The Plight of the Only Puppy

Wes and I currently have the pleasure of dog-sitting Wes’ brother’s dog, Koa. She’ll be staying with us for a few days and, let me tell you, life with two dogs is intense.

It’s like double the enthusiasm, double the slobber, and double the fur and somehow that all adds up to three times the normal amount of crazy in our house. Also, don’t even get me started on how much poop we now get to deal with.

Honestly, I’m not sure I can hack having two kids after watching two dogs. Trying to get them both to behave is like trying to plug five gopher holes using both your hands and feet. Someone’s always popping their head up and as soon as you take care of that one the other one starts a-wiggling.

This morning I took them both for a walk and the sheer effort expended from getting them both collared and leashed was enough to make me want to crawl back into bed with a pot of coffee.
I walked out with Doc all ready to go and told him to sit and stay while I got Koa ready. Koa has one of those pinch collars and, while my sleep numbed hands were struggling to figure that out, Doc decided he had to use the bathroom and so he wandered off. Of course, once he wandered off, Koa decided she might like to go to the bathroom too. Like I said, too many moles with too few appendages.

It’s been very fun to watch Doc teach Koa the ways of the world, though. He helps her learn her manners and tackles her when she behaves badly. For instance, we don’t allow Doc to snatch anything out of our hands and when Koa does it Doc wedges himself between us and her and snaps once to let her know he means business.

He is having trouble with jealousy, however, and gets very offended if Wes or I pets Koa. He handles this with the respect and consideration we’ve come to expect from him: he bites her ear.
Surprisingly, or maybe not, we’re actually digging the whole two dogs thing. There’s a lot of love and playing going on over here and perhaps when we buy a bigger house we’ll adopt a sibling for Doc. We’ll just have to make sure that dog has resilient ears because otherwise the adjustment period is gonna be brutal.

2 thoughts on “The Plight of the Only Puppy

  1. Thanks! They look really sweet, don’t they? We managed to take this picture right after feeding time after about 5 minutes of trying to get them both to sit still and look at the camera :)

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