When you think about getting a puppy, rainbows and unicorns and fluffy clouds all go through your mind. You think about snuggling on the couch together, taking long walks in the park, and if you're me, dressing your pooch up in adorable clothes and parading them around for everyone to see.
Don't get me wrong, it's all true...for the most part. There are some things people don't tell you about puppies. So, all of you puppyless people out there, let me ruin your dreams of the perfect nugget.
Housebreaking is not as easy as it seems. Just when you think they're finally getting the idea, the little fricker will squat down right in front of you leaving yet another puddle on the carpet. The best though is when they do their business outside and come back in just to pee some more. Apparently, Riley is not the best at getting it all out at once.
You can't cuddle with a teething dog. Sure, they'll lay down for .2 seconds until they decide your arm/fingers/legs/foot/ear looks like a good chew toy. No matter how many chew toys are laying around, Momma's hand always wins.
Oh you want to sleep in Saturday morning? Think again. The nugget needs to get out of that jail we call a kennel at the ass crack of dawn. The whimpering and puppy dog eyes won't stop until you let them out -- no matter how still you try to be (believe me, I've tried.)
Your puppy will embarrass you in front of as many people as possible. You taught him how to sit? Great! But when you go to show off how smart your nugget is, he won't sit. Nope, he'll just run around and bark and, more than likely, bite the nearest foot.
They'll ruin you. You'll spend every last dollar on new toys, treats, or even different shampoos until you find one that leave his coat shiny. You'll let them get away with almost anything because they're just too darn cute. And you'll think about them the entire time you're at work -- don't bother getting any work done.
I love my nugget and all the joy he brings to my life but geez -- teaching an eight week old puppy how to pee outside, not bark in the middle of the night, and sit is a tough task. I wouldn't give it up for anything though. That little nugget is as spunky as they come, but I wouldn't want him any other way.
...except for the teething. He can cut that out any day now.