… unless you are fortunate enough to be able to afford a dog trainer. I’d be lying if I said I don’t have a tad bit of buyers remorse right now. Not necessarily that we got Rocky… He’s sweet and cute and really fun to play with. He curls up in my lap and falls asleep and he loves playing tug of war and eating treats. The boys, especially Truett, love him so much. He’s a good dog. He’s smart and is quick at learning useless tricks like giving us his paw. 😉

It’s not him I regret, it’s his age. I know the puppy stage doesn’t last forever, but while I’m sitting here in a very exhausted state at 1am trying to keep him quiet so DH and the boys can sleep, I’m reminded of why we intended to get an adult, house trained dog. My baby sleeps through the night but the dog has me awake!! 

While I’m cleaning up the umpteenth puddle, I remember why we specifically wanted a house trained dog. I am having a hard time house training Rocky for all the many reasons that I’m sure you can already imagine for yourself. We are trying but I’m not sure we are making much progress. My beagle, River, trained easily and I guess I was quite lucky for that! Once he was trained, I could trust him to go months at a time with no messes. Hopefully we get there with Rocky eventually. I’m certainly taking him out more than enough but he’s not making the connection and it’s impossible to keep my eyes on him at all times while he’s indoors….

Yes, get a dog. A nice house trained, tired, old dog. But cover your eyes and walk away from the adorable puppies as fast as your legs can carry you. You’ll thank me later. 

But I mean, this is really seriously cute….