Because I said yes to a puppy. This puppy came with the perfect set of circumstances and Zoe has been begging for a dog for years and years and years. The dog is a toy breed so she will never be the dog that jumps and knocks you down or pulls too hard. She has hair, not fur, so she is not going to leave fur on everything and is better for the allergy girl in the family. She was born into a house with little kids so she is super social and happy to be held. And, for a toy breed, she is one of the more sturdy ones (no skinny legs) so she won’t break when she is played with. In a moment of weakness, we said yes.
Thus the countdown to puppy began, but, given all the other things going on, it almost felt like she instantly appeared. Our friends brought her and her single litter mate out to our house and the other friends adopting the other one came up and we had a full house of 15 people and 2 dogs (and 1 annoyed cat who just lived in my room) for the weekend bringing a festive air and a gentle transition to the puppies new lives.
Last night, when everyone left, we were like new parents left with that newborn that didn’t come with instructions. Kids went to bed, puppy…. did not…. Apparently sleeping with your puppy sister your whole long life makes you pretty sad when you are alone. She cried for 2 hours and while we didn’t want to encourage more crying, we also didn’t really do a great job of putting her ‘to bed’ so we did a bit of a re-do. Lars took her out to the bathroom, I put 3 cups of rice into a baggie and microwaved it and then wrapped it in the shirt I had been wearing all day. When she came in we did the calm ‘good night’ and put her into her carrier with the fake puppy, and to top it off we put a kindle on top of the carrier with a 1-hour youtube of heartbeat sounds. (I have absolutely nothing in the house that ticks). So, from 12:30 to about 4am all was well, then, she busted out of the door and went to Niamhs room and wanted to play. Process repeat – and she was back to sleep, or, at least not crying, until about 6:30. At 6:30 we contemplated waking up Zoe to take care of her puppy but Fiona woke up and they watched some TV together.
Today is day 1 of puppy life. It is just Lars and me I at home and she wants more! I took her for the car ride to school and once we got home she just looked at me like ‘now what?’. I’ve been keeping her near by for my work morning but now she is asleep by Lars and I can get moving on the massive list of things to do to sell a house.
Oh! house update – the builder didn’t offer on the house so in some ways that is a relief because he said upfront that he would not pay market price. It would have been nice to skip the staging process but on the other hand, I have to pack anyway. It also meant we could go with the agent we liked and she and I will do the front end looking to make sure there isn’t an existing house that is perfect before we go back to look at the building scenario. She is also backed by a great team to make the house show ready and I am glad for that too. Not really the time for me to get 4 hours of broken sleep, or, have a puppy on my heels but there is really no perfect time for anything so we are rolling with it.