Monday, January 24, 2022

making friends


At 14 weeks Lupa is 8.8lbs. A growing puppy. She’s zooming around outside, her little legs a blur as she whirls around the laneway. She’s settling in and making our home hers. 

Lupa got on the loveseat twice by herself to sit beside Adia!


“puppy sleeping for part of a virtual visit”

Sunday, January 23, 2022

tenderness evoked

 Thank goodness for the passage of time and how quickly puppies change and adapt. Today has been a lot easier with the holy terror - the combination of hot sauce, a water bottle, and the puppy pen has redirected Lupa’s chewing from the everything that’s not to be chewed to proper toys. 

Last night she finally wound down at supper time, laying between us on the sofa as we chowed down on ribs. Spike used to lie in the crook of my legs while I balanced a plate of food on my lap but Lupa didn’t have quite the same challenge as our coffee table lifts up into table height - the ultimate in middle age comfort!

Carm snowblowed a path to the barn and since it’s warmer we’ve been able to get Lupa outside a bit longer. She runs around like a maniac up and down the path and laneway. She’s developed a curiosity for more than the immediately accessible, possibly because I trimmed some of the hair around her eyes. Yes! She has eyes. I’m used to smooth coated breeds (even the poodles were kept sleek) and am having trouble getting used to the scruffy look. I’m fighting my immediate instinct to shave her face. Carm thinks she’s the cutest puppy that walks the earth 😍 and loves her unkempt look.

Adia continues to be a good big sister. They were snuffling each other's ears and then Lupa lay between Adia’s front legs for about 30 seconds. It may not seem like a long time but it was a step in the right direction. I think that once Lupa is a bit bigger and able to play with Adia more safely that they will be great friends.


“sunshine on a warmer day - minus 10!”

“puppy zoomies”

“garlicky chicken shawarma”

“puppy sleeping in a sun spot”

“One of the greatest gifts we receive from dogs is the tenderness they evoke in us. The disappointments of life, the injustices, the battering events that are beyond our control, and the betrayals we endure, from those we befriended and loved, can make us cynical and turn our hearts into flint – on which only the matches of anger and bitterness can be struck into flame. By their delight in being with us, the reliable sunniness of their disposition, the joy they bring to playtime, the curiosity with which they embrace each new experience, dogs can melt cynicism,and sweeten the bitter heart.”

― Dean Koontz

Saturday, January 22, 2022

tracks of my tears

 The old poem ‘when she was good she was very very good, but when she was bad she was horrid’ comes to mind often throughout the day. Lupa turned into a little terror last night, possibly all wound up from lack of sleep. Nothing would distract her from digging in her bed or trying to chew it to bits. 

In retrospect I should have popped her into the puppy pen but since she’s not acclimatised to being locked away from us it was probably for the best. Today I put her in for a few short periods with me getting farther and farther away. She’s there now quietly chewing on a toy. I did have to remove the little carpet but in fairness the frayed edges do look like a rope toy.

Sometimes it pays off to be a bit of a hoarder! I lost out on having towels available for dog beds as I’d given them all away, but I didn’t give away the giant pack of puppy sized bully sticks. That’ll surely help when I’m desperate.

That’s the bad… now for the good. She’s getting pretty good at sitting and is doing a decent job of down if I’m low to the ground. She’s also learning to ‘touch’ my hand with her nose. I’ll be able to direct all sorts of behaviour with this skill :-)  She learns quickly. Adia hangs around and participates as much as she can - the treats are so tiny that they disappear in her mouth but she doesn’t seem to mind. It is extra hard for Lupa to learn with another dog getting treats and taking my attention (and hard for the trainer too!) but she’s (mostly/sometimes) able to focus.

She’s become more food motivated which will make so many things easier.

Sitting here in the quiet, little dog asleep beside me while I look out the window, I am suddenly, without warning, overcome by the grief of missing Spike. (If you look closer, it's easy to trace

The tracks of my tears - Smokey Robinson). I know that it will ease with time but I thought (hoped) that I’d be distracted enough by Lupa to avoid the feelings of immense loss.


“Lupa going to the front door when she needed to go outside”

“a puppy that pees as soon as she hits what will be the grass - no poking around looking for trouble”

“Thorns may hurt you, men desert you, sunlight turn to fog;

but you're never friendless ever, if you have a dog.”

― Douglas Malloch