Wednesday, June 2, 2010
I guess it's pretty official now, so I can make my announcement--looks like I'm going to be a new puppy mama. As all of you know, raising a puppy is about as much work (or more) than raising a baby, especially in those first few weeks when they miss their real mamas, but those are the moments where you really bond together, too, and earn the title of puppy mama.
We are so excited to get her and love her through the transition--introduce her to her new "big" sister, Maggie, and her new home. What an adventure this is going to be!
She's an Irish Wolfhound, like the one I grew up with from the age of 2-12, most of my childhood, so I'm very, very familiar with the breed, and LOVE it. Irish Wolfhounds are quite big, as I'm sure you know, but their minds, hearts, and spirits are equally big. My lab, Maggie, reminds me of an IW in those respects--I think they're going to be a perfect pair.
I'll have a few big jobs at first--one of which will be to integrate her with Maggie, and not ever let Maggie feel like she's being cut out. I don't want there to be any jealousy between the two. That's always tough in the beginning because a new puppy just needs so much more time and attention--it's easy to forget about your well-trained companion sitting quietly in the corner.
So, wish me luck--it really is like bringing a new baby home! We'll be getting her here tomorrow night.