinations they’ll need ($$) at the two month, three month, six month, and year mark ($$$$), they also require large upfront costs for the puppy essentials like:

food & water bowls ($)
collar ($)
leash ($)
kennel ($$$)
puppy potty pads ($$)
no chew sprays ($$)
grooming brushes ($-$$)
kennel mats or pads ($$$)
urine cleaner for the carpet ($$)
toys ($$$)
food ($$)
training ($$$) in my mind this is necessary before 1 yr old

Not to mention the cost of all the items you’ll have to replace because your house isn’t puppy-proofed yet and they always find something to chew on (think tv cords, video game remotes and cords, cell phones, wallets, purses, shoes, slippers, couches, dining furniture, computer cables, hair brushes, hair dryer cords, headsets, headphones, cordless phones, tv remotes, dvr remotes, etc).

The first and last years of a dog’s life are usually the most expensive.  It’s a very big financial commitment to consider.  Not to mention the time commitment, since you need to spend a lot of time training a dog in its first year.  We got a puppy before the wedding, and I REALLY REALLY wish we would have waited.  We had plenty of money, but it was still a stressor in my life that was difficult to deal with on top of all the wedding stuff.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

MightySaphhire pretty much hit the nail on the head.  I want a puppy SOOO badly, too, but sometimes we need to listen to our heads instead of our hearts! 

Puppies are cute, cuddly stress relievers, BUT they are also stress CAUSERS!  LOL!  Do you want to be running around cleaning up “puddles” and “piles” on the floor while trying to plan a wedding?  Do you want to be constantly supervising your new puppy so he or she doesn’t chew up your belongings?  What would you do if he chewed up something for the wedding…the centerpieces you were working on, your wedding shoes, etc.?  Are you prepared for sleepless nights when the puppy can’t sleep because he misses his family, or getting up in the middle of the night at least once a night to take him outside?  Are you guys going on a honeymoon?  Who will take care of the puppy while you’re gone?  If he’s not potty trained by then, are your friends willing to take a puppy who isn’t completely housebroken?  Would they want items in THEIR house chewed up, or are they able to properly supervise a puppy to make sure he doesn’t chew things up?

If you’re wanting a puppy, it would be a great time to start LOOKING for responsible breeders in your area, (some guildlines for what makes a breeder responsible: http://www.inch.com/~dogs/breeders.html), if you’re looking to buy.  Please be aware that many responsible breeders have a waiting list, and most only have a litter or two per year, (or less!), so if you do your research NOW, when you’re ready you’ll have a breeder lined up who you trust.  Or, start looking for a rescue in your area if you want to adopt.  If you absolutely MUST have a dog now, I would suggest adopting one that’s older, and past the puppy stages of chewing and piddling in the house.  Not a senior, per say, although their are some wonderful, wonderful senior dogs who could really use a loving family for their remaining years but are often overlooked because they’re not a young pup anymore, (so don’t rule them out!).

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