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.
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.
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.