My New Adventure with Sully Mc Ferguson
New puppies are so adorable! They look cute when they sleep, they’re amazingly fluffy, and of course, there’s the puppy breath. What no one seems to talk about is the training part of having a puppy; the cleaning poop off the new carpet; finding torn up and eaten $80 shoes; the relentless barking at 3 a.m.; or having to constantly be policing them from consuming all small and inedible objects.
I say all this because I have a new puppy myself. His name is Sully. He is a mix of a shih tzu and a long haired dachshund. Sully is the cutest and funniest looking little thing ever. We got him free from a couple who had an accidental litter from their own shih tzu and dachshund. They were all sweet, but Sully really stuck out with his personality and pretty markings. After snuggling in my roommate’s arms for about 20 minutes, it was decided, this little guy was going to be the new member of our family. So, we brought him home that night.
Sully quickly became the heartthrob of the neighborhood! He demanded attention from everyone that passed by. And everyone was more than happy to give it to him. He was only two pounds when we got him, but he was able to stop people and animals more than 50 times his weight. He made our home a lot more fun with him running around and playing his vast amount of toys we bought him.
Then it happened… he started peeing and pooping all over the place. It wasn’t too bad because he was so small -- and so were his messes. But then the frequency of his little ‘messes’ started to become overwhelming. Sully didn’t help with the clean up either by biting onto the cleaning rag when we were scrubbing or he tries to hide his messes in unlikely places. Sully also started barking in the middle of the night for no reason, not to go to the bathroom, outside or anything. He was driving us nuts!
Slowly, he started learning different commands. Sully now knows sit, hold or stay, and thankfully, quiet but only sometimes. There is still a lot to learn, like going potty outside, but it’s all a work in progress. It’s a lot of pain but a lot of awesome at the same time. So, what is the moral of the Sully story? If you want something worthwhile it takes some crap to get there, literally.
Kristine writes for ReadingGlassesShopper.com during the day, and in her spare time, she watches TV religiously. In between episodes of her favorite shows Kristine loves to bake, write poetry,