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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