Y’all… Nala is already 3 months old! We just took her to the vet for her third round of vaccinations, and she’s already 17 pounds. Crazy! It’s bizarre to think that she’s only been a part of the family for a month now. I can’t imagine life without our Nala girl, and that’s partially because our lives have changed quite a bit since we adopted her. Honestly, up until a month ago, I’d never really tapped into my maternal instincts. I taught preschool during undergrad, so I absolutely love kids; I’ve just never been in a rush to have them. Similarly, Kyle and I have wanted to adopt a puppy for over a year now. Actually preparing for one was a whole different story. You never realistically anticipate the effort that goes into that kind of commitment. In all honesty, I was worried that I’d be a bad puppy mom.
Now that Nala is part of the family, she’s completely stolen our hearts. All the time and effort, even the potty training, has been 2000% worth it. I work from home, and I totally understand why dogs make such great emotional support animals. Just one little cuddle completely eliminates the angst of even the most stressful work situations. Nala is so loving and loyal, and I’ve taken it as my personal responsibility to ensure her health and well being. She’s so gosh darn special to us, and we want her to have the best life possible. That being said, I never knew how much care, planning, and research goes into choosing the right pet supplies, like a puppy’s crate, pet-safe household cleaners (good ones are hard to come by, so I’ve just started making my own), and, most importantly, the right dog food.
Sometimes I feel like I’m becoming neurotic about it, but proper nutrition is so key in healthy puppy growth and development. After reading about 17 different books about goldens, we’ve learned that you don’t want your puppy to grow too fast, as it’s an indicator of overfeeding and low quality food. However, you obviously don’t want their growth and development to be stunted either. Slow growth can be indicative of other health issues. Basically, the only way to ensure your puppy is developing normally is to take her to the vet at regular intervals and carefully select the right dog food.
After much research (seriously so much research, y’all) and requests for golden retriever dog food recommendations, we decided to go with Freshpet. From what we’ve gathered, it’s the best dog food for a golden retriever puppy– or any breed for that matter. Freshpet is an all-natural pet food that never uses any additives, preservatives, meat powders, or by-products. They only use real US farm raised meat and real veggies that you can actually see for yourself. It stays fresh in the fridge and is the absolute next best thing to a home cooked meal for Nala. Since these early months are so important for her, I feel so relieved knowing that we’re only feeding her the absolute freshest ingredients. Find Freshpet near you!
We still have some other flavors to try, but right now, Nala’s favorite is their Home Cooked Beef Recipe. She scarfs down her entire bowl in under 60 seconds.
Please, mom, can I have some more? Seriously, saying no to this face is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do.
I hope you love puppies as much as I do… because I’ll be keeping y’all updated with Nala’s life and development on Diary of a Debutante every month! Oh, and if you really love Nala pictures and videos, follow me on Instagram stories! If I don’t post a picture or video of her every 24 hours, I receive a minimum of 5 messages inquiring about her wellbeing. You can also follow along with Freshpet on YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram for cute pet videos and success stories! I could seriously watch their adorable pet videos for hours. If you’re having puppy or kitten withdrawals, they’ll literally never let you down.