New Puppy is a surprise
Last week, my parents brought home a Bassett Hound Puppy called Chester. I almost fainted when they brought him into the house. My first thought was, “What were they thinking?”
When my Mom asked, what I thought of Chester? I said there were things we needed more. I know my Mom was upset, but so was I. My dad later reminded me that I was once the new puppy, and Jamie, their boxer, welcomed me with open paws. I know my dad was right. I fully intend to work on being a great big brother to Chester. But don’t you think they could have asked my opinion on getting a puppy or at least told me ahead of time he was coming?
I do think, at the very least, they should have told you that Chester was coming. I asked several of my dog friends if their family had told them there would be a new addition to the family. They all said not a word was spoken until the day the brat arrived. So, if it’s any consolation to you, you are not alone.
I find humans to be linear thinkers when it comes to how they think their dogs feel about their decisions and behavior. If humans believe something is a good idea, like getting a puppy, they believe their dog will wholeheartedly agree. Concerning Chester, they might be right. Over time you might grow to love the little bugger and be grateful for his companionship.
Regarding the breed they chose for a puppy, you have lucked out. Bassett Hounds are reputed to be hard to train and troublemakers. Here’s a thought about how you might blow off a little of the emotional steam you have worked up over Chester’s arrival. If ever there was the time for you to do something really naughty that you didn’t have the nerve to do in the past, now is the time to do it. Then sit back, and let Chester take the blame.
Don’t worry about him getting punished. He’s a puppy. How hard do you think they are going to be on him? Please understand I’m suggesting this act of rebellion as a one-time cathartic event. If you care to get back to me, I think the column’s readers would also be interested in knowing what you did.
© 2021 Geneva Woodruff
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