I thought today I’d write about Doodle MPB.

I still say she is without a doubt the biggest mistake of my life, but thankfully my biggest mistake is a puppy, not a crack-cocaine addiction.  So clearly it could be a lot worse.

I’m almost worried to write this, because if jinx’s are a real thing, I may be in trouble….but, I want to share that things are better then they have ever been with her.  She’s now just over 14 months old, and we are starting to hit a groove as a family.

  • She’s completely off Clomicalm, and has been for a few months now.20180914 (3)
  • She goes to doggy daycare 2 times per week.  Honestly, at this point we know she needs another dog at home, as another dog seems to keep her anxiety in check and gives her a playmate.  But, there is absolutely no way we can bring another animal into our lives right now, so it’s just not an option.
  • She continues to be great with Little MPB, and we are working to increase their duration of time together (when they get really playing with each other, both of their energy escalates and we usually separate them to keep both the human toddler and the dog toddler safe – for the record, often the human is the instigator as he starts to play too rough).
  • Her barking is no longer extreme as we starting using a vibration collar after she turned one when the research and our vet said it would be okay.  She is still talkative and vocal, but it’s no longer 24.7.  (I honestly never thought I’d be willing to use such a collar, but it worked within 2 days as she’s very smart and learned very quickly to only bark when she needs to go outside or come inside or when someone is approaching the house).
  • She hasn’t randomly hurt herself or been sick in a few months, so that’s a bonus.
  • Whenever we are at home, she has free reign of a large portion of the house.  We still crate her when we leave, but I suspect in a few more months she’ll no longer need the crate.  She is even starting to just chill out in the living room in the evenings, which is a huge success in my books.

Honestly, my biggest mistake was getting a puppy with a 2 year old.  I did my research to get a super kid friendly breed (labradoodle), and thankfully she lives up to her breed reputation as a kid friendly.  She truly has a heart of gold.  But, by pure bad luck, we got a high anxiety and high need puppy, which resulted in some pretty unbearable moments as my priority was Little MPB, not Doodle MPB.  Which of course wasn’t fair to Doodle MPB, but was/is a fact of our lives right now.

I guess what I’m saying is everyone was right, don’t get a puppy with a 2 year old.  But, thankfully, at this point, I truly believe we have made it through the worst of the puppy stuff.  I suspect she will always be anxious, neurotic and high needs dog.  But, at this point, I am also optimistic that she will be a great family dog for years to come.

Now here’s to hoping that sharing this didn’t just put a jynx on our delicate situation!

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Lost

I just got a notice that I have been writing in this space for 5 years.  My Perfect Breakdown has existed for 5 years?!?!  I almost find that hard to believe.

And yet, for what feels like the first time in 5 years, I’m truly in a writing funk.  In fact, I’m struggling to write.  Which is suspect is obvious to many of my regular followers as I’m writing has been spotty at best for a few months.

And if there is one thing I know about me, I need to write to process life, both the bad and the good.  So, silence is not generally a good thing for me.  And yet, I don’t feel like I’m in a terribly unhealthy spot at the moment.  Realistically, I just feel like all my effort is going into the daily grind.

Between chasing the world’s cutest and active 3 year old (says every very biased mommy), running my own consulting firm, dealing with very ill family and facing my own struggles that come along with family illness and drama, I’m just at a loss for spare time to write.  Then add in the fact that I’ve lost confidence in WordPress after someone figured out who I am, I’m not even sure exactly what I should share and/or shouldn’t share.

For better or worse, I’m lost right now.

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