Sunday, December 1, 2013

A Puppy Update

Have y'all had enough of Teddy yet?! I've had him for a month already... and I just can't believe it! In some ways it seems like just yesterday I just got him and in other ways it feels like he's always been a part of my life. Now I really don't know how to imagine him not being a part of my life, but it definitely didn't happen overnight. (Remember this post?)

It's not that I didn't love him right away (I did!), it's just that a lack of sleep and constantly worrying about him and cleaning up after him was really overshadowing all the good things. Maybe that's a normal reaction, but I was embarrassed to even admit that my frustration overshadowed the love. Of course, now that I've had him for a month, the love only grows (by the hour it seems like!) and the frustration is less and less.

We also survived the first trip to the vet. I may or may not have teared up in the room when they had to give him shots. I'm ridiculous, but the veterinarian was beyond helpful and didn't mind my craziness. (Teddy, mind you, was totally chill about the whole thing.)

Being home in Tampa with him was something I was insanely worried about. I had established a good little routine and I was nervous that bringing him to a new environment would ruin that. My poor family received a terse, bullet-pointed email with the dos and don'ts of Teddy Training before I flew home. But I have to say... being here has been really amazing for our relationship. I couldn't be as controlling as I can be (whoops) and I also realized just how resilient and go-with-the-flow Teddy is. At least one of us is....

Flying on an airplane was... stressful. A little stressful for the little guy, and very stressful for me. Everyone did love him in the security line though. He was the most popular thing at six in the morning, let me tell you. On the plane, he cried a tiny bit, but it was early enough and I gave him enough treats and food to occupy him and make him happy for the most part. JetBlue was great though... #thankyou JetPaws! But once we got off the plane, we've both been having so much fun. Meeting new people, introducing him to the neighbor's dog, and just having fun with the family. (Oh, and going outside and being able to play in the grass!!!)


We dressed Teddy up for our annual Christmas Card photoshoot. Not sure if he's going to make the final cut (whoops), but he looked quite handsome in a bow! I'm wearing a Club Monaco dress.


Anyway... this whole dog thing is still new to me, but Teddy and I are both way more comfortable with each other. Teddy's training is moving along swimmingly. He sleeps through the night (!!!). And I think we're both just falling in love.

One thing that has been incredibly helpful: I work from home. I leave Teddy alone (penned in my living room) when I have external meetings or outings, but I'm generally with him a lot. This has been great for us to bond together and it has made training him so much better. Plus, I can't imagine leaving him for more than a little bit!

xoxo

PS I asked for advice when I first got him and so much of it has been helpful as we've made our way through Month One. The BEST thing I've learned so far? A tired puppy is a happy puppy. Lots of playtime (it's my favorite) throughout the day and especially right before bed. Teddy gets exhausted and gets either super cuddly if it's during the day and I'm working or sleeps right on through the night. Plus, tiring a puppy out is just so much fun! Fetch, running around, playing games with rope toys. We have a blast. It's the biggest win-win I can think of.

PPS Don't forget to follow Teddy on Instagram. I probably have more fun on there than I should!!

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21 comments :

  1. He is so cute dressed up for your Christmas card!

    Lauren,
    http://www.atouchofsoutherngrace.com/

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  2. Ah Teddy is just so adorable. I still can't get over it! Everytime I see his pictures I get puppy fever!

    <3
    carelessly graceful

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  3. That is the most cutest puppy ever! It should be on animal planets "too cute"

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  4. He is the cutest puppy I have ever seen!

    http://loriscreativity.blogspot.com/

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  5. So adorable, love him in his little bow!!

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  6. Ahahah puppies are both strressful and relaxing, aren't they? They need so much attention, but when you play with them or watch their eyes you forget all the stress or the deadlines...they call it pet therapy for a reason :)

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  7. OMG soooo cute with the little bow!!

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  8. I don't think anyone will ever get tired of seeing Teddy! He is just the cutest little guy!

    xo

    Breckenridge Clare

    www.whimofthesouth.com

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  9. Teddy is adorable! I am so glad you're finally getting a routine down, the lack of sleep isn't permanent! He must love running around in the Florida sun!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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  10. My mom and I were just looking at toy poodles after reading about Teddy! haha they're so so cute! and Teddy is just so handsome in his bow. It's good that things are going well!!
    xo
    oh and that is a beautiful photo of you

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  11. I can completely relate to you on the stress of "motherhood". When I first got my cockapoo 7 years ago, I had graduated college a week ago and was studying for my RN boards. Mind you, I didn't have THAT much stress in my life. When I brought Lexie home, I was SO exhausted from running around after her. I jokingly called it "Post Poodle Depression". I even had a momentary lapse where I wanted to give her back. How horrid!

    Heather
    www.disposableincomegirl.com

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  12. My stepmom just got a toy poodle so I can totally understand the obsession with it. I love our little doggy.
    Kolbi | Life With Kolbi

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  13. so cute!!
    kisses from Milano
    http://sienastyle.blogspot.it

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  14. He is precious!! Love your Club Monaco dress too!

    Alyssa
    http://theelementofbeauty.blogspot.com/

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  15. Teddy is so adorable! oh, and you are as well :)

    Kira
    apairofchicpearls.blogspot.com

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  16. Teddy is so adorable. Glad things are going well. I'd love to read a post on what approach you've taken to training him.

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  17. You two are so cute! Don't feel bad. I totally felt the same way when we first got our dogs too. I love them so so so much. But at first it was hard! There were so many accidents, and at first the two of them weren't getting along, and my husband had just deployed and it was so overwhelming. But, once you get into a routine it does get much better and easier. <3

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  18. Teddy is so cute!! And you both look so good in white. A puppy is a lot of work at first, so don't worry about feeling that way! It is so worth it though:)

    Ivy and Cedar

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  19. He is sooooo cute! and fluffy like a teddy bear! :)

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