Holy guacamole. I can’t believe that in a month, my husky will be a year old. It’s crazy to think about where the time has gone. It seems he grew so quickly! When Davron and I had taken on the responsibility of a puppy, there were a few things we didn’t fully comprehend. All we saw was a tiny little bundle of fur.
What you don’t think about when you get a puppy is how time consuming they are. Aside from having to be walked, puppies need constant attention due to the fact that they will get into anything. Training them is a must and it has to be done over and over again multiple times a day in order for anything to stick in their heads. Puppies are expensive! Between toys, leashes, vet bills, and food, you’re spending a lot of money. Probably more than you expected. Ask Davron: we spend more money on the dog than we do on him.
Never did we account for the amount of damage a tiny little puppy would do. He has torn up carpet, ripped blankets, clothing, my arms, and chewed on some furniture. Even the moulding on the walls. How can something so small be so destructive.
With a puppy, going out all day or vacation is difficult. Unless you can find someone reliable to watch it. Or want to pay a lot of money for a kennel.
Even though Zeus is almost a year old, he has to be constantly watched. He will snatch things off the coffee table, attempt to chew electrical cords, remote controls, or his favorite, shoes. It is impossible to hide everything from him. If there is a bag of laundry in his reach or my purse, he will insist on dragging it across the floor, spilling as many contents out of it until I can finally stop him (which it quickly turns into a game of tag).
They have to be potty trained. Puppies don’t come naturally knowing that your carpet is not a good place to piddle. It may sound funny, but it isn’t pleasant to find dog poo in your favorite pair of slippers. Luckily, it sounds like we got it pretty easy with our dog compared to other stories we heard. It still wasn’t fun though.
Puppies also don’t understand privacy. There have been countless numbers of times when he has come running out of my bedroom with personal items in his mouth. His personal favorites are expensive bras (it seems the more I paid for it, the more he likes it), dirty socks, and of course underwear. He has run out of my bedroom with guests over and my underwear in his mouth. Can you say awkward?
The last thing we never would have imagined when we got him was how awful he would shed. I have to vacuum my home sometimes daily, or at least every other day. His hair is on everything and everywhere. There is no way to get rid of it! It has disgusting. Wearing black is not an option for me unless I plan on lint rolling myself several times before leaving the house.
His energy has no cap to it. He is like a firecracker waiting to explode when I come home from work. He could be a race car driver with the amount of high speed laps he does around my living room and through my kitchen. Puppies need exercise and a lot of it. The best thing is taking them where there is a big area to run and other dogs!
As much as I adore my dog, I cannot wait til he is no longer a hyper puppy. I have been told this stage may last two or three years. Yikes. I’m hoping it is a myth and not a fact but I have also been told that some dogs have a terrible two stage where they seem to forget everything they learned and go back to being bad. I can’t handle that!
The past 11 months have been crazy trying to raise my husky. He has quickly become one of the most important things in my life. It is amazing how quickly humans can develop bonds with animals. He’s a part of my family and despite the chaos, I wouldn’t have it any other way.