You may have recently seen my post on getting a puppy (here) and my cute little photos of my toddler and puppy all curled up together in the dogs bed.
You may also have seen my Facebook Statuses Uncovered post and wondered whether I may be guilty of embellishing the truth about the joy of having a puppy!
So now it is time to come clean – the honeymoon period is over!
Yes my puppy is incredibly cute!
Yes he is incredibly loving and always pleased to see us even if we only left the room for 30 seconds!
Yes, he does look like butter wouldn’t melt when he sleeps on his back with his tongue hanging out.
The truth is………
He cried in his cage every night for the first three weeks!
Literally five minutes ago, I cleaned up a foot long poo from the bottom of my stairs!
His cute little puppy teething bites are starting to become painful teething bites!
He goes crazy when the boys wear their onesies (especially the tiger one with a tail!) and treats them like another puppy who likes to roll around and play tug of war!
He now cries from 6am (if not 5.30am!) to go out for a wee and poo and if I ignore him, he just does it in his cage and then treads in it to teach me a lesson!
I am learning that he is a dog! As ridiculous as that sounds, it is very easy to think of him as another baby and treat him like one. Last week our cute little pup started to grow in confidence and started to test us. Thanks to some amazing friends we were given the best advice to let him know his place in the hierarchy that is our family. He is now once again the gorgeous little family pet that we wanted.
He is very hard work (as everyone told me he would be) but I wouldn’t change it for the world.
The boys race home from school to see him and go out to play with him in the garden rather than getting straight on the Xbox.
The boys are learning responsibility as they take it in turns to feed him and look after him.
My husband adored him from day one and wouldn’t be without him for the world now.
My toddler is best friends with the puppy and misses him when we have to go out. He loves nothing more than a good snuggle with him after a game of chase.
Whenever anyone asks me how the puppy is, I say he’s great! I don’t tell them that he had me up at some ungodly time and I am sick of clearing up yet more poo. The good far outways the bad but next time I happen to mention a cute little puppy fact on facebook, feel comforted that all may not be as peachy as it seems!