Who says you can't teach an 'old dog' new tricks?
The 'old dog,' who is me ...
is being taught by a young dog,
who is Ragnar - or Rags, my new grand pup.
|Ragnar - Rags|
So Rags came to my house yesterday afternoon. The day-before preparation looked a lot like this:
- Vacuumed the whole first level - so that no small objects, or leaves, or dust bunnies, or anything that could be found and swallowed.
- Strategically positioned paper towels and Nature's Miracle Pet treatment around the house for puppy accidents.
- Covered couch with crib pads.
- Set out chew bones for a small teething mouth.
- Arranged pet gates.
- Planned easy heat up left overs for 2 dinners - no elaborate cooking.
- Cleared to-do lists of everything - except Rags duty.
I was prepared. I was ready.
The first day went fine. So fine, that when I reported back to my son after about 6 hours his comment was ... "So you get the calm sleeping puppy and I get the hound from hell." Ha!
|Last night. Peaceful Pup!|
Publicly I said ... oh, there is only one dog here, and Rags got a chance to play with the neighbor dog so he is tired, and it is all new so he probably is just off his game a bit, and ... and ... and ...
BUT secretly I was thinking ... prepared and ready. (insert smug tone of voice here.)
Even as early as 6:00 am this morning I was thinking ... this will be a piece of cake.
Then I opened the crate door and let the fully rested happy puppy free.
Honeymoon was over.
A partial play-by-play:
- Out the front door for pee and poop. Good dog.
- Puppy eyes noticed a yard full of cookies (mulch) - yikes! Not good. Much digging in his mouth to remove stuff.
- Back in for his breakfast (eaten with breath taking speed! So much for my own potty break.)
- Opps. Poop on the rug! Lesson #1 - always, always, always take puppy right out after eating. Always! No matter how much they pooped and peed outside in the last 10 minutes, always!
- Out the door to pee! Another mouth sweep for mulch cookies. Another poop! (wow, 3 poops). Clean bottom of shoe of poop. *sigh* Bright side, however, pooping done!
- Back in for more play .. and water.
- Play with Grandma as she closes the sofa bed and covers the couch. Puppy eyes - New game!! tug of war with couch cover. Lesson #2 - crate the pup if you want to do something that normally takes 10 minutes but with 'help' ... takes 60.
- Squat to pee on the rug - Lesson #3 - set the timer for 15-20 minutes reminders to take the puppy out.
- Ding! Timer goes off. Out again. Pee again. Poop again. (AGAIN! - this little dog is all colon.) Mouth sweep - AGAIN!
- Back in for more 'games." Re-set the timer.
- Puppy Eyes - New Game!! The 'attitude adjustment spray water bottle' ... never assume it will be taken seriously. Lesson #4 - EVERYTHING can be a toy, even a spray of water in the face.
- Barriers are no barriers for big bull doggie paws. *sigh* Lesson #5 - wedge barriers firmly - and hope that visually impaired husband doesn't trip because he forgot about the gates.
- Ding! And we are off and running again.
|Those are big doggy paws. I wonder about them!|
Later, nap time on the couch with Grandma! It is 10:30 am. Busy, busy morning for all.
|Playing with a toy that no one has played with for probably 2 years.|
|He loves to stay glued to your ankles.|
It has been just a wonderful morning!
Puppy love. It isn't forever. Enjoy the ride.