The Puppy Diaries: Lady Guinness the Labradoodle Update
A couple of years ago, on a particularly dreary afternoon, we were feeling sorry for ourselves, and ordered comfort food from one of the most delicious below-the-radar places in the city, Black Shack - A Burger Joint. We then decided it would be a good idea to re-watch Marley & Me. Of course laughter and tears ensued. We had no idea then what living with a puppy meant.
We are now in the middle of puppy-hood with Guinness at our side. She makes us happy beyond words. But, it's not all obedient dog pictures or snuggling dog in our laps. We knew what we were getting into. Well, sort of. Puppies are energetic and a lot of work. There is even a phrase for it - the puppy "maddies" or natural exuberance (which is, after all, why we adore them). Thankfully, our furniture has been mostly spared, but our hands look like we are in a fight club - we have puppy teething to thank. And, our sleep...oh, elusive sleep. Friends who have raised dogs, kids or managed the care of adult relatives will laugh at us, we know. A puppy cannot be reasoned with at 2 a.m. when the desire to play strikes.
So, how do we get by? We've realized the importance of a support network and a routine. A cadre of experts, from the vet, to the walkers, to the trainer, offer fundamentals for survival. Internet message boards provide a laugh, advice and a sanity check of how we are approaching challenges. We lap up the advice exchanged on the street corner with neighbors who, at 6:30 a.m., give knowing looks of support through sleepy eyes peeking out from hooded parkas as we coax our dogs, to "go potty, get busy". One thing we know for sure, dogs and humans both need their pack.