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First-Time Puppy Daddy
by Nick Nebelsky
I am a new Puppy Daddy. This blog is about all of my experiences learning about, teaching, and loving my new puppy.
Episode 1: A New Puppy in our Future?
Episode 2: How it Went Down
Why did my wife keep thinking about it? Alas she had lunch with a friend who told my wife that she had three dogs and what made it really easy was bringing in the puppies while there were other dogs in the house. She told my wife that NOW was the best time to get a new puppy while Max was still alive. Max could “show him the ropes, the lay of the land” so to speak. Hmmm, I did question her. I knew what she really wanted was to have a therapy dog that we could take to the hospital. We already volunteered there one day a month brining Holy Communion to the patients. And the more she learned about the therapy dogs, she vowed that our next dog would be trained as one. Now let’s back track a little here. Ever since I’ve known my wife, going on eight years, we have always wanted to live overseas for a bit, travel to our heart’s content, yadda yadda, yadda. So how does a new puppy fit into this scenario? I don’t know. But how do you convince a woman not to get a puppy, especially when it’s a black lab? I mean have you seen these guys? Yea, expressive eyes that melt your heart. AND since she had already told our daughter that we were “thinking” of getting one, it was too late. It was going to happen.
Episode 3: Meeting Beau for the First Time
April 4th, 2018
We drove nearly three hours from our home down a dry, stone-covered road to get to the breeder’s farm. As we drove up to the property, we spotted a wire-fence filled with three little yellow labs. I wanted to grab one right there and take it home! Our goal for today was to meet the puppy we would be adopting and then meet his parents. We settled on another boy dog because my wife read that male puppies tend to be more affectionate than females because females are very protective and aren’t needing attention like males are. My wife has a history with this breeder because it’s the same one where we got our current black lab, Max. This wasn’t my first time around a dog breeder so I knew what to expect. The puppies were so cute. They were out there waiting for their owners to come pick them up! We spent little time there so as not to form a bond with a puppy we would not keep. “That’s what our puppy will look like when we come back again to get him, “ my wife said with glee. They were all so dang cute. The breeder opened the front door and out came an older woman who looked like she just walked off a Norman Rockwell painting.
She invited us in and in the middle of the living room was a blanket and another wire fence surrounding three more puppies. She picked up the fence, reached down and grabbed our new puppy. I’ve been around a lot of puppies, but never one this small where I got to hold it. His eyes were still shut, and he made these cute pig grunts as he sat on my forearm. His nose was so small, it hadn't even started to develop yet and so his nose was pushed up into his face. I told my wife to take a video of me holding the puppy. He was amazingly small at that time.
Afterwards we walked outside and met his father and mother. His father was standing proud, very quiet, with a beautiful golden-white face. He looked very young. The mother was a lot shorter than the father and was still nursing. This was her first litter. She was a wild child running around us so fast as if the house was on fire or someone was chasing her. Was that a trait the puppy would pick up? Only time would tell. I hope not. I must admit it did raise some red flags in my mind. But to be honest, I just thought she was a little spooked and was looking for her puppies. Why do I even bring it up? You'll meet the Tasmanian Devil later!