Sunday, April 18, 2010

Pleasures and Perils of Life with Puppy

So our little puppy came home a couple of weeks ago. He is a lot of work and fun, just like all good things, I suppose. I won't beat around the bush, I'm crazy in love with him! His name is Theo Mark Garff Hawkins, and he puts a smile on my face. It is hilarious to watch him try to eat worms, attack plants, rip bark off a tree, or watch with rapt curiosity as a robin hops across the yard. The best of all is watching him play chase and ball with Nathan, kind of like a little brother would.

He falls asleep in the silliest places, almost on his feet sometimes. He wears himself out and then just collapses wherever he is. He gets upset when he's too excited and overstimulated, but by far his biggest problem is his nippiness. He thinks humanflesh is fantastic to sink his little teeth into despite his many bite toys that are supposed to "distract" him. He goes insane over his "good behavior" treats, kind of like a cat with cat nip. We have not been up at night with him much, and that was my greatest fear. He stays in his crate and sleeps all night.

Leah is like a little mother to him, fussing and fretting about him and letting thoughts of his welfare and whereabouts occupy her for hours on end. This is a good thing. Darren seems amused with his silliness, and is even admitting that he is "pretty darn cute." (see photo)

My goal to preserve the carpet has almost been met, despite a few accidents and mishaps. When spraying the cleaner to clean up the messes, Theo attacks the spray bottle and wrestles it to the ground like a bird after the kill.

All in all, we're well on our way to understanding the "man's best friend" adage, and books like "Old Yeller" and "All Creatures Great and Small" now have more meaning than ever.

Amazing how something so small can be so big, cliche and all.


Kirstin said...

He is adorable! You waited until the perfect time - your kids are really old enough to actually help! how fun

Kimberly said...

He is adorable! We got a schnoodle puppy on New Years Eve and I got a kick out of reading your blog post since we have been dealing with all of the same little puppy things at our house. It is amazing how much love a little pup can add into a family, I have loved almost every minute of it since we got her! Have fun!

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Trisha said...

Awwww! He's darling. You sound like a new mother talking about her baby. So cute!

A great and awesome book is The Dog Listener by Jan Fennel. It's good to read even if you don't have a dog. You can get it anywhere.

It was highly recommended to me by a dog trainer/rescue group worker.

Cathy said...

Oh, it makes me want to have a puppy all over again! I'm glad your family is loving him so much.