2019 Life Logs, Day 336: Puppy Challenges
Date: Monday, December 2, 2019
Weather: Rain and Wind; High 45, Low 34 degrees F
Location: At Home in The Cottage, East Falmouth, MA
Oh, no. There are strains on the love affair between Shadow and me. Puppies being puppies need to be trained not to nip and bite in play, not to bark and growl, not to go potty in the house, and on and on. It is a lot to ask of a little puppy and Shadow was doing great, but the past two days have been very challenging. All of a sudden he has a couple of periods each day when he has more energy than either of us knows what to do with. I have the name of a trainer given to me by the breeder, so I think I’ll make a call tomorrow. And I’ll keep reading. But the holiday season is upon us and the calendar is overflowing with activities. Hopefully we’ll survive.
I spent the morning cleaning house and rearranging things to make room for a Christmas tree that I will purchase on Friday. The tree will be placed on a small table, out of reach of the puppy so he won’t be tempted to tear it down. Then I made a trip into town to go to the gym and run a few errands. And then I went to play mah jongg. Our coach was not able to come tonight, but we decided to meet anyway to see just how much we have learned. We missed having Jackie’s guidance, but we all felt good that we were able to play without coaching. The four of us in the class all agree that we need more coaching, but we have learned a lot in five weeks. We have two more lessons and then we are on our own. I think the four of us will continue to meet one evening a week to practice what we have learned. I have never been much of a game player, but I am enjoying the challenges of mah jongg and will continue to play.