And a lot of patience.
I think she may actually be a small child, and by that I don't mean the "children of the four-legged sort," I mean there might actually be a small child going through her terrible two's while teething, crying and going through a destructive phase hiding inside my dog.
See, here's the thing. The last time I had a PUPPY was in the second grade when my family brought home Molly the Border Collie (yes, we'd actually refer to her as such on occasion). When I was in high school, we found Bennett, our first rescue golden, in a park. After Molly passed away Benson came to live with our family, another golden rescue. And when Bennett passed away, we took home Maggie, a -you guessed it- golden rescue.
Even Finnigan, despite his blindness and relatively young age at time of rescue (we think he was about two) came fairly housebroken and well-behaved. Sure, he peed in the house a few times, but he got over that pretty quickly, and he has been known to make some messes playing with a toy, but big deal.
So when we got Princess, I figured, "hey, whatever." She is at least 6 years old, so I figured the puppy-energy was gone, and as long as she was housetrained, we'd be fine.
I was wrong.
In fact if there is any sort of good indication as to just HOW WRONG I WAS, it might be that I'm finding myself relating to my two favorite mommy-blogs as they write about all the weird things they've said outloud to their kids this week.
(Random sidenote? My favorite is "I don't believe you when you say you're afraid of corn." HILARIOUS!)
Because if she isn't actually a child, I'm pretty sure this dog, in fact, has been sent by the angels to teach me what it will be like to have toddlers one day.
Or she's a demon.
Overheard at our house this week:
"Please don't bite him."
"No, that is Finnigan's food, not yours."
"My glove is not a chew toy."
"No, this is Finnigan's treat. You just ate yours."
"My hat is not a chew toy.""NONONONONONONO!" (Peeing on the rug. AGAIN.)
"My hairbrush is not a chew toy."
"No, this is Finnigan's food. This is yours."
"What do you have? Put that down. Don't put it in your mouth."
"Hey! Drop that! Gimme that. Gimme that out of your mouth. Open your mouth."
"That's his food. I said THAT'S HIS FOOD! Hey, that's HER FOOD! Come on guys-that's not your food! Ok, if you want to eat out of each other's dishes that's fine. Whatever."
"My underwear is not a chew toy."
She's lucky she's stinkin' cute.