Puppy Diary: Week Two

The second week of being a puppy parent was a rollercoaster. It does not get easier, you just get more exhausted… We’ve had some highs and lows, for sure.

Training is going very well. Rubeus understands “sit” and “lie down” now. His recall is perfect, unless he’s found a cat poo buried in the garden. And the number of accidents in the house is down to maybe one (or two) a day.

However, he’s still the least independent dog ever. He needs constant attention and supervision. If you take your eyes off him for a minute, he screams bloody murder. And he gets bored easily, so there’s a lot of crying for no reason. The only way to get anything done is to wait till he’s sleeping. We tried a puppy kong, which is supposed to occupy them for a substantial period of time… Doesn’t matter what I put in it, he’s not interested! We’re just hoping he will grow out of the crying…

He’s also sickly. My housemate’s bloody cats have their food down constantly in the kitchen. Apparently cat food is irresistible to dogs,and he spends a good portion of his day trying to get around us to get a snootfull of the good stuff. When he succeeds (which is roughly twice a day), it’s shortly followed by violent diarrhoea. We’re becoming worried, because he seems to spend half his day expelling something vile. But what can you do? My housemate won’t move his cat food, and we’re already taking every possible precaution to stop the dog getting into it. And when he can’t get the food, there’s always the cat poop in the garden – which he regards as a close second choice, and has much the same effect on his digestion…

This also complicates house training, because we’re never sure whether he’s crying to get downstairs because he needs to pee – or because he wants cat food.

He’s still incredibly adorable. He got his first hiccups thisweek and was visibly confused. It was the cutest thing ever!

Oh, and his taste in reading matter has evolved… He tried to eat a Trisha Ashley book this week. He did not succeed, and took it out on my phone charger.

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  1. Ari says:

    lol awww firstly, what an absolute beauty!! Second, sounds like you have your hands full. Yes, cat food is not great for dogs, especially if it’s cheaper catfood that has like only 4% meat in it. It’s such a shame that your roommate won’t move the cat bowls.

    I hope your puppy is doing better, tummy-wise

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      Thanks Ari! Having a puppy is amazing, but super hard work! And the cat food is a huuuge issue!

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      1. Ari says:

        I can imagine it is, but what a delight he is.

        I hope there can be some resolve re the cat food issue. If he’s tummy gets bad, maybe give him some boiled skinless/boneless chicken to settle his digestive tract quicker.

        I look forward to seeing more wonderful photos and updates of him

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      2. Madam Mim says:

        That’s a good idea! He’s on water today, and dry food… We’re hoping he settles down.

        Thank you! It’s nice to know someone’s reading the puppy posts!

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      3. Ari says:

        Definitely 😀

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  2. Tammy says:

    Puppies and babies are very similar. But luckily the puppy phase doesn’t last as long. He sure is adorable!

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      Thanks Tammy! That’s what we keep telling ourselves 😂

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  3. Enjoy those puppy moments,they grow so fast and,of course, they become more and more a part of your live,but those puppy debacles make wonderfull stories by the fire(or by summery drinks,boring evenings,melancholic bouts…)and are unforgettable memories🐶

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      Thank you! It’s hard work, for sure, but he’s just so gorgeous… I know I’ll miss those little puppy moments, and him being so tiny and adorable when he’s all grown up!

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  4. As to cat food,that is a definitely a no go as far as puppies are concerned…meanwhile try adding a “bit” of adult (dry)food to his food…some puppies need more or less protein …and unfortunately diarrhoea is the result….

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      The cat food is awful! It makes him really sick. The dry food seems to be ok, as long as he doesn’t get into the cat food or dig up any cat poop in the garden… Really, cat products are his Achilles heel!

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    1. Madam Mim says:

      He is gorgeous!

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