Name: Peyton Pritchard
Where you and your dog live: Mount Pleasant, SC
Your current age: 28
Your age when you got your dog: 27 when I adopted her
What do you do? I work for a doggy day care and plan on opening up my own in the next year or so.
Dog’s name: Coral
Dog’s age: Her birthday is October 22nd (roughly). She is 1 year and 3 months old.
I worked at Vanderpump Dogs in Los Angeles and we rescued her from a high kill shelter along with her mother and her sister, when she was around 5 months old. Her mother and her sister were both wire haired but all have the look of a chihuahua. We think they are chi/terrier mixes. I adopted her within a few weeks of her arriving at Vanderpump. I had a special bond with her from the moment she came in. Her mother was the first to be adopted and her sister was adopted about one week later. I leash trained her because she had never been on a leash and she was scared and depressed. I asked my boss if I could take her home for a sleep over one night and the rest is history. I literally tear up thinking about it because of how much of a positive impact this little dog has had on my life.
Why did you want a dog?
I have always been OBSESSED with dogs. Being around dogs makes me happier than pretty much anything else in my life. I had been putting off getting a dog because I worked two jobs and was not home a lot. I knew that wasn't fair to the dog, but around the time I knew I was going to be moving back to the East coast and having a change of lifestyle, I said "screw it, I feel like this dog and I are meant to be in each others' lives," and if you want something bad enough you WILL find a way to make it work.
How has having a dog changed your life?
I could go on for hours about how having a dog has changed my life, but I'll try and keep it short. I had become very unhappy in LA. I didn't like my lifestyle, I missed my family, and I just was at that time in my life where I needed to make a life change. Coral came into my life and gave me purpose. Every morning I was up and she comes up and licks me on the face with her tail wagging and it's literally the best way to wake up. I was sad and in a bit of a hole, and she came into my life and just brightened everything up. We are best friends. I literally take her EVERYWHERE I go. I also have extreme anxiety about flying, but when she is with me it just puts me at ease. I have also met so many people because of her; whether it's people coming up to me on the street wanting to pet her or people at the dog parks. A dog forces you to get out of the house and that is a great thing for everyone. I lover her more than I can even express. I saved her, but she also saved me.
How do/did you deal with having a dog in your twenties, may it be now or previously? What is/was your daily routine? Any hard times? Unique characteristics about your dog?:
I have been lucky that I work at a doggy day care because they allow me to bring her while I work. But I have always had roommates even in college when I had a dog that I also adopted. My roommates would just watch her when I was gone at class. I now have two roommates that both have dogs and we are all in our twenties. One of my roommates is gone for long periods during the day and I just take her dog out to go potty when I take Coral. I definitely don’t advise getting a puppy if you live alone and are never home though. Puppy’s require a lot of training and hands on time and it just wouldn’t be fair to the puppy buuuut there are a ton of senior dogs or even dogs around 3-5 that need to be adopted and they are already potty trained and don’t require as much time and would be happy to cuddle on your couch and wait for you to get home from work to go on a walk. Now with apps like Rover you can have trusted people come by and take your dog out for a walk during the day so that definitely makes life easier. Coral has pretty bad separation anxiety though. When I first got her, her and I would have to go to my hostess job I would put her in my bathroom (only if my roommates weren’t home to hang with her) because I didn’t want her getting into anything that could hurt her. She would cry and cry and it would break my heart, but every time I came home it was like she had just seen me for the first time and it’s still like that now. I have started leaving her out now cause she loves to play with my roommates dogs, but as a puppy you have to worry about them getting into things or chewing wires. A lot of people crate train their dogs and I know my step sister's lab loves his crate. He looks at it like his safe space, but with her anxiety I didn’t want to put her in such a small confined space. You can read your dog and get a feel for what would be best for them.
What are some of your favorite things to do with your dog?
My favorite things to do with Coral is pretty much everything. Everything from grocery shopping to watching tv is just better because she is there. I love going to the dog park with her because she LOVES other dogs and she runs so fast she looks like a little hover board and it just cracks me up and makes me happy to see her so happy.
Does anyone help you take care of your dog while at work or school?
Most of the time Coral is with me, but when she can’t be, my roommates watch after her.
How did you deal with the separation from your pup while on Relationshep?
Being away from her while shooting Relationshep was rough!! I had just adopted her literally a week before I had to leave to film for three weeks! I asked them if I could bring her, but they said no :( I split her time up between three of my friends that I really trusted. They kept me updated with photos and videos and texts about how things were going, which made me feel much more at ease. I missed her so much when I was filming, but I told myself the three weeks are going to be hard but it will all be worth it because once I’m back there will be no more leaving her for long periods of time. I definitely didn’t have the money to pay for her to board for three weeks so I am very lucky I have such great friends. Just like I said earlier, where there’s a will there’s a way.
If you are in a relationship, how does your partner feel about your dog?
After the filming of Relationshep, I dated a guy for a little bit and then found out he was allergic to dogs!! He loved Coral though, he was obsessed. So I just paid for his Benadryl and nighttime nose strips for snoring, haha, I definitely could never date a guy that had something against Coral. We come as a package deal.
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