The bright side of Puppy Hell is that it’s so fast-changing. If some days are particularly trying, nothing lasts for very long. A year from now, when Adagio is a staid 15-month-old, I’ll be struggling to find anything to write about. Now something new develops almost daily.
Here are some of the turns that Life with Adagio has taken:
— He got his third set of puppy shots yesterday. That leaves only one more round (in three weeks) before he will be fully immunized. The weigh-in at the vet’s revealed that he now weighs almost 25 pounds, more than double what he was when we got him six weeks ago.
— All his gut troubles have disappeared. He’s been sleeping reliably every night until 5:30 or 6:30 a.m. And I’m not sure when he last had any accident in the house. I posted a log on the refrigerator Sunday, but we haven’t had to make any entries since then. That’s how it is with toilet-training; one day you realize you’ve sort of…done it! (Though many more weeks (or months) will pass before we will feel he is truly 100% trustworthy.)
— We’ve been extending our little walks with him. This morning for the first time, we ventured all the way to my coffee shop without the stroller. We’ll still take it along a few more times as an emergency puppy-transport vehicle in case he flags during our longer Sunday-morning rambles. But soon we’ll be stowing it away in the garage.
— Adagio now understand what it means to Sit and go Down. Much more charming is his robust response to the command Speak. Here’s what that looks like:
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His half-sister Beverly never Spoke. We sensed that she felt it was too presumptuous. Adagio is more assertive, and yet, like Beverly, he also naps away a big chunk of every day.
Another charming thing: Adagio is the first puppy we’ve ever had who seems entranced by the tooth-brushing process. He’s fascinated when Steve brushes Tucker, and he observes the procedure closely:
He’s more than happy to cradle with Steve and chew on the brush in his own mouth:
He’s still very little and has a lot to learn. But Puppy Hell with a sleepy, speaking puppy with pleasant breath isn’t that hellish.