So it’s clearly been over a year since I’ve written anything on here. That’s a bit of time, and as one might expect, kind of a lot has happened.
Although, I suppose that one mightn’t necessarily expect that. For many, many years look the same. You wake up, go to work, come home. Occasionally do something interesting on a weekend. Rinse and repeat 360ish times (except for the weekends, then only repeat 52 times. And sometimes holidays, but… meh.) and it’s another year again! But I digress…
What’s happened? I got a dog, was laid off, got injured (indirectly by the dog, natch), missed a vacation (DAMNIT), job hunted (unsuccessfully, to date), found a new career, reinjured myself (albeit not as badly), and I feel like I’m forgetting something, but I’m sure it’ll come to me eventually.
You know, it seems like a lot less after writing it out. But really, Nov-January was business as usual. The standard week I described above. Three months of “the usual,” although we had some great visits with family mixed in!
February started our dog search, and March 1st we adopted Cody from The Barking Lot dog rescue. You see, we’d done a lot of research and given the whole “dog thing” a lot of thought. We knew what we wanted, more or less. A 2-3 year old adult female. Housebroken. Crate-Trained. Basic obedience training (sit, stay, lie-down, fetch, etc). Mellow, but interested in walks and play when we were in the mood (basically medium energy). About 40 lbs. Basically a relatively easy dog for first-time dog-owners. So we searched and looked and googled and visited shelters.
First of all, meet Cody:
Allow me to start off by saying he’s an awesome dog. That being said, perhaps we compromised on a FEW things.
- Female? –> Nope. Male.
- At least 2 years old? –> How about a 10ish month old puppy instead?
- Obedience Trained? –> This one’s tricky. He’d clearly heard the commands before, but didn’t necessarily know he was supposed to take an action. He’s been fairly easy to train, and also incredibly difficult to train.
- Crate Trained? –> He HATES being locked inside the crate. Really, he hates being confined anywhere. All the bars on the crate are bent. Fortunately, we can leave him alone in the house now.
- 40 lbs full grown? –> They told us he was 40 lbs when we adopted him, and would be between 45-50 lbs full grown. We took him to the vet 3 days after we brought him home and he weighed 52 lbs. He’s currently weighing in at just under 70 lbs.
- Medium Energy? –> HAHAHAHAHAHA. High Energy. Holy moly. If you ever saw this dog get the zoomies…
The good news is that he was definitely housebroken. The bad news is that he’s super smart, and fairly stubborn. What that means is that he knows what you want from him, but doesn’t care because OHMYGODTHERE’SADOGOVERTHEREANDIHAVETOPLAYWITHHIMRIGHTNOW! Or “I know it’s bedtime but a stranger parked their car in front of our house BARKBARKBARKBARKBARKBARK!” Although I do still lock my doors, you’d have to be an IDIOT to try and break into my place with this guy on guard. He takes his job seriously. I saw him straight murder a cricket that hopped a little to close to the back door. It was not a pretty sight.
I’ll do a full post on Cody another time. For now, just trust me when I say he’s a cool dog, and an enormous PITA. Fortunately, he’s incredibly cute so it’s hard to stay mad at him for long.
In fact, this one’s getting a little long. I think I’ll end it here, and pick up Part 2 with “Dude, Where’s My Job?”
-Humble Dave and Cody