I feel a little bad about writing this but the whippet puppy honeymoon is O-V-E-R! I know, that probably makes me a rotten person to be tired of all the puppy crap so soon (figuratively and literally). I wrote about being THAT lady…the one who unconditionally loves her perfect little pup…and I do love my pup. I just no longer think he’s perfect. He’s a puppy punk sometimes.
The little dude has no respect for the weekend sleep in tradition. He’s up at the crack-o-dawn ready to go as if it were a Monday or Thursday. Seriously, why doesn’t he understand that Saturdays and Sundays are the only two days we can chill a little in the morning? Is it asking too much to just sleep a little longer?
And why is it that house training was great the first week (so much, in fact, I thought he was borderline genius) and since we have been “working” with him, he has more accidents in the house? I don’t think they’re accidents at all. I know he knows how to tell us he has to go…He does it 95% of the time. That other 5% of the time he’s thinking, “Screw you guys, I’m going wherever I want to go. That’s what puppies do, sucka.” That’s disgusting. Bad puppy.
And why does he have to chew on used tissue? We have allergies in this household so we are always using tissue. We have tissue in every room of the house. Why does he have to find it, pull it out of the trash and chew on it? That’s gross. Bad puppy.
And then there is the whole Ninja Puppy thing. How can he disappear so fast? One second I see him and know the situation is under control then the next second, Poof! He’s gone…vanished…out of sight. We had to barricade 4 different areas of our house to minimize the places he can sneak off to and do Lord knows what. I don’t understand how, while under our strict supervision, he ninjas his way over to the wrong side of the barricade then looks at us like he pulled off a trick that would leave David Copperfield in awe. It’s annoying. Bad puppy.
To help with our puppy woes, we are going to puppy school. It’s really for us humans because the instructors seem to think puppies are perfect (ha!) and humans are the ones who need training. During class last week, we (the human family members) were paying close attention to the instructor, while Mr. Finn, on the other hand, was taking a ‘cat’ nap during class. Very rude. Bad puppy.
It might seem like I don’t like my puppy but I really, really do. He’s still adorable. I even made him a little puppy snuggie to keep him warm during the chillier fall days. The snuggie won’t win any fashion awards but it could win an award for the easiest darn dog garment to make EVER. You need fleece, scissors, measuring tape, marker, Velcro square sticky back thingies, and a sewing machine. It’s supposed to be a whippet fleece coat no-sew pattern but I opted to sew the area by the neck and add Velcro to the belly straps instead of tying it. So there were some adjustments I made to the pattern.
Start off with some cozy fleece…
Then end up with this rockin’ garment:
I just measured Finn (along back and around chest), sketched out my version of the pattern on the fleece with a marker, cut it out, sewed the neck area, stuck on some Velcro square sticky back thingies on the ends of the belly straps and it was done in less than 30 minutes.
See, I really do love my puppy. He is teaching me patience, he is keeping me on my toes and he is keeping my mind distracted so that I don’t freak out about my upcoming half marathon. That’s awesome. Good puppy.