This year for Christmas I received one of the best gifts I have ever received. My fiancée, Emilee, and my parents got me a black Labrador puppy. I was completely surprised and was not expecting to get a dog at all. About a month before Christmas I was looking on Emilee’s Pinterest account at dogs. After doing some looking I new that when I did decide to get a dog I wanted it to be a lab. Then about a week later she was texting me about dogs and asking all of these questions but I guess I didn’t think much about it since I just had been looking at them online. Emilee surprised me with him a few days before Christmas. He came from a breeder in Indiana. He made the long trip here with his sister who went to one of my coworkers. I was expecting picking a name for him to be a hard decision, but really one came to me pretty fast. I thought my family and Emilee would have all shorts of suggestions, but they really didn’t have any. I decided to name him Castle after the TV show Castle. His full registered name is Castle Cooper Gaston.
I stated before that Castle was probably the best Christmas gift I have ever received but he has also been more work than any other gift I have received. Castle is my first dog so it has been a huge learning experience for me. We always had a dog growing up but we haven’t had a puppy since I was a kid so I guess I did not remember (or truly understandJ) the amount of work it takes to take care of a puppy. The first few weeks with Castle were very tiring since he didn’t sleep through the whole night and he required constant attention if he was out of his crate. It took me awhile to adjust to the new lifestyle of taking care of a puppy but things are going better. Castle now sleeps through the whole night and is doing a pretty good job learning basic commands. Castle is now “mostly” house trained. Overall he has done a pretty good job being house trained we’ve had only a few accidents along the way. He is extremely smart, so when he isn’t completely full of energy he has been fairly easy to train.
Castle has been a great learning experience for me over the past few months. Raising a puppy takes a great deal of patience and responsibility. The responsibility of raising a dog I have that down, but patience on the other hand has been a struggle. Most people don’t see it, but those who know me well know that I am one of the least patient people in the world. This has been the biggest struggle for me in this process, but I have come a long way. Having Castle has done great things for my patience and I have learned a lot. Even though some days he pushes my patience, overall he is a lot of fun. Castle has been a huge joy to have around. I enjoy coming home and taking him for a walk and playing with him in the evenings. I am really looking forward to the weather warming up and the days getting longer so we can spend more time outside. Even though you can see (below) he really likes the snow. I think he is probably feeling a little cooped up also. I don’t currently bird hunt but I am thinking about taking it up since it could be a fun hobby that Castle and I could do together. I am looking forward to all of new adventures and learning experiences I will have with Castle.