Recently we lost our gorgeous whippet Cleo to cancer and so it is with great joy that I’m introducing you to our new family members, Bo and Arrow the whippet puppies. Currently they are 9 weeks old and just starting to look whippety. They brother and sister (from a litter of 8) and we had only planned on one, but then succumbed to two as they do love a canine companion (and having another whippet in the house means zoomies are so much more fun).
It’s been a long time since I last had a puppy, (seriously, I was 17 years old) as my last few whippets have all been rescue dogs that came to as adults.
Preparing to have puppies in our lives has meant that we have to think about what can be chewed (shoes!) that we don’t want to be chewed, and how to best train Bo and Arrow so they’re lovely members of our family. There will be much training to be done and many excuses to get up from my desk and to take a quick walk around the block. First thing though, is we have to teach them to walk on a lead, and not being particularly food focussed dogs, this is a little tricky!
I’ve really missed having a dog as working from home means that I’m frequently alone, the lovely Kate only works here twice a week, the rest of the time I’m on my own, and I really have noticed how much having that interaction with another living being makes my work life so much more enjoyable. Sure I’m an introvert, but I do like to spend time with others, and a whippet is a brilliant companion.
Why whippets? Well, I’ve discovered that they have the right personality for me. They are either on (running outside) or off (couch potatoes, curled up on their bed next to my desk). They are not too large so you can pick them up when needed, they don’t eat much and they require very very little grooming. They don’t shed much hair (so not too much vacuuming) and rarely need bathing (unless they’ve gone and found something stinky to roll in).
What we’ve noticed about their personalities s far? Bo is a smoocher and snuggler, and also a livewire, she’s got lots of energy. Arrow is a little more chill, but he’s quite a bit bigger than Bo, is chattier and grumbles more and he likes to sleep under my desk. They both are very “chewy” so I’m constantly keeping an eye on them so they don’t get into too much mischief.
I really do find that I’m happier (in fact meeting these guys and their brothers and sisters, parents, aunts and uncles a few of weeks ago was one of the highlights of my life, so much better than Christmas) when I have a lovely pet in my life. They bring a sense of fun and joy to each day.
We hope to have many many years of love and fun with these two little tricksters!
You can find them on Instagram @whippetheaven