Want to spice up your life?
Want to stretch yourself?
Want to grow, expand and push yourself to the ends of the earth?
I have one answer.
Three little words.
Get. A. Puppy.
We are embarking upon our first month with our newest family member, and I can say, it reminds me of all the reasons I am glad I do not have small children anymore. And I’m not convinced a puppy is better or worse than human children.
Case in point = lessons I’ve learned from the puppy:
Puppy Lesson #1
Puppies take what they want then RUN.
And run, and run and run.
It doesn’t matter how cool and calm you are. If your arm is outstretched and you are talking in a sweet “come hither” voice, they know the real deal. And they run further and faster to get away from you – and keep the stray sock, glove, paper towel, hair clip or other random item that is three times their size, away from you. They found it, therefore, said item is now rightfully theirs.
Puppy Lesson #2
Puppies sleep when the want, where they want and for as long as they want.
Which eventually means they will be wide-ass awake at some ungodly hour and insist that you be awake as well – it’s play time!
Puppy Lesson #3
Even though the puppy is sleeping, if you stand up, and walk to the other side of the room, they are instantly awake. And they will follow you.
And get right in the middle of whatever you are doing.
Don’t think for one second your privacy is yours. That’s all changed. The puppy is now included in anything and everything you do.
Puppy Lesson #4
Whoever said size matters never met a Yorkie puppy.
They may be slight, yet they are mighty (in their mind!)
(Best part of meeting Timber, the very gentle English Lab shown below, was when Rocco STOOD on his back. I wasn’t fast enough to capture the image, but Timber just laid there, probably thinking, will someone please remove this FLEA from my back!)
Puppy Lesson #5
That spot on the sofa that you thought was “yours” no longer belongs to you. (Sheldon from the Big Bang Theory better never get a puppy!!)
And if you think of a new spot, that spot also suddenly belongs to the puppy.
The sooner you embrace this lesson, the better.
Puppy Lesson #6
When playing with the puppy, it’s best to just dig in, and get down to his level.
Especially when his legs are short and stubby and don’t allow for proper jumping up on you.
Puppy Lesson #7
Forget your heart.
And guess where it is?
With the puppy.
Sure didn’t take long for the puppy love to bloom!