Jottings: Old people need puppies (or kittens) for happy troubles
My old dog died last year. I decided I was getting a puppy, and my daughter-in-law, God love her anyway, said, "Are you prepared for another 15-year commitment?" My response? "I probably can't outlive another dog, but I will be happy the whole time!" I needed another small companion dog that couldn't drag me by the leash, that I could bathe in the kitchen sink.
When I told my daughter I was getting a puppy, she said, "Of course! Why not? Someone will take care of the dog if anything happens to you." God bless her too! I got a thumbs up from my other children, and grandchildren are always ready to play with a puppy, for a little while.
The family who raised him up to ten weeks old did a great job. He is friendly, not afraid, in good health, active, with first shots behind him. Pup was devastated at leaving his first home, so he cried and whined loudly the whole fifteen miles to my house from theirs.
Puppies are a lot of trouble. I was ready with a night cage (not a crate, which is another option.) Each of the first two nights he escaped, so I didn't catch him before he pooped on the newspaper I laid out. I am observing to see how he escapes! Now his breeder tells me his middle name is Houdini. I am not surprised.
I am climbing back and forth over a tension gate, when I realized that would not work for long. I would need a better gate, for sure. My friend installed a new gate that opens for passing through. He also dug up some plants in my pup's exercise area that I thought questionable for safety.
Puppies will eat anything. He shreds paper and chews on the edge of anything, including my recliner, exposed wallboard, and feet.
I have a vet appointment for his second round of puppy shots, with more to follow, of course. He cannot visit with other dogs until a week after his third round. I have to plan ahead to potty walk him before and after every meal or trip I take away.
My friends who happen to visit want to sit in the room where the puppy is still confined until house broken, get their puppy "fix", just to watch his antics. He makes me happy every day so far.
Mary Jean Rivera is a member of the Jottings Group The Lake Oswego Adult Community Center.
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