Puppies take a TON of time. You’ve got to commit not just to training them, but also to daily walks, playtime, potty breaks, and of course, some snuggling. It’s really tough if you’re single and doing this on your own because if you’re anything like me, you feel guilty 99.999% of the time you’re doing anything but spending time with the dog, who, unless you’re there, is cooped up in her crate probably napping blissfully desperately missing you. In reality, I’m sure Roo is fine when I’m not there, but I want to be a good puppy mother, and I hate to leave her in her crate too long, so I do feel guilty. Especially now that I’m not working from home all the time, she’s alone much more than I’d like. At first, I had a dog walker come in to take her for potty breaks during the day, but I didn’t feel comfortable having a stranger in my house and Roo seemed to be able to make it through the day without it, so we’ve worked out a new schedule.
Ugh–Mom. You are SO embarrassing!
Our days look like this:
My alarm goes off. I hit snooze. Roo cries and howls a bit because she heard the alarm, too.
Alarm goes off again. Desperately want to hit snooze, but Roo howls so more, so I get up and get dressed/brush my teeth/put in my contacts before I get her up. Otherwise, she would be all up in my biznass and probably would pee all over the floor. I haven’t tested this theory yet.
Sing Roo her morning song because I am a total cheeseball. Give her morning snuggles and hugs. Potty break (for her–not me).
Bring her back inside to her crate with some toys. Go for a run or workout.
Morning walk around the neighborhood. Bird chasing. Sniffing. Jumping on other dogs and sometimes people (much to my mortification). I try to control myself, but I just can’t help it.
She goes back in her crate, and I shower. Otherwise, she will be in the shower with me.
She comes out of the crate and plays with her toys/barks at me/jumps all over everything while I get ready. This is alternately endearing and annoying.
Feed her breakfast in her crate. Get her set up with toys for the day. Go to work
Let me be right in your face!!!
Dart out the door to get home to my sweet little girl.
Get home and go for a long walk. Assorted sniffing and bird chasing as described earlier. Or sometimes, we go to the dog park, which she loves.
Why can’t I ever get that damn tail?!?
Pour wine. Play with puppy. Make my dinner while she plays/jumps all over me/gets into everything.
Feed Roo in her crate. While she’s eating, I eat. Sometimes she can handle playing and not being obnoxious and begging while I eat. Usually not.
I try to relax and/or do a little more work. Roo plays and acts irritated that I’m not paying attention to her. I feel guilty and play with her instead. Which is more fun anyway.
Evening walk. We don’t always do this, but I know she loves it, so I typically forgo TV/blog reading time to spend time with her.
She legitimately sits on my lap like this all.the.time. Must be touching Mom at all times. True story.
Cuddles on the couch which typically consists of her climbing all over me and stepping on me in uncomfortable ways.
Roo’s bedtime. I try to put her to bed about the same time each night, but I never put her in the crate before I go to bed. That would just be mean. :(
Now, this isn’t every day. Some days, I come home after work, take her for a walk, then she goes back into the crate while I go out to dinner or something. And I feel terrible. Every.single.time. But she survives and doesn’t even seem too mad at me when I come home and take her for another quick late-night walk before bed.
I guess the moral of the story with regard to time is that she requires a lot of time. She keeps me busy. And when I’m not with her, it’s guilt-city. But when I am with her, it’s the best.
Stop trying to take my picture, Mom. I am not going to hold still.
More to come!
Do you have a dog? Can you relate to puppy-mother guilt?