Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Nine Observations About Our New Puppy

Hobbit showing some love to my wife's foot.

Note: This post might be considered off topic by some of you, so feel free to skip this if it doesn’t interest you. I’ll be returning to my normal posts shortly.

Last Friday we brought our puppy home and now we’re adjusting to life with a new puppy. The whole family is pretty excited and happy to have our Hobbit home. Here are some observations after a few days with our new puppy…

  • Many people love to touch puppies. Most puppies have softer fur than adult dogs, which tends to sent out “touch me” vibes.
  • Most people that walk by you when you have your puppy will ask you questions about it. I did notice one father that walked by us at the kindergarten that didn’t seem to notice us with the puppy, but he might have been in a hurry to pick up his kid and leave.
  • Like being a parent, there is almost an instant bond to your new little bundle of joy
  • If you have lost something that should not be stuck in a puppies mouth, they will inevitably find it and put it in their mouth.
  • You develop and instant feeling of pride. Both of our daughters were proudly telling the neighbors about their dog.
  • Their sense of fun and zest for life makes many things fun. It is hard to be sad for long around a puppy.
  • A new puppy will make you popular with the neighborhood kids. The first couple of days when we were only taking Hobbit into the yard, the neighborhood kids managed to find us in the yard upon several occasions.
  • Kids’ eyes light up when they see a puppy. We picked up the girls at their kindergarten yesterday and brought Hobbit with us, it was really neat to see how excited the kids got about seeing our puppy.
  • Just like babies, it is a good thing that puppies are so adorable or you might not put up with some of the things that they do! Biting and potty training are not something that most same people would like to do just for the fun of it.

We’re having a blast with our Hobbit. My wife and I are looking forward to getting the “accidents” and the biting more under control. It is amazing to me that you can spend thirty or forty minutes outside and the moment you let him loose in the house, he has an accident. I’m used to male dogs hiking their legs on plants and trees, so I was surprised to see that our puppy doesn’t hike his leg yet. I know that Hobbit and his siblings bit each other a lot in their play, but this is definitely not a behavior that we want to see continue. We’re struggling with brushing him at the moment, when the breeder showed us how she does it, that seemed simple enough, but hasn’t worked for us the same way. We plan to keep at it because he has to be able to be brushed! We have signed up for some puppy classes which start this weekend. I have done a few posts at our family blog about our puppy and have a web album at MySpace, if you'd like to see or read more about Hobbit. If you have any comments, I’d love to hear them. If you liked this article, please consider subscribing to the blog via RSS or email, share it on del.icio.us or on Digg and pass it on to anyone that you think might appreciate it. Thank you. :)

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