Friday, 9 November 2018

My Martha - 2 Years Later






In today’s blog post, I am going to tell you all about my little fluffy baby Martha. I have mentioned Martha so many times here on my blog and I share so many pictures of her over on my Instagram. But, I thought that I would do a little update on her now that she has reached the tender age of 2. I bought Martha in the December of 2016 and please believe me when I say that this stunning Golden Retriever has been quite challenging.

Not long before we bought Martha, my previous dog passed away. She was a 14-year-old Japanese Akita and she was pure perfection. She was a big and cuddly girl and after she died, I had to have another dog in my life immediately. I knew that I wanted a puppy because all of my dogs before had been rescue dogs, I wanted the whole puppy experience. I looked into breeders for a very long time and in the end settled for somebody who was local to me. After many visits and hell of a lot of paperwork, I got to pick my baby up.

We picked Martha up on the 23rd of December 2016. Straight from the start, we didn’t realise just how much work having a small puppy would be. But I do have to say, right from the start I was obsessed with her and I wouldn’t change her for the world, but I will let you know about some of the hurdles that we had to try and jump over to get where we are today.

One of the first things that I feel like I have to mention was toilet training. Firstly, we didn’t really have any idea where to start with this. We have had a few dogs in the past, but they have all already been toilet trained. I think part of the problem was the fact that we didn’t know what we were doing. For the first 6 months, she just peed and pooped all over the house, to the point that we thought there was a problem with her. In the end, it took around 12 months before she mastered it and let me tell you that it was a very long 12 months indeed.

The other issue that we had with the beautiful Martha was biting. For 12 months we had a huge issue with her biting, but she would turn really aggressive at the same time. In the end after going to dog obedience classes, we were told that it was a behaviour that she would have picked up as a very small puppy when she was still with her brothers and sisters. She could be laid down or playing with a toy, looking really cute, then all of a sudden, her face would change and screw up and the she would pounce. Let me tell you, there was nothing cute about her when she as in one of them horrible moods.

It was something that we just had to persevere with and try to slowly correct the behaviour. There were times during those 12 months that we thought we had bitten off more than we could chew (excuse the pun). It finally started to improve when she reached one and then things seemed to improve much quicker. She then quickly turned into the little dog that I assumed a Golden Retriever would, I do think the thing that helped massively was having her neutered!

Now that we are at 2 years old, she is just amazing. We go on big long walks together. She is just as lazy as me and she likes to lay in bed all day long with me and all she wants is constant attention. It has taken hell of a lot of hard work to get to this point, but I am so proud of her at this moment. She is ever such a gentle dog and so caring now that we have curbed the biting habit. I can’t say that I would get another puppy anytime soon though, I heard that Goldens were meant to be placid animals, and I cannot agree with that statement!

I will no doubt mention Martha in more blog posts because she really is my baby and I am a full-on dog mom with her. It is incredible what a little strict training can do and how she has turned into such an incredible dog. If you want to see more of Martha, make sure to follow my Instagram because she is constantly on there. I just had to do this post because I love her so much and she is such a caring soul. From the moment I am in from work, she is glued to my side because she just wants constant cuddles!
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  1. It sounds like she's challenging but worth it! xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. She used to be, she's so snuggly and loving now!

      Danielle xx

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  2. I'm totally with you on this! I got my first dog from a puppy, and had no idea how to go about everything and for a good few months he'd just toilet everywhere, but outside which was a pain. He's got it now, but he was a nightmare as a puppy. It's strange because when he turned one everything just seemed to fall into place xx

    Hannah | luxuryblush

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    1. I think I will have to go for another rescue dog next!

      Danielle xx

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  3. Awww she's so beautiful! Puppies are so much work but they're so worth it for the love they bring xxx

    Gemma • Gemma Etc . ❤️

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    1. She is amazing. Worth all of the hard work!

      Danielle xx

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  4. Aw, you didn't give up on your baby and she came through for you in the end! Well done! She's a cutie and you both deserve to enjoy each other's company for many happy years to come! x
    xoxo
    Hanna Rose
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  5. She is so gorgeous! Having a puppy sounds so challenging but at least you've got past that stage x

    -Charlotte / myownblogofthoughts.blogspot.com

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