My daughter has been asking for a pet for the last two Christmases and birthdays. I've been putting it off because of the added responsibilities not only for the kids, but for me.
This year, I decided if my daughter asked for a pet for her birthday that it was finally time to oblige her. Of course, she did in fact ask for a pet again.
She wanted a snake.
We used to have a 5-foot long, red-tailed boa-so it wasn't a huge surprise. And although I absolutely enjoyed owning a snake, I wasn't thrilled with the idea of taking care of another one.
About a month ago, my kids were staying with my cousins one weekend and it just so happens they were taking care of a puppy in need of a home. The kids adored him and carried the puppy everywhere. It seemed that it was meant to be for us to have this puppy. I agreed to take the puppy and give him a try.
Well, the first few days were interesting...
I have company staying with me and they have a chihuahua. Unbeknownst to me, lil "Ay" is in heat. So day one of owning our first puppy became a lesson in the birds and the bees for my kiddos. The lesson came in the form of the mutt and the chihuahua. My son and daughter wanted to know what the dogs were doing. I explained that they were trying to make babies.
Remember- It's never too early to talk to your kids about sex...
The lesson continued Day Two-though this was one lesson no one wants to learn. Before I could break up the two doggies from their folly, they literally became stuck together. Now, I've owned dogs before, but I've never seen anything like this-much less know how to end it! I was informed by my friend to "water hose them down!" My first thought was "really?"
It was quite tricky to carry the two dogs outside by the hose. I was a little frightened they might not have let me touch them. The look on their faces told me otherwise. They looked so helpless and pitiful-maybe even a bit embarrassed. I managed to carry the two outdoors and sprayed the "stuck" portion down with the water hose. The dogs didn't like it, but neither moved. Within a few minutes the dogs were free of each other. I'm glad to report that the "lessons" have ceased (at least for now)!