Thursday, August 28, 2008

Chandler

You know it was just a matter of time. It was only two months ago that I lost Molly, and as a sort of therapy, I have been walking dogs at the Abandoned Pet Rescue ever since. Last week I noticed, for the first time, a cute little puppy that had been kept in the small dog room. His name is Chandler, and he is not a small dog. He will eventually grow to be about fifty pounds.

Today I took him home, and ever since early this afternoon, I have been covered in dog spit. My hands, arms, and ankles are covered with tiny punctures made by puppy teeth. I have already had to mop up a puddle of pee, and all Molly's old toys are spread out across the living room. Poor Carlotta kitty has been hiding under the bed for the last few hours, not even thinking of tormenting Fat Kitty. She just wants this little terror to go away.

I had forgotten how Molly was when she was a puppy, but Chandler has caused the memories to come flooding back. Non-stop energy, running around the house chewing on everything possible and running me ragged. Unfortunately, he is not house broken but I am working on that already. Just a few minutes ago he stopped playing and a wistful look came over him. I immediately grabbed him, showed him to the door, and he went out and peed. It seems that he is smart enough. My only worry is that I have not seen him poop yet. That is nine hours without pooping, and the clock is ticking. Oh well, I'm ready. I have plenty of paper towels and spray cleaner. That first poop is probably going to be quite a load, and I'm just waiting for the wailing and screaming when Mark steps in it.

7 comments:

  1. OMG! What a cute face he has! And he looks so soft! The potty training will go quickly, and he'll mellow out a little bit eventually. It looks like he will be a terrific companion. Unfortunately, I'm not really a fan of 'Friends' so I'd rename him something cool that sounds like Chandler... but all I can come up with is "Man Handler"... At least his name isn't Dolores. Good luck!

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  2. what a love...remember that face when he eats the remote or takes that first dino-dump on that brand new carpet. we've got 2 labs that have done it all...and we adore them...

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  3. Chandler is so cute. Thans for rescuing him and not supporting purebred dog breeders. They are already too many abandoned dogs that need homes and these cat and dog breeders are just contributing to the pet overpopulation problem.

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  4. yay alan!

    maybe the arrival of a common enemy will help to strengthen the bond of love between Carlotta and Fat Kitty.

    Or maybe they'll all hate each other and run you ragged. Either way, more entertainment for us...thanks!

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  5. Well congratulations on the new addition to the family. He is adorable. We all knew it was just a matter of time and you'd have a new puppy running around. We are all looking forward to even more enjoyable blogs about the new puppy! Just remember, he will grow out of this puppy stage!

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  6. I'm sure I will enjoy the visits and the welcome that Chandler will provide. I don't know which I enjoy more. The dog jumping all over me, or the screams of you and Mark to "Stay DOWN.." or "No Chandler, STOP THAT..."or "QUIET"... It will be many, many months, if not years, before he will be calm. Enjoy the journey.

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  7. Oh Alan!!! Welcome to my world of love/hate puppyhood!!! I swear the only thing that saves ZOE(!)'s life is that she is so damned cute. Yep, puppies are full of ADHD (attention deficit hyperactive dog) and we can only hope that they WILL mellow out by age 2. Yesterday ZOE(!) turned one.....I haven't seen any improvement yet!

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