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Oscar the puppy – one week on

A week on and Oscar the puppy is beginning to settle in. He’s stopped waking us in the night, which means that I am no longer to be found in my back garden, in my pjs, in the rain, without slippers, shouting ‘go wee Oscar’ at 3am. (I am extremely happy about this).

DSCF0297_smallHaving a puppy living with us has been such a shock to the system. It’s a bit like having a toddler pop around for a brief visit and then him deciding that he’d very much like to move in and chew things. The last week has caught us off guard, having to move things around and rescue toys and shoes from Oscar’s mouth.

(please tell me that it’ll get easier)

In the last week Oscar has had his first set of injections at the v.e.t.s, he’s been bathed, he’s been played with, he’s delivered poo after poo (tmi?) but mainly he’s learned to love his crate. At first I did think that making a teeny tiny puppy sleep downstairs in a crate would be cruel, but Dogs for Dummies (oh my goodness, have you read it?) told me that it’s ‘the most versatile piece of dog gear’ and when used can be the ‘easiest and fastest way to house-train’.

Can’t be true, I thought. Oscar will hate it, I thought. But no, Oscar loves sleeping in his crate, it’s his little bit of peace and space in our hectic home. And because Oscar is happy and settled, we can all get some sleep (hooray!) and this all links back to the ’3am and me half-dressed in the garden’ nightmare.

So, clearly, my new life motto is: If Dogs for Dummies says it’s ok, then it MUST be ok.

The next stage is continuing training (buying many poo bags) and trying to figure out all about leads and collars and finding a toy that’s puppy-sized and biteable.

(gosh, my life is the new rock and roll)

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21 Comments

  • Posted August 6, 2009 at 8:19 pm | Permalink

    Aw, Oscar is adorable! A couple of years ago when I moved out I left my dog with them because my roommates were allergic, so hopefully when I move next he’ll be able to be with me again. It’s posts like these that really make me miss having a dog around the house.

    Hopefully things will get a little easier. Once he settles in everything should be a little smoother. Then you’ll just have to deal with the pure energy the little fuzz ball has. :)

  • Posted August 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    I’ve never had a pup, but maybe one day… thank you for broaching this brave new world and reporting back! I’m sure it WILL get easier. (Cats do.)

  • Posted August 6, 2009 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like he’s settling in very well – and very quickly it seems to me (though maybe not to you!).

  • Posted August 6, 2009 at 9:27 pm | Permalink

    Deanna – awww, I do hope that he can move back with you! Having a pup around the house makes everything feel different, it’s still a bit unsettled but we’re getting there and we’re all enjoying him.

    diane – thank you. I don’t want to bore everyone, but it is just so different and new and I wanted to share :)

    Clare Dudman – it does feel like he’s settling in quickly and I am so happy that he now sleeps through the night. I am a bit rubbish without my sleep!

    Thanks for listening and reading!

  • Mel
    Posted August 6, 2009 at 9:50 pm | Permalink

    And now you see why there were so many photos of Flynn on my blog, you just can’t help taking them at every opportunity. Every one of them will be cute too.

    Gald he’s sleeping through the night, little tinker. And I’m glad he’s settled in his cage. Now you only have the growing up part to get through….(and glad you remembered what I said about poop bags ;) )

    And there is a fabulous doggie shop in Trentham Gardens like you have never seen before, perfect for Christmas pressies…xxx

  • Rhys Banon Flo and D-W
    Posted August 6, 2009 at 10:33 pm | Permalink

    We three and her who thinks she must be obeyed think we need to tell you quietly… it’s not you training Oscar but most definitely the other way round:0)

    Does it get better? Well of course it does, we – the three not you know who, have everything in control now. Flo of course is senior member of the paw prints and hair brigade as she’s been here almost as long as D-W AND she’s a cat! BUT we know who is really in charge, we just don’t always agree as we both try to get out of the door at the same time as D-W.

    As the human in all this I do have to also say that puppies are glorious love bundles but they are also nervous breakdown peveyors at least two or three times in the first six months, will discover items to chew, be sick over, hide and just generally move that you didn’t even notice existed before they arrive. They wiil enable you to question your sanity, your ancestory when you find yourself standing on the kitchen table screaming incoherently that you want to sit in the crate and will give you unconditional, unwavering, at least 500 times more love than you will ever manage for them.

    Oscar is lucky to have found you but come wet puddles or poop piles you my dear will discover just how much more fortunate you are to have found him. Just don’t worry if housetrained pup suddenly forgets everything he’ll just be testing you and will snigger as he wanders past you as you lay newspaper and go outside and do perfect running tap impression:0)

    • Posted August 7, 2009 at 8:59 am | Permalink

      What a delicious comment from you clever people! The whole weeing/pooing in the house has been a nightmare so far this morning – think Oscar’s been reading my blog post and having a little snigger to himself. Everything you’ve typed here makes sense and I’ve a feeling that I’ll be revisiting it and chuckling over the coming months! :)

  • Posted August 6, 2009 at 10:40 pm | Permalink

    Hi :)
    Oscar is adorably cute.
    Sounds like he is growing up quickly.
    It’s like having a baby. :)
    Thank you very much for sharing.
    I have a perma-smile now.
    Love and best wishes to you and yours,
    RKCharron
    xoxo

  • Posted August 7, 2009 at 7:50 am | Permalink

    Oh, he’s just so adorable. How can you not just spend all day staring at his gorgeousness? Glad things are going well, and I’m sure they’ll get better!

    • Posted August 7, 2009 at 9:01 am | Permalink

      … I am tempted just to sit and stare at him all day, but think the kiddies will worry about me :) He’s a cutie/minx!

  • Posted August 7, 2009 at 10:52 am | Permalink

    They do eventually stop chewing everything but it is quite astounding the damage they can do to things you don’t view as edible. He really is adorable- good looks I imagine will get him through a lot of naughtiness.

  • Posted August 7, 2009 at 12:12 pm | Permalink

    Ah now, at least you have a garden. When Ruby-dooooo was teeny tiny I was to be found standing in the park opposite my flat in central london in my PJs and a hoodie at 4am. In January.

    Hello Oscar! Ruby will make your acquaintance when you’re a wee bit bigger I’m sure!

  • Posted August 7, 2009 at 1:47 pm | Permalink

    Oh, Oscar is such a cutie!

    Puppys can really change your life as they depend on you so much. But I’m happy to hear that he’s establishing some independance (yay for the crate!) and fitting in nicely.

    They really are like children, aren’t they? LOL

    Huggles,
    Jamieson

  • Posted August 7, 2009 at 4:35 pm | Permalink

    He is soooo cute!

  • Posted August 8, 2009 at 8:51 am | Permalink

    Oscar is adorable, adorable, adorable and adorable. Oh…did I remember to mention that Oscar is simply adorable?

  • Posted August 8, 2009 at 10:44 am | Permalink

    It does get easier and, my word, the toddler analogy is spot on. We’re celebrating ‘being dry’ all night for the first time in thirteen years (I should point out that this is our five month old puppy, not the teenager). Oscar is such a little cutie. Well done you for picking him!

  • claire p
    Posted August 8, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Permalink

    I’m with DJ. He is V cute!

  • Jude
    Posted August 9, 2009 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    I once reckoned up that in a 7 day period Ruby had cost me about £600 in the stuff she had chewed through. However, one of those things was my laptop lead (plugged in) – that taught her leads weren’t so good for chewing – and thankfully she’s still with us.

    She did stop chewing eventually. In fact the only thing we have to be careful with now is leaving food where she can get it, which is perfectly understandable. She won’t even steal food unless she thinks no one is looking though. It makes me laugh everytime I walk back into the kitchen to find her guiltyly diving off the table leaving a suspisciously clean plate behind her.

    The pooing and weeing in the house stopped eventually too although that was a longer process. I got her at the beginning of the summer holidays thinking that gave me 7 weeks to train her – sadly we were nowhere near trained when I went back to work in September so me being out slowed the process down even more. But we got there in the end. Now the trick is persuading her she is allowed to go in an unfamiliar place. She held on for about 18 hours the day we went to Cornwall a few weeks ago. I was worried she was going to pop!

    Enjoy Oscar – he is so cute. He’s making me quite broody for another puppy!

  • Posted August 10, 2009 at 11:51 am | Permalink

    Lauri Kubuitsile – his does this really sad look that makes me feel sad inside and then I forget that he’s got my slipper and has made it wet and covered in teeth marks…

    Stray – oh gosh! That shows courage, determination and puppy love. Ruby is the best!

    Jamieson Wolf – my life is well and truly changed! I wonder if I’ll have dogs in my future novel(s).

    Debs carr – thank you!

    DJ Kirkby – awww, I’ll tell him!

    Tam – ‘being dry’ all night for the first time in thirteen years’ – is this the teenager? Oh my, that must be quite a celebration :) We’ve had 4 dry nights now and we’re thrilled. I so need my sleep!

    claire p – I’ll tell him! My, he’s going to feel rather important :)

    Jude – don’t be telling me things like that! I’ll be needing travelling tips off you next year, oh wise one! I think you should get another puppy, it seems silly not to…

    xxx

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