Monday, July 7, 2008

Meet Harley and an update

So, summer is in full swing, and my sabbatical is over. I have been reminded numerous times by my father that I actually have to return to work at the end of August. Isn't he sweet? I have to admit, it will be a difficult transition. I have very much enjoyed my time off. I'll miss spending mornings with the boys and volunteering in their classrooms. Anyway...

One of the big events of our summer thus far is the addition of Harley, a golden retriever, border collie, standard poodle mix puppy. He is 8 weeks, 3 days old today. Our vet tells us that he thinks Harley will grow to be about 40-50 pounds, but I am thinking that he's a bit off on that estimate as Harley has already grown so much in the week he's lived with us.

This puppy stuff is new to me, and I have to tell you, the nights are really hard. He cries and barks a lot in his crate. I take him out once before bed, and then I am up with him once in the middle of the night, and then he's up again wanting out between 5- 5:45 AM. Each time, returning him to the crate is just awful. He also chews EVERYTHING! We bought lots of great toys and bones (nylabones and such), but he prefers shoes, the coffee table, Ian's toy army helicopter, Jake's fooball, our hands, toes, clothing, etc. I enrolled us in Puppy Kindergarten, and we start this week, so we'll see if I can learn how to teach him some basic socialization skills and house manners. :) Wish me luck.

Here are some (okay more than some!!) photos of Harley:











3 comments:

Pam said...

OMGosh! Harley is sooo cute! How's things going as a dog owner?

Amy Wing said...

What a gorgeous mix - smart breeds, too! He is adorable - makes me want to run out and get a doggie! Well, until I read about the chewing and crying all night. Then I remember why my hubby isn't up for it...

(BTW, I followed you over here from Spark - I'm StuffinMuffin!)

Kendra said...

He's a cutie Colleen!!! Don't give in on the crate training. It pays off. One of our dog LOVES hers now. And the chewing will pass. Just plan on losing lots of things you love in the mean time.

Good luck transitioning back to work.