Ok … I get why new parents are tired all the time. Because if you are having to work as hard as I do for a puppy … yeah … I get it.
After four days into living together, Aughie and I have had our ups and downs. Aughie is a bit of a biter, and I have the marks on my hands, nose, and shiner to prove it. Aughie poops like a champion … really impressive poops, and stinky ones too. Aughie still needs to get used to riding in a car and wearing a leash. Aughie isn’t a fan of his kennel, which is where until he can control his bodily function his home when I am giving his full attention. And when he can get my full attention, he demands my full attention.
But our ups are really ups. Potty training goes well-ish. We like running around on the wood floor chasing balls. We can hang out on the couch without tearing up the couch, a win. He is on a good routine with eating. He finds toys he likes and toys he loves (his favorite chew toy is of course … me).
My life though is shifted. I start every day with his needs, I spend my lunch helping him pee, I come right home after work and work him. Hard to get to the gym when a pooper wants you with him. Hard to take him for a hike when someone doesn’t like a leash. Hard to write a blog when the little nipper keeps nipping. Heck, its nearly impossible to eat even, because he wants to play when I want to cook – I may just lose weight out of my own starvation at this rate.. But it will change and get better all likelihood, and thats all I hope for.
At the end of the day, its still fun, its still an adventure. Aughie, above all else, has the cuteness meter pegged out. I mean, all puppies are cute (like all babies are precious), but some are not just “cute” but … CUTE.