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Our Dog Baby

3 Jul

I know two types of people, those who say getting a dog will prepare you for having a child, and those who say it is NOTHING like having a child. I’m here to tell you that it’s somewhere inbetween, and no, I don’t have children, but hear me out.

We set out to get a young-ish dog from a rescue a few weeks ago. Totally didn’t intend on getting a puppy because, well, my husband and I are both (ok, him a bit more than me) very particular about keeping our things nice. So we didn’t want a puppy who would destroy things. The sweet girl we ended up taking home we were told was 1-2 years old… but when we took her to the vet we found out she was 9-10 months MAX, so, yes, she IS a puppy! Surprise! It does explain her behavior a bit more, though.

Since getting a puppy…

We have been woken up many times in the middle of the night by her crying.

We have had to deal with pee and poop in lots of places they’re not supposed to be.

We are now the proud owners of 3 baby gates.

Our schedules are totally off – my husband (bless him) now gets up around 5:45am to walk her. (I do the night walk.)

We are totally sleep deprived.

For the first 2 weeks I couldn’t even wrap my head around cooking a real meal. (Now she “helps” and lays on the floor watching me cook.)

 

Helping mommy cook.

 

We have to follow her every move around the house, because the minute we don’t, she decides she has to pee or wants to be curious and destroy something. (Like last Friday when she was building up trust being left alone on our back porch. I left her alone for 15 minutes, came down, and she had eaten a candle. Yes, EATEN. Ok, maybe not digested, but there was no part to the candle that resembled the candle. I didn’t even know what it was until I did a survey of the room and realized the candle was missing! My husband and I take turns with her when she’s not in her crate. “Can you watch her while I go to the bathroom?” This is our life now!)

So in recap, I think having a dog (or at least a puppy) DOES prepare you for having a child: cleaning up after them, being responsible for feeding them, lack of sleep, crying, following them around ALL THE TIME. Is it exactly the same? Of course not! It’s not like you can lock your baby in a crate when you leave the house. Or toss it a rawhide to keep it busy for 20 minutes. Well, ok, I’m sure there’s some baby equivalent for that.

I love my daddy.

Anyway, we love our puppy, and obviously knew she would be work, but I’m just pointing out that there are some similarities even though some people get VERY adamant about it being nothing like having a baby. I know it’ll take time, but she’ll learn that candles and shoes aren’t for eating, mommy’s rugs aren’t for peeing on, and (fingers crossed) not to get mad when mommy and daddy leave her alone for a minute. Our *sweet* little girl (90% of the time) has a bit of a… hmm… what to call it. Oh, what the hell, bitchy streak. She is a little lover, loves to be held and cuddled, but if I spend 5 minutes with the guinea pigs and my husband is in bed or not around? She purposely goes and does something bad. Like, “Oh, you’re going to ignore me? Fine, clean this up!” I can only half get mad at her for that, though… I mean, just look at this face.

Ok, I have to tell you the story behind her name for any of those who don’t know yet. My husband told me months ago that when we got a dog we were naming it after Steven Gerrard, Liverpool Football player. He apparently didn’t even think of the possibility that we’d get a girl! I told him if we ended up with a girl, we’d name her Stevie anyway, like Stevie Nicks. Well, when we finally got her, and were on the way home (weeks after the earlier conversation), he was like “Who’s Stevie Nicks?”. Lol. So of course whenever we tell someone it’s a girl and her name is Stevie, they’re like, “Like Stevie Nicks?” and we have to go through this whole story all over again… lol. My husband told me he’s started just saying yes, even though he claims (liar) he doesn’t know who Stevie Nicks is.

Our neighbor popped in a couple times to visit with little Stevie the beagle while we were away this weekend, and she told me when we got back that you can tell she just hasn’t “figured out the world yet”. When she said that I started noticing exactly what she meant. Stevie wanders around from room to room with this little quizzical look on her face, all the time. It’s adorable, but I never really thought about it before. She’s a little puppy just trying to figure out the world.

 

Stevie and her best friend Liono.

 

Say it with me…

AWWW

-C

Animal House

8 Jun

My husband has put limits on the amount of animals we can have in our house. I’m allowed two guinea pigs and one dog – our house is too small for any more! My husband loves cats, but has never had a dog, while I, on the other hand, have been dying to have my own dog for many, many years now. You know those people who are baby crazy and goo goo and ga ga at every single baby that goes by (you know who you are!)? Yeah, that’s me, but with dogs. If there’s a dog in the house, I’m probably on the ground playing with it, versus talking to the humans.

Anyway, I was told we could get a dog once we were in the house for two months. Guess what? It’s been two months in our home! And while I’d love to have been able to run out to all the shelters within a 50 mile radius last week (when it was EXACTLY two months) and snatch up an adorable pup, I had to ship off to the West Coast for the week for work. Technically we could’ve gotten a dog last weekend, but leaving my non-ever-having-a-dog husband, alone with our new furry child, while humorous, would have been mean.

Oh well, I guess it gave us a little more time to prep for doggie arrival! Since my husband has never had a dog, I think he doesn’t really know what to expect, and therefore we are planning like parents about to have a baby! My husband likes to be prepared for things. Like, I had to do a research project for him showing him the costs of owning a dog. That prepared. But since I did that, now it’s onto all the things a dog needs that I’ve been acquiring. I guess we like to be prepared in different ways. 🙂

– I acquired an only used once, still in the box, dog crate (for crate training) from Craigslist. Score!

– Dog toys: We have not so squeaky ones, NON anything that could look like a guinea pig ones (our dog will have nothing that looks like a real animal – yellow furry crocodiles are fine), durable bitey rings, and plenty of old tennis balls.

– Dog training clicker and tiny treats for training (I’ve never actually trained a dog before, so this should be interesting!)

– Baby gate (…and now Amazon keeps recommending baby things to me, great)

– Food bowls for in and outside the crate

– Flea treatment collars that were on clearance at Target (What?? I’m sure we’ll need them at some point…)

– Oh, and a leash! The shelter provides a collar (and a week’s worth of dog food).

– A dog bed that may or may not be too small, but was too cute to pass up (I can always return it).

So, Amazon, Overstock, and Craigslist love me right now.

And… we are ready for puppy! (I think??)

Did I mention we also got another guinea pig last week? We let our other guinea pig, Tyson, pick him out from the Have a Heart Guinea Pig Rescue!

Meet… Jake!

Jake (and Tyson) got new cages – that I built!

xxx