I often forget how close we are to Thanksgiving and Christmas because I’m still able to walk Rufio wearing a light jacket. These pretty 70-degree days are definitely throwing off my internal clock. Speaking of Rufio, I feel like we’ve really turned a corner with him in terms of training – he slept through the night for the first time, he’s eating more, and we taught him how to sit and lay down 🙂 This month also marked the first time I had to leave him to go on a business trip, and I worried about my little baby. Good thing our dog walker texts photo updates every day!
This year, we’ll be staying down south for Thanksgiving and having a “Friends-giving,” and I’m looking forward to the 4-day weekend to relax and cheer on the Panthers with my two boys. However, we’re already counting down to Christmas (I may or may not have started perusing the Christmas movies on Netflix) when we’ll be heading home to New York.
Here’s what we’ve been up to this past month:
My new nameplate at work–current theme is favorite movies. “It’s a Chinese Crested!”
We missed apple picking season this year because it was so short. I’m not sure if the summer heat affected crops nationwide, but in the Charlotte area, pick-your-own only lasted about two weekends. That is one of the things I miss about New York – apple orchards, fresh cider, and hot donuts. It was a fall tradition that I always looked forward to. However, we’ve found ways around it, including Duck Donuts (their cinnamon sugar donuts taste exactly like the cider donuts at home), and we picked up a pumpkin to get in the fall spirit.
‘How cute would it be to take pictures of Rufio with the pumpkin?’ we thought. The only catch was that an 11-week-old puppy does not care about sitting pretty for an Instagram snap. He’d prefer to chew off the pumpkin’s stem and run around the courtyard.
So here’s what we got. And they’re actually even better than if he had sat perfectly in the first place. Because he’s a puppy, not a prop.
Over the past few weeks, I have gone from normal 20-something career girl to full blown crazy puppy mom. Rufio is all I think about all day, my phone is filled with pictures of him, and I keep a mental list of questions to ask the vet. I care more about his quality of food than my own, go into mama bear mode when we encounter other dogs, and I attempt to compare my puppyhood experiences to what the new mommies in the office are going through. (In my head – I heard new moms don’t like it when you compare their babies to dogs.)
It’s safe to say that Rufio has turned my life upside down, and while it has been physically and emotionally draining, I could never go back to the way we were. Here are the 10 stages of adopting a new puppy, as experienced by us:
1. When you see your new puppy for the first time
We survived week 1 of puppyhood! Last Saturday night we headed to the airport to pick up our little Rufio, a Toy Poodle/Bichon Frise mix, but it already feels like we’ve had him a lot longer. This little 2.5 lb nugget has completely disrupted our daily routine and filled it with so much joy. It has been so fun watching this little guy’s personality come out and learn new things, from figuring out fetch to mastering the stairs outside our apartment building. His discoveries break up the drudgery of the everyday.