Well, here goes. please be gentle with me ...or, having read LinznMilly's newbies guide, perhaps not, as warts and all is best for me and my potential new addition. After much (too much) research about two years ago, I decided a Border Terrier would be a good match for me and I went to see a breeder, put down a small deposit after seeing the puppy, bought everything needed (and some which i probably wouldn't need too), Then, without warning, my elderly dad became ill and ended up in hospital and then needed to move into a home. It was very stressful, I panicked, didn't think I could take on the responsibility of a puppy at the same time as sorting things out for my dad so with two weeks to go i contacted the breeder and said i couldn't go ahead after all. Luckily the breeder was understanding and didn't make me pay the whole amount. Fast forward a few months and I was then in a position to give full attention to a puppy so started my search again but lockdown happened. I put things on hold but have now found a reputable KC breeder who hopefully will have pups later in the year. I've also had a couple of conversations with a behaviourist about my home set up as i work from home - permanently since years before lockdown - but need to make sure my set up is conducive to giving a puppy a relatively stress-free good start. Oh, and me too! I also have, over the last couple of years, built up a small contingency fund so am happy to continue with the behaviourist at first till a routine is established. i intend to take two weeks off work to settle puppy in etc. anyway, my question (finally! i hear you say) is - i sometimes get anxious and panicky at new situations. and i haven't had a puppy for a loooong time - so anyone else have this sort of issue so i can pinch some strategies for not freaking out initially when i'm sleep deprived, have arms like pin-cushions, start thinking omigod wotavidun etc. I realise it's my own fault as i've totally over-thunk /over-thinked everything and i know it won't last forever. i hope thanks for reading.