Monday, October 17, 2016
I saw the pictures. Cute pictures, many pictures, of adorable black and tan balls of fluff posted all over Facebook by one of my friends. Well my Yorkie is a blue and tan 4 lb, 6 year old, ball of fluff. Easy enough I thought.
Ha! It was a trap! All of that cuteness, along with my need for protection, got the best of me and I became the proud, but so very naive mommy of a beautiful 8 week old German Shepherd. I've had big dogs all of my life, not a problem, I've got this. Labs, I had Labs, huge difference I found out.
Even at 8 weeks old the turbulent tornado that I fell in love with was much more strong, willful, and curious, than any animal I've ever owned. I had no idea how smart these wonderful dogs are, I had not idea how challenging they are, I had no idea I would not be raising a "puppy," but rather an entire herd all bound into one sweet faced baby. Here are a few of the surprises.
She's about 4.5 months old and weighs around 50 pounds. She has not one malicious, mean, vicious, bone in her entire Clydesdale sized body.
Here are a few ways my life has changed:
- I will never again be able to go to the bathroom, or shower, alone.
- Every dish is licked clean after I put it in the dishwasher as I ready the next.
- I have one sock left of every pair I own.
- I have to use a very complicated strategy when I open the refrigerator.
- When I open the dryer I just have to get used to the fact there will be a huge, black, curious, head shoved all the way in attempting to find a wash cloth, sock, or dryer sheet.
- Digging. I have holes in my yard that were dug in mere seconds that could hold an entire sumo wrestling team.
- I'm thankful I have Saltillo tile floors that muddy, wet, paw prints can easily be removed from.
- My couch seems to be a mere vaporous entity. She appears to just walk over it, no jumping, no hopping, just stepping.
- I now know why so many German Shepherds are named "Shadow."
- The UPS man looks at her and runs the other way, she looks at the chickens behind the yard and runs the other way.
- Her paws are large enough to be mistaken for bear claws at a bakery.
- Five foot tree limbs are only play toys.
- I don't think that with all of my kids and grandchildren I ever had as many toys in my floor as I now do.
- Anything on the counters is fair game.
- It's kinda freaky to have my entire face licked in one swoop of a tongue while I sleep.
- I've never had a dog that's ever been so happy to see me. I'm her person and she's my baby.
- I've never seen such loyalty in a furry friend.
- Her eyes can melt the hardest of hearts.
- I love her, she loves me, we're a team.
- She's Karma, the charismatic, canine!