Since last week the letter ‘P‘ has taken over my life. The bouncy arrival of Teddy the Pup has also heralded the arrival of puddles of pee and poop and not to mention sleepless nights. We had planned to adopt a rescue dog, but after attending an open adoption day it was clear we needed to be prepared to welcome a new addition, so we decided to first stock up on doggie paraphenalia. What is it they say about best laid plans?
24 hours after our decision I agreed to adopt an adorable little chap we met at the adoption day because his previously agreed adoption had fallen through. Not having had time to make it to the pet store, Teddy arrived to a pretty bare house. He excitedly skipped through the door, his tail wagging at breakneck speed. Excitedly he zipped from one spot to another, sniffing everything on the way. I was dizzy watching him explore his new home. Cuteness overload. The kids were besotted and were even entertained by his lack of bladder control.
All day long fur baby owning friends had been advising me on how to get the newest member of our family settled. Oh how things seemed to have changed……..a.crate to provide a secure place, ferberizing (wasn’t that a technique used to sleep train babies???), strict feeding and walking schedules…..but first I needed to buy puppy essentials!
A dash to the local pet store and AED2,000 later, I was sure pup’s comfy red bed and shiny playpen would make him feel welcome in his new home. I was even more convinced that an exciting day would have tired pup out…..oh I have so much to learn…..At bedtime we tucked the little mite into his oversized crate and I settled on the couch in the next room. Within a matter of hours the crying and yelping increased to a crescendo of howling that could have woken up the entire neighbourhood, let alone the entire household. My first attempt to let him cry it out was successful ( and a lot less challenging than when I tried this method with DS1!). Alas, peace did not reign for long, and when DS2 appeared in front of me at 1:30am begging me to make the noise stop, I knew I had no option.
Cradling the scamp in my arms, I began pacing…..pacing and rocking the 2 month old pup to calm him. Every so often I would gently place him on his welcoming bed whilst I collapsed on my lumpy couch beside his pen. With every wimper, I stumbled to his side to soothe him before he began howling. Dizzy with tiredness I prayed for the day shift to relieve me.
People say having a puppy is like having a baby. After my first night shift with Teddy, I thought that too. However, after a week of a minding a teething, nipping puppy who pees and poops everywhere yet who has insane energy levels, and who cannot be left alone for fear of using the couch as a chew toy…..I think having a puppy is more like having a mischievious toddler!