Hi! I’m Moxie The Trailblazer of Puma Ridge.
That’s my full name but mom calls me Moxie or Moxers. You might know me as #MoxieTheRidge on Instagram. Anyway, mom and dad have been ugly tired lately and basically everything has changed in our pack because…well, I’ll get to that.
First let me explain that mom is letting me speak on her blog! I don’t usually get to tell MY SIDE of the story. Mom just posts photos of me with captions she thinks are soooo funny and I tolerate it because it makes her whacky happy. Anyway, I’m going tell you all what’s really been going on at Casa De Moxie. Are you ready?
Here’s the big news:
I got a human pup!
That’s right. I turned 2 in March and, honestly, I thought mom and dad forgot about my birthday. But then they surprised me in April with the best gift a good family dog like myself could ask for – a “baby” of my very own! [They call human pups “babies.” Not sure why?]
Mom and dad worked hard to throw me off the scent and keep this a surprise. There was this whole elaborate (and honestly kind of scary) situation. Mom was pacing the hallway in pain for a few hours and then they left in a hurry at 2 AM and were gone for days. I got a visit from friends and tried to sniff out details from them, but they gave up nothing!
Then dad comes home with a hint. Some curious smelling shirt. Like he wanted me to guess what it was. I didn’t recognize the scent but it made my tail wag! The next day mom came home and tried to act all normal with her usual hello pets and belly rubs, but she REEKED of the new scent.
And then finally they brought him inside! My new baby human!
He sounds crazy and looks hilarious but he’s really delicate so we all have to be really gentle all the time. No licking or playing until he gets bigger and tougher. Still, he’s a mysterious little puzzle I can’t take my eyes off of. He is a never ending source of new smells and noises!
Okay, before you think it’s all fun and games, let me get real.
Human pups are hard work!
I’m learning that human pups are a big responsibility. Ours is basically helpless and useless for now. Has anyone else noticed this with their human pups? So mom and dad have a lot of work to do to get him ready to be my playmate. I have to be patient.
Mom says that, unlike us canines, it takes human pups a long time to walk or feed themselves. Ours doesn’t even have any body fur to keep himself warm, just what’s on the top of his head. Poor little guy. He makes a lot of interesting whimpers and wags his paws all over the place. As far as I can tell there is absolutely no purpose to the majority of it. He squawks and wiggles randomly. It’s fascinating.
I have to lead by example of course. Mom and dad have me do ‘Down’ and ‘Stay’ so that he can watch and learn, even though he doesn’t seem to understand what’s going on yet. I’ve heard it takes human pups a long time to learn even super basic tricks like ‘Sit.’ We figure the more he sees me do it the better. We just have to be patient and keep showing him how it’s done.Guest Post by #MoxieTheRidge: The Doggone Truth About Babies Click To Tweet
Sometimes I need a break.
I don’t want seem ungrateful. I am excited about having a human pup. He’ll grow into a great companion and provide a lifetime of entertainment. But right now… he’s kind of a brat and a whiner. He speaks a completely different language and there is a lot lost in translation. So he gets upset. Constantly. And hey, I get it. Still, sometimes I need a break!
I’ve found a new walking buddy when I need to get away. He’s a friend of mom and dads and has some older human pups who are already trained. Every once in a while they’ll come join me for a tour of the neighborhood to destress and smell some fresh grass and paw some new dirt. It is mucho importante to have friends I can sneak away with sometimes.
Mom and dad are doing great.
Just in case you were wondering, mom and dad are super happy. I know I said they’ve been really tired. Mom is a lot less active right now and dad is home a lot more. We all wake up several times in the night with the fussy little pup and yes… there have been plenty of whimpers had by all. Even so, we’re happy.
Raising a human pup takes teamwork. I help keep an eye on the little guy, sniff out his messes and keep mom smiling.
Mom takes so many photos of the little guy. It IS nice that she isn’t in my face with her camera all the time. Now he gets to be the one she dresses up in fussy costumes instead! Bahahahark.
The reality is that I may not be completely off the hook forever…but at least the little pup and I can help each other bear the burden of being mom’s favorite photo and video subjects. That’s just one of the many ways he’s already becoming a great pal!
Before you get a human pup:
Want to bring a human pup into your pack? They are so cute and lickable and grow up to be a lot of fun, but how do you know if you can handle the lifetime of hard work and training it takes? Here are some questions you can ask yourself to see if you’re ready.
- When you adopt a human pup, it’s for life. Can you make that commitment? If you’re not sure, then wait. You can’t just take them back to wherever they come from. You’ve got to love and care for them no matter what.
- Is your pack on board? It really does take a pack to raise a pup. Are they team players? Are they ready for the responsibility? They’ll have to do most of the heavy lifting in the early years before the pup is ready for you take over his or her care.
- Are you ready to be the “bad guy”? Humans never seem to know when strangers or other unknown and potentially dangerous elements come within our boundaries. Extra vigilance is required and it can be exhausting. The necessary warning growls or barks will likely disturb the human pup, which will get you into trouble. So… are you ready to do what you need to do to keep everyone safe, even if that means you get unjustly crated or put outside?
- Can you tolerate ear tugs and tail pulls? Human pups use their paws to explore the world because they’re mouths are useless (they don’t even have teeth to start with and even when they do get teeth they’re not very effective for chewing anything). So your human pup will grab at your fur and ears and tail and sometimes it will hurt. You can’t correct them, though, or you might really damage them because they’re so delicate. So you’ll just have to tolerate it or be on your guard to minimize unwanted contact!
- Can you be really, ridiculously patient? It will be a long time before your human pup can run and play with you. They’re not like dogs and can’t handle normal play for years. Remember this is a lifelong investment and you’ll have to be paws-off for many years. Can you wait that long? If not, maybe consider adopting an older pup that’s already trained.