Help! A puppy in the house!

I have a writer friend who says that when she is writing she has one rule: no interruptions. The only exceptions are for fire, flood or blood. Woe betide anyone who interrupts her for any other reason. I admire such fierce determination to get the writing done. It is what I strive for because, even though I also hate for my writing routine to be disturbed, if truth be told, I am  a bit of a writing softy.

When my son calls me at 11 am from a pub, where a kind publican has let him use his phone because said son has somehow locked himself out of his flat while putting out the recycling, in his sweats (pyjamas to you and me), hence he has no phone and no money, I don’t mind stopping to go and help. Ditto, when my daughter’s car won’t start and she’s running late, I am happy to take her to where she is going. Equally, I think it’s okay for me to stop writing to collect elderly aunties from  hospital and to take them homemade soup and family gossip when they are safely back home. It is also okay to stop for impromptu lunches with chums and  go on unexpected walks  on rare sunny days. And now there is a new reason for me to step away from the keyboard: meet Mossy, my daughter’s new border collie pup, nine weeks going on eighteen weeks, making my husband and I puppy grandparents and our home a puppy nursery!



What can I tell you about Mossy? She is as sharp as tack and as quick as lightening and as cute as a button. She already knows her name, is virtually toilet trained and can sit when you say sit. Yes, she is a genius. She is, however, like all good border collie pups, a tad rumbustious and LOVES to chew on chair and table legs and nip ankles and hands. So, if you have a healthy suggestion for stopping Mossy generally gnawing furniture and flesh, we would LOVE to hear it. In fact, any other puppy training tips will be appreciated because until this puppy learns she’s not Jaws or Hannibal Lecter, or the boss, I can predict many more unexpected hours away from the keyboard. HELP!


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9 Responses to Help! A puppy in the house!

  1. Wendy Clarke says:

    Hope you know what you’re letting yourself in for, Marianne!

    • Ha ha ha! We had a dog for fifteen years and like to think that will help 🙂 That said our previous dog, Daisy, was a very gentle, sweet, laid back lady. Mossy, is rather more rebellious! But, puppy training classes are being booked while we speak and Cesar Milan Youtube clips being closely studied! 🙂

  2. Awwwwwwwwwwwwwww. She is so CUTE!

    Marianne, God made puppies cute… because otherwise we would KILL them. Haha. 😉

    I got a new puppy 18 months ago (border collie/cattle dog), and my life schedule went to h*ll in a handbasket. It’s still pretty much in that handbasket thanks to Rufus, although I am pleased to report that nowadays he doesn’t chew quite so many non-food items. He still does enjoy sticks (most days), bricks and rocks (from time to time), and his “output” generally contains a modest amount of his blanket (we’ve learned to think of it as roughage), but he hasn’t chewed the air-conditioner piping for AGES. 😀

    As for online trainers, I recently discovered this guy Zak George, who has a gentler approach than Caesar Milan, and some quite interesting tips.

    Wishing you much joy of your granddog!!

    • Ha ha ha 🙂 🙂
      Yes, our lives have been turned upside down and Mossy has only been with us a week! And she’s not even with us at nights, as she stays with my daughter who comes here every day to let Mossy can run around in our garden – she has another two weeks before she can go outside and mingle with other dogs etc. Going to be a long two weeks never mind the next fifteen years ;o)
      And thanks for Zak George link, , very helpful!
      Woof woof!

  3. Katie says:

    Hi Marianne.

    Awwww what a cutie pie. She looks like a little angel.

    When Jessie was a pup she chew up the kitchen floor! :0 I think one of the best tricks we taught Jessie was leave as it worked with sofa, hands, cats and her love of taking teddies and socks. 😉 Start with treats through. Now you only have to say leave she will move her head right away and wait for instruction.

    I hope you have a lovely time with Mossy. 🙂 so cute

    Take care.

    • Awe, thank, Katie 🙂 No, not an angel but still pretty much a cutie pie, although she seems to have doubled in size in 10 days !!!?? And, as it happens my daughter has started to say “leave” – accompanied with lots of treats 😉 – and it seems to work, most of the times! Early days yet but the good thing is we work from home and are around the house a lot and Josée (my daughter) has just finished her last exam and uni and has now got a lot of time to train her. Onwards!

      ps: Yikes! The kitchen floor! Don’t think I’ll bother mentioning that to Marc 😉

  4. Katie says:

    Hi Marianne.

    Ah bless they grow up so fast, don’t they? Great stuff the leave is a good one to practice with. Give paws a fun one, Jessie love to shake paws and tilt her head like she really thought about it. 🙂

    Ha! Mossy looks too adorable to be a kitchen chewer, but just encase don’t blink!! 😉

    Jessie was a bit if a chewer when she was little. But then moved on to hole digging in the garden and waiting for humans to trip on them. he! he! he!

    Hope you’re all having a lovely day.

    Take care.

    • Ha ha ha ..Jessie sounds just like our old dog, Daisy. Digging holes in the garden were her speciality and, as she got older, snoozing-cum-waiting in the most unlikely places, making us stumble over her.
      What fun ahead ;o)
      Thanks again for comments, Katie!

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