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Pupdate: Topaz

Owning a dog often involves much more hard work than owners initially anticipate. Before taking on a new pet, it is crucial to choose a breed that’s right for you, and to understand the amount of work involved in caring for them. Nirvana found this out whilst training her delightful dog, Topaz.



Topaz is a Chihuahua/Yorkie mix, and has been a part of our family for 3 years. He is 3 years and 3 months old, and is an incredibly loving dog. He enjoys to snuggle, and my favourite thing about him is the way he lies in my arms on his back like a baby whilst having his tummy tickled.

The most challenging part of giving Topaz a loving forever home was housetraining him. It took 2 whole years! Dog ownership has its ups and downs, but if you can weather the storm, your dog will give you unconditional love and unlimited joy when he welcomes you home. He’s always so happy to see me!

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If I were to give advice to anyone who is considering giving a dog a loving home, it would be to commit to having the pet forever. They will mess up your house, they will chew and eat things they shouldn’t, and they will get ill and will regularly need exercise. They will also need training, which will be hard work! There is no such thing as a quick fix, but if you give them your time, effort, and energy, you will be rewarded with an amazing, loving and loyal friend.

It IS worth it, despite the setbacks (of which there will be many). Research the breed you admire, talk to owners of the breed, and be prepared for honest answers to your queries. There is no such thing as a perfect pet. Be prepared to consider other breeds more suitable for you. Some breeds are very difficult for novice owners, but if you select the one that’s right for you, you’ll have a friend and companion for life.

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Justine Dench

Justine Dench

Creative Editor

Justine Dench is the creative editor for Preloved. Her key personal interests include sustainability, conservation and animal welfare. Justine also has interests in photography, music, gardening and home interiors.