Thursday, February 02, 2006

Puppy distraction

As if I didn't have enough distractions to keep me from blogging, we recently added a puppy to our household. It is almost like having another child. Although as I remember it, changing diapers and toilet training a child is easier than house training a puppy, or at least the mess is better contained.

We got the puppy just before Christmas. My 12-year daughter, who had been asking for a puppy for years, finally got her wish. A few months earlier, she had found a breeder in the neighbourhood and we put our name on the list for one of the puppies in the next litter.

We first saw the puppies when they were three weeks old. The mother is a Jack Russell and the father is a Jack Russell-Shih Tzu mix.

We were hoping the Shih Tzu genes would temper her a bit since Jack Russells are known to be pretty active and lively dogs. Well, it seems that it was the Jack Russell that came out in the mix. At three months, she is already jumping over the gate we were using to keep her in the kitchen.

Moreover, she seems absolutely defiant at times when I insist that she pee on the mat. Kaloo will wander over to a spot in the living room and do her business while looking straight at me. So far, she hits the mat only about 50% of the time.

Raising a puppy is far more work than I expected. Fortunately, my daughter is keeping her end of the bargain and giving me lots of help. It has certainly been a learning experience for both of us. In the meantime, if my blogging is even lighter than usual, you'll know why.