Hey everyone, sorry about my blogging hiatus over the past month or so… in addition to all the holiday insanity, I had to move to a new location this month, and it proved to be quite the ordeal! First off, the place that I was originally looking at needed more extensive renovations than expected, and the property management company wanted me to sign a form allowing them to finish renovations up to seven days AFTER my move-in date, and not finish cleaning it until another fourteen days had passed! So, basically, you want me to move in on the 1st, let you continue renovating for another week, and continue cleaning for another two weeks? Yeah, I don’t think I’m moving my things into an unrenovated and unclean location, under any circumstances!
Luckily, I found another place nearby, which was even nicer than the first, even though it has two more flights of stairs to climb… but that’s ok, it’ll just help keep me in shape! The move was a little more difficult than I’m used to, but we got everything settled last week, and now it’s back to business as usual.
As for other things in my life, BonBon continues to get bigger and feistier all the time, and we’ve been taking her to dog parks on a regular basis. She’s completely fearless when it comes to playing with other puppies, and no matter how much bigger than her a dog happens to be, she’ll keep tussling and wrestling with the dog until she’s made herself the dominant. She took on a Great Dane three times her size last week, and she had it on its back in about 30 seconds flat! You know what they say – it’s not the size of the dog in the fight that matters, but the size of the fight in the dog. 😉
We’re going to take her up north again this weekend for more playtime in the snow, I’ll post pics as soon as we take them. In the meantime, here are two absolutely adorable puppy-related things that I just had to post: the first is a Subaru commercial that made squeal from its excessive cuteness, and the other is a Letter From a Puppy that tugged on my heartstrings. Enjoy!
A letter from your puppy
J.D.Ellis 2001, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am your puppy:
To Whom it may concern:
I am your puppy, and I will love you until the end of the earth, but please know a few things about me. I am a puppy; this means that my intelligence and capacity for learning are the same as an 8-month-old child. I am a puppy; I will chew EVERYTHING I can get my teeth on. This is how I explore and learn about the world. Even HUMAN children put things in their mouths. It’s up to you to guide me to what is mine to chew and what is not.
I am a puppy; I cannot hold my bladder for longer than 1-2 hours. I cannot “feel” that I need to poop until it is actually beginning to come out. I cannot vocalize nor tell you that I need to go, and I cannot have ‘bladder” and bowel control until 6-9 months of age. Do not punish me if you have not let me out for 3 hours and I tinkle. It is your fault. As a puppy, it is wise to remember that I NEED to go potty after eating, sleeping, playing, drinking and around every 2-3 hours in addition. If you want me to sleep through the night, then do not give me water after 7or 8 pm. A crate will help me learn to housebreak easier, and will avoid you being mad at me. I am a puppy, accidents will happen, please be patient with me! In time I will learn.
I am a puppy I like to play. I will run around, and chase imaginary monsters, and chase your feet and your toes and ‘attack’ you, and chase fuzz balls, other pets, and small kids. It is play; it’s what I do. Do not be mad at me or expect me to be sedate, mellow and sleep all day. If my high energy level is too much for you, maybe you should consider an older rescue from a shelter or Rescue group. My play is beneficial, use your wisdom to guide me in my play with appropriate toys, and activities, like chasing a rolling ball, or gentle tug games, or plenty of chew toys for me. If I nip you too hard, talk to me in “dog talk”, by giving a loud YELP, I will usually get the message, as this is how dogs communicate with one another. If I get too rough, simply ignore me for a few moments, or put me in my crate with an appropriate chew toy. I am a puppy; hopefully you would not yell, hit or strike, kick, or beat a 6 month old human infant, so please do not do the same to me. I am delicate, and impressionable. If you treat me harshly now, I will grow up learning to fear being hit, spanked, kicked or beat. Instead, please guide me with encouragement and wisdom. For instance, If I am chewing something wrong, say “no chew!” and hand me a toy I can chew. Better yet, pick up ANYTHING that you don’t want me to get into. I can’t tell the difference between your old sock and your new sock, or an old sneaker and your 200.00 Nikes.
I am a puppy; and I am a creature with feelings and drives much like your own, but yet also very different. Although I am not human in a dog suit, neither am I an unfeeling robot who can instantly obey your every whim. I truly DO want to please you, and be a part of your family, and your life. You got me (I hope) because you want a loving partner and companion, so do not relegate me to the backyard when I get bigger, do not judge me harshly but instead mold me with gentleness and guidelines and training into the kind of family member you want me to be…
I am a puppy; and I am not perfect, and I know you are not perfect either. I love you anyway. So please, learn all you can about training, and puppy behaviors and caring for me from your veterinarian, books on dog care and even researching on the computer! Learn about my particular breed and it’s “characteristics”. This will give you understanding and insight into WHY I do all the things I do. Please teach me with love, patience, the right way to behave and socialize me with training in a puppy class or obedience class, we will BOTH have a lot of fun together.
I am a puppy and I want more than anything to love you, to be with you, and to please you. Won’t you please take time to understand how I work? We are the same you and I, in that we both feel hunger, pain, thirst, discomfort, fear, but yet we are also very different and must work to understand one another’s language, body signals, wants and needs. Some day I will be a handsome dog, hopefully one you can be proud of and one that you will love as much as I love you.
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