Look at that face! It melts my heart.
Frank and I have been married for almost two years now, and during most of that time, we’ve been talking about how much we want a dog. It’s a tremendously big decision though. Life changes when a dog is added to the family. More planning is involved in every aspect of the daily schedules. We didn’t want to get a dog and then have him be alone all day while we were at work. Thankfully Marc takes night classes so that hasn’t been an issue. On the rare occasion when he isn’t able to be home, my daughter’s friend, Sarah, takes care of him. So far, so good.
Cosmo, our baby Cockapoo (Poodle and Cocker Spaniel mix), is five months old now and we’re doing well with the house training, but he’s still learning and occasionally piddles here or there. It’s rare though and it seems like those accidents are at times when he’s overly excited. We have been given advice from the breeder and from our wonderful veterinarian. Slowly but surely, he seems to be “getting it.” Those setbacks are to be expected. As of now, he scratches or even barks at the door when nature calls. I’m pretty sure he’s a genius dog. *wink*
I remember how entertaining my girls were when they were crawling babies. Their father and I would put them on their blankies with some toys and that would be all of the entertainment we’d need. Television was just a distraction. Cosmo is our family entertainment now. He has an assortment of toys and teething bones and is already fetching a tennis ball and is even bringing it back. I told ya…genius dog. Just sayin..
The most comical part of watching our little fuzzball, is watching how he reacts to different people. I’m the mama. He comes to me for affection or to use me as his favorite chew toy. Frank is the alpha. He hangs with him and enjoys his walks, but listens to his voice more than anyone else’s. If daddy says not to chew on something, the chewing stops. Marc is his rough house buddy. They’re like two boys who like to wrestle, but then he’ll mellow out and listen when Marc picks up his guitar. Passersby during a walk or neighbors putting out the garbage are surely only there to give lots of pets, as far as Cosmo is concerned. If someone sits on the ground, Cosmo immediately jumps into the lap. It’s adorable and wins over hearts.
When he was about three months old, we took him to meet my oldest daughter on her college campus. Mariah was in a play so while we watched her perform, Mariah’s roommate puppysat for us. After the show, Frank walked over to pick up Cosmo and bring him to the theatre to meet Mariah before she and the other cast and crew had to break down the set. For thirty minutes Cosmo joyfully flopped around the theatre lobby, jumping into laps, circling legs, chewing on show laces and generally receiving as much love as he could get. I don’t think we stopped smiling the entire time. Yes, he gave no warning and peed on the lobby tile floor twice and all I could do was clean it up as quickly as possible and feel thankful that the lobby is tiled and not carpeted.
So Valentine’s Day is coming up and it falls on a three-day weekend for me. Frank and I would have loved to have gone to a Bed & Breakfast for a couple of romantic days together, but it doesn’t seem as we will be able to work out the puppy situation. We knew that these changes would come and we’re taking them in stride. It’s really no big deal to celebrate Valentine’s day/weekend on a weekend when either Mariah or Marc can be around full-time with him. Having Cosmo in our lives and loving him like we all do is so worth it!
Enjoy the pictures of our baby boy.