Lola at six months – theamateurdogowner

Lola is six months previous at the moment.  It has been fairly a traumatic time.  In truth, after I look again, all I can keep in mind is making an attempt to cease her leaping up and nipping us on a regular basis, infinite journeys to the backyard at the hours of darkness (it was January when she arrived), a relentless sense of tension as as to whether she was about to make a large number on the ground, the frustration of not having the ability to take her outdoors our backyard for a stroll as a result of she was too younger and hadn’t had her jabs, her rising weight as I carried her to highschool to get her used to kids and the college run and the occasional moments of peace as she slept and I might resume my unique life.
At six months there isn’t any extra nipping/play-biting. That stopped a very long time in the past.  Nonetheless, I nonetheless have the common journeys to the backyard very first thing within the morning on the irritating events (at the moment included) when she decides simply to chew the brand new bark we’ve put down in a single space quite than go to the bathroom, and I due to this fact need to take her out a number of occasions till she lastly goes.  I even have the maddening events when she refuses to maneuver forwards on her walks and simply sniffs round in our highway or lies down – it will possibly take me fifteen minutes simply to go the 300m to the place I can let her off result in run within the woods, and she or he is simply as dangerous on the way in which dwelling.  The towelling down and elimination of mud from her pale coat required after happening a stroll via the woods within the rain.  The every day hoovering up of grit on the kitchen flooring.  The prolonged elimination of white hairs from our burgundy sofas.
There’s additionally the fixed vigilance to maintain her from placing her paws on the kitchen surfaces the place I’m getting ready the following meal (the surfaces are actually saved good and clear with fixed kitchen spray so she will be able to’t lick something tasty).  The occasions when she rushes headlong in the direction of a small little one within the park and refuses to come back again to me (there’s a beautiful stroll away from the primary park the place she is ok, however then she zones in on the zip wire space and zooms over).  She solely goals to say hiya, however she is concerning the dimension of a toddler now and fairly scary at full velocity.  The necessity for certainly one of us to remain behind to take care of Lola if the kids are going someplace canines can’t go.
Ah sure, the fun of getting a six month previous pet.
And but.   Lola is beautiful.  When she is off the lead and trotting via the woods, tail wagging fortunately, life with a canine is at its greatest.  She will stroll previous a gaggle of babies on scooters, shouting and calling to one another, and never bat an eyelid.  She hardly has accidents in the home.  She goes to her room at evening time with out complaining.  She waits patiently on the again door to be let again in if we’ve given up ready for her to type herself out and have left her within the backyard.  She nearly by no means chews something which isn’t certainly one of her toys (other than the bark and any sticks).
Lola loves every certainly one of us and is overjoyed once we are available in.  She nearly by no means barks, solely the odd shout when she’s actually excited.  She is extraordinarily chilled and is joyful to loll round us.  I like her and the kids are besotted.  We have now an additional member of our household.  We’re out within the open air and nature far more typically.  She is studying totally different instructions and responds properly to coaching.  I’ve learnt methods of getting her to maneuver when she is on the lead (usually cheese and sausages).  I’ve determined that she would possibly as properly chomp her means via the bark, it doesn’t appear to be harming her.  I discover the problem of studying about one thing completely totally different in life very refreshing.  We have now met and spoken to a lot of pleasant individuals who we might usually have simply walked previous (making an attempt to keep away from their canines), assuming we had been out strolling in any respect, which we weren’t.
To anybody pondering of getting a pet, I’d say we aren’t actually having fun with all the advantages of a canine but and the advantages don’t clearly outweigh the disadvantages.  Our relationship with Lola will proceed to deepen, and we aren’t but blinded by love.  It’s like an excessive seesaw.  There are weighty negatives to be thought-about and there are weighty positives.  It’s finely balanced.  I think the positives will prevail, significantly as Lola develops and we study extra about being canine homeowners.  I nonetheless don’t know whether or not getting a pet was the correct choice.  However when I’m taking a break from work and out of the home strolling Lola via the woods, I really feel that that is the form of life I wish to be main.
I’m delighted to have been awarded the honour of being listed within the Canine Blogs Prime 100 checklist (I do know the badge says Prime 200 however I’m within the prime half of that!).

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