By comand on Dec 22, 2004
I am a sucker for punishment. In addition to project deadlines, holiday shopping, and holiday traffic, my wife an I decided that it was time to try the dog thing again. Our last foray into dogville was difficult -- we adopted a field stray Golden Retriever from a local shelter. She had many latent health problems, and after about a month and a half with us, she passed. That was nearly a year ago, so we figured it was time to try again. We adopted a 3 month old Golden Retriever puppy two and a half weeks ago. While the stress of having a sick dog was significant, the stress of not knowing how to get a new puppy to (a) stop barking, (b) stop trying to eat the cat, or (c) stop rolling in various items in the yard is equally significant. Compounded with the aforementioned stress enhancers, I'm about one step away from a full on aneurism. Not really. It's easy to love that face -- say hello to Oliver.