lit and the kids come thundering down the stairs to tear into their pile of
presents. And there it is wearing a bright bow, a wiggly new bright-eyed puppy. Squeals of joy fill the room.
suggesting ways you can get ready for that bundle of joy under the tree:
Then walk around in the dark barefooted or in your sock feet. Step in it again
and again. Swear profusely. Then start scrubbing. Some spots will come out.
Some won’t. You’re okay with this, right?
them. Does the expression “bundle of joy” still just roll off your tongue?
hands all over with needles. Puppies have tiny, sharp teeth and love to use
boy and do your business.” Relish the icy wind whipping through your pajamas. You’ll get that a lot.
tear holes in it first.
you think best resembles marks left by a set of busy little teeth.
new puppy brings a lot of smiles, but a tremendous amount of work and
responsibility, too. Most folks make plans well in advance and get the house
ready for the new addition. They don’t spring it on someone on Christmas
near-constant attention making sure it gets outside regularly for potty breaks
and to show it (over and over) that puppy toys are fine for chewing, but
clothing, furniture and electric cords are not.
have your hands full showing your new puppy the rules for living with people.
And Christmas is usually time for travel, school begins shortly and you’re soon
back to your regular work schedule. The puppy is left alone. A lot.
later on meeting strangers. Possibly “trouble” in the form of biting. Once the
window closes, he’s lost the potential to be easily comfortable around
else. Unless you’re planning on crashing a lot of parties with your puppy,
socialization over the holidays is hard to schedule.
aren’t bouncing off your head. Giving the gift of a puppy at Christmas could
also mean giving the gift of frostbite.
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Finn is Bob & Peggy McMillan's Irishwolfhound. Photo is courtesy of Peggy McMillan.