It wasn’t planned at all. Michael and I had been talking about maybe getting a dog later on this summer, but nothing was set in stone, and we definitely hadn’t made solid plans. But then we came face to face with a super special puppy through a couple of local rescues, T.E.A.M. Dog Rescue and Paws Above, and we tossed all our plans out the window and brought Maddie into our home late last Friday night.
A little bit about Maddie and her story you can find here. She came to join us through three different organizations starting with Helpaws in St. Lucia, lots of amazing people and though she had a bit of a rough start at first, she is home now.
Michael and I didn’t tell the boys that Maddie, formerly known as Clover, was joining our family. Johannes especially had been begging us to get a dog for some time. We put the kids to bed as usual that Friday night and Michael drove out to bring her home. She was a perfect house guest, minus a few pee accidents, but she didn’t cry once and slept through the night. At 6 am when the boys woke up, I quickly took Maddie for a pee and as the boys made their sleepy way down the stairs to breakfast, I let her out of the kitchen to greet them. Johannes was over the moon excited, and ultimately he picked her new name “Maddie”.
Since then Maddie has been with us just a little over a week. She’s never had more than one accident per day, and for the past two days hasn’t had even that. She’s come out of her shell a bit, playing and being more vocal with the cats and neighbourhood dogs. We’re estimating she may be about 12-13 weeks based on her foster story on the rescue website. She is still due for her next round of shots so until then she cannot run at the dog park.
Aside from a few logistical issues, figuring out when its best to feed her so I can take her to pee in the yard while having two boys to look after on my own Monday-Friday, and working hard to housetrain Maddie, I really can’t say she’s hard work.
I realize we probably got lucky a little bit, with a puppy who sleeps through the night, holds her pee all night too, and doesn’t cry. She is a dream in the sleep department. She’s playful when she needs to be but quiets down quickly especially when she senses the boys aren’t enjoying the puppy nipping. We crate train her, so at night she sleep in her crate, and if we have to leave the house for anything she rests in her crate as well. We turned it into a little bit of a den, with a large blanket strewn over top and lots of soft fleecy blankets inside to keep her cozy and warm.
Its work to watch her at all times and anticipate when she needs to go out, but then again so is taking care of a toddler and 5 year old. Walking and getting outside is no problem, since we do a lot of it as it is. So I would say she has folded into our family life quite nicely, and even the cats have come around to at least accepting her presence, with my hopes of them being best of friends one day soon.
And to those people who say having a puppy is like having a baby, I would say that they either don’t have a baby, or have since forgotten just how dang hard babies are! Puppies are way WAY easier! If potty training Magnus will be as easy as pee training Maddie, I will be one happy mama.