How Could Something This Cute Cause So Much Trouble? Day 298

March 29, 2011 No Comments

 

365 Days to a Balanced Life Journey – Day 298

 

Quote of the Day

I think dogs are the most amazing creatures; they give unconditional love.  For me they are the role model for being alive.  ~Gilda Radner

Aloha.  I have spent the last 16 days enjoying the sun and beautiful beaches of Hawaii with my 15 year old daughter.  It was a relaxing time for both of us and we were able to spend long hours together reading, playing cards, walking, sun worshipping or just being quiet in each other’s company(mainly because she was plugged into her ITouch).  It was a much needed bonding opportunity for us and I think we came back refreshed.  That is until we flew the red eye home and drove from the airport to the breeders to pick up our new Whoodle puppy, Milo.  

What was I thinking you ask?  I have been asking myself that every minute of the day since I agreed to bring a new puppy into our home.  My daughter has wanted a puppy since we had to give our other two dogs away when we moved from our house to a townhouse.  We were pretty sure their constant barking (and our screaming) would not have been tolerated.  We finally caved but admittedly it is not great timing and being jet lagged is perhaps not the best way to start off this very demanding period in a puppy’s life.

He started the day off better than me yesterday adapting to the leash and potty training extremely well with only one minor accident late last night (totally our fault).  It was the howling for most of the night that was really disturbing.  My husband got up three times between 10pm and 2am to take him out in the pouring rain.  We did finally get sleep from 2am until 6am.  Jack took him out at 6am and then I got my daughter up at 6:30 to feed him and walk him before she got ready for school (it is her dog after all).  Then off they go into the outside world leaving me here with an adorable little bundle that needs to go out every hour, walk, play and sleep.  Not much sleeping unfortunately but a great deal of toileting.  Oh yes, did I mention the constant howling if I am away from him?

Did I also mention we live in a three floor townhouse so our options for taking him out are three flights of stairs (which he cannot manage yet) or the elevator?  In addition we are having major construction in the complex so there are trucks, workmen and lots of hammering, drilling, sawing and general chaos.  I almost cried when I saw the construction guys dump a load right on the spot where Milo does his load dumping!  We spent a half hour out in the rain trying to find a new poo spot.

How did this happen I keep asking myself?  I had my life all organized to be comfortable and free from too many obligations and now this!  I keep saying this too shall pass if I am a good dog parent and follow all the advice I am getting and reading about.  Based on what I’m learning, it is no wonder we screwed up the last two dogs!!

I have spent the morning arranging two sets of puppy classes, personal in home training and possibly an intensive boot camp if necessary.  I have resigned myself to the idea that I am tied to the house for the foreseeable future or at least until I can find a reliable sitter.  According to Cesar Millan, “The Dog Whisper” in his book How to Raise the Perfect Dog, if I follow his suggestions we will be guaranteed not to raise a |”Marley”(Marley and Me).  That’s good because I have seen that movie and read the book and it’s been giving me nightmares for the past couple of weeks!  Currently I’m vacillating between despondency and hopefulness.

Gotta run –  he is finally quiet and I need to close my eyes for a minute.

 

 

 

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