It’s only been three weeks but we Huffmans are already obsessed with our new chocolate lab puppy, Penny.
At 9-weeks-old, Penny’s puppy eyes hypnotize all who gaze into them.
“I am your puppy,” they say. “Pet me. Feed me. Do as I command.”
Yes, Penny has completely taken over our lives. And we have totally let her.
The majority of the past three weeks have been consumed with anticipating two very important things: Penny pee and Penny poop.
Yes, Operation Potty Training is full underway. This means we are on constant vigil for any sign of the need to pee.
Penny woke up? Let’s go outside!
Penny finished running around? Let’s go outside!
Penny just ate dinner? Let’s go outside!
Since Penny and my husband spend almost 24 hours a day together, he seems to have the best sense of when she’s gotta go.
If she starts sniffing around, she needs to go outside, he says.
By god, he’s right. When that dog starts putting her nose to the ground, watch out, #1 or #2 is coming. And you may not like where it lands.
As if we all weren’t already watching Penny like the puppy fanatics we are, we also give detailed puppy reports to whichever Huffman has just come home.
Such updates go something like this: “I let her out and she went pee in the gravel! And then she played with that little stick that she likes so much and then she chased her TAIL again and tried to eat more rabbit poop and barked at the hose nozzle! Isn’t she amazing!?!”
Puppies are even active when they’re sleeping.
Penny has many doggie dreams where she is apparently chasing a dream rabbit. These dreams are so real her whole body twitches and her paws quiver. When this happens we all drop what we are doing and run over TO WATCH OUR PUPPY DREAM.
Yes, we are that far gone.
Besides potty training and watching Penny nap, we are also totally absorbed by a never ending game of “What’s in her mouth?”
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Apparently, Lab puppies like to try and eat anything.
And by things I mean EVERYTHING. Rocks, sticks, mouthfuls of leaves, human fingers, toes, blankets, furniture legs, flip flops… you name it – the Lab puppy will try and eat it.
When Penny’s not taking an epic puppy nap or trying to eat someone’s sandals she also does a lot of puppy scampering.
She is so loud! How does a 9-week old puppy that only weighs 10 lbs. make so much noise?
Thump, thump, thump, go her paws she runs around the house. Her floppy ears are like the exclamation points to the scampering – they flap up and down like two brown furry wind sails.
Being that she’s running on legs that are only nine weeks old, she also falls down a lot, and tumbles and stumbles around like a little drunken sailor puppy.
And when the scampering results in peeing or pooping in the backyard, well, you should hear the praise we lavish upon our puppy protégé.
“Gooooood dooooooog,” we coo at her. “Aren’t you a smart girrrllllllll? Who’s the best puppy of them alllllllllll?”
I’m sure our neighbors are gagging over how obnoxious we sound.
They obviously haven’t met Penny.