I thought I’d give a little update on the pups today. I’ll be upfront about two things…
One, I love little Hamilton in a way I didn’t think was possible. I was apprehensive about a second dog, mostly because I wondered how I’d love another dog as much as I loved Teddy.
But… two, the adjustment to having a second dog was really hard. It hasn’t been an easy five months.
I touched on a bit in this post back in April. Everyone told me having a second dog wouldn’t be any harder than having one, but they couldn’t be more wrong. It’s twice the work, twice the stress, and twice the exhaustion. It’s also twice the love.
The adjustment with Teddy was pretty difficult too, especially since I had never had a dog before and didn’t know what I was getting myself into. I don’t know if it’s that it was three years ago and my memory has faded, but it didn’t feel this hard. (Other than the first three weeks which really sucked.)
Ham is officially seven months old and we’ve had him for five. Let me tell you, I have been counting down the days to the “six month mark.” I do remember things becoming remarkably easier when Teddy was six months and this time around it was no different. I feel like we’re finally in a good place. And by “we,” I really mean me.
Look how much he’s grown! It’s a good thing he’s cute because this little puppy here almost made me lose my mind!
Hamilton and Teddy are so different, but really get along. Ted kind of gets annoyed with him every now and then, but it almost always involves getting woken up from a cozy nap for unrequited playtime. They are definitely buddies and totally understand they’re part of the pack. That part has probably been the biggest relief. Teddy no longer has separation anxiety when we leave and he protects Ham at the dog park.
Working from home with two dogs has presented another challenge. Although I can’t imagine how it would be if I didn’t work from home, it can get really distracting. The current system is working out in my favor though. They have me out the door for a walk well before 6am and then I sit down to work right then. They typically take a very long nap after they eat, giving me hours of quiet and peaceful time to myself.
It’s been such a great summer with them. I’m putting together a post about the past year in Connecticut and I think that having tons of space to play with the dogs is topping the list. Life just seems a little better with these two little guys in it.
PS Gar posts photos of their adventures on Instagram, you can follow along there for more fun!