The World Through the Eyes of a Puppy

Honey the Golden Retriever naps in her crate at 8 weeks old.

A sleeping puppy is a safe puppy – Honey’s first nap in her new home.

This morning I’m picking up a foster puppy. But before I do, I need to put on my puppy-eye glasses to make the place safe.

What will that puppy see when he or she (no, I don’t know if he is a he or she is a she or how old the puppy is) comes to stay?

Puppy View of the World

First, I get down on the ground. What do I see?

  • Chew toys on the lower book shelf — books, a birthday card, and dried up printer cartridges we need to turn in for recycling
  • A trash can just waiting to be picked through and turned over
  • Spaghetti in the form of my laptop cord, extension cord, and headset next to the couch
  • A puppy potty spot in the closet by my desk or between the couch and the window
  • Puppy cotton candy in the form of Honey hair that needs to be vacuumed from behind the door

Gee, I thought I was just a messy housekeeper. But now I see I’ve created a puppy paradise.

Puppy Proofing the House

I’d love to chat more but I have my work cut out for me. There is poop to be scooped and toys to be picked up.

But I’ll be back soon with pictures, hopefully set in a neat and safe house.

Your Turn: If you looked at your house like a puppy would it be boring and safe or the perfect setting for mischief?



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  1. to a puppy ANYTHING is their world, I think you are “puppy-proofing” your world wonderfully, can’t wait to see the puppy!

  2. Yay, new foster! Can’t wait to see, and I hope Honey has fun with him or her!
    Hmm…I believe my house is a puppy paradise too. :)
    Good luck!

  3. So jealous you are getting a new foster pup! I’m afraid after having nothing but ‘senior’ dogs for the last 10 years, I would have to spend days puppy proofing…although I think it would probably be worth it. First I have to puppy proof SlimDoggy Jack 😉 Look forward to hearing about the pup & seeing the pics. Maybe it will inspire me to start fostering again.

  4. Max's Ma says:

    Gosh I wouldn’t even know where to begin! Just lucky that Max is so chilled 😉

  5. We hope you get all your chores done before puppy arrives. Good luck and we look forward to read and see the pix. Have a terrific Thursday.
    Best wishes Molly

  6. A puppy would definitely find some mischief here! They were very careful and tidy when I was young – but it doesn’t come naturally to them!

  7. We don’t need visiting puppies to find mischief here – we make lots all by ourselves!

  8. Sue at The Golden Life says:

    This house is, at least right now, a puppy paradise! Callie and Shadow toys allover the floor, puppy cotton candy in the form of golden furballs all over the place, and plenty of things to get into trouble with….and that doesn’t even include Ducky as a co-conspirator. But, OMG, I don’t know where on Earth I’d put another puppy crate in this house! Or, another puppy for that matter. I practically fall over the three dogs I have now every time I turn around.

  9. can’t wait to see the pup!

  10. Can’t get enough of wiener puppies. I’ve raised lots of them, but boy, yes, they can get into a lot of trouble! They get under blankets and pullows and can easily be stepped upon! Have fun!

  11. I haven’t had a puppy in about 14 years – Corgis Monty and Rosie passed away in 2011, and I got Dakota as a big girl of 13 months. From what I remember, however, is that you have to be ever vigilant, watch them all the time, and pick up your shoes!

  12. Oh yeah. Puppy-proofing. You definitely do have your work cut out for you. I can’t wait to see pictures of your new foster! :)

  13. ROFL – since Scarlett just had her 1st birthday yesterday, our house is still puppy proofed! :)

  14. I always tell my mom when we visit, when she’s worrying that everything has to be perfect: I only care if you clean house from the waist down. If the dog can’t reach it, I don’t mind.

    You know, puppy Silas never once even thought about chewing a book? We have them all over the house, all the way down to just a few inches off the floor. One time in desperation I tried to let him tear up a magazine, and he thought I was crazy.

  15. No matter how many toys I have out for a puppy I’m sure the electrical cords will be more enticing. I babysat a puppy a few weeks ago and resolved to have only mature dogs in my life from now on. I was never that big on diapers and bottles either. I prefer to deal with the age of reason.

  16. Having all “mature” dogs (ha!ha!) our house would probably be one of great danger to a puppy. It would take days for a pup to enter our house or yard.

    Good luck Pamela! Can’t wait to see pics and the fun you’re going to have! :)

  17. Oooh, lucky you: puppy breath! Ahhh, it’s intoxicating! Enjoy, and post lots of pictures. When you have time, of course. I know how exhausting puppies can be! :)

  18. I think EVERY house is the perfect place for mischief where a puppy is concerned. Only a puppy would look at a kitchen or bathroom cabinet and think “That looks like fun to chew on!”
    Can’t wait to see the puppy pics!!

  19. My house isn’t too bad in the puppy temptation department. I still make sure I keep things like remote controls and mobile phones out of Frankie’s reach just to be on the safe side. Do you still not have a TV or mobile? Riley was almost 2 years old and still quite the puppy and a large one at that. He had a bit of a thing about the floor length curtain where he used to lie in the lounge room though, lol. That was a new one on me :)

    Seeing as your new puppy is a Bassett baby you shouldn’t have to worry about anything more than about 18″ off the ground … hopefully. Looking forward to photos. Have fun.

  20. Ha ha! Yup….puppy’s can get into anything. Good think you’ve already “been there, done that” and know what to watch out for. :-)

  21. We are getting a puppy soon and I’m starting to get nervous! It’s been sooooo long. I think I’ll start nosing around this weekend and order that dog gate and crate. I yi yi!