Welcome Haru!

Time to reveal the third change I've been talking about, we got a new puppy! Last Saturday tiny chihuahua puppy joined our family. Her breeders named her "Bomi", but we decided to start to call her Haru (하루). She was around 10 weeks old when we got her, but still the tiniest puppy I've ever hold. I love pretty much all dogs, big and small, mixed and purebred, but this time I decided to take a chihuahua because small dogs are easier in a big city with limited space like Seoul. Dogs are allowed to travel here in buses and trains, but they must be in a closed bag. We don't have a car so we need to use public transportation when we want to go to parks, so the dog must fit in to a light carrier. She will also be small enough to travel with us in a plane cabin if we will spend longer periods in my home country.

In South Korea puppies are often bought from pet stores, and pet stores get their puppies usually from puppy mills. I've read horror stories how pet store puppies have suddenly died and puppy has been refunded in a form of new puppy even three times until the person finally got a puppy that seemed to be healthy enough to live, so buying a puppy from a store wasn't really an option for me. So far I haven't visited any pet stores that sells puppies, but based on pictures I've seen those puppies look very young with their huge eyes, so I'm not sure if they have a chance to stay with their moms long enough... There must be responsible pet stores too, but our Haru came from a small chihuahua kennel I contacted personally. She has a sister who had moved to new home before her (we plan to meet up later!), we had a chance to meet her mommy, and her breeders seem to really care about their dogs and the breed, and they want to keep hearing from us. We also needed to sign a contract when we bought her, which I think is a really good thing. If someone of you is planning to take a chihuahua in Korea, you are welcome to ask me more about them.

Haru is my first chihuahua and we are happily surprised how brave and friendly she is. We chose her because she seemed to be so happy and jolly in all the videos and pictures we saw, but in reality she is even better. Since the moment she arrived she has behaved like she would have been with us always. Already in her first day with us she played, ate and slept normally. She didn't cry at all even in her first night! She has already been alone short times in the house and hasn't been bothered by it at all. Her favourite thing in the world is playing and she has so much energy! She also wants to test her sharp little teeth on everything (like tiny puppies often do) but human flesh must be her favourite. ;D She also likes to give kisses and cuddles (when she is tired...). Because serious diseases like parvo are a real threat here she isn't allowed to go outside before she has got all necessary vaccinations.

Some have already wondered what happened to the old toy poodle I've been sharing pictures of... She is doing fine, but we decided it's best for her to stay with my husband's parents. She is already very old, getting a bit silly and losing her eye sight, so we think it's better for her to live in a bigger apartment where she has been used to live and not to force big changes on her life. She is my best friend and I love her like my own, so I miss her every single day and feel so sorry that I can't be keeping company to her, but she also enjoys the company of my husband's parents so she will be fine. We try to visit her often and give her lots and lots of love! We might let her to meet Haru later, but if she dislikes her I'm not going to force her to spend time with a wild puppy.

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