So recently, I heard my mom talking to her dog park friends about a new puppy arriving in January. I did not pay much attention to this because I assumed it was one of my dog park pals getting a little sister. What a bummer for them, I thought. I am used to being the only puppy in the house (even though I am almost three years old!). I cannot imagine having a new puppy in the house, especially a little sister, because I am the baby of the house and I still act like it! Then to my surprise (and horror) a new dog crate appeared one day and I realized that it was our family that was getting a new puppy!
Matilda, our new puppy, will be arriving in early January and my mom has been making preparations. Her crate has been set up next to mine and Earl with plenty of separation for all three of us. It is important that each us has their own space. We have also been having other dogs over to visit so we get used to having other dogs in our home. My brother Earl is very easy going and should not have any problems with a new dog in the house. I, on the other hand, am having a little bit of anxiety about having to share my toys (and space). My mom has assured me that there will be plenty of toys for all of us. I do have to admit, it could be fun having another dog around to play with besides Earl. He only tolerates me bugging him for short periods of time before he is done with me. I hope Matilda is fun!
As the new dog will be a small puppy, we have been warned that we will need to be gentle at first. Mom has told us that we need to be a good influence and lead by example, which in human speak means to behave and follow the house rules! What? Not only do I have to worry about stepping on her, I also have to be responsible? I hope she gets big fast so we can wrestle and misbehave together. As puppies nap a lot, there should be plenty of mom time without the puppy around. That is great news because I have to admit I am somewhat of a Mama’s boy!
All in all, the arrival of Matilda doesn’t sound as scary as I first thought. She will have her own crate and toys and will be busy napping and growing while I learn the ropes of being a big brother. It should be a fun new chapter in our family….