It was quite a while ago now, but Harley turned 1 on January 13. I wanted to celebrate but as it was a Tuesday & I had worked all day I didn’t really have the energy for much. I decided to make some ‘pupcakes’. After trolling for recipes on Pinterest, I found one that I liked but more importantly, had the ingredients for.
We have been trying to introduce Harley to different dogs & people so that when he is older he will be able to interact with them properly.
This is a video of Harley playing with his cousin, Boston. Boston is a one year old cavoodle.
Harley has been settling in quite well. He now has plenty of toys to keep him occupied when he is home alone or when I am otherwise occupied.
I am a little amazed that he seems to play with all of his toys equally & doesn’t seem overly possessive of them. He inherited a few toys from another dog & he has even taken a liking to them, along with a few doggy blankets & a pet bed. I did wash the blankets & bed before giving them to Harley. We didn’t know if he would use something that belonged to another dog, but I guess the smell had washed away enough along with all the smells outside so that he felt at home.
I wish I could spend endless hours watching him play, he is just so entertaining & innocent. I’m really looking forward to teaching him some tricks & being able to take him for walks. I’ve started trying to teach him to stay. I think he is catching on & we are both having a great time learning how to get along. We have to wait until he has had his last vaccination which will be in a few weeks before we take him for walks & to interact with other dogs. One of the main reasons I wanted a dog was having the excuse that they needed to go for a walk which would get me out of the house & moving. I’m sure we could all do with a little more exercise. Although since he is quite small he probably doesn’t need too much exercise. I’m not sure how much bigger he is going to get either!
On Wednesday April 2, I came home from work to find something fluffy with four legs wandering around my house. Earlier in the day, my husband had hinted at getting me an early Easter present: something to keep me company while he is working on the weekends. I had a feeling I knew what he was hinting at, I didn’t really think he would go through with it though.
I’m not sure how we will cope when the time comes to choose baby names. We really struggled to name him. I wanted something that would remind us of our wedding & honeymoon in America last year, so we finally settled on Harley (for the Harley Davidson my husband & his friends hired for the day).
Now comes coping with housebreaking (including toilet training) & the standard sit/stay routine. As this is my first dog (and first pet really, as fish & rabbits don’t need much looking after), I have no idea what I am doing or what to expect from Harley or my patience for that matter!. But I honestly think that toilet training will be the death of me. While I understand that plush carpet feels much better, it is an awful mess to clean up not to mention the possibility of stains & smells lingering.
Then there is the whimpering/yelps when he is alone in the laundry. Of a night & while we aren’t home, we put him in the laundry & shut the door. The first night wasn’t so great. I’m quite a light sleeper, it also generally needs to be dark & quiet for me to sleep. Since then, I have shut a few more doors of the house & can no longer hear him from my bed.