As new puppy parents, my husband and I have begun to greatly appreciate nap times. Finn and Meg are a constant source of entertainment, cuteness, and cleanups. When they are not napping or peeing, they are biting. Finn loves to be in my lap and have me scratch behind his ears, but he can’t sit still, he nips at my fingers and pulls on my hair, but if I put him down he tries to climb back up. Meg is a little easier. She still goes for my hair but once I start rubbing around her face she sits quietly and looks quite content for a half second. Their attention spans are short, so toys only keep their focus for a minute. They play with each other, or should I say roughhouse. Some of the biting sparks a yelp and they’ll switch dominant stances. Once in awhile I’ll break them up and settle them down, but mostly they’ll tire themselves out and find a foot or a bed to nap on. Training has begun, they are very smart. Though, I’ve learned it’s better to train one at a time.
Sometimes I question the wisdom of bringing home puppies at my age and energy level. It is a lot of work and they need tons of love and attention. But I have a vision of what my life will be like as they gain some training and self control. We will keep each other healthy with walks on the beach, (or runs on the beach,) and cuddles and kisses. We will keep each other company and keep the spark of life burning.
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up.Galatians 6:9 (NLT)
Puppy training can grow tiresome, I may think these dogs will never be housebroken each time I see a puddle on the floor. But I know with patience, persistence, and maturity, it will happen.
I wonder if God is laughing. Thinking about my own messes, my short attention span, and my lack of discipline. I think he would remind me that it is all worth it. Having love in our life is worth a few nips and puddles.
Grace & Peace,