Don't Stop Retrievin': Meet Nala the Golden Girl

Don't Stop Retrievin': Meet Nala Our Golden Girl by fashion blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, Catherine Rhodes Photography, new golden retriever puppy, golden retriever puppy care, Nala the Golden Retriever

It finally happened. After what felt like months of waiting, Kyle and I finally got to take home our new golden retriever puppy last week. Her name is Nala, and she’s the most precious thing I’ve ever laid eyes on. Seriously, whoever said you can’t buy happiness forgot about puppies. It’s been tough living so far from family and friends in Columbia, and she’s just the little companion I needed. We’ve had her for a little over a week now, and I already can’t imagine life without our Nala girl. She’s half American Golden and half English Golden, and she’s playful, sweet, and ridiculously smart. Nala can already fetch, sit, lay down, and go potty in the right place. Yep, we got a good one. 

Nala’s only 8 weeks old, and she’s already over 10 pounds, which is large for a new golden retriever puppy. What can I say? She likes to eat… just like her mama. Since she grows by the minute, we asked the fabulous Catherine Rhodes to take some family photos for us during our first week together. Kyle and I are going to be that crazy couple who has 50 pictures of their dog (and no one else) on display all over the house– and we’re totally okay with it. Keep reading for our outfit details (I seriously love this monogrammed pullover and want one in every color), plus all of our most trusted golden retriever puppy care resources.

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Golden Retriever Puppy Care Resources

I’m going to be totally transparent– until now, my mom has raised all my animals. I have no experience with puppy care, and neither does Kyle. So, to prepare ourselves, we’ve been slowly learning everything we can possibly learn about golden retriever puppy care over the past few weeks. If you’re in a similar boat, I’ve listed some books and tutorials we’ve found particularly helpful below! 

Random Side Note: Ellen DeGeneres created a (very random) collection of precious pet products that can only be found at PetSmart. The items are a little pricey, but I highly recommend taking a peek! She’s designed products for both cats and dogs, and they’re some of the cutest toys I’ve ever seen. Nala has several, including her pink love bone. Pretty much everything else we’ve gotten from Walmart (her leopard blanket was only $2.50!), Ikea, and Amazon. 

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Helpful Books

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Oh, and whenever we watch puppy training videos in our living room, Nala’s eyes are glued on the TV. It’s the cutest thing!

Don't Stop Retrievin': Meet Nala Our Golden Girl by fashion blogger Stephanie Ziajka from Diary of a Debutante, Catherine Rhodes Photography, new golden retriever puppy, golden retriever puppy care, Nala the Golden Retriever

In conclusion, I hope you like puppies– cause you’re going to be seeing a lot of Nala on my blog and social media channels from now on! Also, if you know of any good dog trainers in the Central Missouri area, please leave me a comment or shoot me an email! We’re looking! 

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  1. Deborah Eschenroeder

    Omgoodness…..Absolutely precious!!! Some of those pics will be placed around my home too???
    You guys are such an adorable family now. Nala made it official!!!

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