My First Day on Puppy Patrol

Bringing Home Xena

Last night (June 29, 2010), I had the honour to bring home my new puppy--after 11 years of "puppy" being on every holiday wish list. Congratulations to me! I was so excited. My little puppy, Xena was an angel on the way home. When I brought her home, I placed the travel carrier on the ground and opened it.

Xena wasn't comfortable with coming out of the carrier just yet. I walked around the house, preparing a play and eating area for Xena and came back to find her just sticking her little paw out of the carrier. After a little coaxing, she came out.

Watching Xena adventure the house was fun. She ran around, wagging her tail with such enthusiasm. Meanwhile, my mother was setting up the wire cage and adjusting the divider to match Xena's tiny body. I brought Xena back to the living room where her cage would be and I placed her on the carpet. Xena crawled right into the cage, lay down and soon she was fast asleep.

I decided to go to bed at 12:35 AM (which is extremely early for me, especially being on summer vacation). Why did I go to bed early? Because I thought I would have to wake up early to take care of Xena. What I didn't know was exactly how early I would have to be awake.

Xena reminds me of a wolf howling at the moon (Google Images)
Xena reminds me of a wolf howling at the moon (Google Images)

Things That Go Yip in the Night

2:15 AM, Xena is whining...no, sobbing... barking...howling. I ended up running outside to the living room and throwing down some blankets and a pillow on the floor beside the cage. Xena hushes for a moment, then she begins howling again, throwing back her head like a wolf serenading the moon. I gently tap the cage and shush Xena. She stops, lies down and goes back to sleep.

3-something AM, I'm awaken by Xena's whimpering. I look up and say, "Shhh." Xena's whining diminishes and soon she falls asleep.

4-something AM, Xena is howling. I shush her for about five minutes until she finally stops. She lies back down but is awake within a half an hour, crying again. She actually sounded like a little baby... creepy. I spend another 10 minutes telling her to quiet.

5:27--Xena is barking, pawing at the cage door, howling, whining and she's basically inconsolable. My shushing and commands for silence do nothing for her. I end up waking up, my eyes burning from the lack of sleep. I struggle in my groggy state to open the cage then I wish Xena off to the kitchen and placed her on the puppy pad.

Xena does her first number two and dives to eat her own waste. "NO!" I yell but Xena's mind is set on eating that piece of curd. I have to wrestle the little thing to drag her away from the pee-pee pad. She starts crying loudly as I roll up the pad and throw it away.

I prepare her Beneful puppy chow and sprinkle some water over it. With Xena's complaining, I don't have time to let the food soak. She chokes, but she is famished and continues gobbling down the food. Later on, I learn that she doesn't properly digest the hard food.

Not All Fun and Games

My mother takes over the morning shift. She feeds Xena some puppy milk formula because the greedy pup is still hungry. Around 8, I hear whining in my ear and look up from my makeshift bed on the floor to see Xena's adorable puppy eyes staring at me. She's pawing at the cage door so I open it but Xena doesn't come out.

I call to the puppy but she has no interest in coming out of the cage. Instead, she lies back down and as I'm watching her, my heavy eyelids close on their own. I hear my mother leave the house, and immediately Xena's crying again. 

I spent the day shushing the puppy, who spent HER day whining to me. It was hard trying to do my daily HubPages reading with a puppy constantly whining to me. At one point of the day I was so frustrated. I sat on the floor, looking at my log of Xena's activities for the day. I ran through a checklist in my head: she peed and pooped, ate, drank, slept, she doesn't want to play... WHY WAS SHE WHINING! 

I didn't understand. I finally scooped her up from the cage (which I left open all day) and put her in the kitchen, bathroom, hallway area (her domain). The floors are all tiles so it's easy to clean and there's a gate between that side of the house and my bedroom where the carpet begins. 

I hear Xena yipping but I ignore her because, frankly, I need a break. I feel like I'm a stay-at-home mum with a bunch of kids I can't handle. I refuse to go to Xena when she's howling. What would that teach her? Finally, I hear silence so I go to that side of the house to find that Xena has vomited in my slippers. Great! 

I whisk her off to her cage and put her in. As I'm cleaning my shoes, I hear her wailing. She doesn't like to be alone. Too bad! Tough! I'm upset, wondering "How am I going to deal with this puppy." 

I come outside and sit on the ground and just stare at her. She stares back at me with her adorable puppy eyes, then she lies down and drifts off to sleep.

Xena: "Whew! This potty training's got me tired!"
Xena: "Whew! This potty training's got me tired!"

Forgetting All

My mother comes home and Xena's so happy to see her. She still doesn't leave her cage although the door is opened. I take her to her pee-pee pad and she goes all by herself. Yet, an hour later, she leaves me a nice trail of pee and poop in the hallway. 

My mum clips her nails, grooms her and wipes her with baby wipes. We go in the kitchen area and sit on the floor to play with her. Xena's tired but she makes an effort to play with us. It's so cute.

Now, it's 11:24 PM. As I sit her watching Law & Order: SVU, Xena's sleeping. She looks so adorable and I forget how upset I had been with her during the day.

One More Thing

My mother and I watched Xena as she slept tonight and we realised... Xena got fat! I'm not kidding. Yesterday, when we brought her home she wasn't as fat as she is now. How is it possible that a puppy can get fat in one day... no a few hours? I have no idea.

Her belly is big and round so I hope she'll sleep well tonight. We'll see. 

I watched Xena sleep and forgot the trouble she gave me during the day.
I watched Xena sleep and forgot the trouble she gave me during the day.
Xena's belly is full
Xena's belly is full

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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

AWWWwwwwww! She's adorable! Very interesting hub. I have been there - done that.It's a real bummer. My present dog was a rescue dog. She was about two when I got her, so I guess she is about eight now. Lucky for me she was already housebroken and sleeps all night!

How was the second night?


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi bayoulady! I'm ON the second night right now. Xena's sleeping well but for some reason, she senses when I leave the leaving room and she starts the howling thing all over again. I live on the second floor between my landlord (who I BEGGED to keep her) and my upstairs neighbour. In other words, I can't just allow Xena to make all that noise.

I don't know how I'm going to ever leave the house.


Alexandria 6 years ago

She is the cutest puppy I have ever seen! That sounds like a lot of work...but it will all be worth it. You have given Xena a very good home and I wish you all the best! :)


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, Alexandria. I appreciate you reading this Hub. You're such a good follower! :)

I hope Xena adjusts soon.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Don't worry - they say the first 6 months are the hardest!

Just kidding. It may take 1 or 2 weeks though before the puppy is acclimated. Just give her lots of love and that shouldn't be difficult - she is adorable. Good luck.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

drbj! You gave me a panic for a moment. I was like 6 WEEKS!!! AHH! haha.

Xena seems to be a lot more comfortable today. She's not whining a lot and I left the cage open as I did before but to my surprise, she hopped right out to greet a guest in my home. I was so proud. She's more playful than she was yesterday.

Thanks for commenting.


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Hopefully tonight it will get better. From past puppy drama, I'd say it usually averaged a week or so at my house.

Sometimes if mine whined at night it was because they were trying to hold their pee. It took a long time before I figured that one out. I think most puppies can't hold it all night. GOOD LUCK TONIGHT!

bayoulady


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

My son and his wife just got a puppy yesterday, too! Well, who knows which day is which, but anyway, Clifford is adorable, though not so vocal as Zena! He is so interested in everything that he exhausts himself, then takes much needed naps.

Ah, the ups and downs of puppies. Any sort of baby, honestly...

Many, many good wishes!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello bayoulady! Thanks for stopping by, reading, and commenting. I hope it'ts definitely only a week. Xena whines because she's already spoiled. (^_^) I can tell the difference between her "gotta pee" whine and her "need attention NOW" whine. haha. I played with her a lot before bed and she's tired now so hopefully she holds out until the morning... SUNLIGHT. not 2 AM.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hello again, lorie6! :) Xena is definitely a vocal little pup. Today she started barking. Great. She seems a lot more comfortable so she walked around more and took naps like Clifford. Not a lot of whining today. I hope it lasts the night.

Thanks for the good wishes.


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Hi Kaltopsyd, I got a shih tzu about 9 years ago, and for the first 6 months I felt as though I had sabotaged my life! Sadly she died about 6 weeks ago. Tomorrow morning I will be looking at two puppies and am very excited. However, your hub has returned me to remembering what it was like, and now I'm worried again. I'll Keep in touch!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Gramarye, I love your fanmail "shih tzu owners unite!" It made me laugh.

I'm sorry about your shih tzu and I wish you all the best with your new puppy/puppies. Definitely keep in touch!


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kgnature 6 years ago from North Carolina

What an adorable puppy!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

I know! She IS adorable... That's why I can't stay mad at her for long. :) Thanks for commenting, kgnature!


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

Hi again Kaltopsyd, I took a very brave jump and got both the puppies. One is white with gold ears (Oscar) and the other is white with some brown patches (Defer). Defer is the runt and about one third smaller than Oscar. I think that because I got two, they don't cry at night but want full-on attention all day. My study is really going to suffer. I'm on holidays for two weeks so I'll have lots of time to play. Will post a hub shortly with some photos.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Way for Oscar and Defer. You're going to have both your hands full, gramarye. I'm glad you don't have to suffer through the crying at night. For me, that's that worst. Good luck with the two puppies.


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Juliette Morgan 6 years ago

Lovely hub - hard work when they are puppies but well worth it. I have a westie, now 8 called Dougie.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thanks, Juliette! It's good to know that all this trouble is well worth it. :) Westies are cute! Have fun with Dougie.


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Lady_E 6 years ago from London, UK

Xena is certainly cute. I like the little journal you made for her. Lovely Hub. :)

Ps. Congrats on your 100 Hubscore. Well done.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you so very much, Lady E.!!!


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M.s Fowler 6 years ago from United states

Nice and cute Hub I love puppies!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

HeeHee, thanks M.s Fowler! I love puppies too!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Very sweet little dog. God Bless You with your puppy.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you so much, stars439!


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jasoncox83 6 years ago from Ohio

So adorable, makes me want my dog back but the old lady won't let me get one.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Aww, sorry Mr. Jason. It seems that Xena always makes people either want to get a dog for the first time or get a dog they once had. Sorry again.

Thanks for commenting. :)


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

I'm glad to finally come and read about Xena. How did you come up with the name?


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Hi, AC,

I'm glad you read about Xena too. Her name is from the SyFy television show, Xena: Warrior Princess. I collect the DVD box sets and I was planning on buying the 4th season this summer but then I bought Xena (my puppy instead). Thus, since she replaced my Xena DVD box set, her name is Xena.

Thanks for checking out my non-serial Hub. :) (Although I do continue updates on Xena).


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ACSutliff 6 years ago

K Alto,

Ah, I see! Dog or Boxed set... and you choose puppy. How very cute! I would love to have a pet, but the best I can do right now is frogs in my classroom!

~AC


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Yes, I chose the puppy over the DVD that I was waiting to get! Ugh! Oh well. I love Xena (the puppy). Have fun with your frogs. hehe


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Christoph Reilly 6 years ago from St. Louis

Awwww, she's such a cutie pie! Hope she's behaving better now that she's gotten accustomed to being with you, and not with her dog mama. Otherwise, she'll be known as Xena the Poopy Princess!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Haha. Don't worry, she's not Xena the Poopy Princess. She's a well adjusted, feisty thing! Her cuteness is a trap, a trick!

:) Thanks for commenting.


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LizzyBoo 6 years ago from Czech Republic

Kim, I absolutelly love this hub. I can see the pure joy on your face! You've got a puppy. Congratulation! You got yourself a best friend for life. Dog will be always happy to see you, always welcome you home and bright your days up!! It is a great responsibility for life. Care for your puppy will teach you a lot. As you get your dog better you become a great friends. I am so happy for you!!!

Pictures of Xena are so cute!!!


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Lizzy, your comment means a lot to me! Thank you for coming by and commenting. Yes, I hope I've got a best friend for life. Xena is cute, isn't she? Thanks!


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Sassygirl1 6 years ago from Canada

Being a proud owner of a 3 year old Boston Terrier who I have had since she was 10 weeks old, I can understand what you are going through. It gets alot better once they pass the puppy stage and they are great company and stress relief and from her you can expect unconditional love.

Xena Is very cute.

Great hub.


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kaltopsyd 6 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Thank you, Sassygirl. Xena is 5 months now and it has DEFINITELY gotten 100% better. Thank God! haha. Thank you for your lovely comment. And enjoy the rest of... life with your Boston Terrier. :)

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