Are you a #plannerbabe? Emilee shows us how two of her loves: puppies and planning go hand in hand today. She recently added a new fur baby to her family and she walks us through how she plans puppy activities in her daily schedule.
Hello friends! Emilee here and today I have something a little different for you animal lovers. Let me give you a short backstory: About 4 weeks ago, we adopted a puppy from the Humane Society. Normally I wouldn’t have chosen a puppy, but I fell in love with her and she honestly looked like an old dog! Then we found out she was only 6 months old. She has been the most amazing companion for the last month. I have a very, very busy daily schedule. I am lucky enough to work mostly from home, but my day is still jam packed. Having a puppy is like having a toddler: she puts everything in her mouth, she eats, sleeps, and potties. I live in a loft apartment in the business district of my city and the closest grass is 2 city blocks away. This requires a well thought out meticulous potty break and walk schedule. So being the planner girl that I am, I created a planner just for baby dog!
I grabbed a spare Happy Planner (I have an addiction to purchasing these and having no use for them, they’re just so cheap!) that I had on hand. I got out some scrapbook paper and my Sticky Sweet stickers to create a cover. I used Sticky Sweet Dog & Cat and Lower Outline. I colored the Sticky Sweet stickers in with colored pencils, then ran the cover through the laminator.
I’ll be using the month on two pages to notate appointments and when she needs flea medicine. I’ll also track other preventative medicine here like heart worming, then also notate little milestones and memories.
Now for the meat and potatoes of the planner: I sit down at the start of each week and plan our week. I try really hard to keep our routine the same, but some days I have to alter bathroom walks around things I have to do that day. This helps me stay organized and have our day scheduled so there’s no surprises. I put special appointments in just like you would your personal planner. Like this week, Callie has a grooming appointment on Friday. Each day I’ll schedule walks, dinner times, training sessions, appointments, and designated play time. I obviously play with her all throughout the day, but she’s a puppy and very active. She needs a good long play session to tire her out so she doesn’t get bored and misbehave.
In my sidebar I use the “Notes” section for anything I need to write down and remember. I also put a shopping list at the bottom of the sidebar to remember what I need to pick up specifically from the pet store. I have cats too, so you’ll see “cat food” on my shopping list. They obviously don’t need a planner, so their shopping list gets merged in with this one.
This is a quick and easy way to stay on top of your pet schedules if you have a lot going on like I do. I love using my Sweet Stamp Shop stamps in this planner to make things cute. I know I’ll want to look back on her planner when she’s older and remember her puppy days. I’ll even add in pictures along the way. The primary purpose of this planner is to organize our day, but I’ll treat it as a memory book as well.
You don’t have to have a special planner for this if you don’t want to. You can just use some of these ideas and stamps and incorporate them into your personal planner. With planning, it’s always most important to just do what makes sense for you and your day. Do you create planner layouts for your pet schedules? If you do, please share with me how you stay organized! For more planner layout ideas, check out more Sweet on social media and be sure you tag us on Instagram, Facebook, or Pinterest.