Ex on the Beach star Stephen Bear has come under fire on social media following the devastating news that his nine week old Rottweiler puppy, Wolverine, passed away shortly after undergoing emergency surgery.
The pup was rushed to the vet a week earlier after contracting a serious leg infection. At the time, the condition was believed to be curable. However, Bear has come under fire on Twitter and Instagram for appearing to allow the dog to play outdoors in the garden, allegedly before he had undergone all of his vaccinations, with many implying that this contributed to the pup’s illness.
More recently, in another post he introduced his followers to two new puppies, with many complaining that the reality star should not have been allowed to take care of more animals so soon after Wolverine’s passing.
Bear made his agony clear, taking a social media break following the sad news. Weeks prior, he got the Rottweiler pup’s name tattooed on his neck, and later shared a montage of sweet moments overlaid with Frank Sinatra’s hit L-O-V-E on social media.
We must stress that the exact cause of Wolverine’s tragic death is unknown, and we at Tailster can’t believe that any aspect of what happened was intentional. It does, however, open a conversation about the the challenge of owning a puppy, and what exactly that responsibility entails.
Here’s our guide to the first few weeks of caring for a puppy:
Things To Consider
- The biggest consideration is your situation – is your lifestyle puppy friendly? Make sure that your house is suitable for an excitable pup, and that you have enough time to nurture and care for them. We hate to be put a downer on things, but a puppy is a life changing commitment, and its best for you and them to get it right.
- Similarly, make sure that your house is puppy proof. Ensure that there are no escape routes in the garden, and that there are no threats within the home itself (things that can fall, places they can get trapped, etc.)
- Many puppies struggle with separation from their mother, so be prepared to share a bed with them in the early stages. If you’re in a relationship, make sure you speak with the other person and check that they’re ok with the situation first!
- On the big day, take someone else with you to collect the puppy. If you go via car then one person can hold the dog in a blanket, otherwise it’s always good to have someone on hand just in case. And, it’s double the love for your new pup.
- Make sure you decide on a name before you pick them up. It’s essential that they learn their name from the get go!
- Paperwork – you’ll need Kennel Club registration forms, pedigree certificate, dietary advice sheet, worming and vaccination details.
- Nurture the pup and make them feel safe in the home. Let them explore and encourage them verbally. If there are children in the house, explain that the pet isn’t a toy and that they need to be gentle.
- Register your puppy with a vet and have them checked over asap.
- Similarly, make sure you have pet insurance in place from the start. Treatment can be expensive, and may be needed at any time, so it’s best to be prepared.
- Know how much you should be feeding your puppy, and make sure you stick to strict diet guidelines. Vets will be able to advise you on the best plan for your breed.
- Only take your dog out after all vaccinations. If you take them out any sooner, they’ll be at risk from all other unvaccinated animals.
- Remember to apply regular flea and worming treatments, especially during the first few months.
Most importantly, enjoy your first few weeks with your pup! Devote yourself entirely to them, take lots of pictures, and treat them like your child – they’ll soon be grown, and have a mind completely of their own!