Those of you who know me, are following me on Twitter, have seen me on the streets, have heard my rooftop cries…you already know this: Our beloved dog Dazey Loo passed away two days shy of her 13th birthday and one month to the day of Mr. Quincy our cat. Yes, if you’re keeping count, our family has lost one cat and one dog in 2010.
It’s been a dark three months. We’re ready to shed some light. And some fur. There’ll be a lot of fur shedding.
Tomorrow at 1:30pm we’ll have a new addition to the family. (See above and melt with a giant collective “awwwwww”) A puppy named Satsi Sutsi. This is what happens when you let your child name your dog. She’s a shepherd mix we found through Rescue Angels, a center on Petfinder.com that brings dogs from kill shelters in the south up to the north to find homes. Satsi will be approximately 14 weeks old.
Now you know about as much as I do, since I haven’t even met her yet. But one thing I do know is that introducing a new puppy into my house will be different than it was when I brought little Dazey home 13 years ago. One cat and one kid later, the rules have changed. The stakes are higher.
I found these expert tips for introducing a new dog into a child’s lair:
- If you can, before bringing home a new dog, bring your child to the shelter or foster parent’s house. This meet-and-greet will test the waters.
- Although the excitement will be tough to contain, try. Don’t let your child swarm a new dog. Keep intros slow and calm. The faster things move, the more nervous the dog can get.
- Let the dog settle in. Walk the dog around the house (on leash) and yard so that she can see her new home. Let the dog go up to the child and sniff them.
- Give your child treats to give the dog, so that the pup associates them with good things.
- Keep the dog on leash for the first hour or so until you think she’s comfortable with the new surroundings and your child. Never ever leave your new dog unsupervised with your child (no matter what age).
A quick note to my beautiful Dazey: It’s because of the love you showed me and the happiness that you brought me that I’m ready to bring another pup home. I want my heart to be full again with the unconditional joy that a dog can bring. But know that you will never be replaced. You are forever my first baby. I miss you. I love you always. And play nice with Mr. Quincy.