My naughty Tuffy
Early days of his life
There were times in my life when I felt lonely, distracted and depressed. I used to wake up in the night, frighten and crying because my dreams were weird and scary. But then he came in my life, gave me support emotionally and mentally. I came home and felt happy. I could sleep because he curled around my tummy. He was there every time I needed him but at times I feel that I was not there when he needed me. When I was in office and he was at home waiting for me. Whenever I think of it, I feel emotional. Oh! I love him so much, so much that I can't express....
Our first encounter
I might be sounding so motherly but honestly, he is the one who gave birth to a mother in me. When I first took him into my arms, he was just forty-five days old pup. His innocent eyes were just staring at me continuously as he fidgeted in my arms and asked for his freedom. It was pouring outside. Either the cool breeze or the change in environment triggered it, he suddenly started shivering tremendously. I again took him into my arms and tried to make him feel comfortable. His shiny black fur was so soft against my skin that it felt like I was holding a nylon ball. His bewildered eyes were constantly searching for something or someone who he wanted to see. It was very difficult to see him in that condition but this selfish heart did not want to leave him back. It is very difficult to make one understand of what is right and wrong for the child sometimes. I was feeling the same at that point in time. He was so small that I could not take any risks with his health so we, my sister and I, decided to take him to a vet for a health check up.
First visit to the vet
The vet explained us about his breed, his eating habits and vaccinations details, which were essential for him. He thoroughly checked him and asked us to come after five days for the first vaccination and deworming course. He is a dachshund, one of the cutest and smartest breeds I have ever known. Our doctor further explained about dachshund’s behaviour, personality traits and health issues that needs to be taken care off. This breed has a lot of food issues, and I can confirm this as we have faced a lot of problem with his food habits. Our visit to the doctor helped us to know more about him. This little one was still scared and took two long days to become friendly with us. His doctor put him on liquid diet and asked us to feed him milk for at least a month. When we came back from the visit it was time to give this handsome little pup a name. We searched over the internet, quarreled over several names and finally agreed on one: TUFFY
As time passed by, Tuffy became friendly and notorious. It took some time for him to respond to this name but after that there was no looking back. I remember when he started climbing stairs with those little limbs. It was an unforgettable moment. It feels so heart-warming to see him grow inch by inch, as he grew quite fast. I didn't want to miss a single moment of his childhood and I tried to capture some of those special moments, while I missed a few. I have a video of his first bathe; he looked so cute and innocent. His worried eyes passed a message of disapproval but keeping him clean was our job. Our doctor told not to pour water on him instead clean him with a towel soaked in warm water as he was too young and chances were there for him to catch cold. He was not enjoying it at all. Bathing has never been a pleasant experience for him. Till date, when ever my Mom calls him for a bath, he runs straight into mygrand-mom's room and hide under the bed. I guess that's how dachshunds are.
Making him eat
In a month’s time, he gave up with his liquid diet and started eating chapattis, bread and dog food. Feeding him was always a task for us. He faced gastric problem due to bad eating habits. I had to try different food menu everyday to feed him. There were days when he showed no tantrums but then there were days when he swore not eat. I started observing food items that he loved and made a menu for him. In the morning I gave him bread, egg or badam milk. He loved having chicken and fast food was his all time favorite, so once a week we gave him burger and pizza. I knew these things were not that healthy but feeding him was more important than keeping him hungry. He loved eating raw carrots, tomatoes and other green vegetables.
Initially, he did wet our beds a lot of times but it didn't take him long to learn. We trained him to pee in the washroom. It took some time but he passed with flying colors. Tuffy had always been a good learner. As soon as he learned his pee and potty habits after that we never faced any problem regarding this. We left Tuffy for more than half a day but he never soiled the house. This is one of his qualities that makes me a fan of his.
This is just the beginning, I have a lot more to share about him. Happy reading........ :)