Oooh, I am SO prepared! LOL! Susan, you'll be so proud of me.
I've got a wire kennel attached to an exercise pen. That way she gets the nice confinement area, but also gets used to using a kennel as her den (so, when she grows out of needing the ex-pen, we can still have the kennel out whenever she needs short-term confinement, say, if the front door needs to be left open or whatever). I'm going to start the ex-pen area small, then gradually make it bigger once she proves she understands where to go potty. I've already requested 2 weeks off work for when I bring her home.
I got a sleepy pod Air for the car and traveling.
I've got UgoDog trays for indoor potty training (they were a tad pricey, but I can't get anything better here in Australia, and they were the ones I really wanted). She's already started litter box training at the breeders, so should be an easy transition using the ex-pen...hopefully.
I bought a pack of 3 Adaptil collars to help her transition to a new home. I got a snugglepuppy. Kongs. Fuzzy dog toys (I've noticed chihuahuas love plush, soft, toys). Chew toys. I'm going to make her rope toys and a snuffle mat with t-shirt yarn.
I've bought a nice cave-style bed, and blankets. And stairs for the sofa.
I bought toothpaste and some small cat toothbrushes (I'm hoping they'll be small enough for her).
I've already contacted a wonderful professional dog walker to do Mon-Fri home visits when I'm working.
I've been checking the RSPCA site regularly so I can get her into puppy classes starting the week I bring her home.
I've already chosen a vet. I'm also really lucky to live 10 minutes from an Emergency Vet and Veterinary college.
I joined the Chihuahua Club of WA. And know a few other resources for finding chihuahua meet-ups and playdates and toy dog socialization opportunities.
I bought a couple xs harnesses. I"m hoping one of them will fit her at 12 weeks..we'll see.
I've also bought some cheap xs and xxs jumpers off ebay....also hoping at least one of them will fit.
I'm still making a decision on food. But, I know I want a base of grain-free kibble, with one cooked meal a day. Occasionally grain-free, high quality wet food or raw meals. Occasionally raw treats (like meaty bone). But, I don't want to go full raw, because I don't trust that I'll do it right. I'd rather not take the chance of making her sick, and there are some really great pre-made/commercial foods out there right now. But, I do want to make sure she gets used to eating a variety of foods so that she doesn't get picky or, hopefully not, develop allergies.
I need to get some nutritional gel for just in case she gets low blood sugar.
She's the smallest of the litter, and the breeder thinks she'll stay small. But, she's healthy, and she's the boldest, most independent puppy. I didn't choose her because she was small, the breeder wanted her to go to a home without children or large animals.
I plan on getting her a sibling in 1.5-2 years. But, will want to adopt an adult of around that age then. That plan can change though.
I'm excited and nervous. But, just keep telling myself I've done the research, I've got a plan, I just need to stick to the plan, and give her lots of love.
Thanks to everyone welcoming me and giving advice!!!!!!!!