RAISING A PUPPY IS NOT CHILD’S PLAY
I HAVE become a proud new momma to a mixed-breed puppy. You know you love your puppy when he graduates from being called a pavement special, to being called mixed- breed. If only someone had told me, it really is like having another child in the family. In fact, consider this my humble apology to every person who compared having a baby with having a puppy.
It really is pretty much the same WhatsApp group.
Looking at the amount I have already had to spend on this pup, he had better be planning on being the next Lassie.
Now, adopting a three-month-old baby, in my view, would be a little less work than what I am currently experiencing with this puppy. Usually, when you put a baby in those cute little cots that double as a baby cell, it is to keep the poor thing from rolling over and hurting itself. I can’t even begin to think like that for a puppy because then that’s abuse. Yet, I do not know how else to keep him from running outside the yard, into the pool and into the house while Christina is cleaning.
The debate became about whether to keep him inside or outside because he is still a baby but he is also busy. I mean, imagine a mom deciding whether their child should be relegated to the outdoors.
It was only when the kids were crawling at about six months that I began baby proofing the house. This puppy has us puppy-proofing the yard. Now I must cover all possible escapes. What am I going to deal with at one year? I shudder to think.
When a three-month-baby is left in one spot, you are guaranteed to find that baby where you left it unless it rolls. Not pups. You need to keep an eye out because that excitable, yet damn adorable, beast jumps at you out of nowhere, bolts through the house at the speed of light. The biggest casualties have been slippers, a cushion, shorts and my husband’s socks. Babies are cute, puppies are a cute mess.
We had our first vet visit, and got our clinic card, micro chip, vaccinations and de-worming done. The kids were worried about him getting an injection. Now they know how I feel when I have to take them for theirs. I also realise I had no idea what I was getting myself into when I had this puppy.
They develop quickly but you must guide them through the basics.
So, we are going to go to puppy school soon.