Happy First Birthday, Lincoln!
Lincoln makes us laugh every day with his huge personality – I’m nearly convinced that he is a human! He lets us know he’s upset with a deep, heavy sigh and I swear he rolls his eyes. He hates to be left at home, but when we return he doesn’t run to greet us like most dogs would. No, Lincoln flattens himself to the floor, tail wagging and waits for us to come give him loves. It kills me. Every time he sees either of our mamas he cries, like he knows his Grandma came to spoil him. I can’t make this up! We love his personality <3 In honor of Lincoln’s big day, I thought I would answer the questions we are often asked about Lincoln. And the ones people want to ask, but don’t.
How do you manage Lincoln’s shedding?
Lincoln is a golden retriever. Golden retrievers shed, a lot. I was honestly not looking forward to this aspect of bringing him into our lives, but as it turns out, my love for Lincoln far exceeds my hate for his shedding. I vacuum twice a day, keep my Norwex dusting mit near me at all times, and there are lint rollers in every room! We also have this comb, which makes reduces shedding quite a bit! We just give Lincoln a bully stick while we brush him and he sits still.
Did you take Lincoln to training?
Raising Lincoln has brought to light some of our potential parenting challenges. One of those challenges will be disciplining our children when they’re just so. freakin’. cute. Parents of humans, howwwww do you it?! As a result, Lincoln is a very spirited guy when we go on walks. We went to a manners class in November-December to help with the sled-dog style of walking, but we really should have started when he was a true puppy. When Lincoln gets a sister, girlfriend will be at puppy class day one.
Does Lincoln sleep with you?
We crate trained, so Lincoln slept in his crate from the night we brought him home until October-ish. Once we were confident that he wouldn’t go to the bathroom on the carpet or eat our furniture, we let him into our bed. We absolutely love sleeping with him in our bed because he’s so cute and snuggly. Unfortunately he’s become a little to big to be comfortable, so once we fall asleep he hops off the bed. The moment Jordan or I stir in the morning Lincoln informs us with a claw to the face that he is ready to re-join us and we get 45 minutes of the sweetest from our guy.
What kind of maintenance does Lincoln need?
Lincoln eats twice a day – when we wake up, and at 6p. We feed him Science Diet Large Breed Adult. The transition from puppy to adult food was r-o-u-g-h. Because he sheds, we don’t really have to get his hair cut which is nice. He has been groomed professionally, but Jordan and I bathe him at least every other week. Once a month we give him heart and flea medicine. There’s a reminder on our calendar so that’s no big deal. He walks at least one mile every day so his nails trim themselves. Walking him is great because it gives us an excuse to get out, and get moving. I would say he’s more than worth all of the chores.
Are you getting a second dog?
Absolutely. I can’t wait to get our girl! We almost made the leap this fall, but we’ve decided to wait until Lincoln is three…or so. Lincoln weighs 75 pounds and he is strong. As I mentioned earlier, he is quite spirited during our walks and it takes everything I have to control him. Jordan and I just think that by three Lincoln will be a great walker, and then he can teach his sister how to walk nice. I wish that we could get a golden from Lincoln’s parents, but his mama isn’t having any more puppies. We’re still tossing around breeds…and names.
I think that covers pretty much everything. If you have any questions about dog-momming, please ask because I would love to share our experience! I cannot recommend welcoming a dog into your family more. Stay little forever, Linc.
P.S. We want to send a shout out to our amazing parents who treat Lincoln like a prince, even though he wreaks havoc on their homes. Best grandparents ever.