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No sugar coating about my boys or me. I was basically a first time dog owner... We have no kids...so I did sweat the small stuff and researched and read and was very prepared except for the things you can't be prepared for. Jasper was an easy puppy as he has always been an old soul and very independent. that being said, he chewed my doors, my pillows and my rugs...managed to find a staple and staple his jaw shut as a puppy. And sometimes my DH & I joke that we are too boring for him, that he would rather be by himself. He was not dependable with house training until he was 8 months... had a relapse at 11 months where I had to go back to square one for a week but is now completely dependable (except in pet stores where he has been known to mark) I have to have his anal glands expressed every 6-8 wks, he is a food fusser, goes crazy at the mailman and SUV's... and has his "moods."
Cash seemed like a terror...but actually he was just a normal puppy next to Jasper. He also chewed my doors, a cabinet, and the support dowel under a wicker chair... he stole all of Jaspers toys-- and terrorized him. He hated his xpen and howled like a cross between a cat in heat and an orangatang when we left him in it...he hated his crate and never went in happily but learned to be content. He seemed slower at potty training... but part of that was he was so low to the ground we couldn't see him squat...so on his 2nd day with us I took our a scissors and trimmed his glorious coat so that he looked like something the cat drug in...but I could see him start to squat and correct him. I wanted to give him back and as I wrote in the other thread my DH put his foot down saying "this is not a pair of shoes you can just return." His passion startled me and he was right in our situation. Pets were disposable in my family growing up... we would beg, my mom would give in, and either we were allergic, or the dog could not be housetrained, or we were too young for the responsibility she wanted us to take...so the dogs were always taken to a rescue. So DH's comments stung me but also made me realize that Cash was worth the time to train. And train we did. He too was not dependable til 10 months and had a relapse at about 11 months but is completely dependable more so than Jasper in that he does not mark.
Cash also had a bunch of medical expenses as a pup... 4 months sprained an ankle, 7 months severe gastritus, 13 months a severe undiagnosed (expensive) neurological disease (likely tick borne or protozoan.) He is always hungry and is a poop eater.
But I adore my boys... so it is all worth it. When Jasper looks right into my eyes and gives me kisses. When Cash snuggles or acts like a clown. When Jasper asks to go out by staring us down and grumbling... But mostly, it is coming home whether I have been gone for 5 minutes or 5 hours and I see their little wiggle butts. Yes there are times, we remember we used to be able to go away for a weekend without any notice...or spend a saturday doing nothing instead of walking, bathing, drying, brushing, feeding, playing, training the boys. And there are times I think I am crazy to spend the money I do on them...vets, food, grooming, petsitters, toys, toys, toys. lotions and potions and brushes and training tools. But I think I will always have a Havanese now. They have infected me and my DH.
Missy, Jasper & Cash
Last edited by Missy; 06-03-2009 at 05:33 PM.