- Pets and Animals
Bringing a New Baby Home, Puppy that Is
The Big Day...
Yesterday was the big day. It had been two long months since we had to put our darling, Duchess down after she contracted a rare disease. Of course we were heartbroken, having raised her from a mere pup. For 12 years we had included our Duchess in everything we did as a family. Our whole life was planned around things we could do with our most faithful companion. I was retired and our children were all gone, we both felt a new edition would add a sense of spice to our otherwise, mundane lives. And we both longed to hear the pitter patter of small feet running about the place once again. Really small feet, and four of them moving at different speeds and at times in different directions not at all coordinated just yet. I notice a smile on my wife’s face that I have missed, and at times we catch ourselves laughing out loud – and it hasn’t been a full 24 hours since we arrived home with little Poppi, our new addition.
Have you ever experienced a new puppy?
Only one Duchess...
Oh, we said we would never have another dog, just like many of our friends said after suffering their losses, but in time our hearts mellowed and we found ourselves speaking once more of the possibility of another miniature schnauzer. We both agree there will never be another Duchess, and rightfully so. Poppi is not considered a replacement but a separate, whole new adventure and we both except the challenges as well as the opportunities. Poppi is a whole new page in our lives.
"it's just like a new baby..."
Having a new baby in the house is quite an experience, especially since my baby daughter is currently expecting her first child. Last night was little Poppi’s first night away from her mother and siblings and we knew we might have some problems. Everything was so new to her and she couldn't quite grasp the enormity of the situation. Oh, we had a number of toys, a large kennel, her water bowl, and a small piece of cloth I had ask the breeder to place in her bedding a week before we were supposed to pick her up which held the scent of her mother and siblings. I thought we were in pretty good shape as I turned out the light in the hallway heading for our bedroom. Just about the time my head touched the pillow we heard a faint whimper from down the hallway. It was ever so quiet at first, but then began to intensify. My wife and I looked at one another and she said, "it's just like bringing a new baby home and its first night in a new house." It was the new environment and being away from mother for the first night of her new life. You remove the security we have become accustomed to and otherwise take for granted and we would be just as concerned as she was. Being a poor substitute for her mother I knew what I had to do, so I told my wife I would take first watch as I left the comfort of my soft bed and walking down the hall to discover a timid and frightened puppy staring up through the darkness with the saddest eyes one could only imagine. Gently lifting her from her kennel while gathering a handful of stuffed animals we made our way to the couch. Caringly sitting down and leaning back I placed Poppi in the middle of my chest and proceeded to surround her with as many of her new artificial friends as I could while praying that Poppi would soon adjust to her new surroundings…
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