Thursday, June 9, 2011

20 lbs of Pure Meanness

Sadie has been with us since Monday night, and boy has it ever been a ride already! She has had accidents in her cage repeatedly, she bites and chews on everything (more so than even normal puppies), and she has been the craziest bath recipient that I have ever seen. It is so hard to get mad at this face...
But it's not impossible by any means, especially when you are sleep deprived. The first night, I don't think any of us got a bit of sleep. She pretty much whined and barked all night long. She really should have been hoarse the next morning. I thought as much as she and Bailey played that she would get some sleep, but if she did it was very quick naps.

I don't know how many times this week I have taken her out and then put her in her cage to take Bailey out. When I return she has pooped in her cage! *sigh* She is just a confused puppy because she spent the first three months of her life outside and then spent two weeks or more in a cage at the vet's office. She just doesn't know where she's supposed to go, but we are working on it. I know this has been a crazy week, and it has taken every bit of patience I have to handle her.
Don't let this innocent face fool you though. She is pure meanness! At one point, Bailey thought that she could squish her against the couch to make her stay put and stop biting.
Yeah, that didn't work. Sadie just figured out that she shouldn't get next to the couch. She also figured out that Bailey's bed is the best place in the house that she's allowed to lay so she stole every toy and put it on the bed with her. This is Bailey debating whether she's going to take them back.

The face-off that happens about every 5 seconds now...

This look on Bailey's face pretty much says it all...

Sadie acts like a deer the way that she leaps, but she doesn't have control over her lanky legs yet. It's really funny to watch except when she jumps at something that I don't want her to. She is definitely a trip! This has been a stressful week so I really picked a bad time to get a puppy, but I couldn't let her go to the shelter. I'm hoping she'll calm down some soon and get into a routine.

Bath time last night was crazy! The girl at the vet's office told me she didn't like it, but I have never had a dog act like THAT! I ended up using way more water than I normally would because I was trying to calm her down while the water was just running away. I think it was just the noise, but I wanted her to get used to it. I kept talking to her and stroking her and slowly putting handfuls of water on her to show her it wasn't bad. She was awesome by the end of it, so we'll see how she acts next time. That is so different from Bailey who is such a huge water dog. I mean, Bailey doesn't care for baths, but I think that's just the bathtub that bothers her. She doesn't care about the water.

So some year I'll get sleep again... I hope. I think Sadie was taken from her siblings too young because she is a much more aggressive biter with Bailey than most puppies would be. Bailey has put her in her place a few times, which shocked me. But I think she's tired too, and she's had enough. I'm letting them work it out except when Bailey is huddled next to me and they start. Then I say something because I don't want to get bitten by Bailey accidentally.

Oh, well. I guess we'll see how things go. If nothing else, I'll find her a fabulous home. I know someone needs to slap me for wanting to put my household through a puppy though. I'm sure Bailey would like to have the honors.


Laynee said...

Sadie is beautiful! I do not miss the woes of having a puppy. Right now I'm kinda in the same boat but with a kitten.

Bouncin' Barb said...

You are a good and kind soul. I know I couldn't do it again. Hope it all calms down for you soon.

Mejis said...

She's cute! She'll calm down once she gets used to a routine.
My dog hates baths, too. I have to pick his 58 lbs butt up and place him in the tub myself.

Kara Hoag said...

I've grown up helping raise dogs so I have more patience for puppies than a lot of people. They can be extremely frustrating, though. I hope she gets used to her environment soon and calms down.

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light208 said...

That certainly sounds like a handful and a half. Good on you for taking her on though - I'm just as bad at taking in waifs and strays - thankfully the rewards when they finally settle have always been worth it. Sending soothing vibes. ;)

Underground Dude said...

Those pictures are pretty awesome. They tell a humorous and adorable story even without the words accompanying them.

Oilfield Trash said...

Great pictures!!!!

And I think it will take time for the new one to calm down.


Hi Krissie, I somehow lost your blog, have subscribed to email now :)

Puppies are like littlies, cute , but nice to give back after play time lol

becca said...

what a cute dog

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Scarlett said...

Wow, you have your hands full! She's a cutie, though. Once she settles into a routine, I'm sure she'll calm down. Until then, you get to rack up the cute stories!

Elliot MacLeod-Michael said...

You are a better person than me. You just summed up why I like dogs but don't want one.

John McElveen said...

This could be the most phenomenal Dog you ever own!

Or Not!

You are doing an awesome job with your patience!


The Adorkable Ditz said...

Hope things get better for y'all.

On My Soapbox said...

It looks like the pups are going to keep each other entertained! I'm so glad to hear that you "rescued" her. We always get our cats from the local no-kill shelter. :-)

Cake Betch said...

I've been having puppyitis real bad for the last few weeks, but seeing these pictures and remembering all the bad shit we had to go through with Kaiser when he was a puppy is putting that urge to bed. Thank god they're so cute or you'd probably kill them.

Jotter Girl said...

Cute puppy! Have you tried making the crate smaller? Meaning putting a partition in it so the space is really limited? Dogs don't poop where they sleep so maybe she just has too much room in the crate? I love how pup's ears are too big for their heads. Good luck!

Krissy said...

Laynee.. I hope your kitten woes work out. Sadie was definitely a handful when she first attacked my home. LOL

Barb.. Thanks so much. That really means a lot to me.

Mejis.. I have to pick Bailey up like that, but she calms down once she's in the tub. Not Sadie!

Kara.. Getting puppies in a routine is definitely a big challenge. The first few days are always hectic!

light208.. Thanks for the soothing vibes! What would the world do without us suckers who take in waifs and strays? :)

Underground Dude.. Glad you liked the pictures! Yeah, I thought they pretty much said it all.

OT.. Thanks! Calm is not even in her vocabulary yet.

IWASNTBLOGGEDYESTERDAY.. I'm glad you have me in your email box now! Yep, puppies are nicer on a short-term basis. :)

becca... Thanks!

Krissy said...

Scarlett.. I have a ton of Sadie stories now, but lack of sleep made them incomprehensible for a while. LOL

Elliot.. So glad to have you here as a new follower! Thanks! I wouldn't give up dogs in my life for anything. They just take a little work at first.

John.. Thanks for that. Sadie sure does try patience, that's for sure.

Adorkable.. It took some sorting out, but things are as they should be now.

Soapy.. I'm glad you are a rescue mom, too! There are so many who need our help.

Cake Betch.. I really think that's why all puppies are cute so that we won't hurt them. LOL It's worth it once you get them trained well though.

Jotter Girl.. Yes, I definitely used a divider in her crate so she had limited area. It just didn't work with her because she had been cooped up in a small cage at the vet's office for 2 weeks sick. She had to figure out that she had to hold it, but she learned.

75 gallon aquarium said...

what a cute dog!


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