March 1, 2015

A New (Temporary) Member of Our Family

Meet Adler, or Adi for short, an adorable 13 week old cocker spaniel.



She is our youngest daughter's new "baby" and couldn't be cuter or more loving. Because of her "mommy's" schedule, Adi is spending enough time at our home to qualify as an almost full time member of our family, too. Our daughter has a job that causes her to travel 14-16 weeks a year. For most of that time we anticipate being a two-dog household.

So, how does Bailey feel about a new sister? So far she tolerates Adi, gives her plenty of space, and probably wonders what is so special about her that causes the humans in Bailey's life to seem to care so much. Over time, we trust the two will become buddies and share good times together.

Bailey way in the back, wondering who took her pillow!

keeping an eye on the new kid in town

Adding another puppy to our home does mean some adjustments for us. The baby gates are back in use, keeping Adi from trying to climb the stairs, or confined to the kitchen area when we need to run some errands. Piddle pads and carpet spray are always handy, though her potty training is progressing very well. Just like a baby, we have to be attuned to her signals that she needs a bathroom break. And, double water and food bowls must be maintained for both Bailey and Adi. 

A short RV trip that was scheduled for a week ago was cancelled since the puppy can't safely be around other dogs who may or may not be current on all their shots. Plus, having a dog that isn't completely housebroken inside a motorhome sounds rather messy! After 16 weeks, when Adi has had all her shots, she can join Bailey for romps in the park and RV trips around Arizona. 

In the meantime, Betty, Bailey, and I stick close to home. The weather is perfect for lots of time in the backyard, where Adi can safely play to her heart's content. 





Actually, our puppy sitting isn't that different from being grandparents: love and enjoy our time together, but know at some point she is off to her real home and Bailey is once again queen of the castle.

Welcome, Adler, to our family and our home.


12 comments:

  1. An adorable puppy! What fun and laughs she will bring to your home.

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    1. She is a cutie, and a handful like all pups.

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  2. Bet your daughter loves knowing that Adi is receiving the best possible care while she travels! Isn't it amazing how our love for family, and even their pets, melts our hearts to the point where our casa is their dog's casa, too? Adi is a beautiful addition to your family!

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    1. Our other daughter (3 kids and a big dog) is also on Adler-sitting duty when we are unavailable. And, at some point Adi will share her home with either Bailey or Dakota...all interchangeable homes!

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  3. Too cute! But I think you're going to have trouble when it comes time to give her up. Maybe your daughter should move in with you!

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    1. She has done that before. No, we will be fine when Adi goes home since she will be back a few days later for an evening stay. Hopefully she will be friends with Bailey and completely housebroken by the time all of us take a 4 day RV trip in April.

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  4. It's been a but TOO hectic up here lately! Just reading about you and the puppies hanging out in the back yard is reminding me to ..CHILL!!!!! They are adorable!

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    1. A rainy and cool few days turns into sunshine and low 80s by the end of the week...perfect puppy weather.

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  5. As a person who has worked professionally with pets in various capacities since 1975 (writer/pet sitter/kennel assistant/obedience showing/groomers' assistant), I generally discourage people who work long days from getting puppies. It is wonderful that you are in a position to help your daughter have a dog. I can't imagine my life without one, although all of my dogs have been older rescues.

    Having said that, we recently babysat a friend's six-month-old puppy for 18 days and it was a hard reminder of what it is like to have a non-housebroken puppy who doesn't sleep all night. She wanted to play with our two older dogs who weren't that enthusiastic about being dragged around the house, unexpectedly jumped on, and having their food bowls invaded. After she left we realized that one of our older dogs was looking for her, even carrying around a squeaky toy that they had shared.

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    1. Adler does sleep through the night, except for one potty break. The biggest challenge right now is teething...she bites at everything.

      My daughter would not have bought the puppy if we weren't available to take her for stretches of time.It would have been too tough on the dog and too expensive to have her in a kennel for long stretches of time.

      Our dog, Bailey, has yet to accept Adler. The puppy habit of jumping up in her face causes dog communication growls and some snarls that the puppy has yet to interpret properly as "get out of my space."

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  6. What a darling puppy! I'm sure it is tough for Bailey to have Adler around - the new pup vs. the one sets in his ways.

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    1. Yes, Bailey is not ready to give up her status or space in the household. I hope once Adler stops jumping at her face and nipping at her (typical puppy behavior) Bailey will be more tolerant.

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