I had an entirely different post planned for today, but our puppy Luke gave me a pleasant little surprise this morning. That inspired me to write a little bit more about him instead, and about the pros and cons of having a puppy.
I’ve been fighting a stomach bug all week…upset stomach/headache/chills/aches and overall tiredness. I started feeling it Tuesday afternoon, and went to bed about 5 that day. On Wednesday I still went to work, but I dragged all day. My hubby and I discussed me going home early, or going to bed as soon as I got home, and then we laughed. Right. With a puppy at home who has been cooped up in a small room all day that was not going to happen. So I toughed it out, and then went back to bed when my hubby got home from work two hours after me.
CON: It’s hard to be sick with a puppy in the house.
This morning I woke up feeling a bit better. The chills had finally passed, and my stomach felt some better. The headache still persisted, and I was in no rush to get out of bed. Before Luke I used to linger in bed for a half hour or so on the two days I work from home; watching the news, drinking coffee, and reading Facebook and email on my tablet. Since Luke joined our household, I haven’t been doing that so much. I’m usually refereeing puppy games, or getting up sooner to get him outside. My hubby took him out before he left for work, but he didn’t “do all his business”. I assumed I’d be up early again getting him outside. Much to my surprise he came up and lay down next to me. I had my tablet open, and was able to relax for a while petting him and catching up on Facebook for the first time in a while. What a nice treat it was to be able to stay in bed a while longer when I wasn’t feeling so great! PRO: He can be such a little angel sometimes!
Eventually, the natives did get restless!
Besides, it’s not a bad thing to be getting up earlier some days, so I really see that as a PRO. I get more done when I get up even just a few minutes earlier. I’ve even learned to be more flexible and adjust my schedule to get things done when he’s taking a nap.
The most difficult part about not feeling well was having to go outside in the frigid cold weather we’ve been having lately. I can usually suck it up and take the dogs out for 20-30 minutes and let them play a couple times per day. However, having the chills, I just couldn’t stand to be outside for more than 5-10 minutes these last couple of days. It was still 4 below zero when I ended up getting up this morning and taking the dogs out. Luke did all his business quickly this time and we got back inside.
PRO: Sometimes he surprises us with how good he is.
CON: Sometimes he has me pulling my hair out, and gritting my teeth with trying not to yell or swear when he just won’t listen to me! He’s discovered sticks are fun to chew on now, and when he gets doing that his ears shut off, and he won’t come in the house when I need him to.
The frigid spell (polar vortex) finally let up today and we’ve been outside a bit more, and I even took Kobi for a walk. It got me thinking about how much more fresh air both my hubby and I have been getting since Luke joined our family. We have a large fenced in yard but we still don’t let Luke out there unattended for more than a minute or two unless we can see him from the window. That means going outside A LOT more for us than we used to.
PRO: more fresh air for us, plus the yard is staying cleaner because we’re picking up after all the dogs far more often than we used to in the winter.
CON: Luke is really getting to enjoy being outside, and he wants to be out there more and more. Every time the big dogs go out, he wants to. That gives us less time to get other things done.
PRO: Luke is getting older and the housebreaking is going well. He hasn’t had an accident in the house for a week now, and he is starting to go to the door when he needs to go out.
CON: Luke is getting older now, and he’s getting BIG. He has doubled his weight since he came home, and he likes to show us how tall he is. Today he knocked this cup off the fridge where I had set it to fill with ice and water (luckily I hadn’t filled it yet).
PRO: He used that cup as a toy which kept him occupied for quite a while.
CON: He knows where all the TP is kept and we have to put that up higher than the holder to keep it away from him.
CON: My house is a disaster. I’m not going to try to tell you that I’m a wonderful housekeeper or anything. Don’t ever look too closely at my furniture or my floors, because they are not really clean, unless we have company coming. But you will almost never find clutter in my house….I cannot stand it. Here’s what my dining room looks like since Luke:
It’s driving me crazy. But with the winter we need all the hats, coats, gloves, and socks handy for going outside. PRO: Luke can pretty much reach all that stuff now….we keep moving it closer and closer to the center of the table, and he keeps taking it down. We’re going to have to find another place for it soon.
PRO: He makes us laugh so much with the things he gets into, and we are beyond thrilled with how he has gotten the two girls to play more. I need to videotape the “Bark-Offs” that they have. That’s what I call it when they just get barking at each other, and it is so funny when Sheba lets out her big dog bark and Luke jumps and goes running away like she scared the H—L out of him. It’s hysterical!
PRO: Both Sheba and Cricket are so much more active, and now when we play fetch we often have two balls going and Sheba is running a lot more….either bringing her own ball back (she would never do that before) or chasing Luke down trying to get one of the balls from him.
I think the PROS are starting to outweigh the CONS and obviously we wouldn’t trade him for anything in the world. He is enriching our lives in so many ways. He is starting to learn things and I know he will behave better in time. He’s definitely a keeper (not that he was going to be anything but that no matter what)!