What Were We Thinking?

Our grown daughter didn’t understand. “What were you thinking? You finally had the freedom do fo whatever you want to do, but not anymore.”

Our grown son said, “You have two grandkids. Your decision will cut into the time you could otherwise spend with them.”

All good points, but despite those truths, on Thursday my wife and I adopted a rescue dog. She’s a 13 month old Labrador Retriever mix, although we don’t know what the other part of the mix is. It’s been a long time since we had a dog this young. Our last rescue dog was five when we got her, and she was quite mellow. Our new girl is, in a word, rambunctious.

Our previous dog was crate trained and she happily slept in her crate all night long. No so with with our new little girl. She decided that spending the night on our bed and crawling all over us was where it’s at. Hence, our first night with our new gal was, shall we say, sleepless.

She’s mostly housebroken, but this morning she did have one accident (so far, the only one). And while she knows commands like “sit” and “down,” others like “come,” “stay,” and “leave it” are not recognized words in her doggy vocabulary. So a lot of training is a first priority.

We’ve trained dogs in the past, but it’s been a while. So when a friend recommended this book…

…I ordered it from Amazon. It will arrive on Monday, and our goal will be to have a well-trained, obedient dog in about five weeks.

And one last thing. I haven’t spent much time on WordPress since we picked up our pup on Thursday due to time spent trying to train and teach her a few things, giving her sufficient playtime to burn up some of that puppy energy, and taking her for very long walks, which is good for her and good for me. I suspect that this focus on our new family member will continue to be the case at least for the next few days. Hopefully I’ll get back into the swing of things with respect to my blog soon.

47 thoughts on “What Were We Thinking?

  1. bushboy March 12, 2022 / 3:08 am

    Have puppy fun Fandango. At least walks will be easy with the electric bikes. Dogs on beds is one of my pet hates (pardon the pun) but a dog that size!!!!

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  2. Marleen March 12, 2022 / 3:46 am

    👍🏻 Sounds like you’re happy about it all.

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  3. KL Caley March 12, 2022 / 3:47 am

    Congratulations on the new four-legged family member. Always a challenge at first but hopefully it will soon become easier as you figure each other out. KL ❤️

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    • Fandango March 12, 2022 / 8:23 am

      I’m counting on that, KL.

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  4. E. that's me March 12, 2022 / 4:13 am

    Enjoy the new family member! Unconditional love is awesome.

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  5. Sadje March 12, 2022 / 4:36 am

    I think it’s a good decision Fandango! Hope it’s a rewarding experience.

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  6. Lou Carreras March 12, 2022 / 6:13 am

    You’ve chosen wisely. You will train your pup, and the pup will train you. Everybody will have a good time. and just think – all that love that comes into a house with cat or dog.

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  7. Gr8BigFun March 12, 2022 / 6:42 am

    Sound like you have some work ahead but it will be worth it. Enjoy the new addition!

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    • Fandango March 12, 2022 / 9:53 am

      Yes, having a well trained dog is a great companion.

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  8. Lauren March 12, 2022 / 7:25 am

    Enjoy your new dog. It is fun to devote your life to dog energy.

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    • Fandango March 12, 2022 / 10:00 am

      They are wonderful companions.

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      • pensitivity101 March 12, 2022 / 11:49 am

        Lovely, pronounced Kally or Cayli? Hope she’s settling in. It feels like Maya has been with us forever and it’s only been two weeks!.

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  9. Marilyn Armstrong March 12, 2022 / 12:15 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS. Dog lovers should have dogs. And “freedom” isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. We would have gotten another dog, but Duke really doesn’t get along well with other males dogs and he does seem to really want to be THE only dog. So he has become our first ever “only” dog.

    Life without a pet to love doesn’t feel like a whole life. It feels like a big piece is missing. Good for you!

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    • Fandango March 12, 2022 / 12:54 pm

      We’re happy with our decision.

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    • Fandango March 12, 2022 / 12:55 pm

      Thanks, Melanie.

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  10. Nope, Not Pam March 13, 2022 / 3:24 am

    Adorable 🙂

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  11. Taswegian1957 March 14, 2022 / 4:33 pm

    Congratulations on your new, furry family member. I’m sure she will give you years of companionship and joy. I hope your son was only joking about the dog taking time away from grandchildren.

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  12. leigha66 April 6, 2022 / 10:39 pm

    Congratulations on your newest family member! I am sure she will have you trained in no time… I mean you will have her trained. Ha, ha, ha!

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