It has been almost 7 weeks since Zoey came into our lives. Getting a puppy can be as joyful as it can be frustrating. Zoey would be our 7th puppy in our 35 year marriage. We have never had the same breed twice; a Basset Hound (Daisy), a Springer Spaniel (Jake), a Chesapeake (Packer), Golden Retriever (Bailey), Mini Beagle (Cinders), a Mini Dachshund (Mario) and of course our beloved Puggle, Daisy Mae and our Lab, Dakota. All but 2 of these we got as puppies and had the pleasure of going through the dreaded puppy stage of their lives.
We have had varying success throughout the years and can make a couple of quick observations based on our experiences. The first two that come to mind are; big dogs are easier than little dog and females are easier than males. Our hardest puppy by far was a double whammy, our male Mini Dachshund named Mario. I swear that dog had a screw loose! He would never listened and peed everywhere. Two of his favorite places to pee were my briefcase and my pillow and he would do it while staring at me like a challenge. He was walk up to my briefcase, turn around to make sure I was looking, lock eyes with me and lift his leg. Frustrating!
So far she has only tried to chew on the couch once. Barb scolded her, she has not tried since. We provide her with plenty of chew toys and she seems content with those and so far has not chewed on anything she shouldn’t.
Potty training is an ongoing battle. Well, I would not classify it as a battle but more of a journey. We take her out every couple of hours, maybe a little more and watch her like a hawk. We have a baby gate on across the hallway so she is confined to the living room/kitchen area. Luckily she is a dog that likes to hide when so goes so anytime she intentionally walks out of our sight we are on it. Before we had the baby gate up she would go into the laundry room and do her thing, now that we have the gate up, she tries to hide behind the couch.
Even with all that, there is probably one accident a day when she sneaks back there when we are not looking. Now this week, she walks to the door and lets us know she needs to go out. We cannot hesitate however as she only give us like a 15 second warning before she squats and goes right next to the door. At night, she will last anywhere from 4-6 hours before she gets up and starts stirring. She peed in the bed once early on but nothing since. We have left her in her crate for up to 4 hours and very rarely has an accident in her crate. The great thing is that she is perfectly content in her crate and does not whine or scratch to get out.
Oh, she can be a rascal. She loves to find Barb's slippers and shake them like they are a wild animal and one time when Barb was in the kitchen she turned around to see Zoey help clean the dishes!
As far as socialization with other dogs goes she is doing great! She and Dakota are becoming best buds and she has met three other dogs on play dates. Speaking of playing, here are a couple of short videos of Zoey and Dakota playing....
|Their ears are about the same size!|
All in all, that is not too bad compared to other dogs we have had. So what do we attribute this initial success to? Well, three things…one is luck. You just never know when you are going to get a puppy with a loose screw and it seems we dodged that bullet. The second we attribute to the love, care and attention Foster Lake Frenchies gives to their pups. Zoey had been loved and socialized at an early age and as a result was not afraid of anything and has adapted into our family seamlessly. And lastly, it is the time and love we have been able to give her here at home. It is still early, but so far so good!
On to the nondog related news, we had visitors this week when Guy and Sue stopped by for a visit! The picture did not turn out very well but I assure you that is them live, and in person!
|Teddy and Lacilou snuggled up |
|Zoey overlooking the pond|
The day after the pond got water the frogs started singing! Curious, I went on line to see how long frogs can lay dormant in the dirt waiting for moisture. Some can lay in the mud for years waiting wait to bring them back to life. Truly amazing!
And the food plots already are sprouting!
|The girls checking out the food plot|
|Bath and Shower|