Sitting here on a Friday evening watching my puppy asleep on her bed whilst I'm working late.
She's a little over 5 months old, growing much faster than I expected. She has just lost all her four canines in the span of 2 weeks and her new teeth are growing in quickly. I've only found one molar, but suspect she has and will swallow most of them if not all. Her breath stinks of rotten blood.
It's only been 3 months since I got her. It feels like much longer. Together we've gone through it all; worms, diarrhea, inappropriate ingestion of things, loud whining and barking, sleepless nights, scratches, bruises, covid, terror.
All of a sudden I realised how easy things have got compared to 2 months ago.
We have started understanding each other.
I understand when she needs an enforced nap without any whining. She eagerly runs to her crate when I say "sleepsies" and pokes her head out waiting for a small amount of kibble. Couple of minutes later she's asleep.
She understands that mummy is not a morning person and she happily sleeps/lie in until 8AM. At the same time I know that it's not good for her to hold it that long, so I make sure she goes potty right before we go to bed, and if she doesn't then I wake up earlier.
I understand that right now she needs to bite literally everything because her mouth must burn like hell due to all her teeth growing in at once. So I buy different chews of different textures. Frozen home made chicken stock and raw carrots seem to help too.
She understands that when I say "no" it's enough trying to chew my arm. Quite hilarious now that she doesn't have canines.
She understands the words "chicken" and will happily stop whatever she is doing and come running for a bit of boiled chicken.
She still does not understand that toilet paper is not a toy. Or that she shouldn't jump up on desks and people. But we'll get there.
I am now more confused than ever in understanding when she needs to go potty. She seems to be able to hold like it like a champ. But we'll get there.
I understand that she has not yet reached adolescence, so I am expecting it to go back to worse before it gets even better.
Honestly, despite her toothless efforts at trying to bite every limb that I have, she's become such a good puppy in such a short time. I am amazed at her development and her understanding of the world.
Just wanted to share my Friday realisation and pay puppy tax.