Doggy Dog Dilemma

I wish we all lived in a “doggy dog world.” 
{Modern Family, anyone??}
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I don’t have too many fears about the baby coming. I have been around babies my whole life, and while I’m no expert by ANY means, I feel very comfortable and confident around babies. 


BUT… my one fear is my furbaby, Indy. If you don’t already know, Indy is a 5.2-pound toy poodle. He turned one in June and we’ve had him since he was two months old. 



To say that he’s a spoiled little mama’s boy is an understatement. I’ve always wanted a “lap dog” and that’s e.x.a.c.t.l.y. what I got. He follows me around, lays on my lap, takes naps with me, and is all around a very good dog for Blake and me. I love it! With that being said, he’s not really a people-person. He loves my parents, and just recently he’s warmed up to my in-laws, and our next-door neighbor, but otherwise, he barks at everyone else. I tried introducing him to people when he was younger–he just never really adjusted (mom fail?). Even when I went to the breeder to pick out a dog, Indy didn’t want to play or come to me. That quickly changed as soon as we got home. He’s been glued to my hip ever since, especially since I’m home all day long nowadays. 


Don’t even get me started when the doorbell rings. I don’t mind two or three warning barks, but I have a hard time getting him to stop. It’s really hit or miss whether he listens to me (and Blake) or not. I looked up videos on YouTube and a lot of them say to reward your dog with a treat so they relate the doorbell with something good. So I tried that. But, Indy wants nothing to do with the treat. He’s way too distracted to be interested in some lame-o treat.


Also, if I’m sitting on the couch and someone abruptly comes over to me (whether to give me a hug or hand me something) he jumps in between us and will occasionally snap. He doesn’t actually bite the person, but comes pretty close. I know he’s just being protective of me, but it makes me nervous for the other person!!!

{face of a killer!}

The biggest concern of mine though, is he doesn’t like kids!! YIKES! The two times we’ve taken him to my sister-in-law’s, he does not like our nephew, Lucas, who’s two years-old. He sniffs at him, but as soon as Lucas runs or reaches for a toy, Indy barks, growls, or snaps at him. That scares me. One time my mom and I brought Indy over to a friend of the family’s house and they have a three year-old. If Indy was on the floor he just ran around the kitchen and didn’t bother Adam. But then, my mom was holding Indy and Adam came up to show my mom something and Indy snapped at him. UGH! 


What’s going to happen when our baby is born?!


The hospital and friends have told us to have Blake bring home the baby’s hat and put it in Indy’s crate before we come home from the hospital. Then, when we do come home, I go in first by myself, greet Indy, then Blake comes in with the baby and we let him sniff her. We’re definitely willing to try it. 


I have confidence in Indy that he’ll be okay around the baby since she’s a part of ME, and I believe dogs can sense that sort of thing, but I’m terribly concerned about his protective behavior. What is he going to do if my mom (or someone else) comes over to take the baby from me? A part of me thinks he’ll snap at my mom because he’s protecting me and the baby. 



I know for sure though, that I will never leave Indy alone with the baby. You just never know. It only takes two seconds to put the baby in her crib if I have to run out of the room real quick. I’m thankful Indy is still pretty much a puppy, that he’s not so set in his ways, and he and the baby can grow up together. I’m hoping he will adjust well. Of course I’d never choose my dog over my baby, but it would break!my!heart! to have to send Indy to my parents. I’m so attached to this dog! 


I wish we would have done training with him earlier on, but I didn’t realize how big of a deal his behavior was. Now, there’s no time to do training since the baby’s coming. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what we can do to help make this transition easier, and prevent him from becoming too protective or aggressive…??



Poor Poodle Puppy

This is the face of my poor furbaby =(
He got neutered yesterday and had to have two separate incisions for his puppy-privates.
PLUS, he got a microchip implanted (ouch!) in him…
…AND… 4 baby teeth pulled!!
He didn’t come home with a cone, but today B noticed his incisions looked open and took him to the vet. They had to put two staples in for a week!
Needless to say, he’s a pitiful poodle.
I feel guilty to say I think he looks adorable when he tries to pick up his “blankie” though.
Poor poodle puppy….

“Give hugs this holiday season…

…they’re one size fits all and can be returned.”

I just love that, don’t you? I’d like to take credit for it, but really I saw it on a sign driving by a church.

Over the last few days, we’ve been decorating our Christmas tree. We found a really nice 8-footer. We’re not quite sure how we got so lucky… the xmas tree gods must have been looking down on us (lol).

I have no idea how B got him to sit still long enough to take this picture (maybe because I wasn’t there for him to run to), but either way, he looks so cute ☺ And even better, we don’t have any problems with him and the tree… wait, wait, wait… let me eat my words… we haven’t had any problems… as I’m typing this, he’s trying to chew the tree. But for the most part, he just circles around it, runs away, and/or growls at it.
Lots of fun! I prevented myself from getting too OCD about placing the ornaments, ‘cause in the end, it looks good no matter what!

…taking a little break with my buddy boy…

Ta-Da! I think it looks pretty good for our first tree. Red, silver, and gold. It’s simple, yet classic.

Let the countdown begin…
10 more days til my 23rd birthday
15 more days til Christmas

Okay, gotta go to work!

Friends + Family = Perfection

Anatomy is officially over! YAY! After two and a half months, B is finally finished with anatomy (and with an A, no less). I’m so proud of him because he really worked hard. People said this was going to be the hardest time (for both of us), but honestly we were able to have dinner together every night, and he plays sports 2-3 nights a week, too. To celebrate the end of anatomy, we went back to see our families. Saturday we went to our college’s football game, where I got to see all my sorority sisters and girlfriends. I really needed some girl time!


It surprisingly got down to the low 50’s, and I was the only one prepared! I brought a jacket and flannel blanket. I love cold football game weather. 97 degree weather, it’s been nice, but it’s time to say, “Bye Bye!”

Sunday was B’s nephew’s first birthday! We celebrated all day and it was absolutely wonderful spending time with his family.

We got his nephew his first wagon. [Puppy not included] Every little boy needs a wagon. He’ll have many adventures with it. B also got him a Sock Monkey (they’re back!) because he had one when he was little. Indy decided to test drive it–gotta make sure it’s safe and FUN! B’s nephew loved his new wagon! He climbed right in and wouldn’t get out!


I couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Friends + Family = Perfection. There’s nothing better than being surround by those you love, and who love you.

Relaxing & Crafting

This past weekend and week has been really wonderful. On Sunday, I took Indy with me to a marina about fifteen minutes from our house. B was basically on lockdown studying for a huge test so I wasn’t about to sit around doing nothing. I laid out a huge towel in the shade for me to lay on and Indy to run around on, and read my book. I didn’t get too much reading done because everyone who walked by wanted to meet Indy. I can’t wait until the weather gets cooler here (not for a while though!) so I can spend more time there.

On Tuesday, B got home from school early and I had the day off so we went out and had ice cream near the beach. Other restaurants and shops surround a park there so we brought Indy with us. It sure looks like he wants a bite of my scoop. What do you think?!

Also this week, I got inspired by these precious flower broaches I saw on Martha Stewart and decided to get crafty. The directions are pretty simple and I did I better job than I thought I would. I added a little pearl to it to add a little southern class. I also ended up sewing a smaller yellow flower onto a hair clip. I think they turned out pretty cute:


I keep forgetting how much I like the fall. As you know, Halloween costumes and decorations are already flooding the stores. Even pumpkins are waiting to be picked. I love dressing up for Halloween. Last year B and I were a dentist and a tooth fairy. I love couples and themed costumes. Do you know what you’re going to be yet?

Breakthrough

Well, it’s been over a week since I had my first “Big Girl” breakdown, and I’m here to say that things have definitely turned around! Instead of continuing to feel bad for myself, I decided to reorganize my life. I took my mama’s advice and am waking up early (before the sun) and getting all of my Master’s work done before going into work. Even after taking Indy on a thirty minute walk, I still have time to read the paper and watch a little Martha. Then, when I come home from work, all I have to do is fix dinner (unless it’s already been made… always nice), play with the pup, and read my book. (I’m currently reading “Eat, Pray, Love”) Oh yeah, and visit with my boyfriend—ALWAYS the best part of my day!! Mom’s are always right….

Morning walks:
Such a big boy, he can already walk himself!

Speaking of mom’s, mine had a birthday this weekend. I went home to celebrate with her. She, along with my dad, got to meet my little fur baby. And Indy got to meet more members of the family, Sassy and Joey (Shih Tzu and Yorkie). They were so cute playing with one another!

They look too cute in their bandanas:

So to sum things up, I’m really thankful for my breakdown because in turn, I was able to have a great (and very necessary) breakthrough. Thank you for all of your encouraging comments!

Our Newest Addition…

At 2.5lbs and 10 weeks old, we welcome our new (fur) baby, Indy! I’ve wanted to get a puppy since I moved out of my parents’ house. Having grown up with a family dog my whole life, I was so sad to leave behind my Shih Tzu and Yorkie. My parents wouldn’t let me take them with me! Finally, I came across a breeder and fell in love with Indy’s picture. I called up and two days later brought him home. My boyfriend named him, after Indiana Jones, naturally. I think he’s a great addition to our little family. He’s becoming well adjusted to his new home.

In other news, I GOT THE JOB! I am now a full-time nanny to two year-old boy/girl twins. They’re absolutely adorable and I’m really excited about being their caregiver. I love children and I’m glad I get to do this for a living. I’ll be honest, I’m still a little bummed about not being able to find a teaching job, but I always say “everything happens for a reason,” and I can’t think different about this situation. I try to take everything that happens to me as a new adventure and learning experience.