Have you heard? We’re fostering a puppy.
She’s a very good puppy. She’s a very smart puppy. But she’s a very active puppy.
An Australian cattle dog puppy to be precise.
Thank goodness I’m equipped with my foster puppy survival kit. And two items are my lifesavers.
Puppy Lifesaver #1
The best dog purchase I ever made? An exercise pen (affiliate link).
We put it in the kitchen when Honey was a puppy so I could cook without her chewing everything in sight. I’ve used it to protect our Christmas tree from playful dogs. And it’s great for blocking off those large entry ways in my living room designed by someone who obviously never had to contain a puppy with baby gates.
But when it comes to acting as a puppy condo for Zoe? It’s magical.
If Zoe is loose, Zoe is active—jumping on Honey, running up and down the stairs, looking under the couch for stray rubber bands and dog hair to swallow.
It doesn’t matter how tired she is. She has to GO GO GO.
Put her in her
exercise pen puppy condo and she quietly chews a bone or takes a nap. Which means I can get some work done (at least until she’s ready for her hourly pee break). And Honey gets some peace. Thank goodness.
After an active day that involves two to three walks, wrestling with Honey, lots of play time, and a few training sessions, Zoe needs her rest.
She doesn’t mind her crate. But she likes to know where we are.
Unfortunately our bedroom is small. And the only place we had room for a second crate blocked us from her sight.
The solution? Stack Zoe’s crate on top of Honey’s crate.
I’ll zoom out so you can see Zoe’s penthouse.
Honey doesn’t mind having an upstairs neighbor.
And none of us mind having a puppy settle down quietly at bedtime.
Are you starting to understand why we call these very important items lifesavers?
Your Turn: Any dog items in your house you consider lifesavers?
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