Thank you so much to everyone who left meaningful comments, sent emails, or tweeted suggestions and tips about caring for Teddy!
I am kind of just… floating by right now. I’m exhausted from being up every hour or so at night with him and really quite overwhelmed with a lot of other things going on in my life at the moment. I have a “Omg what was I thinking?” moment every now and then… where I feel like the wind has been 100% knocked out of me. And then Teddy will do something funny or snuggle deeper into my arms. And suddenly a) I know why I have him and b) everything else kind of doesn’t matter.
A lot of my fear with handling and raising Teddy rides on making wrong decisions. I don’t want to make a mistake or choose the wrong thing! Everyone keeps reminding me that Teddy is tougher than I think, but I can’t help worry that every little thing is going to hurt him. Every day gets a little easier, but oh my word it’s still hard.
I don’t want people to be distracted by the cuddliness or the adorableness or the downright too-cute-for-his-own-goodness. Puppies are not easy. To be honest, I don’t think I got Teddy at the right time at all. Of course, now I’m in love with him and the challenges are just going to have to be overcome. Anyway, I’ve been getting emails and comments about wanting a puppy now and I just want to give a fair warning… the cuteness is cute, but it’s super hard. I’m SO GLAD that I can work from home. Keeping an eye on him is so much easier. Every day I leave for a little bit longer so he can get used to being alone. (Definitely harder for me than it is for him!!!) Yes, so… this is my PSA for the day. Make sure you are ready for the cuteness AND the responsibility. I’m pretty sure anyone would fall in love with puppy snuggles, but maybe not ready to do all the hard stuff!
I also feel like everyone talks about the fun stuff and glosses over the challenges.
Phew! Teddy and I are both learning about each other and I’m taking it a day at a time while still trying to maintain a semblance of business as usual.
Did anyone else struggle with adjusting to a new puppy?