Meet King. Our little dark brown bundle of mischievous cuteness. Yes, we officially have a puppy and everyone is head of heels in love with the little rascal. We’ve had him for about a week and a half and we’re still getting adjusted to the little guy living indoors with us. But as you can see, he has adjusted well to indoor living.

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As for me, I’m getting used to getting up in the middle of the night to take him out or rub his whining away. He is beyond spoiled and is more like an infant than I imagined. I somewhat had an idea of how much attention and care a puppy would require, but I didn’t know he’d want to be held and cuddled with like a baby. LOL! It’s cute nonetheless.

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Having King around makes me realize just how much my patience is increasing. And it’s definitely making me get a very early start to my day. And by early start, I mean waking up and taking him out to relieve himself and walk around the block. Consequently, our morning cardio works wonders for my sciatica. There is pain every now and then, but it isn’t paralyzing as it was before. And not only does it help with my sciatica, but it also gives me much more energy than I usually have in the mornings thus preparing me properly to take on the day.

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Until now, I could never understand the attachment that people would have with their dogs. For me, there’s just something about someone being happy and appreciative for what you do for them, even if it’s something as simple as taking them outdoors or down the street. Or picking them up so they can lay beside you and watch television.

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Go ahead, label me a paw lover. I am over the moon. And while I am kinda new to this since it’s been almost a 14-year pet hiatus, I am welcoming all suggestions and advice in the comments. Especially on the whole potty training ordeal. We’re getting there though. Slowly, but surely.

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6 Comments
  1. Law_Fal

    November 4, 2015 at 10:40 pm

    He is adorable!!! Having a puppy definitely requires patience. Pepper is teething and when I tell you I feel like I have a child for real, my goodness. As far as potty training I have been lucky wherein he can hold it and is on a routine of going outside so he never really has to have accidents. Aside from a few mishaps where I was too lazy to pay attention he is potty trained. Crate training helped A LOT, so did the puppy pads. Now he will whine or walk to the door or get his leash when he wants to go out. Although I do think I am going to put him in the training class at Petsmart before he gets 6 months……

    1. Rae

      November 14, 2015 at 12:32 pm

      King is teething as well and he wants to bit and chew on EVERYTHING! LOL! We’re using puppy pads but this is my first time hearing about crate training so I will definitely look into that. I’ve been researching a few of the training classes at PetSmart as well — even considering putting the pup in a couple. I do what to try to see what I can teach him myself.

  2. Chymere

    November 7, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Congratulations on the new family member!!! Being a pet owner/dog lover is one of the most rewarding experiences in the world and most people won’t understand that until they’re able to experience it. Dogs tend to pull on our heart strings in every direction in the most explainable ways.

    As far as potty training goes, hold on to your patience, because you will need it. Make sure king knows that using the bathroom inside is wrong through mild discipline. For instance, if he pees on the carpet inside, lead him by the collar to the spot, so that he can smell it, then point and say NO in a serious tone. I used to roll up a newspaper and pop mine on the nose while i did this. When he holds it and waits to go outside, say ‘GOOD BOY!’ in a happy tone. Do this every single time and they’ll begin to pick up on what is right and wrong.

    It’s going to be so exciting to watch him grow!

    1. Rae

      November 14, 2015 at 12:30 pm

      I’ve tried your potty training methods and I can say that I can see a difference. It’s a little more difficult because I’m not here during most of the day, but it’s good to see progress even if it’s only a little bit. It definitely takes a lot of patience but we are getting there.

      Thank you for your tips, Chy!

  3. Shamiya

    November 13, 2015 at 2:23 pm

    Aww such a cute puppy! Hope you’re enjoying your new addition to the family!

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