Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Surviving Year One - Puppy Edition

Raleigh turned one.  I only know this because a website sent him an email birthday card along with a reminder to buy more flea and tick medicine.  I have enough trouble keeping up with human birthdays, the pets are definitely below the cut.

What his birthday means is that we are half way to the magical dog age of two.  With kids it is the terrible two's, with dogs it is the terrible first two years.  So if that holds, this time next year we should have a great dog.  Right now, we have a full grown puppy who (along with Scott and I) is ever so slowly learning his doggy manners.  Think of Marley from Marley & Me and you will get the right picture.

What has our first year of dog ownership taught us - oh so many things.  I learned the icky-art of pooper scooping.  It is the canine equivalent of changing diapers.  I can bag up that mess while holding an umbrella, talking on the phone, and waving to a neighbor.

I learned herding dogs herd everything including their human owners.  Last year, he nipped my ass more times than I can count.  He nibbled holes in at least 4 pairs of pants trying to keep me in line.  I can't think of lots of reasons to go shopping for new clothes, but this isn't one of them.  

I learned that perched in bay window Raleigh is King of the Castle.  He barks at everything - the squirrels and cars, the people and pets, even the leaves floating in the wind.  He goes outright ballistic when the UPS man walks up to the door.  He dares you to come inside.  Beware, he may jump on you and lick you to death.

I learned that no shoe is safe.  Put it away, far away.

I learned that cat food is much more appealing than dog food.  Put it away, far away.

I learned that human food is much more appealing than dog food or cat food.  Put it away, far away.

I learned that toilet water is the doggy equivalent of Perrier.  I fill up his water bowl every day, but he always chooses the toilet instead.

I learned that dogs are very expensive.  I think Oprah loves her dogs so much, because she is the only person rich enough to own them.

Finally, I learned that having a dog is pretty awesome.  He is always happy to see us.  He forgives us immediately no matter what we do.  He always wants to go where we do - for a walk, a run, a trip in the car, up to the school, or just to the next room - he just wants to be with us.  It is for that reason, we have learned to put up with all the rest of the exhaustion of having a puppy.

That is life in MomZania.

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