If you’ve looked at our Instagram account recently, you’ll see that Tyler and I got our puppy! Her name is Maisie and she is a Bernese Mountain Dog. She came from upstate New York and was the runt in a litter of seven. I guess the term, runt, in a Bernese litter is relative since she will still grow to be at least 70 lbs, but that’s not too big for us.
Since Tyler’s working this week, I’ve quickly come to appreciate what it must feel like to be a new parent, because all of my time seems to be consumed by this little girl. Our first priority is house-training and her mini bladder pretty much necessitates that we take her outside every hour or so. At night, Tyler and I are up every two hours to two and a half hours taking her out to pee as well. Fortunately, the night time routine, while tiring, has gone fairly well and Maisie settles down fairly quickly to go back to sleep once we bring her back inside. Daytime hours have been trickier and we’ve had some accidents, but we’re going to see the vet and start puppy school later this week, which we are confident will help us both get into a smoother routine.
Despite house-training challenges (which we’re told will go on for a while), both Tyler and I feel really lucky to have such a good dog. As I sit and type this Maisie is lying at my feet taking a little nap. She is SUPER cute when she does this and she loves to snuggle when we sit on the floor beside her. When she’s awake, she is also super sweet. In fact, she loves to meet new people. Kids still scare her a little, but she’s all about the adults. We’ve been keeping a running tally and in the few days we’ve had her, she’s met over twenty-five new people! She’s done fabulously with almost every single one.
We’re sure that the next few weeks with continue to be challenging, but also very rewarding. It’s actually pretty funny how much joy we experience every time Maisie goes to the bathroom outside! Who would have thought?!