I was going through my usual after work blogging activities and came upon the funniest blog post about getting a new puppy. Anyone that has ever had a puppy would know exactly how this family is feeling just weeks after welcoming their first puppy into their home. You go through lack of sleep, the puppy not wanting to eat anything you put in front of them, the puppy using your hands, feet, furniture or clothing as a chew toy, and of course crate training for bed time. Cavalier owners know not to even bother pretending to crate train for bed time as that is just not acceptable sleeping arrangements (the new puppy in question is a Whippet so they might be ok with alone time at night eventually.
I on the other hand get kicked in the head my hair gets stepped on and if I dare to pull my pillow all the way to the headboard and cover up the girls pillow behind my head Indiana will cry. If Indiana decides to go under the bed to sleep Davinia might choose to sleep on the pillow behind my head. But if Indiana changes her mind and comes into bed to find Davinia in “her place” she will cry to let me know she wants “her spot” back.
The girls are too old to be teething obviously but Indiana had a nickname within weeks of coming home. It was shark because she had the sharpest little teeth and anytime she got near me she would use my hands as a chew toy. I tried the whole yelping thing but she only looked at me for a second and continued on. I tried the getting her to bite herself and not me that didn’t work. I tried chew toys but no my hand was much more fun. The thing that stopped her from chewing on me was baby carrots. It took less then a bag and she had (for the most part) stopped chewing on me. of course her new chew toy of choice was socks and so there were mountains of them under the bed but better then my hand. She quit stealing socks several years ago but every once in a while she will wake up in a playful mood and find a sock to play with.
As for food issues our long time readers know that Indiana has only every turned down food if she is really sick. Davinia on the other hand I seriously thought was anorexic. She just never wanted to eat anything – except for an eggroll left on the table for later that she stole. So for those of you who say your dogs are too small for counter or table surfing think again. If there is a strong enough will your dog will find a way. Like that time about a year ago that I found Davinia fast asleep on top of the dinning room table. Back to her food issues she just didn’t want to eat and therefore weighed 2 lbs less then she does now which is a pretty good weight for her. It took until Indiana came to live with us and steal Davinia’s food for Davinia to learn to eat her meal.
The times of no sleep, teeth marks on my hands and wet socks are long gone but there are still days I would love to be able to sell a time share for walks. Like today all I want to do is crawl up in bed and take a nap. I guess I have to take them for a walk right now but anyone want to pay me to take the girls on a walk tonight before bedtime? We gladly accept Paypal.