I Survived One Week On Puppy Patrol!

Xena playing with my abandoned gorilla toy.
Xena playing with my abandoned gorilla toy.

The Days of Potty Rebellion

I survived a week with my new puppy! Boy oh boy was it an adventure! I've entitled Thursday through Monday as "the days of potty rebellion." I assume the title is self explanatory. Wednesday, I was surprised by how quickly Xena had taken to using the pee-pee pad. I was actually impressed.

Thursday, however, was a totally different story. Xena didn't use the pee-pee pad not ONCE on Thursday. She went on the carpet, on the floor, in her cage and anywhere else she could manage. On Thursday, she also "found" her bark. Did I mention that I had to pull teeth to convince my landlord to keep the puppy? Yeah, so barking wasn't in my favour.

Thursday, Xena showed her true colours. I found out just how fun she really was... despite her rebellion against the pee-pee pad. I would wait forever in her room, waiting for her to relieve herself on the pad and just when I finally give up and turn my back on her for a second, she did it on the floor or somewhere else that I wasn't too pleased with.

Xena fast asleep during the night.
Xena fast asleep during the night.

Things No Longer Go Yip in the Night

I am pleased to announce that Xena now sleeps through the night. No more howling. Hallelujah! For me, that was my greatest concern... well, second to leaving her at home. On Thursday, I began training Xena not to see me so often. I began spending fifteen minutes away from her, then half an hour, an hour, and then two hours. At last, I stayed out of her sight for three hours and she made not a sound!

Friday, my mother and I left Xena home alone to head to the cinema for the premiere of The Last Airbender. I was extremely nervous but Xena was fine.

Xena: "But why do I have to wear this thing?
Xena: "But why do I have to wear this thing?
Xena fast asleep during fireworks.
Xena fast asleep during fireworks.

Xena Gains her Freedom

Xena was 8 weeks old last Friday (July 2, 2010). The next day, Saturday, we went to PetCo for her first check-up and vaccinations with the travelling veterinary service Luv My Pet. Xena was an absolute angel, stealing hearts everywhere she went.

Xena received her first 3 vaccinations: corona, bordetella and round/hookworm dewormer. Before receiving the vaccinations, she was given an antihistamine (Benadryl) to prevent an allergic reaction. She was so cooperative. She didn't even react when she was injected. For the rest of the day, she was a little drowsy but she was still playful and very pleasant. I'm happy that there were no complications.

Now that Xena has been vaccinated, she's free to go for walks. Learning to walk on a leash wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. I put the harness and leash on her and intended for her to roam around the house freely but she never felt up to walking.

Finally, on Sunday, I tried once again. I put the leash and harness on her and when she began walking, I picked up the other end and followed her around. Then I began luring her to follow me using her favourite chew toy. Then she began walking!

We took her for her first walk on the fourth of July. She had fun rolling around in the grass and absorbing the scent of pitch and cement. Once the American independence day fireworks began, Xena was fast asleep. It was so funny!

My Business Partner

In the last two days of being out of the house, Xena has made two sales. Three families have seen her and decided right away that they wanted to buy a puppy as well. I dare not tell them that puppies aren't all fun and games. Instead, I take advantage of the moment and make a phone call to my friend, Ms. T, who I purchased Xena from.

Tomorrow, we'll be bringing home Xena's look-alike sister, Pebbles, for my next door neighbour. Yesterday, they saw Xena and immediately fell in love with her. Earlier, at the library, another family fell in love with Xena and left me their phone number... We'll see how that works out. So, Xena's doing a good job of getting her siblings sold!

Xena literally "chilling" in the tub during a heatwave
Xena literally "chilling" in the tub during a heatwave

The Potty Rebellion Ends

Today, Xena went to the pee-pee pad and used it all by herself. She did it a few times for the day. I was so proud. I praised her and gave her treats (which she can finally chew). It was also very hot today (102 degrees)... maybe that's not hot to some other people but being in the house all day without air condition and hot breeze blowing through the windows made it feel like 115 degrees.

Xena was ridiculously lethargic. I ended up putting her in the bathtub to sleep. She slept for hours then awoke and notified me with a bark. I must admit, having a lethargic puppy gave me a day off. :) 

Tonight, my mother purchased an A.C. unit so Xena's finally sleeping well in her cage once again. 

Xena, enjoying a good grooming.
Xena, enjoying a good grooming.
Xena before her first walk
Xena before her first walk

Five Cute Things I Love About Xena

  1. Her adorable little face! What's not to love about that?
  2. The way she waddles when she walks. If she never outgrows it.... well... it'll still be cute.
  3. The way she always slides on the floor when she's sitting. Somehow, she always ends up unintentionally sprawled out on the floor when she's seated. I don't know why. I think she pushes back on her hind legs or something.
  4. The way she pounces like a lioness on my mother's feet when ever my mother returns home from work.
  5. The way she intentionally spills the water from her bowl so she could lay in it. Yeah, you read correctly. After Xena's satisfied with the amount of water she has drank, she sticks her paw into the bowl and capsizes it so that the water spills on the floor. Then she lays in the water. It's so adorable even though it makes a mess. How can you blame the puppy? We're all trying to stay cool in the house.

A Hub Written by gramarye, another shih tzu owner

Comments 16 comments

Alexandria 6 years ago

Very cute! And congrats on completing a week! I loved reading the 5 things you love about Xena. So adorable! :)


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

Haha, thanks Alexandria! Glad you loved the 5 things. :)


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K9keystrokes 6 years ago from Northern, California

I had a blast reading this hub. I have lived your week! I bow to your courage in taking on xena, she is adorable.


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

Hello, K9keystrokes. I'm glad you enjoyed my Hub and thank you for bowing to my courage. (^_^)


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lorlie6 6 years ago from Bishop, Ca

I don't know if you remember that I commented on your last hub that my son and daughter-in-law also got a new puppy last week, but anyway, it is fascinating to read your progress while also watching theirs. Grandma here looks after Clifford daily and he's in all sorts of trouble! Puppy teeth! My personal favorite thing about puppies is 'puppy breath'-smells sort of like coffee. I just love it.

Congrats on ALL of you surviving a week with that adorable piece of fluff-I wish you many, many more!


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marvalousnj 6 years ago from Central Jersey USA

Congrats Kaltopsyd on your exciting and successful week with Xena, she sounds great! Have fun and keep us posted. :-)))


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dashingclaire 6 years ago from United States

Enjoy this time, puppies grow as fast as kids. Takes lots of pictures because they change every minute. My pup's really a teen now at 4 and acts like one!


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

~Lorlie, thank you so much for coming back to read my update. It's cool that you can read about my progress while watching your son and daughter-in-law's progress. Puppies definitely are trouble, just like young children. The woman I got Xena from told me how much she loves "puppy breath." I don't get it. Hehe... but that's just me. Maybe Xena just wasn't blessed with the puppy breath.

Thanks for commenting and for the good wishes.

~Marvalous, thank you also for coming back to read the update. I'll definitely keep you posted.

~Hello, dashingclaire. In this short week, Xena has already grown and she has teeth now! She bit me yesterday and it actually hurt. So your dog actually acts like a teen, huh? Wow, that's interesting. Great. Teenagers... oh boy. :) Have fun with your dog as well. Thanks for commenting!


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gramarye 6 years ago from Adelaide - Australia

You are surviving very well! Xena looks a lot like Oscar. Deefa didn't like his vaccination at all today, and has gone very sulky. I'll be following your progress. Thanks for the link I'll reciprocate!


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

Hello, gramarye. Poor Deefa. You're right though; Xena DOES look like him. I just checked out the picture. Her hair is just curlier I think. Thanks for following my progress. I'll be following yours as well. You don't have to thank me for the link. :)


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chardee42 6 years ago from Orlando, FL

I remember those days well. I took an entire two weeks off from work (first time for that) just so I could focus on our new family member.

Its a great a experience. Enjoy it, because they change quickly.


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

Hello chardee. Wow, 2 weeks??? WOW. Luckily, I'm on summer break from school. Thank God for that. Puppies are a lot of work but I AM enjoying it. There's more good than bad.


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drbj 6 years ago from south Florida

Xena is such an adorable looking puppy, you can't be upset at anything she does. And now that she is getting the idea of the "pee pad," and sleeping thru the night, you will be enjoying her even more. Thanks for sharing this adventure.


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

I am enjoying her even more. Now she's going OUTSIDE. Because she's so adorable, I have to be careful not to let her get away with everything. Thanks for your comment!


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L A Dreamin 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

Xena is very cute :) My youngest daughter loved Xena the warrior princess, lol How is Xena doing now ten months later? Cute hub.


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kaltopsyd 5 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA Author

Oh my goodness! I look back at this hub now and I can only laugh at it. Xena is doing very well! She has so much personality, much like Xena the warrior princess. haha. :D Thanks for commenting, L A Dreaming! :)

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