Everyday Adventures in Havachon Heaven

The Good, Crazy, & Adorable Life of One Havachon Puppy

Becoming a “Real Dog”

It’s a funny thing, but when we brought Daisy home as a young puppy, she didn’t do any “real dog” things. Things like

 


At 2 months old, I only liked cuddling with soft, warm things!

 

chasing balls or toys, chewing chew toys, wiggling her nose at every passing breeze, showing an interest in birds, squirrels and other wildlife, etc. were not part of her personality yet.

In fact, at 2.6 pounds, she couldn’t even hold the smallest chew toy steady enough to do any real chewing – we had to hold them for her, and then she’d spend about 15 seconds making an attempt at chewing before she gave up! Just about everything was too big for that tiny mouth.

Every time one of those innate characteristics kicked in, my daughter would get excited and say, “She’s becoming a real dog!” It was true – she was moving away from that extremely shy puppyhood period and discovering herself and the world around her. And with that, those canine instincts began kicking in.

Now, as happy as we are that she’s a “real dog”, there are times when we long for those pre-canine days. Like when she’s barking her head off at a poor little unsuspecting chipmunk who’s just going about his business, and we feel like those sharp shrieks she throws in are ripping holes in our eardrums.

The parallels between puppies and children are amazing if you think about it. We can’t wait for our children to walk, we’re so excited when it happens, and then they end up trying to run all around public places while we spend more time trying to get them back under control than doing whatever we went there for. We teach them how to talk and are so excited at their first words and every new phrase until they turn into nonstop chatting machines, revealing our secrets to the world, and we long for those quieter days.

And we love them both unconditionally regardless of all their silly little ways….and maybe because of them.

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Today is Daisy’s 5-month birthday!

Who, ME? Five months old ALREADY??

Yup, Daisy turns a whole 5 months old today! We’ve only had her 2-1/2 months, but she fits into the family so well that it feels like she’s just always been here with us.

It’s been many years between our last dog and this one, and even though I hesitated for several years about giving up our freedom to get another dog (while ooo-ing and ahhh-ing over every little dog we saw), now I can’t imagine ever being without one again.

We love watching her little “milestone moments”, and she surprised us with another one for her birthday – her watchdog instincts kicked in! Up until now, the doorbell could ring and ring, people could knock on the door – heck, someone could probably kick the door down and all she’d do is sit there and watch with interest. But today she heard something that we didn’t even hear, and she stood at attention, listening attentively and letting loose a series of little muffled barks in the direction of one particular door. It turned out to be nothing, but it’s nice to know that she’s now “on the job”!

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