We got up (Tigger and I) this morning, after I had had my pre-getting up awakening of taking G. out for his morning emergency #1's (we were up a little bit later than typical infant parents last night, so paid the price as dog caretakers) and I had been towed around the neighborhood by what is definitely a draft dog.
T: Do you want to make some breakfast?
P-Fan: What, make something other than dog food in this kitchen?
Yeah, hypothetical people... the dog has had about ten times the number of meals I've had come out of that kitchen, if not more. It just seems like there's no time to do anything else.
The thing about it is: every person with (or without, which is somehow more insulting and absurd) when we speak about "little" Gojira's habits of jumping up on strangers or whatever else, always says "Well he's just a puppy!"
Here's the thing: we weighed him earlier this evening, before giving him a bath ('coz we know how to rock a rockin' Saturday night party up in this place!) and he's 60 pounds.
Less than 5 months old.
Maybe you can't read that, or do the conversion on what 60 pounds actually IS, but he would be in the 95th percentile in body weight for a six year old human child. Name me one kid in the first grade who is at severe risk for knocking over strangers or peeing on the floor if he isn't in control.
Didn't think you could.
So, all the people who want to tell me that G. is just a puppy, let me say here: yeah. I get that. The rest of you with puppies don't have a giant breed/giant dog on your hands (if you do, scratch that, and let's all start a club or something... seriously. Write me, one of you two hypotheticals, though the odds are slim) and unless you do, cut that advice off at the pass, okay?
It's a whole different world from a fluffy 20 pound dog that just wants to pee saucer sized puddles of "error" on the floor, or jump up to nuzzle and lick someone's calf. We had the ENTIRE KITCHEN FLOOR spattered with an "accident" this evening when we had our timing and crate training off by a bit. Hell, G. can knock over three year olds if he's too exuberant without even realizing anything has happened.
He's loving, and enjoys baths, bible study, and long walks on the beach... he just doesn't know his own strength.
I'll leave you with one of my favorite quotes that I just can't take as advice or all will be lost:
"If at first you don't succeed, try again. Then give up. No use being a fool about it."
We will carry on being fools at the casa, and hope in all the important ways in your lives that you do the same.
For the children, or something.
At some point, I may have some words about our errant, whoremongering governor (who I voted for and was a big supporter of, so again... don't take me to the dog track and expect good advice or anything, alright?)