I’ve wanted a dog for a long time now. My family has always had dogs – large dogs – but, since I moved out of the house, I have never had a pet (other than a betta and two goldfish). Well, the time has (almost) finally arrived! I will be picking up my Morkie puppy this Saturday.
I’ve heard that puppies need to be socialized at a very young age – both with people and with other animals – and what better way to socialize your new puppy than to get her a friend? That friend may be another puppy…or a kitty. When I pick up my puppy this weekend, she will already have a built-in friend. Well, I sure hope they will be friends.
Either this whole thing will be a huge success…or it may end up being a compete disaster.
As some of you may already know, we got a new Siamese kitten about three weeks ago. Let’s just consider this ‘practice’ for a new puppy. Fine, fine – so cats are much easier than dogs. In the beginning, anyway. For one, Loki was already litter box trained. Imagine how easy it will be if Puppy is already potty trained…okay, I can’t imagine.
For the first week, though, just like a new puppy (or baby), Kitty was keeping us up half the night. All she wanted to do was play, and I couldn’t bear to lock her out of the bedroom all night (go ahead, call me a pushover). That spoiled little thing is so convincing that now she sleeps in my bed every night.
That is, when she’s not biting every bit of exposed flesh or trying to eat the hair off my head. One of these days….
Not going to lie – I do enjoy when she finally cuddles up, all sweet and innocent, during the night.
And, just like with puppies, kittens get into things they aren’t supposed to. Such as on top of my new, glass-top dining table (especially when I’m trying to eat – she does enjoy the challenge of stealing people food!) and in the cabinets, refrigerator, and even the dishwasher when I’m unloading it.
Unfortunately, even the smallest of kittens can get into the places little puppies can’t get into. But it does get better. Besides, like I said earlier, this is practice for when Puppy comes.
It’s a lot of fun, though – watching her dart about or dangling a toy in front of her just to see her hop around. Good times.
And I’m expecting that a puppy will be just as much fun (or more – you can take puppies outside and on walks. Now always the case with kitties!) On that note, I also expect to feel the utmost guilt taking the puppy out while poor little Loki stays behind.
Sorry – I got a little off-track when I began comparing puppies and kitties. My whole point is that they are going to be the best of friends, I just know it. You’ve heard the expression, “fighting like cats and dogs”? Well, that’s not always the case; much of the time, in fact, cats and dogs get along better than cats and cats or dogs and dogs. (Don’t ask me why, though. That’s what I’ve heard.)
I just can’t believe the time has almost come.