Woof! Life With A Puppy.

Meet Louie, a four-legged friend of mine (he's Amanda's friend too) . . . Animals will change you forever, and for the better, I might add!  

As I walked into the office this morning, I noticed a paper towel in the middle of the sidewalk. “Leave it!” I stated firmly to . . . no one? Not having had my coffee yet, I realized that I wasn’t walking our 6-month-old Dalmatian puppy, but actually carrying my lunch bag in one hand and purse in the other.  We’ve only had him for a month, and I’m forever changed.

I guess you’re forced to grow up, talk about things that you formerly found disgusting, and laugh when there’s nothing else to do. Here are some things that we’ve learned since King Louie came into our lives.

1. Poop is part of your regular conversation. Yes, I said poop. When you’re housebreaking a puppy and trying to make sure he does his business outside, poop becomes a focal point of the conversation.

After they came home from their morning walk...

Me: “Did he poop this morning?

Boyfriend: “Yup! It was probably the biggest one yet. It looked like it could have come out of a rhinoceros.”

While standing outside waiting for him to do his business...

Me: “Oh good, he’s going.”

Boyfriend: “His poop kind of looks like soft serve.”

2. Sitting on the floor trumps the couch even though you have perfectly good furniture. Training a dog not to jump up is one thing, but trying to make them understand that they stay on the floor and you stay on the couch is a whole other story. So, more often than not, I find myself watching TV, playing on my phone, or reading...on the floor.

3. Anything on the ground is fair game for chewing or eating. As mentioned earlier, two words I’ve come to repeat far too often are “leave it.” Whether we’re on a walk or just in the apartment, Louie can sniff out anything, even a chicken bone that someone threw on the ground instead of the garbage at the park.

Boyfriend: “What did he find over there?”

Me: “A chicken bone.”

Despite yelling at him to leave it, I ended up, once again, sticking my fingers in his mouth to pull the bone out then pulled him back 50 feet before he stopped struggling to get near the tree where he found what he must have thought was the best thing in the world.

4. Screen doors must be sturdy. With our new apartment, we have a wonderful deck with sliding glass and screen doors. Louie has learned when the glass door is closed because of the BLANK, but he doesn’t yet understand that when the screen is closed he can’t go running through it.

The other evening we had been on the deck, but decided to come inside and close the screen door so we could still have fresh air. Louie didn’t realize it was closed so grabbed his toy and tried to charge through the door. Fortunately, the screen is strong, and he just ended up bouncing backwards. Needless to say, we were in a fit of giggles at his confusion about the screen being there.

Life with a puppy can be frustrating, entertaining, and sometimes gross, but it’s a great life change and well worth it, even if it means sometimes discussing poop.

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