Max the poodle joined our household last Friday, so we are now 168 hours into being a family with a dog. It has been something of an adjustment. My husband takes him out in the morning, the 11-year-old does before school, my husband does through the day, and then the big kids do again after school. We have toddler gates up that also serve to keep Max in a set area of the house where he can get into limited trouble.
The most challenging current part is managing the interactions between Max and the 6-year-old. Think two rambunctious little boys, who just happen to be different sorts of animals. I have managed to teach the 6-year-old not to hurt the baby (mostly) so I guess we’ll just have to keep stressing “gentle touch! Gentle!” but this is a significant source of current stress. On the other hand, when the 6-year-old had time off school this week, he sat at the computer with Max on his lap for hours. Just cuddling.
I have never been a fan of the “dog” smell, and while poodles aren’t known for being terrible on this dimension, I’m still aware of it. I welcome advice on bathing and how to keep the house from smelling this way.
He is definitely a cutie! I’m still working on my dog photography skills — though I still have not achieved great Instagram style photos with the babies after almost 14 years. My current obsession is those Instagram families who are all in their photos in matching outfits. I wish they would discuss the staffing that makes this possible.
Many baseball games this weekend, and hopefully the soccer that was rained out last week. Plus rock climbing, but since that’s indoors, it always happens…
If you’re a dog family, please tell me about your pets and when you got them and any memories from the first few weeks! (and if you feel like sharing your instagram handle I’ll go look at your photos too!)