On March 7th, I was doing everything I could to get discharged from the hospital so that I could make it home in time to sing Happy Birthday to my 6-year-old. My plans for 2008 had crumpled up into a little pile of ashes and I was in mourning over what 2008 was supposed to be and not looking forward to my new life and situation. Little did I know, that that very same day my third daughter was born. Meet Uli (OOH-lee)~
I have been her mom for about 36 hours now. I have already cried and asked over and over again: What have I done?
I have also felt closer to nature, and I have felt excited about the possibilities of her training and our exercise together. One of my favorite things to do is exercise outside, and I used to love doing it with my Dachshund growing up, but now I have a different German dog who can actually go the distance, and not have to be carried home (Oh Chloe...). She is already stepping up to the plate, preferring my power walk gait to the leisurely stroll. She is also very good at "SIT."
Uli treats Lil Sis like one of her puppy sisters (there were 4 girls and 1 boy in the litter), and Lil Sis is adjusting to puppy. She shows a lot of compassion for her: "She wants her mommy." or tonight when I heard the kennel rattling and found Lil sis and Uli on the floor together: "She was sad, she wanted to get out." Hmmmmm.
Big Sis is all about the training. She loves giving her commands and rewarding her with treats. She also likes to towel off her drooly mouth after she has had a drink and enjoys that all three girls brush teeth together before bed. I, however did not enjoy when I caught Lil Sis brushing her teeth with Uli's toothbrush. Gross.
Last night DH spent the entire night on Uli-Duty. He calmed her down when we put her away around 9, and then took her out at 2:30 and 5:30 when she needed to eliminate. By morning we had moved the girls in with me because Uli kept waking them up with her bark, and he was sleeping in the room with her in Lil Sis' bed. Tonight we tried a different approach. All three girls were put in their beds together, the music was turned on and Uli was the first one fast asleep with not one bark! Score. Just when I thought this might have been a bad decision, she has already made a lot of progress in one day.
As for me. I am not a dog person. BUT, I am a dog whisperer. I do not give any affection or attention unless she sits. I am also being extremely patient. Uli is forcing me to be in the present. I praise when she does her business where she is supposed to and use my calm, assertive, Uh-Uh and removal when she pees where she is NOT supposed to. And I have also come to the conclusion that I will either have to roll up my rug or just plan on buying a new one once the house training has been accomplished.
I seriously never, EVER thought I would be a dog owner, especially in the city. But it's just what IS right now, and I am embracing that most of the time, but DH....I know you're reading, you will need to give me more pep talks along our journey, I am sure of that.