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The story of Bodhi the dog

At the end of the month it's Bodhi's 3rd birthday, which just seems unbelievable to me.  In some ways, it feels a little like we've always had him and I can't imagine him not being around, and in others, it feels like yesterday that we picked him up from Wales and brought him home snuggled in a blanket.

The first few days of owning Bodhi were pretty tough.  At that time Tom worked shifts and stayed at his parents' for three days out of eight, and those three days fell the day after we picked him up.  Bodhi cried and barked all through the night and then left a trail of poo and wee around the house all day.  Needless to say, my attempts at working from home during those days were not very productive.  It was pretty exhausting having an extremely demanding tiny puppy jumping all over me and I almost permanently carried around cleaning wipes, kitchen roll and antibacterial spray.  I was very glad when Tom came home after those few days! I know I've made that sound very melodramatic, but I just want to make any potential puppy owners aware of the fact that the first few weeks are not all puppy snuggles and instagram opportunities, there are also a lot of sleepless nights and soggy puddles on your favourite rug!

Of course there were a lot of fun moments over those first few weeks as we adjusted to our new family member too.  I made a little video of Bodhi chasing after a ball in the garden - I can't believe how white and fluffy he is! - By the way, we'd only just moved into our house at this point and the garden is awful, please excuse the mess!



For those of you that don't know, you can't take a puppy out for walks until a certain amount of time (advised by your vet - usually a couple of weeks) after their puppy injections to ensure that they are safe to mix with other dogs.  As we picked Bodhi up at the end of September 2011 (8 weeks after he was born at the end of July), we had an Autumn full of exploring the forest with Bodhi and taking him for as many walks as his little puppy legs would allow.

We'd picked Bodhi up from a breeder in North Wales, so we thought it was very fitting that his first walks were back in Wales when we went there for a long weekend away at the beginning of October. I still can't believe he was ever that little!

Bodhi in Wales

And this is Bodhi in the forest a month later in November.  He was very nervous of all of the horses walking around!

Bodhi in the forest

Fast forward three years and getting Bodhi is still one of the best decisions we've ever made.  His little face never fails to make me smile, and he is the most fun, loving dog - he has so much personality and constantly has us crying with laughter at his little antics.  I love the fact that everyone who meets him falls in love with him too (sometimes I think some of our friends and family are more excited to see Bodhi than they are to see us!) He is just as gorgeous now as he was as a tiny pup.

Bodhi grass
Bodhi and Tom

Just before I finish this gushy post full of Bodhi love, I thought I'd answer a few questions I often get asked about Bodhi and getting a dog...

Why did you name him Bodhi?

Tom and I couldn't decide on a name we both liked, and we both had a list and couldn't agree on one! In the end we chose a favourite character out of one of our favourite films (Bodhi in Point Break, played by Patrick Swayze). Bodhi also has a beautiful meaning in Sanskrit, meaning enlightenment and awakening (kind of ironic for a dog that likes to sleep for most of the day).

What type of dog is Bodhi?

He is a schnoodle - a cross between a schnauzer and a poodle.  We chose to get a schnoodle because of each breed's attributes, but mainly because the poodle in him means he doesn't shed fur so is considered 'hypoallergenic', which was important as Tom suffers from asthma and hayfever as well as lots of allergies so we didn't want to risk that he'd be allergic to Bodhi!

How much does owning Bodhi cost? Is owning a dog expensive?

The initial outlay of buying a dog is expensive as dogs can range from anything from about £500 upwards depending on whether you want a cross-breed or pedigree.  Then you need to think about buying items like a dog bed, crate, lead, toys etc, which all add up, as well as vet's bills for initial jabs and checkups.  On a monthly basis we spend about £20 on food for Bodhi (a large dog will cost more in food).  Two other monthly outgoings are pet insurance, which costs another £10 and a standard fee we pay to the vet which covers check-ups, and a couple of other treatments a year (also £10 a month). Dog insurance is absolutely non-negotiable and something you wouldn't want to be without - if your dog gets sick or is injured it can get very expensive in terms of vet's bills so it gives you peace of mind that you can get them better without worrying about the cost.

Is Bodhi the best dog there ever was?

Yes, yes he is.

Are you a dog lover? I think we should have a blogger and dog meetup one day so all the blogger's dogs (that's a mouthful) can hang out!

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20 comments

  1. Bodhi is such a lege. You are so lucky to have the space for a dog. I'd love one, but our house is way too small to be suitable for a dog. Super cool he's hypoallergenic too! Didn't realise that poodles were okay for sensitive people *poodle goes on the dog wish list*.

    Ohhellojo.blogspot.com

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  2. Bodhi just completely melted my heart; I'm smitten.

    Jemma @ Jemma In Words

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  3. I love Bodhi so much and the name is so cute! The video is so much fun he is so fluffy! <3 I wish I had a dog!
    www.lemontierres.com

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  4. Awww he was so titchy! He's got such a lovely little face :) I want a dog SO badly but that's definitely not going to happen until I get settled somewhere not in London! xx

    Little Miss Katy | UK Lifestyle & Fashion

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  5. I think what panics me the most about getting a dog is the time you have the put in in the beginning. I know it's 100% worth it but I couldn't handle the guilt of not being around when they needed me. Sounds like such a bit step when compared to the most aloof cat ever. That said, I do hope to own a pup of my own one day.

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  6. I remember getting my dog Bailey who's a cocker spaniel (and not yet pictured anywhere on my blog, w h a t) five years ago and wow were the first few weeks tough. I'm glad you didn't set an unrealistic expectation and think it's great how honest you've been. Also Bodhi is the cutest, and I love his name!

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  7. Happy birthday Bodhi!!!!

    Love the name, very appropriate. A dog it's such a joy, ours makes us laugh every single day. In exactly 2 months we'll celebrate his 5th birthday. For his 3rd birthday I've made a short movie, with pictures from 3 months to 3 years, if you'd like to see it: Festus

    Anca @ ancaslifestyle

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  8. EEEEEEP! He's so adorable.. that pic of him in the leaves is the cutest!

    I'd love to get a dog, sadly it's pretty difficult when you're in rented houses. Soon, though!

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  9. We have a black miniature schnauzer who was 3 in June - she has changed our lives and is sooo adorable so I know where you are coming from - she is always so pleased to see us and no matter what sort of day you've had or what sort of mood you are in - she never fails to make us smile.

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  10. I cannot believe it has been 3 years since you got Bodhi! That is absolutely insane. He's such a handsome little fella.

    I'm sure Woody would love a bloggy dog meeting. However, he'd probably think Bodhi was a miniature sheep because he sees a lot of them around here, haha.

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  11. He was such a cute little pup! And has such a lovely ragamuffin face now. You're two lucky owners, I would absolutely love to own a dog :)

    Tamsin xx | A Certain Adventure

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  12. Bodhi is sooo adorable! I did wonder what breed he is, as he reminds me of Snowy (TinTin) so much! x

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  13. Bodhi is SO cute, I was so pleased to meet him last year!

    Maria xxx

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  14. Oh what a cutie! We have a Standard Poodle because I'm allergic to dogs that shed hair - thankfully we missed the puppy-pooing-everywhere days by rescuing him when he was 6 months old and already house trained :D Bodhi is a little cutie :) dogs are so rewarding to have, I would never be without a fluffy best friend now!

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  15. Yay dog posts! :D my mam got a puppy last summer and couldn't cope with it so he went back to the breeder after 10 days :'( was so saaaaad! You're so lucky to have a cute lil buddy <3 x
    amber love

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  16. Aww, I love Bodhi and I'm not even a dog person!!

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  17. A blogger dog meet up would be awesome! Although Toby may be a bit star-struck by the superstar blog dogs out there! How funny that Toby has just had his third birthday too! Bodhi is so well behaved!
    Jen x

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  18. Ahhhh, Bodhi is so cute! I can't believe how little and fluffy he used to be!

    The part about him running around your house peeing and pooping made me laugh. I think it's sometimes easy to forget how much hard work pets can be - when people are sharing their adorable moments on Instagram and Twitter, it's important to remember that owning a pet will mean dealing with poo!

    x

    p.s. happy birthday for the end of the month, Bodhi!

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  19. He's such a lovely dog Rosie! We are looking into getting a dog soon, we've wanted one for ages especially after dog sitting my parent's pup for a month earlier this year! Aside from the poop and pees everywhere we can't wait to be able to have walks along the beach, trips to the New Forest and exploring... I find it so interesting with a pooch to explore with! x

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