I’m trying my hardest to be a good “mommy” to Gracie. She gets fed the right amount, and twice a day, like she is supposed to. She always has plenty of water. I got her lots of colorful toys that make super obnoxious squeaky noises. Especially when she climbs on you and squeaks the toy in your ear. She has lots of rawhide-y things to chew on so she’ll stay away from furniture/walls/clothes/shoes/etc. She has space to run around in, and minus the need for a haircut (which she won’t let me do myself) she gets bathed when necessary.
The past week or so however, it’s a miracle I don’t lock her in a padded closet for the good of her/my sanity.
She has been driving me absolutely CRAZY after work lately. Potty training is a slow process with a new hyper-active puppy when I’m working a lot. I’m getting a more heavy duty “Pet Loo” grass potty system, because she lifts up the grass on the one she has and shreds the training pad underneath it. She then shreds the training pad in the kitchen that is there as a safety, since she pees on the kitchen floor otherwise. After she has shredded the training pads, she proceeds to pee all over the entire kitchen floor.
It’s great, really.
The barking has also been a problem lately too. This has been the drill lately: She does something bad, like pee on the floor. Then, she runs away from me, in really fast circles and around circular objects, so it takes forever for me to trap her and get her to chill out. Then I put her in time out in the kitchen.
And she proceeds to make me deaf.
I can’t decide if telling her no and just letting her bark til she realizes I’m not going to let her out is best, or if I should just tell her no, but let her out to save my eardrums. I’m thinking of getting her a shock collar until she gets the idea, because until we find time for puppy classes (soon, I think) I’m going to lose my mind otherwise. She normally is a really good puppy. And I taught her sit pretty early, so she generally does that ok.
But for now she has become EVIL HIPPIE DEVIL DOG and she seriously needs to cut.that.out.
I’m not a fan of this toddler phase in puppies. Sheesh.
In other brief/more serious news, Eddie Carroll — the voice of Jiminy Cricket since 1973, passed away yesterday. I met him at the D23 Expo last fall and he seemed really nice. Sad to see yet another cultural icon go — seems to be happening too frequently lately. That “Rule of 3’s” is more like “Rule of 33’s”