Sunday, February 8, 2015

Sunday Salon: The Social Schedule

 We are now just wrapping up our first week with Brody.  We are exhausted, but so in love with him.  Our breeder told us that to properly socialize a dog and make sure he is well-behaved and adaptable, he needs to meet at least 100 people before he is four months old.  He also needs to get used to being groomed (something that will take up more and more time as he gets shaggier) and get used to the leash.  We took our mission seriously, so we had a busy week.  He has had play dates, gone in the car on errands and to pick up my son every day, gone on walks, been to my husband's office twice (once for family game night), gone out to dinner with outside seating, met the folks at the neighborhood fire station, met the ladies at the pool store, and helped me with yard work.  He is such a good boy, sleeps through the night in his crate without crying or messes, and is happy to just hang out even when there are screaming kids or loud music and chaos.  He can already sit and down, tells us when he needs to go out, and can walk on a leash.  He goes to puppy school tomorrow night...that should be interesting!  We couldn't be happier with him.





Sooooooo...reading?  Not so much.  I did finish "Everything I Never Told You" by Celeste Ng on audio (thank God for audios) for one of my book clubs.  I didn't love it like so many people.  It has plenty to talk about, but I can't say I enjoyed the listening experience.  It was very heavy, and I felt agitated with the parents in the story.  I just recently started "Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy" by Karen Abbott for my other book club.

In print I started "You" by Caroline Kepnes on the way to North Carolina and back last weekend, but once I got home I haven't read a single word, as you might imagine.  It certainly isn't because of the book, I just have been chasing my toddler-in-a-dog-suit.  I'm hoping I will get a minute or two today to dig into it a little more.

Exciting week coming up...my sister is coming down from Minnesota for four days or so.  It's been awhile since I've seen her so that will be fun.  I'll fill you in on our activities next week.  Hope you all have a great Sunday!  




12 comments:

bermudaonion said...

Aw, Brody is a social butterfly. When we got Milou, our vet told us we needed to introduce to everything we wanted her exposed to early so we let all the neighborhood kids lug her around, took her for rides, etc. Puppies are a lot of work, but they're so much fun!

Trisha said...

Too cute. And that sounds like socialization overload to an introvert like me. :)

rhapsodyinbooks said...

You're a very dedicated mom! LOL I'm sure Brody will grow up to be quite the social doggie!

samantha.1020 said...

Ohey my goodness, he is just too cute! I bet he is going to keep you quite busy for awhile :)

Tasha Brandstatter said...

100 people! No wonder our dogs bark crazily at everyone who visits.

Beth F said...

OMG he is the cutest.

JoAnn said...

A new puppy is as exhausting as a new baby, but it sounds like Brody is settling in just fine!

The parents in Everything I Never Told You drove me absolutely crazy and the book depressed the hell out of me, so I'm not sure why I still loved it. It was a favorite last year.

Beth Hoffman said...

OMG, I just love him!

Ti said...

That is the one thing no one told us about our pup. We didn't do the socialization thing until a little too late. She's a little skittish at first now, but once she settles down, she is fine. I wish we had known about the 100 people thing.

Literary Feline said...

Brody is adorable, Sandy! I am glad the first week went well for all of you. :-)

I want to read "Everything I Never Told You" at some point. I'm sorry to hear you were disappointed in it.

Carrie said...

Wow - it's like having a new baby! I am glad you are so happy with your new furry family member.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

Oh my gosh, Brody could not be more adorable. I'm glad all of the socializing and other puppy training activities are going so well!