Monday, November 14, 2011

(From "Random Reflections") Puppy Life

As I hope all you faithful readers of Random Reflections know, my family recently became the proud owners of a new member of our clan. Our new addition could certainly be compared to having a much smaller and somewhat more mute toddler in the house. This brown, floppy-eared new family member is our miniature dachshund, Ginny.

Ginny, our sleeping beauty.

We adopted Ginny a month ago now, on October 15, when she was 11 weeks old. She is now nearing the 16-week mark, and is a whopping 8.5 pounds - as much as our late mini dachshund Daisy weighed as a full-grown adult. Nevertheless, her growing body has yet to fill out her flabby skin and fat rolls.

Seriously, how could you resist that face?
I'm sure you've all heard the song "Do Your Ears Hang Low," and if so, think of the lyrics, and you'll know the state of Ginny's ears. She also has big brown puppy-dog eyes (literally!) that, combined with her eyebrows, are quite expressive. It's nearly impossible refuse her anything - especially a cuddle on your lap - because of her irresistibly adorable face.

As I mentioned previously, one could say that having a puppy in the house is quite similar to having a toddler in the house. Anything on the floor, from a tiny bobby pin to the bathroom rug, screams, "I am a puppy chewing and choking hazard!" One split second of inattention could incite a desperate search for a lost puppy, who is probably off finding new things to choke on. And escorting the puppy outdoors after meals, upon waking up from a nap, or when she is acting abnormally crazy is crucial. Any wasted time in events such as these could mean a gift on your living room carpet that needs some cleaning up.

Such is life in the midst of raising and housebreaking a new puppy. But for all the things which require your immediate, careful, 24/7 attention, there is also much fun and cuteness involved. Ginny happens to be a very cuddly, snuggly puppy, as well as a playful and spirited one. She loves nothing more than for you to hold her so that she can put her paws on your face and lick you. Victimizing innocent plush weasels that squeak is her favorite pastime, along with napping. Body slams onto the couch, into your legs, or any such place are quite common, and are signals to you that she would like your attention.

Here is a visual of her limpness.
Ginny has many other funny characteristics. She is rather shy around new people, but once she gets comfortable, she lets loose and has a ball. She tends to be very limp - we joke that we adopted her from "the boneless dachshund ranch." For example, when you pick her up, she'll sigh and let her body go totally limp, and really couldn't care less what you did to her after that. She also has a habit of, when she is eating her meals, taking the few kibbles of food into her mouth, then running away from her food dish to chew (then of course running back for another mouthful, and so on).

One last fun thing about having a new puppy is introducing that new puppy to your seven-year-old cat. This, though, is such an amusing topic that I feel it deserves its own post, and thus will write about it sometime in the not-so-distant future. I'll just say this - the cat, bratty as she is, was less than thrilled to meet her new sister - who, she's figured out, isn't going away.

I'll keep you updated on events in the life of our puppy. She is a bundle of fun and an unending source of love and entertainment!

Happy Monday,

1 comment:

  1. The food eating habit is an instinct for dogs that are low in the pack food chain. (i.e. a younger pack member)


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