The Puppy Chronicles
We are now on Day 6…
We’ve tried out about 6 or 7 names on him…I know I told you Castle was it. Well, we changed our minds once again. I was hedging on Castle, and then Tim called him “Motza-ball” yesterday when he did something silly. That might sound silly, but it’s a term of endearment for dogs and little children when they’re being funny. And a new name was born. We’ll be calling him Motza or Motzy. It fits…he is all white like mozzarella, and quite silly.
I am happy to report that he has us (almost) fully trained. When he runs for the front of the house or bathroom, we know he has to go out to go potty (which is the other way). We’re down to one accident in the house today (don’t ask how many times we run him outside 🙂 )!
Even though he was fine with me taking away his food when he was eating, he’s not so good at giving back the babies toys…we have to work on that. Gabi has pulled out a spray bottle (water) to try to spray at him when he’s doing something naughty. We’ll see how that goes.
I have found that he listens to my “time to get serious – you need to listen now” voice. My daughters would call it my bark. No pun intended. The first night we had a few whimpers and whines, added in with a few (very funny) howls. I “barked” at him from the bedroom “QUIET!” and he was quiet…slowly started again, one more “Quiet!”…quiet…whimpers…one last “Quiet!”…and that was it! He went to sleep!
That was the first and last night of any noise! He’s been quiet throughout the night ever since.
Mornings are another story. Seems we have an early riser, although he’s at least started sleeping until 6ish. The first few days it was 5…ugh.
I do believe we have a good little man…
And yes, the big man (Tim) loves him dearly…just about as much as Gabi and I do!
OK…now on to a gripe…
When I started this search for a new dog, I started with the shelter websites. I didn’t need a puppy, I didn’t need a purebred, I just wanted a dog to love. Little did I know just how expensive it is to adopt a dog from a shelter! In our area – one of the shelters charges $150. And in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area it’s $300-$350!
I understand that they want to try to recover some of the costs of taking care of/getting the proper vet care/etc. of these animals, but seriously? I understand the applications, even the home visits…but does it need to be so expensive?
I know plenty of people who can’t afford to pay that much and yet they would be able to offer an animal a WONDERFUL home – and be able to give food and vet care!
No wonder these animals aren’t getting adopted!
It seems to me that something is wrong with this system. And, yes, I understand there needs to be a process to make sure these animals aren’t getting into the wrong hands, but I think this is unbelievably and unrealistically expensive.
It’s almost on the verge of being discriminatory against the poor and even middle class. I don’t say that lightly.
Maybe I’m missing something, and if I am, please point it out to me…because at this point, it seems to me there are too many animals in the shelters and too few people who can afford to take them home.
I’m off my soapbox.
Have a wonderful night everyone…
I have a new puppy sleeping under my living room curtain with only his butt peeking out. 🙂 I thank God that I saw his ad on Facebook and was able to give him a good home.