Last summer, “Lucy,” my 14-year-old shorthair passed away, leaving her son, “Jake,” as our only dog. My son, Davis, had recently purchased “Bella” a 3-year-old shorthair. He said, “Dad, why don’t we breed Bella with Jake, therefore carrying on the legacy of both Lucy and Jake.” Sounded like a good idea to me. Of course, I knew I would have to keep one, but had I really thought this through?
So, we penned the two dogs up for a week, played romantic music, and treated them to a couple of candlelight dinners to set the mood and it must have worked because Bella began to show signs of Jake’s handy work about 4-5 weeks later. Off to the vet to confirm what we thought and yes, she was pregnant and expecting 8-10 puppies. (Yea!)
The puppies were born April 4th. All 10 of them! As usual there are generally a couple of runts in the bunch, but Davis was diligent about making sure that each puppy had its feeding time. In the end, we ended up with 10 healthy pups and Davis was able to find great homes for all of them. Included in that list of homes was ours. Now it’s been awhile since we’ve had a puppy, let alone a puppy in the house. Welcome “Boomer.” My wife and I had been getting used to this “empty nest” thing and I’ll say, it’s all right. Quiet time to relax. Want to go somewhere, you just go. Projects to do outside, you have time to get it done. All in all, a pretty good gig. My how things change when you bring a 10-week-old puppy into the equation.
Now, back to my earlier comment about having a dog being good practice for kids. The first night we had Boomer we were up about every 2 hours to let him out. Sound familiar with a newborn? My mornings used to be a quiet cup of coffee, now it’s a cup of coffee with puppy breath and tug of war. With just the two of us at home these days, it’s relatively easy to keep the house picked up. Since Boomer arrived (a/k/a “the terrorist”) our house looks like a war zone. Any shoe, sandal, piece of clothing, boot, magazine, or other physical tangible item is fair game to drag out and chew on.
So, those of you wanting to get an idea of what it’s like having children, I’d suggest giving a puppy a try. Obviously, it’s not exactly the same, but you get the idea. I sure wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oh, did I forget to mention about the potted plants?? I think the picture speaks for itself. J
- Greg Lowenberg