The real voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes. - Marcel Proust

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Painting? Or Kissing? A Serious Dilemma

It's been 20 years since I've had a puppy in the house. In that time, I have always taken every opportunity to visit and play with any puppy I see. However, that kind of play is much like having grandkids -- you can play til they get cranky, then turn them over happily to mom and dad. Having one living in your house is different. There's potty training, lack of sleep, feeding, middle-of-the-night walks (or barking at absolutely nothing), lack of sleep, fights with the siblings, chewing, mouthing, teething, lack of sleep, missing shoes. There's the terror induced by the vacuum cleaner, or walking a new direction in the neighborhood, or the man next door who insists on talking on the phone in the back yard even after he has been barked at, the first bath, the first visit to PetSmart, that puppy in the mirror. There's the lack of sleep. Most of all, there is the serious lack of time to do fun stuff like paint.

However, there is some consolation:


  1. Oh my goodness! This is ADORABLE! I can't wait to meet him on Sunday. =)

  2. Kissing, definitely!
    Ohhh... I remember all that. And we also have neighbors who relentlessly get IN and OUT of their car, even though Paco barks furiously at them every time they do (about 8 times a day). You got yourself a good pup, though... when she/he turns 2 or 3 you'll have yourself a good dog... good luck till then (our favorite dog un-shingled the back of the house - right after we had it shingled, learned how to open the latch at the gate on the fence, chewed the heads off my entire collection of Nutcrackers - they must have been 'looking at her funny')