It's hard to believe that Miss M is almost a year old and that it has been almost a year since Mr. M and Miss S got their first rabies shot. We have to go get their rabies booster in the next few weeks. How is it that they are already old enough for their boosters? It seems like yesterday that we were just taking them to vet for the first time.
I have to say though, one thing I don't miss about them being little puppies is the whole potty training thing.
When we got Miss B and Mr. C home, it took several weeks for them to get the idea that they should always go outside. Once they figured that out, we were halfway there, but their bladders were still small. So we still had to take them outside every few hours in the middle of the night for a potty break. Just about the time they started sleeping through the night without any accidents and without waking us up to go outside, we brought Miss S and Mr. M home... and the potty training started all over again.
We were still sleep deprived from the first set, but not taking them out every 2 or 3 hours meant cleaning up puppy messes in the middle of the night or first thing in the morning. So every 2 or 3 hours, we were out with the little ones. They did pretty well with the potty training. I think they worked hard on it at night so that they could sleep in the bedroom with us and with the big puppies (not in the bed yet of course). Right about the time we got them sleeping through the night, along came Miss M, and the potty training started over. Again. So did the waking up every few hours.
I think that people who have a hard time sleeping at night should just get puppies. After a few weeks of taking them out every 2 or 3 hours, they wouldn't need sleeping pills any more.
Another thing I have noticed is that the bigger our puppies get, the more they like to snuggle. When they are little, you always want to cuddle them, but they pretty much just tolerate your kisses and snuggles. When they get older, they realize how cozy it is to snuggle up next to you. So the snuggles get better and better. Pit bulls are the best snuggle dogs as far as I can tell. Their skin isn't particularly oily like a lab, so they don't have a very strong doggy odor. They are also solid enough that you can hug them without having to worry about the weight of your arm hurting them. They are like warm teddy bears.
The one thing I have to admit that I do miss is the cute little puppy breath.
I'm really glad we had more than one puppy at a time. They keep each other entertained and exercised. Plus, Miss B has a ton of energy, and without the puppies, Mr. C would be worn out all of the time. They stay much happier when they get plenty of playtime and exercise. Notice how Mr. M is keeping Miss B on her toes...