Peter Hentges (jbru) wrote,
Peter Hentges

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Productivity through puppies

You know, when you 8-week-old puppies get you up at 5:00 in the a.m. and take you outside into the sub-zero temperatures several things happen. First, you contemplate the wisdom of this whole "house-training" thing; I mean, how bad could pooping in the house be? Shortly thereafter, you find yourself fully awake and shaking your head at the folly of your first thought, especially when applied to fully-grown dogs weighing-in at over 80 lbs.

So I got into the office before sunrise today. Got to see glimpses of the prettiness of downtown Mpls as the sun plays with it. More importantly, I got an early start on my day and have accomplished quite a bit already. This will be handy when it's time to cut out early so the puppies can get to the vet for a check-in and their next round of shots.

We had a bit of an adventure last night. Our friends Jeff and Stacey, who are completing a move back to Minnesota after a few years in L.A., brought their dog Abbey over. We were going to watch Abbey for a few days while they get settled into their new place. Well, Abbey's been bounced around places for about a month now and showed some of the stress this has on her: she snapped at the puppies and scared the poor things quite a bit. Teddy got the worst of it, going into full submissive mode with loud, whining yelps while rolling over and peeing. We thought that would be the end of it, but Abbey continued to be aggressive over the Nylabone chew toy and we all came to the conclusion that we humans had botched this canine introduction. So Abbey went home and the puppies calmed down over the course of the night, returning to their normal behavior. Particularly good was another visit by Mica, the calm mixed breed from down the block as they were leaving.

Well, back to work!

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