Well, it's finally happened. I think I finally know what's going through my 11 month old puppy's brain!!! I use to think the answer was "not much", but now I've finally figured it out. Puppy wants to end it all!! Yep, he wants to grab his big ole bone, lap some water out of his dish, maybe mark his territory on a tree or two, and then he wants to go out like a flash!!
Let me explain. Why else would puppy try to run out on the street while I'm walking him? Why else does he go to the end of his leash, trying with all his might to run onto oncoming traffic? I can see it now, as he sits by the living-room window..looking out onto the street in front of him. I can see that bubble forming on top of his head. The bubble with the words clearly stating his thoughts. "Hmm", he thinks, "living with these humans has been fun, but now I must go. All they do is exercise me 4 times a day, groom me, brush my teeth". Yes it's a tough life for this pooch. His thoughts continue, "Well, I'm 11 months old now. I've tasted every Kleenex, I've marked every tree, and I've played with every dog in the world "....true..his is a small world. "I've eaten really healthy food as my masters don't give me junk or snacks, I've destroyed every room in their home, I've torn all their cushions, chewed on shoes and socks. I've been to every dog park, soccer field, golf course, and water fountain. Now I have nothing left"
Then as I take him out for our walks, he starts. Pull, pull, pull the leash. Put leash in mouth and jump into the street while I try to reel him in only inches away from an oncoming bus!!. We have an overpass near our house which looks down 20 feet onto train tracks. Sometimes you can see the train in the distance, sometimes it's directly underneath us. Most times, however, there is no train...and what should be a 30 second walk across the overpass, becomes a 10 minute ordeal as pup pulls and pulls...all the while I'm making his leash shorter and shorter so that he doesn't fall through the barrier and 20 feet down onto the tracks!!
I'm not sure if puppy really thinks this way...but for now, I'm just focused on keeping him alive...at least long enough so that he can experience his first birthday next month!!
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