So I've become that crazy lady in your neighborhood who you can hear screaming on her front lawn anywhere from mid to late afternoon. This kind of loss of control is something I've always been prone to, but I feel like I have been able to keep it under wraps and somewhat cool until recently.
It turns out that having a puppy and a three year old at the same time is just a little bit too much for my temper to handle. Between the two of them, someone is ALWAYS harassing me in the bathroom, breaking my stuff, wrecking my garden, begging for food, whining in my face, or just straight up biting me.
I'm sure the hormone medications aren't helping.
A little piece of advice for any parents out there who are considering adding a family pet.
A) Do not let your child come with you to pick it out. I was looking for a 3 year old dog under 30 pounds. I ended up taking home a puppy who the vet estimates topping off around 70 lbs.
B) Do not let your husband come with you to pick it out. (See explanation above.)
C) Do not go out to adopt a dog when it is 100F outside and you are on hormone meds that make you crazy. (See first explanation one more time.)
I am not a puppy person. To tell you the truth, I'm not even really a dog person. My kind of dog is old, fat, lazy, and goofy - kind of like a cat. I'm a cat person. But even if you are a dog person, I can tell you right now that having a puppy is more like having a raving rabid wombat in your house than having a dog. Only a wombat might bite you less. Get an older dog. If you ask me, five years old is the golden age of dog ownership.
But these two? These two are totally dog people. They think this wombat dog is the greatest thing since sliced bread. They love getting bitten, jumped on, pooped at, and stolen from. They are just as crazy as she is, and I love them, so maybe Pepper the Puppy will eventually soften me up too. In any event, I am stuck with her. CC tells me daily that he will love her forever and ever and EVER and that she is not allowed to ever die.
I am in need of a very cheap dog walker and husband-proof dog training classes (as in impossible for husband to evade.) If you know of a place in Southwest Austin, please send me your recommendations - bearing in mind that we are not A+ 100% best-ever dog owner types. What we need is a dog training school designed for underachievers. Our goal is to simply downgrade from rabid wombat to wild wombat. Less biting and mauling would be nice.
If you need me I'll be out on the front lawn shrieking bad words at a very naughty dog while wrestling a crying toddler.