Meet Gracie + What You Need When Getting A Puppy

Gracie the german shorthair pointer puppy
Gracie the german shorthair pointer puppy
what a puppy needs
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Y’all meet Gracie! I know technically if you follow along on Instagram you met her almost 3 months ago now (there is a highlight saved if you wanna go look at her grow). We got her on April 16th to be exact. Gracie is a German Shorthaired Pointer and is now 5 months.

Writing this post has made me scroll back through photos and videos which makes my puppy mama heart melt! She was sooo little when we got her. She’s now about 30 pounds and could get up to be 60. She’ll be a very big dog! Gracie is super sweet and loving. She wants to be right next to people and involved in whatever they are doing always. Her breed is known to be very active, and we take her on walks constantly. She normally gets a lot of energy in the morning and at night after eating. Something we didn’t know about GSP’s is they are known for separation anxiety, which she totally has. We were nervous what going back to work would be like after quarantine but so far she has done great in her kennel! However, if you leave her outside or in the house by herself then she panics. Her kennel is definitely her safe space.

Some other things to know about Gracie before I list off all the things we bought her. She’s a big chewer and loves wood! So we had to get her some fake wood toys so she’d stop eating the wood chips. It’s only worked about halfway. This is only some of the toys she has. We got a lot from the clearance bin at PetCo!

Things To Buy When You Get A Puppy

  • Puppy food – you should talk to the breader or shelter and find out what they have already been eating and keep that going during the transition into a new home.
  • Crate – or whatever bedding you’re going to have them sleep on
  • Water & Food bowl
  • Leash & Collar
  • Treats & Bones – make sure you don’t give them rawhide! It doesnt digest well and can tear up their stomach
  • Floor Cleaner – there will be accidents
  • Shampoo & Brush
  • Lots of toys!


  1. Reply

    Such an adorable pup!!

    1. Reply

      Aw thanks Chelsea!

  2. Reply

    Oh my gosh she’s beautiful! I can’t believe how big she is, she’s so cute xo

    Makeup Muddle

    1. Reply

      She’s still getting bigger! I’m literally shocked!

  3. Okay I loved this post!!! Your baby is absolutely adorable!!! Xx.

    1. Reply

      Aw thanks Carrington! We love her!

    • Anna English
    • July 13, 2020

    Having a fur baby is the absolute best! Yours is such a cutie.

    1. Reply

      I agree! I always love seeing yours on instagram.

  4. Reply

    Aw Grace is so adorable! I don’t know if we will ever get a puppy because our kids are basically puppies haha! But great tips!~

    1. Reply

      I totally feel that! Having Gracie has made me realize it’s so much like a toddler!

  5. Reply

    Gracie is so cute!!!


    • Laura Leigh
    • July 9, 2020

    So cute!! Congrats on the new addition to your family. A great list for those getting a pup sometime soon!

    xo Laura Leigh

  6. Reply

    Awwww she’s adorable! I miss the cute puppy stage. Can’t wait to watch her grow up!

  7. Reply

    YOU GOT A PUPPY!!!?! How adorable! We’ve been debating it, but are still on the fence. Appreciate this list!

    1. Reply

      Totally recommended it, but know it’s a lot of work!Especially dependent on the type of dog. However, we are obsessed with her!

  8. Reply

    Omg Gracie is so cute!! Thanks for sharing this exciting news!

    • Em
    • July 8, 2020

    oh my gosh, what a little cutie! We got our golden retriever puppy last summer around this time and I remember prepping for him and the puppy stage! they will grow so quickly!

    1. Reply

      Right! I can’t believe how big she’s already!

  9. Reply

    What an amazing checklist! I’m trying to convince my fiance to get a pup, so maybe I’ll just send him a link to this post instead 😉

  10. Reply

    Gracie is absolutely beautiful! What a sweet pup! xoxo, Sarah

  11. Reply

    She is SO cute!! It’s been so fun watching her on IG!

    xoxo A

    1. Reply

      Aw thanks Annaliese!

    • Lizzie
    • July 7, 2020

    Love this post! I’ve been wanting a puppy sooo bad! I’m hoping about six months or so we can get one 🙂 Will keep this post handy!


    • Stephanie
    • July 7, 2020

    Gracie is so precious I can’t even handle it. I won’t be able to adopt a dog until I have a home rather than a townhouse rental, but it’s good to keep these things in mind!

  12. Reply

    Aww, she is absolutely precious! My boyfriend’s family just got a new puppy, and he’s been chewing on everything in sight, so maybe I’ll swap my usual hostess gift of baked goods for a couple of nice chew toys the next time I visit! Thank you so much for sharing!

    By Grace & Gingham |

    1. Reply

      Yes Malia! That would probably be so helpful! They also make a no bite spray that works great!

  13. Reply

    okay Gracie is absolutely adorable!!! such a fun time <3

    xx rebecca //

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