On a recent walk I started thinking back to a year ago. She was just three months old and the furthest we’d get on our “walks” was down to the end of the road. And often times I’d have to carry her up and down the driveway because she was so scared of the puddles that had formed after the snow melted and the rain started. I can’t believe she has been with us for over a year already. I can’t believe how much she has grown in that year. And I can’t believe how much I have learned in the last year.
1) You will have pee, poop, and puke all over your house. Including on your new off-white carpeting. Some stains will come out, others won’t. In the end, as long as it doesn’t smell, you don’t care.
2) Your puppy may piddle 7 times within an hour after you return home from work. You will tell her if she does it one more time she is being shipped back to Iowa. On the 8th time you scream NO! but love her anyway.
3) After catching her pooping inside the house you will yell Get Out! Get Out! Get Out! She will take you very literally and bust through the screen door. 9 months later that screen will still be flapping in the wind and when you see it you will smile.
4) Pet hair will invade your house. It will be on the floor, furniture, and your clothing. You will not be able to keep up with it and often times you will see big balls of hair hording in the corners. As long as they don’t ask to join you at the table for dinner, you will leave them in peace.
5) Furniture will get scratched. You can either place something over the scratch to hide it, or leave it visible as a character mark.
6) Knick-knacks, pictures, books, paper towels, and other assorted items will be chewed up and strewn throughout your house. Yes, even the figurine you got in Tahiti. It’s all stuff. Most of it can be replaced. What can’t is still stuff and you realize you’re life continues to move forward without it.
7) Socks can be swallowed whole. They can also be puked up or pooped out whole.
8) When your puppy cries at 1 am from her kennel you will get out of bed immediately to take her to potty or calm her down. When she does it again at 3am and 5am the routine is the same.
9) A left-over Thanksgiving turkey carcass should not be consumed by a puppy.
10) If consumed your puppy will have the worst diarrhea you could ever possibly imagine. This will happen on your living room floor and all over the kitchen. Let me repeat, ALL OVER the kitchen. Your husband will find it and for the first time in his life clean up poop without gagging. Okay… he will gag, but he’ll still clean it up. Also, 5 months later you’ll still find poop splatters on the kitchen wall.
11) When your tired puppy climbs up on the couch with you and curls up into a ball, you will find yourself scooting over to make sure she has enough room.
12) The homemade shortcake with filling cookie treats found at the front of Petco taste good. Really good.
13) The teddy graham looking treats do not.
14) Every morning your heart will break as you see her standing at the window begging you not to go.
15) Every night when you come home her snout pressed up against that same window will wash away all the stress of the day.