Monday, July 7, 2008

Who said getting a DOG was a good idea???

OK, so it was me. I honestly thought that after three kids, a puppy would be a cakewalk. Um...not so true. In fact, if given the choice between setting myself on fire and taking another puppy through the period from the ages of three to five months, I would race for the lighter fluid.

Back in April, I made the oh-so-brilliant snap decision that we needed a puppy. Yep. New house....revamped family situation....a puppy was in order. Despite the new husband's protestations, in a period of two hours I had made the decision that we needed a chocolate lab, I located a breeder with one puppy left from a recent litter, and we were on the road to puppy ownership. This particular puppy was about an hour away, so the drive went something like this:

Husband: "Are you SURE you understand how much work this is going to be?"
Me: "Yep. It will be FUN!"
Husband: "Fun. Ok. Have you thought about the fact that for the next few months we won't be able to take any trips, go anywhere for long periods of time-- you know, all the stuff we LIKE to do?"
Me: "Oh come ON! It's a PUPPY not a ball and chain!"
Husband: ":: sigh ::"

So in retrospect it's obvious to me that he has had loads more experience with puppy parenting. But she was soooooo cute....that little pudgy face, those big brown eyes! Home she came. And life hasn't been the same since. She has chewed up several leashes, socks, shirts, and anything else she can get her little paws on. She has proven that housebreaking isn't something you accomplish in a week; that "speak" wasn't the most intelligent command to teach first; and that dog food after being thrown up on a beige carpet leaves a stubborn stain. We've flunked out of obedience school (both of us); taken emergency trips to the vet for xrays after eating large rocks (her, not me); and bought stock in Fabreeze for my brand new micro-suede couch.

On the other hand, however, she's extremely loyal, lovable to a fault, and those big brown eyes still melt me. So on the way to the vet today for yet another "incident", it went something like this:

Husband: "I hate to say I told you so."
Me: :: glaring ::

I mean really, what COULD I say?


Mike R said...

Just goes to show Michael - the only puppy dog eyes that should sway you are those actually on a puppy dog. As the Carpenetrs sang .... "It's only just begun" ... he he he

Misty said...

Oh that's CUTE What can I say--I've PRACTICED that look! ;)