When I initially thought of the word PUPPY I thought of butterflies and fairies and magic people that ensure your puppy sleeps through the night, wees in the right place, enjoys car journeys, trustily trots along by the side of you whilst hacking out and so on. THIS IS NOT TRUE.
So, since collecting our new puppy last week, I have had a number of exceptionally painful moments. I have lost my ability to remember things for starters, I forget my lessons and places where I am supposed to be. I also relate my god awful work presentation going horrifically wrong on puppy stress - yesterday went something along the lines of: 1) awful presentation where I forgot what I was saying and nearly passed out from panic 2) forgot my good buddy's evening out 3) the dog shat on the carpet and 4) the hot water died.
Yes, it has been a stressful week and I have ascertained that puppy's do not come pre-trained with bells and whistles. This will take some considerable time. On a positive note, the puppy seems to have realized that taking a crap on the carpet is not a great idea, has also agreed with me that being in the car for a ride to the stables is not so awful and attacking the Arab with a playful leap through the air was not the most intelligent thing to do.
So whilst I was more than slightly naive about getting a puppy, all in all its fun and rewarding, if not a huge amount of work. For all you guys with dogs, children and horses, I SALUTE YOU - and on that note I am off to take the dog out for its 99th hundred wee of the day. TGIF.