Wednesday, March 18, 2009

A dose of what's to come...

So we picked up the boys on Sunday and drove them the 2 1/2 hours from Chattanooga back to Nashville and oh my word was it quite the adventure! Here's Jason holding them for the first time as their owner. He was so excited and so proud! I sat in the back of the 4Runner with them for the first part of the drive, and then we found a small rest stop for a place to take the puppies potty.
Here's Jason giving them their first walk! You'll notice that the collars we bought them were too big for their necks, so we had to fasten them around their bellies! They're just too stinkin cute. After the rest stop, we headed to Petco to grab a few doggie snacks and Jason rode in the back with them for the rest of the way home. Here's where it gets exciting. Jeep crawls behind Jason's back and he turns to see what he's up to and sees Jeep starting to poop! Jason's yelling "Jeep's pooping - pull over!" As soon as the smell hits the air, Jason turns around to catch Seven peeing on the blanket in the crate! Then I hear, "Pull over, Seven's peeing!!" I'm laughing so hard until the smell of both hits my nose and then we're both rolling down all the windows to keep from gagging!! I pull over on the shoulder of the highway, throw open the backdoor, and take napkins to clean up the poop. Jason leans over to grab Seven and as he does so, I start hysterically laughing cause Jason somehow managed to sit in Jeep's poop and has a huge poop stain on his butt. Jason's all "what?" I can barely tell him what he did. So then we get Jeep & Seven outside and finishing their business on the side of the highway, as I'm trying to clean off Jason's butt. Hilarious. As soon as we got everything cleaned up and all back in the car, Jeep and Seven passed out.When we got back in town, we headed over to our friends Dana & Julie's house so that our small group friends could see the puppies. Here's Seven below passed out cold as Ida is holding him.

Seriously, I had no idea just how much work these two little furballs of joy would be!

Thank God, they're so stinkin cute, because I swear what's only been a few days feels like weeks. All these boys do is pee, eat, pee again, poop, play and sleep, and all in that order - three times a day. I think I have spent more time in our backyard the last three days than the whole last year combined.
The first entire day we had them was on Monday, and boy was that an adventure. Jason called me at work, completely frazzled and said it was all he could do to keep up and he swears he must have cleaned up 15 accidents in the house that day (*go ahead, its ok to cringe*) I got home and Jason had already left for work and the house smelled of Febreeze and Folex. The dining room furniture was moved aside, the living room rug rolled up and in the kitchen, the dining room rug with wet spots drying, treats, leashes, rags and toys around the house and muddy footprints down the hallway. At this point, I don't even care that my house is a disaster, because I take one look at these adorable faces and I melt.
We really do feel like new parents. We sit there and watch them sleep, we're constantly cleaning up after them, feeding them all the time, playing and entertaining them, listening to them cry in the morning and taking them outside in the middle of the night. I told Jason, at least when we have kids, we don't have to get completely dressed and head outside to change a baby's diaper. I'd much rather stick a diaper on the puppies!
But they are learning and we're having fewer and fewer accidents in the house. We've got them on a feeding schedule of 9:30, 2pm and 7pm. Jason has them during the days, and myself during the evenings. I wouldn't be so worn out if I wasn't also fighting a horrible cold right now. Yesterday, it was all I could do to climb out of bed to feed them and take them outside to go potty.
Little Seven gave us a run for our money yesterday afternoon. I was outside with him and Jason was getting ready to head to small group when in the blink of an eye Seven slipped under our fence into the neighbors yard! I freaked out! I screamed for Jason to come out and help me and we frantically searched everywhere for him. It doesn't help that he's so little and solid black. As we ran next door in the neighbors yard, Seven slipped back under the fence into our yard looking for me as I was calling for him. He came running to me in the driveway and about gave us both a heart attack. I seriously don't think I've EVER seen Jason that panicked.
We study them constantly and love discovering their little personalities. Jeep is like the awkward kid in class. He falls over constantly and rolls down the stairs out back. He tries to be tough, but Seven can take him every time.
Seven is our little rascal and sharp as a tack. He's the one that's really going to give us a run for our money. He's sneaky, quick and a total cuddler. He loves to crawl into our laps and fall asleep, whereas Jeep likes to go off alone and sleep. Jeep is definitely the big brother to Seven. They both are picking up on the potty training and are even learning the command to sit.
They had their first vet appointment today and fell asleep on the examination table waiting for the vet to come in. The vet said he'd never seen puppies asleep during a visit. He said they were absolutely perfect and we did an awesome job picking them out. Jason was beaming like the proud papa he is!
And as for Banks, well she is trying to adjust as much as she can. Yesterday, she sat about 5 feet from their crate and watched them intently as they wrestled. She's completely fascinated with them, but not yet brave enough to get near them. She'll sit in the window of the guest room and watch them play. Seven tries so hard to get her to like him and play with him. She doesn't like change a whole lot, so this has been very challenging for her, but she's acclimating slowly.

So there ya go, a little update on our life the last couple days. They completely consume all our time and energy, so really they're all we think about :-)


trish said...

Maybe you know by now, but Febreeze doesn't really help on animal urine. The best thing for animal urine is Nature's Miracle. There's another product out there that my vet said was better than Nature's Miracle, but I can't remember the name. Let me know if you have any questions. :-)

Huronerita said...
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Huronerita said...

my ferret poops more than 6 times/day... (Ferrets have a short digestive tract so they go to the bathroom every 2-4 hours) So just imagine... ;)

Tina said...

Ohhhh.... the boys are so cute. They are perfect and I can't believe you are tackling two at the same time. I am sure they keep each other great company though. So as you know our little dogs have been a hassle to train in the house and i believe I have found the BEST cleaner. It is called Bio-Ox. You order it online and I recommend getting the gallon. It seems a little pricey but when you think about how many bottles you can make out of it, it's totally worth it. It is concentrate and you add water. It is honestly the best and I had tried folex after you had recommended it & everything else for that matter. It takes out the scent. Completely removes the stain even old ones, and you can spray it on and leave it if you like. It won't attract dirt to the spot at all. And it's safe for the dogs. We use it for everything. Love you guys! thanks for the update. Cutest guys ever, really!

Anonymous said...

That's a cute update!

I'm sorry about all the accidents, but it sounds like it's getting better. Cute, cute pictures.

Katrina Hope said...

SOOo cute! And sounds like SOooo much work! :)