The Up and Down Side of Widget

October 18, 2012

in the generous life

We just got a new puppy. Widget is 45 pounds (20kg) of pure goofball.

I think he will make an absolutely great family pet. He’s friendly and wants to please. He has a very sweet personality (he’s a “talker”) and for a lab/pointer mix (turns out he’s Rhodesian Ridgeback) he’s actually pretty mellow.

But … there is a down side to Widget.

He comes in a puppy package and we have had to work consistently to house train him (only 2 “accidents” so far) and give him good puppy habits.

It’s been interesting to watch my family work through the responsibilities with this new family member. None of us enjoy the regular trips to the backyard to diffuse his tail end. The occasional midnight howling of our puppy (he’s learning to overnight in a crate) reminds me of when my kids were infants and I was up several times a night. Then there is the chewing and licking and playing velcro with our ankles and the licking (did I mention the licking?).

I’ve had to be patient when interrupted. I’ve had to give up “me” time to take care of the Widget’s needs. I’ve lost a bit of sleep. I’ve had to clean up barf and the aforementioned “accidents.” I’ve had to puppy proof the house. 

I think I have three points in this story.

1. All relationships have an up and a down side. Let’s be real.
2. The up side helps you value the relationship.
3. The down side helps you grow up.

Husbands will leave their socks on the floor. Kids will wake us up in the middle of the night. Friends will forget birthdays. The dog will piddle on the floor (or chew up your favorite houseplant, yup, been there, done that, cleaned up the aforementioned barf).

But … don’t you just love the up side of these relationships?

These folks (and puppies) are what make life sweet. So enjoy the up side and learn to deal with the down side with maturity, patience and a lot of grace (or dog slobber, whichever you have the most of).

Dogs feel very strongly that they should always go with you in the car, in case the need should arise for them to bark violently at nothing right in your ear.  Dave Barry

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Gail @http://biblelovenotes.com October 18, 2012 at 6:57 am

Thanks so much for mentioning Bible Love Notes. I’m glad you are enjoying it. And what a great idea that you have a companion site with your husband. You are so right about all relationships having up and down sides. And I love the name of your puppy : )
Bless you,
Gail

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Heather October 28, 2012 at 10:53 pm

We also have a new Golden Retriever puppy (17 weeks old and 18.8 lbs today) and I so agree, but ours doesn’t eat plants though – she ‘landscapes’ (only pulls out a few leaves from each one).

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The Generous Wife October 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm

@Heather I like that … “landscapes.” That makes Widget a landscaper by occupation. :)

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Kim Shackelford February 12, 2013 at 8:09 pm

Just wanted to say how much we love your marriage insight and that we just got a chihuahua puppy (rescue) and her name is Widget. I’ve never heard the name before and then I see your Pinterest board for your Widget. God is so funny sometimes.

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The Generous Wife February 12, 2013 at 10:52 pm

@Kim How fun! Actually we named our dog Widget because we wanted a computerish name. A widget is a small application that you can add to your blog site.

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Abra October 18, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I have been thinking the same thing! We got a 6 month old vizsla/pit a couple weeks ago. Thankfully, Rango was house trained before we got him, but having him around is much like having a toddler around. He gets into everything and desires constant attention. As I sit here, reminding him for the millionth time today that he may not lay on the carpet (he has a mat), it strikes me what a good exercise in patience, diligence and joy he provides me. My husband and 2 year old son are completely in love with our puppy and my other kids are warming up to him. I think God must really love joyful chaos!

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