It was quite a big day for me on Sunday. Nope, it wasn’t my birthday. I think there was a full moon, but that wasn’t why it was an important day for me.
It was my ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of my Peeps taking me in. Did you think I’d make it? I had misgivings. In fact, I had my nyla bone and squeaky turtle packed and ready to go the first few months. I didn’t know what to do with myself. I barked and spun and growled at my rear end. I still do it and it still drives them crazy, especially when I let out one of those high-pitched yips and then spin around and around and growl like a banshee. Geez. I’d be unnerved too.
Anyway, at first I was uncomfortable here. The big dog ruled the roost. He got the cushy bedroom to sleep in, I got a crate. His food bowl was bigger and he seemed to get nicer nuggets. I’m told he got more because he needed to eat more, but hey, that’s not fair! We both got treats like peanut butter in our Kongs, but again, his was like WAY bigger than mine! Not fair at all.
Mom Peep lavished attention on the big dog and didn’t dote on me like I thought she would. Could be because I treated big dog badly, lunging at him, grabbing at his neck, trying to bite him and shake him. She didn’t like that.
Dad Peep tried to mellow me out. He held me, soothed me, petted me, and gave me the loving I desperately needed to feel at ease. Eventually, I did relax enough to sleep good at night, not attack the big dog, be content with my food allotment, and I even learned from Rex not to bark at the neighbor’s dogs and the cat on the wall.
So here I am one year after first coming to live here. I made it. I survived. Mom and Dad Peep survived. We lost big dog Rex on June 1st from a sudden and devastating illness and we’re all adjusting to life without him now. It’s my mission to bring Mom and Dad comfort and to offer them laughter and joy. If I could, I’d raise a toast to the next year, and the year after that, and the year after that. I’m in this relationship for the long haul. Thanks, Mom and Dad Peep, for giving me a chance.
Love you both with many wiggles and woofs,