Technically Keira is my fourth child. And most parents know what happens to children who come along after the oldest. Documentation of every major event starts with a whirlwind, only to dwindle months later. Although I will say that raising a puppy has its its own unique challenges, and they are challenges that take up quite a bit of time compared to a little human.
We do know for sure that Keira was 52 pounds at 6 months of age, confirmed by a quick visit to the vet. She is definitely well fed, yet all muscle, which I am acutely aware of every time she gets the “zoomies” when we are out for a walk. This prompted the hubby to get her a pinch collar, which I did not agree with initially because it does look like a Medieval torture device. However, after a couple of trial walks led by my hubby, who is the experienced dog person between the two of us, Keira got the message that pulling is a definite NO when I’m holding the leash.
At the end of the month I start a part time job as a tutor which means, unfortunately, more time in the crate for Keira. She does spend at least a couple of hours in her crate on most days so I can run errands and so forth, but Wednesdays might be a bit longer for her since I tutor and have class.
I know most dogs whose owners work full time probably endure much longer alone time, and the crate is the safest place when no one is home. We are fortunate to have somewhat odd schedules, with the hubby getting home pretty early.
I also have to remind myself that Keira loves her peaceful little den, especially when she associates it with a yummy frozen treat in her Kong, which oftentimes even gets the kids’ mouths watering. So far I’ve come up with: 1) peanut butter, banana, and Cheerios concoction, and 2) shredded sharp cheddar, diced apples, and Cheerios. The hubby also picked up some interesting Kong fillers recommended by the folks at the pet store made up of chicken or duck, which I find disgusting but Keira absolutely loves.
So, as I head off to work while embarking on (hopefully) my last year of grad school and the kiddos start a new school year, I’m sure Keira will continue following along with our busy day-to-day shenanigans. Enthusiastic butt-wiggling, tail-wagging, face-licking, as always.