Thursday, January 19, 2012

Pros and cons of getting a puppy ...

... with small children in the house. 

Pro: We can train the dog to behave around children/protect the children. 
Con: We have to train the dog to behave around children/protect the children/not eat the children.
Pro: The dog's activity level matches the children's.
Con: The dog's activity level matches the children's.
Pro: The dog is ridiculously cute. 
Con: The dog digs holes in my backyard. 
Pro: When the dog's not trying to herd the children or lick them to death, she keeps them -- and us -- amused.  (Chasing a tail is always funny.)
Con: The dog needs to get up in the middle of the night. 
Pro: The dog chews up stuffed animals/small toys that I don't like. 
Con: The dog chews up stuffed animals small toys that the kids love. 
Pro: The children are learning responsibility. 
Con: We have to nag the children to play with/feed/water/not tease the dog. 
Pro: The dog potty-trained a helluva lot faster than the toddler.
Con: Though the piss and shit in the house ended pretty quickly, we still are cleaning up puke occasionally -- in addition to changing diapers and wiping butts -- and cleaning poo up from our yard.
Pro: This will all be over soon. 

It's like ripping off a bandage, right? All the potty-training, night wakings and temper tantrums will be over with in one fell swoop (that takes a couple years to get through, but whatever. We're being positive here). 

When I first took Brucie to the vet, our appointment ended and the vet said, "So, you have two small children and a puppy? You're going to lose 20 pounds and gain a lot of gray hair." I thought it was a rude thing to say -- but that was before I dealt with a straight week of the "crazy hour" with The Boy, The Lad and the dog. All families know the crazy hour; it's the one right before supper. I had figured out how to handle it with two kids. I also know how to handle a puppy. So, in my head, I thought it would be easy to do all three. Reality proved me wrong. I've got it mostly sorted out now -- dog outside for a few minutes with me to pee and play, The Boy inside getting a snack for him and The Lad, dinner at least prepped, a little more TV than I would like -- but it was a long couple weeks before we got there. 

One night, covered in dog shit, herding a Lad in muddy, poopy socks and a dog covered in poo and mud and dealing with a whining almost 4-year-old and a husband on the phone who couldn't understand why I needed him to bring home dinner, I seriously considered divorce. (He didn't bring home dinner. He's lucky he survived.) And I still spend a lot more time than I would like shouting things like, "Off! Down! Get up! Lad, GET UP! BRUCIE GET OFF! BOY! Play with the dog!"

But, it's like I told Brucie the other night, some day she's going to be a very good dog. 


Baby G. said...

I am a huge fan of your blog but never comment. However, this post hit a home run with me. I have a 3 1/2 year old girl, a boy turning 2 tomorrow, and just added the sweetest and smartest 11 week old puppy to the mix this past Saturday.

I'm looking forward to the 20 lb weight loss, but not the gray hairs :-)

Eve said...

Another pro: All of this must make work feel like a leisurely trip to the day spa!

Elsha said...

How did he not understand that a situation like that definitely warranted bringing home dinner?

Seriously though, this is why we aren't getting another dog until our youngest child is at least 5. It would be too much for me to deal with toddlers and a puppy!

d e v a n said...

Small children and a puppy is a lot to handle! All the cuteness though!
WE've had our dog for 7 years and she's great. Hang in there!
Also, we're going to need some cute puppy/children pictures :)

Cupcake Mama said...

If puppies didn't poo or vomit, we would have 10. I'm sure you and Brucie will be BFFs in a few short months

k said...

I am requesting more pictures of Brucie.

Also, that "crazy hour" is complete and utter balls to the wall craziness.

Erica said...

I can (barely almost) handle two children under 3, but dogs seem like a lot of work.