Pick a Puppy….but Know What You’re Getting Into!

There are monsters in my kitchen.

This is how close the monsters can get.....it's not easy getting a clean shot.
This is how close the monsters can get…..it’s not easy getting a clean shot.

Okay, they’re just puppies. But they have sharp fangs, make odd noises and have other worldly energy. In only one week, they’ve outgrown our mudroom which housed six puppies for three weeks this summer. These are BIG girls with BIG needs.

I’m super excited to say they are already mostly housebroken which speaks to their extreme smarts and not my superior training ability. That, and they’ll do ANYTHING for a treat.

DSC_0268I’m partial to Charm but that’s only because I have to rescue her so often from Chism’s extreme energy and lack of empathy. Chism doesn’t get that when she has a good hold on Charm’s ear and Charm is emitting a high pitched squeal for long periods of time that translates as “Excuse me, but you’re HURTING MY EAR!” Charm is the Laurel in this Laurel and Hardy act. She’s sweet and clumsy and so very forgiving.

DSC_0269Chism takes up all the air in the room. She is ON all the time and if you catch her taking a quick nap on the Frank bed, all you have to do is think, “Ah, there she is sleeping” and she will leap to correct your assumption. Whoever adopts this pup better know his/her way around a dog training manual.

Here’s the thing about Chism. She will either be the coolest dog you ever owned or the most difficult dog to ever rule your life. It will very much depend on the effort and time put in for the next two years. Consistent training and challenges are what she needs. That and plenty of exercise. Plenty.

To save time, I usually take both girls outside together to potty. Have you ever walked a three month old puppy on a leash? How about two at a time? It’s comical. And quite dangerous. Most times I defeat my purpose because they are too busy playing to bother attending to the business we set out to do. The leashes are wound around me, them, and we all end up in a tumbled mess.

And sometimes they like to walk each other, not-so-gently assisting me with each other’s leashes which occasionally (more times than not) results in one or the other getting hog-tied. Luckily, puppies are durable. Here’s a few examples…

Charm walking Chism
Charm walking Chism
Chism walking Charm
Chism walking Charm
Chism walking Charm again...
Chism walking Charm again…
Not sure who's leading who in this instance
Not sure who’s leading who in this instance
...and that would be what it looks like to be hog-tied.
…and that would be what it looks like to be hog-tied.

Indoors the game is who has the Most TOYS. Charm wins this paws down. In fact, she doesn’t have that much use for toys except when Charm picks one up. Charm will very politely select a toy from the overflowing toy bin and before she takes three steps, Chism swoops in and steals it easily. She then carts it back to her stash on the Frank bed where she promptly ignores it. Charm puts up very little fight. As if she’s saying, “Oh, you wanted that? I’m sorry, I didn’t know. I’ll just find something else to play with.” And then it’s “Oh, you wanted that, too? Of course. Let me just grab something else….that too? Sure.” She’s the most agreeable puppy you could encounter.

Charm selects a toy from the basket...
Charm selects a toy from the basket…
A  nice little blue dolphin to gnaw on....
A nice little blue dolphin to gnaw on….
Chism says, "I'll take that!"
Chism says, “I’ll take that!”
Chism hoarding her stash of toys.
Chism hoarding her stash of toys.

Still there is a limit to her patience and eventually a full-on tug of war breaks out. And sometimes she just waits for Chism to be distracted and retrieves her toy from the stash on the Frank bed. She’s learning an awful lot about surviving in today’s world.

So, pick a puppy! You really can’t go wrong. Which would you rather – the challenge or the charm?

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Cara Sue Achterberg

I am a writer, blogger, and occasional cowgirl who lives on a hillside farm in Southern York County, PA. You can find information about my books and all my writing adventures on my website CaraWrites.com.

5 thoughts on “Pick a Puppy….but Know What You’re Getting Into!”

    1. Hi Ashley! You must be the one who gave them a leg-up on house training – thanks! They are adorable. I’m sure you miss Charm’s soft ears and Chism’s antics! thanks for helping them along on their journey to forever homes.

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      1. This is too cute. My 14 year old googled my maiden name (Charm Chism) and these puppies came up. It’s ironic as I rescue also. We currently have 6 of them down from the 12 last year :).

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