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Being a dog Mom of two, you learn a few things. Will and I adopted Colt when he was 7 months old from an animal control adoption center. He was found in a crate in an abandoned house. When Will and I were scouting for a pup, we weren’t very serious about adopting one right away. We were just looking. The first place we went to, Will saw Colt and fell in love. I thought he was adorable too. I didn’t know how serious Will was about this dog until he asked to put a hold on it and even paid for him (he was on sale for $25, I find it weird that dogs can be on sale, lol). But we took Colt home and both of us fell in love with him even more. We got lucky with him because he never chewed on anything, listened to us right away, and only peed in the house 1 time, he learned after that 1 time to never do it again. Colt was and is an angel. Then there’s Gunner…. I went to the Humane Society with my friend Mary in search of a possible kitten. After looking at the kitties we wandered over to the pups and in the waaaay back, just arrived and still in a small cage, is this little puppy who looked just like Colt. I HAD to have him. The way he flopped over for me to rub his belly and how loving he was I knew he was going to be mine. I tried to put a hold on him that day. I talked to 3 different employees asking if I could put a hold and they each told me no since he was only 2 months old, but the 4th person I talked to said I could since he hadn’t been fixed yet. I got lucky. He had only been at the Humane Society for a day. So I jumped on it, put the hold, and came back 2 days later to pick him up with Will. He was a ball of energy when we were in the little room they put you in to interact with the dogs. Gunner was literally climbing all over us just to attack us with kisses. We fell even more in love but we were worried how Colt would react to a new brother. When we got home and introduced the two, Colt gave Gunner a great big lick on the face. They’ve been best buds since.
Although Colt was an angel, Gunner had some issues. He liked to pee in the house and he cries if you put him in his cage. Colt had a cage for the first couple weeks we had him but he was so good out of the cage that we just always let him have free roam of the house and eventually got rid of his cage. We can’t do that with Gunner since he likes to chew on my shoes and poop in the house if no one’s home. So over the 2 years we have had our two dogs, I have learned a lot about being a dog Mom.
They won’t pee in the house forever
When you get a puppy at a young age, they won’t be potty trained. Since Gunner was 2 months old when we got him, he had to pee every 20 minutes. As time went on and he learned that if he had to go potty, he needed to go to the door, he learned and stopped going in the house. In the first few months up until he was 5 months old or so, he would have the occasional accident in the house. Now that he is 1 year old, he never has an accident and if he needs to go, he will let us know. Colt likes to go to the door and bang it with his paw to let us know he has to go, it’s pretty funny. The main thing you need to keep in mind when you get a puppy though is that they will not pee in the house forever. Good training and time will be vital in potty training.
Keep them occupied with a meat bone
For the times when you need to keep your dog’s occupied, like if you have a paper to write or need to do laundry, you can use this lifesaving tip: get the meat bones from Publix! My dogs are super chewers and can go through Kong toys, stuffed animals, and nylabones within an hour. The one thing I can give them that will not only last, but keep them busy for hours, is the meat bones. These bones are frozen and have some meat and cartilage still on them. You can get about 6 of them for around $5 and just keep them in your freezer until your dog needs occupied. My dogs love these things. Once they eat all the meat out of them and lick them clean, you can still let your dog chew on them for weeks. I find these bones months later under the couch and the dogs still go crazy over them. These things are lifesavers.
They need attention
Colt is a very vocal dog. If you are sitting on the couch and he feels like he needs to be up there with you, he will stand right in front of you and whine. He won’t get up there with you until you beg him to. Seriously, he won’t sit with you if you just say “come up”. You need to beg him to come sit with you like you are earning his love or else he will just stand there and whine some more. I think he does this because Gunner just automatically lays with us on the couch and Colt gets a bit jealous. I try to give Colt more attention now that we have Gunner so that he doesn’t feel left out. It’s important to show both of your dogs the same amount of love and attention.
They will love you more than they love themselves
The one thing about dogs is that they will love you so much that it hurts. Literally. If I’m sitting on a bar stools that’s too high for Gunner to jump up on my lap, he will try and try to jump up and scratch my leg in the process. Needless to say, he loves me. If I leave the room, he follows. Whenever Will and I come home, Colt and Gunner act as if they haven’t seen us in ages. They get so excited. Dogs are very loyal animals and will always put you first. If that’s not love then I don’t know what is.
They deserve the best
Dogs don’t live as long as humans. Therefore, they deserve nothing but the best. That means healthy food, toys that won’t harm them, and care when they need it. I have the plan that they have at Petsmart’s Banfield vet office where you pay about $30 a month and you get unlimited vet visits. It has come in handy multiple times since Gunner likes to get himself into trouble. Another thing is that you need to be able to afford to buy your dog a great brand of food that has all the right proteins that they need to prosper. If you can only afford the cheap stuff from the dollar store, then you should not own a dog. A great brand of treats that I recently discovered, thanks to Chewy.com for sending me them, is Nutro Crunchy Treats. Seriously, they smell just like fresh blueberries. They are all natural and actually healthy for your dogs. Anyways, the point I’m trying to make is that you need to treat your dogs like you would your own self. They need to eat healthy and you need to take precautions. Give them the best.
A dog’s love is something to cherish. You only get to be with them for what seems like a short amount of time. If you are going to get a dog, then please adopt and make sure you are ready for the responsibility. I’ve learned a lot being a dog Mom this far and I can’t wait to see what else my two pups have in store for me.
Do you have any pets? What have you learned while raising them?