Adopting a puppy quickly reminded me of the amount of patience, time, money and nurturing that it takes to care for another soul.
With Jake it’s been a blessing … now 14 weeks old he (we’ve) quickly established a daily routine with a very cool synergy. We both count on it, everyday.
I’ve made peace with the fact that the routine that I had established for myself has been altered, in a big way …
- My morning walks have been shortened by multiple stops to smell those who’ve been there
- I’m not sure what he’s got in his mouth. Could be a rock, weed, hunk of grass or a piece of litter, everything is fair game.
- Tug of war and fetch are now my games of choice.
- Instead of tending to my gardening, I’m now filling the holes that have been dug with a vengeance.
Then there are the amazing things that I’ve now learned….
- Which plants and vegetables are bad for dogs.
- Pooper-scoopers are a cool tool to own, but gross.
- There’s never a garbage can around when you need one.
- Some birds and squirrels are really stupid.
- Ice cubes keep puppies busy.
- Store bought raw hide bones are very unhealthy for dogs.
- If you roll up the rugs and put down training pads, or a towel, you won’t get so mad. (Carpet everywhere? Don’t know what to tell you.)
- One word commands work.
- A harness, not a collar, is a more gentle way to train a puppy. Never thought I’d say it but it’s true.
and finally…if you put your shoes away, they won’t get eaten.
Have a great Sunday!
P.S. Still looking for a recipe for an alternative to raw hide bones. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.