So a few weeks ago I wrote about how I thought getting a puppy was a FAR BETTER idea than having a second child. I thought puppies were better than newborns, for SO many reasons. Well, I should announce, we officially became parents of a 9 week old Border Collie on the weekend. We brought Maggie May home on Saturday, and boy was it an interesting first 72 hours! We swore she would be an outdoor dog. Yes, go ahead and finish laughing before I continue.
The first night she spent in the laundry. That was ok, until 3:30 am when she was crying and scratching at the door. Two wees on the floor, we expected, but she did not like being in the laundry by herself. So we went and bought a crate and put her in our bedroom the next night. This made her much happier. The husband took her out at 12:30 am to wee, the human child came into our bed at 2 am, at 3:30 am the furchild wanted back out. I couldn’t go back to sleep. The third night the husband took her out at 1:30, we all went back to sleep, all was good until 4 am when the human child wet his bed. The furchild went back out while the human child came into our bed where he couldn’t stop coughing. Another 4 am wake up for me, making 3 in a row, now!
I thought I’d go back to my reasons for puppies being better than newborns and just see which of my thoughts had changed:
1. You don’t have to be pregnant and get fat to get one.
True. But you have 9 months to prepare for baby’s arrival and adjust to the idea that life is about to change! We expected to bring Maggie home next week but were told when we visited Saturday that we could take her then and there!
2. They don’t take 3 years to toilet train.
No, but they also don’t wear nappies, which means that 2 to 3 times a night you have to actually take them outside to relieve themselves otherwise they WILL wee all over the floor.
3. They only eat 2 times a day.
Wrong, they eat 3 times a day when pups! Who knew??
4. You can leave them outside.
You CAN, but they don’t actually like this. Turns out they much prefer to be wherever you are.
5. If they cry you can shut them up by throwing a ball.
Sort of true, but who wants to throw a ball around for an hour at 3 am?!
6. They won’t grow up to start talking and back chatting to you.
They won’t, but they still have their way of being cheeky, naughty and stubborn without needing words!
7. If trained properly they will do everything you ask and more.
This is yet to be determined. Let’s see if we can get her “trained properly”.
8. They love you unconditionally, just as you love your human babies.
Puppies are cute, they are part of the family, they are loveable. But they are not babies. They might love you like you love your human baby, but when you have human babies a dog is, well, still just a dog.
I am trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel, which is that when she’s toilet trained she’s going to be a fantastic addition to our family. I don’t know why I didn’t realise how much hard work puppies are!
Do you have a puppy? Do you have any puppy advice?