Gail Fisher's Dog Tracks: The good news and bad news about life with an active puppy
Here's the good/bad news. The good news is that I know this time, this energy level, this hyper-exploratory behavior, shall pass. But that's also the bad news. There is so much that is fun, funny and adorable about his antics, but I know this time is short-lived.I got an email from a reader after last week's article. She wrote: "I am really enjoying reading your columns about Larry in the Union Leader as we recently added a new member to our family. Your last paragraph nearly brought me to tears as I've been experiencing the same frustrations as you, but him waking me up at 4:30 a.m. every day is so worth it if it gives me five extra minutes with him. He is growing up so fast, and it has been so challenging, but I wouldn't change anything. His unconditional love makes it ALL worth it. I wish I lived and/or worked closer to Manchester so we could visit your gym, but thank you for sharing your experiences with Larry. If it's tough for someone who is a dog trainer, that reminds me that it's not just me! I hope to learn something from you! Please keep sharing!"It's so true that this time passes way too quickly. Larry has lived with us for only three weeks, and so much has changed in that short time. Aside from putting on 8 pounds, seemingly growing before our eyes, his antics have grown with him. He kept trying to leap onto the chair hassock, bouncing off it in repeated attempts, and last night he made it! I think his success surprised him nearly as much as it did us. His expression was priceless.
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