As I’ve mentioned in past blogs, in addition to being a Senior Trainer at AnimalSense, I’m also an animal wrangler for commercial projects. I was on a shoot a few weeks ago for a television commercial, and the animal I was working with was an 8-week-old puppy.
She was a little black and white bundle of pure adorableness. Tiny feet, a smooth round belly, soft floppy ears, eyes that melted my heart, and that unmistakeable puppy breath. Few things in life are better than puppies. They are tiny bundles of love whose sole purpose is to melt people’s hearts and make them take them home. And this puppy, she was working it hard. Not only did she have the most adorable way of sighing on my neck when I held her, but she was also extremely similar to my Khaleesi, who has just outgrown that soft puppy phase and is now a teenager, ready to roll. Fortunately, I was strong, and her puppy magic didn’t work on me. Another few hours though… well, thankfully it didn’t come to that.
You might wonder, who wouldn’t want that little bundle of preciousness? How could I turn that down? Well, because my own dog just turned a year old, all the not so precious puppy times are still fresh in my memory:
As I think back to those crazy puppy days, I know I wouldn’t trade them for the world. However, I also know that I don’t have it in me right now to do it again.
So please, I beg you, if you find yourself being hypnotized by a puppy who’s working it hard, break the spell for a moment. Really think about the commitment you would be making. You may decide that now is the best time to let yourself go and fall completely under that puppy’s spell. If so, congrats! However, you may realize that a puppy is just too much for you to handle. Maybe you’d be better off adopting a more settled adult. Or maybe a dog isn’t right for you right now. If that’s the case, I still want to congratulate you. Realizing this is the best thing you could have done, both for yourself, and that little bundle of puppy love.