In my previous post I mentioned I had two things keeping me very busy recently and if you know me personally, you will have seen the numerous images I have posted everywhere and therefore know exactly what I am talking about.
For those of you that don’t know, a few weeks, my boyfriend and I added a new member to our family – Poppy the puppy.
We decided that we wanted a second puppy while we were still living in Singapore, to give our dog Archie a friend and act as company for him while we were out at work. We realised it wouldn’t be easy to do this while in Singapore, so waited until we came back to the UK so we could buy a puppy from a reputable breeder. In Singapore the puppies are brought in from Australia mainly, plus there are always rumours of puppy mills and added to that was the fact that Springer Spaniels are pretty rare out there – apparently the Singapore police force actually gets theirs from the UK.
As I am home during the day at the moment (not quite an unemployed bum, I do some freelance work from home), we felt it would be the perfect time to get the puppy.
The first day I brought Poppy home, I realised I had completely forgotten how much work puppies can be. Add to that the fact that Archie completely ignored me and Poppy for the first 24 hours, it was fun times all round.
Poppy has since settled herself in fairly well, Archie doesn’t ignore her (or me) anymore, but it’s hard for Archie not to ignore her when she is hanging off your ears, or nipping at your legs.
Everything I have read says it will take a couple of weeks at least before the dogs fall in love and snuggle up together peacefully on the bed and I for one can’t wait for that. But at the minute, if I am not spending long periods outside in the cold trying to convince the little one to be a good girl and go to the toilet, I’m refereeing the two, feeding them or cleaning up accidents on the floor. It has actually become my full time job, unfortunately it is incredibly badly paid and the only benefits are the cuddles I get from both the dogs during rare moments of quiet.
I wouldn’t however give either of them up for the world. I just hope they feel the same way about each other soon…