John and I love animals. It is our destiny to one day have enough money and land to own and work a small hobby farm so we can have all the dogs, cats, goats, chickens, and horses we want (within reason). Currently we have 5 pets, but only 3 if we’re just counting mammals. Two cats and a dog. And we talk about puppies a lot. I have close ties to Animal Control where we live and go to the animal shelter fairly frequently. I both love and hate it when I have to go over there for work. I love seeing all the babies (pets are always babies to me, no matter what age) but hate how sad I feel in my heart when I leave to go home without bringing one with me. We’ve often wondered how our household would change by adding in another pup. Would it be a good thing? Does Rory need a playmate? Or a bad thing… Would our cats hate us forever and never want to cuddle again?
Puppies are hard. When I got Rory four years ago it was just me and Penny and I was living by myself. Raising a puppy by yourself is not easy. I broke down in tears a few times on the phone to friends because I just couldn’t do it! Puppies have endless amounts of energy and they chew everything. Ev-er-y-thing. I always told myself I would never get a puppy again, I’d go for the older dogs. But now that John and I are together my thoughts are changing. When you have a partner to tag-team the puppy business it’s so much easier. A puppy might be better, I thought. John and I got to test out the waters this past weekend.
Macro is a 9 week old golden retriever puppy. One of my coworkers and his girlfriend got this puppy a couple weeks ago and had to go out of town. So my initial “I’ll totally puppysit for you anytime” offer upon finding out they had decided to get a puppy was redeemed more quickly than I thought. They both had to go away this weekend so we got to take over this lovebug for a while. We got him early Friday morning and returned him to his mama late on Monday. We were so excited. His smell. OHMYGAWD puppy smell is the best. Why do all baby animals (humans included) smell so good? Is it so we will continue to love them and cuddle them even after they’ve kept you up all night and/or eaten your favorite ballet flats? Probably. Because one whiff and you are in heaven.
This first day: Easy peasy. He’s little and cute. The cats hate him but whatever.
The second day: a challenge… he’s everywhere! stop eating carpet! that is my shoe! ouch that’s my hair! is he peeing again?! We are never getting a puppy!
The third day: We got this. The dogs are getting along and napping more because they wore each other out the previous day. The puppy is SO cute when he’s sleeping. The kittens are coming around…
The fourth day: We don’t want him to go! He’s so cute and sweet and we love him and will miss him. We reluctantly met up with Macro’s mom in the evening to return him to her. We were sad the entire drive home.
The verdict: We think we could totally add a puppy into our mix at home. BUT! We aren’t going to just yet. At least this weekend proved that when we join forces, puppies aren’t so hard and we could definitely do it. Rory would get along with a new puppy and the cats will warm-up to the new one in a few days, so it could work in our household… just not yet. In the meantime, we will just puppysit periodically to get our puppyfix. No puppies of our own right now.