The title really says it all. And the photo. I took this picture in the car when we drove home from the shelter. With our new puppy! Isn’t he a cutie? he’s also the most tiring thing I’ve ever experienced. Right now I’m so worn out that I’m not sure I can write coherently. Anyways…
The adventure began on 11/11. Lucky number. Our 6-month anniversary of being married. And since it was Veterans Day, Sung and I had no school.
Sung has been talking about a second dog ever since we adopted our girl dog Lotus last year. She would benefit from having a sibling to play with. I was hesitant, because two dogs seems like responsibility overload. But he convinced me. We decided to get another dog once the fire academy is done, in December.
So last Thursday, since we had some free time, we went to Wags and Whiskers Rescue to look at the dogs. Just to browse. Definitely not to bring one home. No way.
This puppy was too adorable. He snuggled down in my lap and stuffed his nose under my arm, then fell asleep. I was in love.
I begged Sung, and he was feeling spontaneous too. Why wait?
It might not have been the wisest idea.
Soon after we Brought him home the initial euphoria faded and was replaced with oh-no-what-have-we-done…
Because a 2 month old boy puppy is overwhelming.
He’s a rascal. Very vocal. Loves to jump. Wants to chew everything. (He’s already managed to destroy my phone charging cable!) Not remotely potty trained. He poops like a maniac. Just unbelievable amounts of poop. I keep cursing whoever the hell designed our house with all carpet. I dream of tile floors.
When we adopted Lotus, she was 7 months old. Sadly she had been abused, and her trauma made her fearful to the point she hardly ever misbehaved or had a potty accident or even made a sound. We didn’t really have to train her—our challenge was coaxing her out of her shell.
Her new little brother is the complete opposite. Nothing scares him. He has zero inhibitions. I think they will be a great duo once the dust settles and everyone adjusts.
Have we really only had this puppy less than a week? It already feels like a month. I am getting lots of opportunities to practice staying calm and in the present moment.
I know this chaos is only temporary, but it does make it hard to function. Life is a mess. The house is a disaster zone. I’m behind on my schoolwork. Sung is stressed because he is now a captain in the academy, which means more responsibilities.
All I crave is the bliss of uninterrupted sleep because getting up every couple hours is giving me brain fog. Yesterday I went to Walmart to get more carpet cleaning spray, and I ended up standing in the middle of the store for a good 10 minutes, spaced out
Head in the clouds.
Oh, we named our puppy: McCloud. Sung wants to spell it “McLeod” because that is the name of a tool used for wildland firefighting. But I personally like the McCloud spelling so that’s how I’ll write it on here. Because he is very fluffy like a cuddly cloud of crazy energy.
Even though it’s a challenge, I am really, really happy we got this little guy. McCloud was the best impulse purchase ever.