Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Free Puppy To Good Home!

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Daisy is now three months, almost four months old. We have passed the honeymoon stage, and now we are in the "Ohmygosh, how could we have been so naive" stage?

She is a very typical puppy, and we are waiting to see the light at the end of the tunnel but realizing that it might take a very long time to get there...and with a 4 year old, a 2 year old, and me being 6 1/2 months pregnant, it is just a lot to handle.

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I have called a few trainers to talk to them about what we should do - but the truth is, how much is just typical puppy stuff that we need to wait out and how much is trainable?

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The girls love Daisy - but it is very hard to let them be around her because Daisy wants to jump up and play and ends up knocking Ginger over, or nipping at Paprika, which causes screaming and crying. It's a love/hate relationship, I think.

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I know you're all saying, "I told you so!" and maybe you did. The road to hell is paved with good intentions, and that's what I'm feeling today. She is just so darn cute, though. Sigh.

We need a puppy intervention, pronto. In the meantime, anyone want to take our puppy off our hands for the next 12-18 months? I'm just kidding...sorta. ;-)

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6 comments:

Jana said...

I am finally de-lurking because this post hits so close to home. We are in the same boat with our new puppy. He is 6 months old. With 6 year old triplets and a 17 month old it is absolutely exhausting. My kids won't even go outside anymore because they are afraid of him. He likes to nip at them too. It makes me so sad. Our trainer said that it is not recommended to buy a puppy until your kids are seven. I now understand why.

Stacy said...

Hi! I am delurking too for this post. I am a complete dog lover and have had puppies when my kids were young. I hate to say it but it just takes time and consistency(sp?). I used the good rolled up newspaper and smacked them on the nose and told them no when they were on the kids. If they would jump on me you just have to knee them down. It sounds harsh, but you have to nip it in the butt! Have you thought of sending her away for a month or two for puppy training school?

Erin said...

Ok - I am so sending this post to show Kenny. You know how badly Ellie wants a dog and Kenny keeps trying to convince me to get one but I just know we will regret it. Ellie is seven, but the other two aren't! I'm going to tell Kenny that when Kole is seven I'll consider it! Sorry you are having so many problems. I have several friends who have dealt with the same issues and have ended up selling their dogs in the end. :(

And I agree about Costco's in California being CRAZY. We always go on a weekday the second they open their doors and have less crowds that way. I love to go to my mom's Costco in Utah - totally different story. NEVER crowded. California is just a crazy state!

B.W. said...

Lol... we have been in this situation TWICE! Similarly to pregnancy it was easy to forget how challenging a puppy was.
It's just not ideal when you have young kids and don't have the resources, finances or time to handle it. And to be honest, most dogs learn through stern voices and yelling. We never yell at our kids, so they were always startled to hear us do that. So sorry you had to experience this too... but I just had to comment so you know you're not alone!

MW said...

Well my young children are all grown up (33 & 31 now.) If you are serious about finding a home for Daisy, I would be happy to fill the empty nest with a four-legged friend!

MW said...

Would love a Daisydoodle to fill my empty nest!