Thursday, June 29, 2017

A Jail Break: Tails of Chuck Barkowski

If you've been fortunate enough to be the parent to a puppy, you know how quickly they can worm their way into your heart while simultaneously destroying even the most sacred of family heirlooms. Or, you know, a laptop cord.

Luckily Chuck hasn't really destroyed much. His worst trait is that if he doesn't get enough exercise he gets really belligerent, especially toward our old pup, Frisket, who just wants to sleep. He doesn't want to play. Chuck also is still not completely potty trained. I try to take him out once an hour when I'm home, and there are puppy pads all over the house, but accidents happen.

Anyway, as a puppy, Chuck has been hanging out in my bedroom in a dog pen with the TV showing Animal Planet whenever no one is at home. It's something that's worked for us, though he's managed to adjust the pen so it's smaller than I left it. We call him a "Barkitect."

This past Friday evening, my family and I went out to dinner and to get some groceries. When we came back, Frisket was waiting at the door to be let out, as he normally does, but so was Chuck!

We'd almost been expecting it to happen. While we were camping a few weeks back, Chuck kept jumping and almost cleared the smaller pen that my aunt had brought up.

I tried to scold him, but I was more concerned with whether or not he'd chewed up anything he shouldn't have or even made tons of messes all over the house.

Would you believe it? Neither happened.

After that, we started talking about whether he was ready to be left out with Frisket and the cats, and I think my dad and I were more inclined to trust him, but my mom, who doesn't actually like dogs, was more wary. She suggested that I keep Chuck locked in my bedroom.

My room is a bit of a disorganized mess right now. Plus, we live in an old house, and my bedroom gets a little warm in the summer. Instead, I decided that he can hang out in my studio, where there's a window AC unit. It's brighter, there's a TV, more space to run around, and will stay cool.

He's not terribly fond of being locked in there. He's back to barking at me after I leave him, but he did that when he was a bitty thing, stuck in the pen. I worry that he'll get really lonely, but I just ordered two baby gates. Now I'm considering putting them both in the Studio doorway, so the cats (okay, Jane) can come visit.

But because he's bored, I've decided to get him a subscription to BarkBox. I've been meaning to for awhile, but money has been tight. Luckily, my sister sent me a link, and I got a free month for signing up.

If YOU want a free month, follow the link and help yourself. And if you buy before June 30, you get an additional toy in your box! Great deal! (Full disclosure, for every person who uses my link, I get a free month too. Share the love!)

I'm really enjoying being a puppy mom and all of the exciting things that it's shown me. I haven't had a puppy of my own since I was ten, and this is definitely a different feeling (I had more energy twenty years ago), but I love my little bud so much. This morning he even coaxed me out of bed by laying on my chest and licking my chin. Sure, he probably could've stayed like that all morning, but I couldn't sleep through those cuddles. And is he a cuddler!

If you're interested in adopting a little snuggle bug of your own, you should check out PuppySpot, a website that connects puppies with dog lovers to find them good homes. In their own words:
We are a community of dog lovers, committed to connecting the nation's top breeders to caring, responsible individuals and families in New York City, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington D.C., Dallas, and across the U.S. We hold ourselves and our clients to the highest standards and aim to improve the life of each puppy, breeder and owner who joins our family.

  • What's your favorite thing about being a pet mom?
  • Have you ever used a subscription company for your pets? For yourself?

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