Monday, 2 September 2013

A Puppy

After Lena's sustained lobbying efforts for the past couple of years, including Kate's more recent participation, we finally knuckled under and bought a puppy:  a golden doodle we've named Mango.  As the picture below shows, she's got a pretty irresistible face, and a very sweet disposition, which is a good thing because less than a day after we got her home, I was wanting to get rid of her.


I was not raised with animals.  My mother was afraid of them.  So, with my lack of experience I didn't appreciate fully what we were getting into.  I wasn't prepared for the rather euphemistic "accidents" all over the carpet that has already been ravaged by two cats vomiting, coughing up hairballs and occasionally pooping on it as well as three humans who can't seem to walk two feet without slopping their coffee, tea, pop all over the place.   I wasn't prepared for the barking and whining when we put her in her crate.  I am assured, though, that she will be trained out of this and that can't come soon enough for me.

Though I can't honestly say at this point I don't regret the decision, I do recognize the benefits.  A couple of weeks ago we dog-sat the neighbours' golden doodle and that went well.  Lily was house broken, obedient and affectionate and we all loved having her around.  Mango is a nice, friendly dog, and seems to be fitting in well with the family and as much as she's driving me crazy - really driving me crazy - the following picture makes me smile and will hopefully give me the will to stay with it a little longer.  Best of friends.

Lena and Mango


  1. Oh my! Congratulations! If you can find a reputable trainer who will come to the house, it will be $50 well spent. We did that twice and it got us through until Georgia was old enough for Puppy class. Carpets feel like grass underfoot to puppies, so if you have an area that you can fence off that doesn't have carpet, limit her that area for awhile. We have survived the last 2.5 months as Miss Georgia has just reached the 5 month mark. But there were days (in those past 2 months) when she was "going back", lol. So I can relate! But they are sweet and they do grow on you and Doodles are smart, so as soon as you can start training yourself to train her, the better!

    1. Thank you, Kim. A friend of mine was over earlier with a couple of child gates so we have her sequestered in the kitchen now. No accidents so far, but nor have we been able to get her to, um, relieve herself outside. I;m glad to know others have suffered before us. We will see how things go over the next few days, in the meantime, we will research dog trainers who can come to the house.

  2. She is so cute! I know puppies are frustrating at first, but you will love her!