Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: New Hampshire
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A moment in time
My DH and I are in late adolescence (both retired) and everyone said we were crazy bringing home a puppy ten months ago...at times, I'd think they were right. The 5 a.m. wake ups (I imagined that was my new world forever and raved about first light), the nipping, the surprise potty mistakes throughout the house (on rugs is the worst-I began to feel grateful for the soiled edges of rooms even when they were 5 inches from a piddle pad...go figure) BUT now, Lucky is such a grown-up friend by comparison to then and frankly to other dogs we've had. I usually wake him up (we didn't go for the bed sharing) and each morning is a celebration, as if he hadn't seen us for years and was up for the day's adventures. I agree with everything said about not worrying so much about whether we"re doing what others do raising a puppy. It's your dog who has to work with your life style and as the psychologist Winnicott said, all a child needs to grow to the light is a "good enough" mother. I know this forum is flooded with good enough and even better mothers of Havanese (still odd to me calling myself a mother to this furry friend but hey...). Our caring as Dave called it, brings us here. As for the doubters so afraid of puppyhood, it's a moment in time and here's a great doggy...asking politely for my lap.