It’s happening. And I’ve got to get ready.
The puppy is coming.
Returning our latest foster dog, Blanche, to the SPCA and picking up a new puppy will be like turning that pleasant float downstream into a ride through raging rapids.
Everything in the house looks different when you see it through the eyes of a playful, energetic, and curious puppy.
Let me tell you about it.
Getting Ready For The Foster Puppy
Honey is the easiest dog in the world. And Blanche, our foster beagle, is in a tight competition for the same title. But the new puppy?
To Honey and Blanche, a trash can is a vessel with mildly interesting smells.
To Puppy, a trash can is a Tootsie Pop—crunchy wicker on the outside with a chewy, garbage center.
To Honey and Blanche, a dog bed is a soft place to rest when you feel too lazy to jump on the couch.
To Puppy, a dog bed is a chewie, tug toy, and landing pad for when you jump off the desk no one can figure out how you climbed onto in the first place.
To Honey and Blanche, a bath mat is where you lie down to wait for someone to get out of the shower and take you for a walk.
To Puppy, a bath mat is a pee pad thoughtfully placed in an easy place for you to relieve yourself.
To Honey and Blanche, a walk is a great way to check up on p-mail, meet new friends, and get a little exercise.
To Puppy, a walk is a chance to work on one’s bouncy ball impression—go this way, no that way, leap off the neighbor’s steps, now ricochet off those legs at the end of a tight leash.
To Honey and Blanche, teeth are for chewing. On food. Or maybe a bone. Perhaps even to hold onto a tug toy.
To Puppy, teeth are tiny samurai swords whose sharpness needs constant testing. On sweaters. Or maybe a chair leg. Perhaps even an occasional finger.
To Honey and Blanche, a baby gate is a sign to stay away from whatever it is blocking.
To Puppy, a baby gate is the playground equipment you need to get stuck in before tumbling down the stairs.
To Honey and Blanche, a day’s work is to be sweet and loving and to just enjoy spending time with their people.
To Puppy, a day’s work is to play, grow, and learn to become even more sweet and loving and able to just enjoy spending time with her people.
Now we just have to help them do their jobs.
Ask A S’Wagger To Find Lost Things
Catholics ask for help from Saint Anthony to find lost things. I’m not religious so I’ll ask my S’Waggers: where the heck is my camera patch cord? It’s been missing for days.
And I never lose things.
If you have any sure ways to find lost things, let me know.
As an added incentive for your suggestions and help, know that I can’t post any new puppy pictures until I find it.
In other news…
Do You Look Like Your Dog?
We’ve started our experiment to see if strangers can recognize you and your dog belong together just be looking at eyes.
What do you think?
Hop over to the lab and put your answers in the comments. The guesser with the most correct answers (or the one chosen randomly from the most correct answers) will win an Amazon gift card.
We’ll announce the winner next Thursday, October 2.
Your turn: While I’m frantically puppy proofing and trying to do all the work I won’t get done with a puppy in the house, share your best tip for staying sane with a puppy in the house. Wine recommendations work too.