Today marks one month with Harriet.
It has been joyful and challenging, and many other emotions in between.
The book, The Art of Raising a Puppy, has been essential. I cannot recommend it enough to current or future pup-raisers. Interestingly, the book is written by the Monks of New Skete who are located in Cambridge, NY – only 30 miles north of us.
One cannot help but anthropomorphize their pets, and we do this to Harriet knowingly and lovingly. Dan often relays Harriet’s thoughts in a southern belle accent.
We do however want to raise a happy and well-balanced dog, so we are going to have a few training sessions with Dr. Spaulding starting in April.
Puppy mania still occurs in frenzied spurts, but there are also opportunities to photograph the wee one sleeping.
Disclaimer: We respect however you raise your pet. We have found much success with crate training. When Harriet wakes at 5:30 every morning, after going outside with Sarah, she runs for the couch for a half hour cuddle before her walk. She has been invited into the bed a few times for a brief snuggle as you will see in one photo.
Another evening, I fell asleep and Dan was in the kitchen. He looked around for Harriet and found that she had leapt onto the couch and lodged herself between me and the back of the couch. She often shows us her stomach, a sign of both submission and comfort in her surroundings.
Disclaimer: We also let our dog onto the couch.
If something were to go amiss, Harriet is microchipped and has this funky Etsy name tag.
She really is getting bigger and bigger by the day.
Our friend Dr. Elise (who is not yet 30, has a PhD in nuclear psychics, owns a beautiful home with her fiance, and has a dog, cat, and chickens) invites us over for off-leash runs in her fenced-in yard.
Her doggie Oscar is the kindest uncle to Harriet. Felix the cat is on the fence. Dr. Elise has also given Harriet a rabbit and a lavender puppy blanket for naps.
I never knew how much of a dog lover I was, or how caring for a dog would bring such joy, balance, and fulfillment to my life.
More to come as our adventures with Harriet unfold.