World, meet Haruka.
Jim and I have been talking about expanding our little fledgling family with a furry addition basically since we moved into the house. The past few years of being out on my own have frankly been difficult without the companionship of a dog under the same roof. My apartmentmate had Olive the cat – but as much as I generally like cats, it’s just not the same. And while I was able to get my weekly dog-fix by visiting Hilde and Linde at my parents – again, it’s still not the same.
And so after some deliberation and some waiting for my schedule to hit its summertime lull so that I can be home with her during the day, we’ve added little Haruka to our ranks.
And Haruka? Haruka is at once a saint and a demon. She is, after all, a lab puppy.
At about 10 weeks old, Haruka cycles between being the most sweet, adorable, sleepy puppy and being a moving ball of teeth that’s full of piss and vinegar.
She’s training relatively fast in some ways – she’s already gotten the hang of “sit,” “wait,” “leave it,” “come,” and “okay take it.” Potty training is also going decently well – the amount of in the house accidents has decreased significantly with every successive day, and we *almost* had an accident-free day yesterday.
But she’s also a big brat who will only really listen when she wants to. You’ll give a command, and she’ll look you right in the eye for a second as she decides whether or not she wants to comply. It’s clear in her eyes that she understands what you’re telling her, but she gets this little “f*ck you, I’ll do what I want” face once she decides, “nah, I want to keep doing this other thing.”
It’s been a while since I dealt with a full-blooded lab puppy, since both Hilde and Linde are poodle mixes. I forgot about that face.
And I kind of forgot about the razor teeth, too.
But it’s all good. This isn’t my first lab-puppy rodeo. My first mostly solo adventure without my parent’s help, sure. But not my first all together.
And I know for all the little nips, for all the torn up toys, for all the frustration and stress and mess…
It’s worth it.
She’s a cutie pie! Hope you make it through the great chewing OK!
She looks so innocent, doesn’t she? Lol. We’re weathering it as best we can so far. We’ll see how it goes. Lol