We now have a new family member. No…I did not have a baby! Heavens No! I am a new phase mom but not that brand new. My baby days are over so I thought. Well, Z has a new puppy. A puppy is like adding a baby to the family. They whine,cry, need extra attention, have teething spells, wake up at all times of the night wanting attention and they have to be potty trained.
Yes, a new puppy requires All the attention that a baby does. It has been a long time since we have had a young puppy of 8 weeks in the house. Our last ‘family member’ Max passed Christmas 2011 and he was 15yrs old. A pekinese that we loved dearly. So we now have Tonee a female shitz tzu french bulldog mix. She is adorable. We were lucky. She was a gift to Z from a friend. We got her on Z’s birthday the 19th of August so Z was so terribly surprised.
The first night was a little trying which it was to be expected. Z placed her in the box we have for her temporarily to sleep in and put it beside her bed. Tonee slept a few hours and of course started whinning for Z to take her out of the box. But Z remained firm and left her in the box beside her bed. She did start rubbing her back to calm her and Tonee relaxed and went back to sleep.
The next day, Tonee was up early and ready to play. 5am is the time she started to let Z know she wanted out of the box. Z got up grugingly because Tonee kept waking up all through the night. Z took her out of the box and went outside for her morning potty training. Afterwards she came back inside for breakfast Benefyl for puppies and water. We have learned from past experiences to reward Tonee when she goes outside so she will continue to go to the door to let us know when she has to go. This little known trick worked well for Max.
Once Tonee was fed it was time to play. Play time consist of biting and playing tug of war with whatever she has and you try and take away. She is running around the room jumping and biting wanting plenty of attention. After a while Khem joins in on the fun and now she has Z and Khem’s attention. She is at full force play having a great time.
After about an hour she begins to calm down a bit for a nap. But a nap does not come easy as with all babies. Tonee bites and plays until she can’t take any more and she just collapse on the floor and rolls over on her side for a nap. Anyone that comes in the room will startle her and she is up for play again. Z finally informs everyone to quitely come into the room so not to wake Tonee so she could also catch a nap.
Tonee is up again within the a hour and the routine starts all over again. Outside to be relived and play time again. She is not fed again until a little later like 10am. This constant routine of play, sleep and eat are done over and over again. Sound familiar?
We also have made an appointment for her to have her first set of shots and to have her nails cut because she is scratching us to dealth when she jumps up to play. We have also bought teething toys and a bed.
The devotion that a puppy needs is become healthy requires commitment. I would tell anyone that is not committed to caring for a ‘family member’ not to add one to thier family. But the rewards far exceed any sacrifice you may make.
I will have to add a photo later because Tonee will not sit long enough for me to get a good shot of her. Pictures will be added later.