I have a confession to make…
Lately I’ve had puppy fever. It must be something that hits when you’re no longer pushing out babies of your own, but you still want to cuddle something smaller than a seven year old. Whatever the reason, this week, we had a visit to the RSPCA (for the non-Aussies: Royal Society for the Protection and Care of Animals) and… came home with a puppy 24 hours later.
Of course, the boys have been at us for months about getting a puppy, but for 3 long years we held out! After all, we have an aging schizophrenic cat (no, she really is!) and now 9 chickens. We’d briefly taken in a stray dog a few years back but that was an unmitigated disaster (She has since gone to a new home with a high fence). So, naturally Wayne and I were very resistant to the idea of getting a puppy.
Interestingly, the kids have been super enthusiastic about cleaning up their rooms, and the dog poop! My 12 year-old has read the toilet training booklet backwards and forwards as well as the doggy body language guide. He’s become a “dad” overnight.
It is noteworthy that the parenting style recommended for a puppy is not unlike attachment parenting. Although the book recommends time outs (only for 30 seconds) and isolation when the puppy does something you don’t want them to do, it also recommends not yelling at the animal, definitely not hitting it and redirecting it when it chews something it’s not supposed to. Like kids, puppies act up when their needs aren’t being met or they’re bored. I can’t wait to see what parenting styles my kids have throughout this adventure!
Help us name this puppy
So, here we are! Meet he-who-is-not-yet-named (and who we’re currently calling Donnie, which was the name given him by the RSPCA).
And speaking of names, we could really use your help. We are having trouble coming up with a unique name that suits the little dude. So, I’m holding a blog competition. Post your name ideas below to be in the running to win one of two craft sets by Boxed Play (Andrea generously donated the sets for the Mums’ Retreat but unfortunately came a bit late. So Andrea said I can use them for a blog giveaway!)
I can’t guarantee the winning name will be used (as I’m not the only person who gets a say) but you will win points for creativity and originality. Note: This comp is open to Aussies only as I have to post them to the winners.
Let’s have some fun! Post your suggestions below. I’ll announce the winners on the blog next week.