Alright, as many of you have noticed we’ve been what many would call, sporadic. I’d like to blame it on summer but really, that just isn’t the case this year. I blame it on a little boy named EVIL BROWN DOG, also known as Harley. For the past few weeks we’ve been babysitting Annette’s “darling” little poochie. I sure do love him, but not at this moment.
Puppy Sitting Gone Wrong
If anyone knows Annette, also my Mom, you know her pets are cherished beings. Growing up, we always joked that the pets were the favourites and we were the “pets”. No joke! We still to this day set the totem pole as, dog>cat>WeeMan>dead dog>dead cat>etc etc.
The first few days of babysitting Harley wasn’t so bad, other then his constant need to mark his territory in our house. Everywhere he went, he peed. This quickly put an end to him over at our house when the children are awake. Just becomes too much and I do hate having to give him trouble because he is a big sissy dog. After about the first week, we went and bought a large breed crate. Harley isn’t ever in a crate but here we had no choice. He wouldn’t settle.
The crate scenario we were worried wasn’t going to work, but it has wonderfully. We felt bad leaving him alone all the time at night over at Annette’s so this worked perfectly. He’d come over for TV time and couch snuggles, up until bed.
Big Dog, Small House
Our house is pleasantly small. It isn’t too small, but when you add 2 kids, 2 adults and a large horse like dog; it gets small. So small that I was feeling excessively overwhelmed fast. Harley is clumsy and loves to pretend to be a hunt dog. It was hard to keep track of him in our home as he’s constantly sniffing out every smell and eating anything he can find. Can you say annoying?!
Harley thankfully is quite pleased with being at home with his kitty cat and couch. He is a lazy dog as well and loves to nap all day long when there is nothing going on. He seemed more pleased to be at home then here constantly under foot and getting in trouble for peeing on my floors every chance he got.
Evil Brown Dog is No Longer my BFF!!
I love Harley to bits. He is so much fun to play with when he’s not asleep, and literally lets me do anything & everything to him. He’s so tolerant and not aggressive in anyway; which makes him an absolute riot. Over the past few weeks however, I’ve greatly regretted some of the things I’ve taught him. Such things as, tackling me to play… even though I’m busy, following me around like a lost puppy… even though again I’m busy!
The worst habit I taught him was to sit on my lap. He ain’t small by no means. Any time I sat down on the couch, his horse ass jumped on me. Hello?! Of course, this led to excessive kisses and chewing up my arm wanting to play. Again, he is a lot of fun; but I am done with him!
Dear Parentals, Please Come Home!
Only a few short… correct that LONG days left until my parents return home to their precious little poochie. I am going to start counting down the hours until they arrive. I will be sitting on their porch, with their dog ready to run. Well, I probably won’t run because I do want to see my parents. It is weird when they aren’t around, I got no morning coffee buddy which makes for some awkwardly long mornings.
My parentals need to return home, now! All throughout this whole puppy sitting adventure, we’ve also been training our brand new puppy Oscar. That’s right! We just got a puppy a few days before my parents left for their trip. Add that to the mix of it all and this Mama is exhausted.
The past few weeks have been insane. Harley, Oscar and constant trips to town to drop WeeMan off at summer school everyday of the week… I am ready for a long, dead sleep. I can’t wait to sleep! I miss sleep.
So there you have it ladies and gents. This is why we’ve been so quiet, and I recommend NEVER PUPPY SITTING!!! Who am I kidding, I’d do it again but just not for a long while!
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