A New Life and Family From a Puppy's Perspective

By Karen A. Soukiasian

You are 8 weeks old. In your world you have your mom and your siblings for security and familiarity. You eat with them, sleep with them, fight with them, and play with them. Being a puppy is great, or so you think.

Then, one day, all these new people you don't know, start to come to visit. You're happy and excited to greet them and meet them. Some play with you. Others just stare and ask a lot of questions. You don't care. You are having fun!

You do every goofy thing you know, as you try to get their attention. Then one day, in the middle of all the excitement, something tells you not to appear so anxious to please.

You glance over to your mom. She is bursting with pride as she shows off her little pack; but you sense a little unhappiness in her eyes. She knows something you don't know.

You think it's OK. You've seen that look before and everything has been fine, so you go back to playing with all these new people. Heck, this is fun!

One by one all your siblings are being put back into the puppy pen. You look around and realize you are the star of the show! This is your big chance! It's that one moment in time, when everyone's attention is focused solely on you. How lucky can you be!

Someone picks your up. You think this is great! You lick them and nibble on their ear. You hear them say they "love the smell of puppies." You think to yourself, "Yeah, we don't smell bad do we?"

Before you know it, they are carrying you off. You look back into your mom's eyes one last time. They never looked so sad. She is crying. She knew what was going to happen. She knew you would never see each other again. What made her so sad is, she knew there was nothing she could do about it.

As the new people carry you away, you hear your mom and siblings calling out to you. You wiggle and squiggle trying to free yourself, but they hold on tighter. All you can do is to cry back. Little did you know, today would be the last day you would all be together.

The new people carry you into this machine that makes a lot of noise. Everyone is fighting over who gets to be the one to hold you. You're scared. You cry out for your mom! Then you hear someone say, "Don't cry. We're your new family now."

You try to tell them, "Wait, I was happy with my old family. I just wanted to play with you." But, no one understands you. They all think you're as happy as they are.

After awhile, you get out of the loud, moving machine. Everyone is all excited. Everyone wants to carry you. As you are carried into the house, you hear someone say, "Here you are, welcome to your new home."

When they plop you down on the floor you look around. Nothing is familiar. You cry out for mom and your siblings. Silence. No one answers. Then you realize, you are now all alone.

While on the floor, you watch feet scramble around. Then you turn and look to see something that looks kind of sort of looks like you. Through its low growl, you realize they speak your language! Oops, loosely translated, it is telling you, "Look kid, I didn't ask for you. They never consulted with me about this."

You try to act respectful, because that's what mom always told you to do. But, the other thing that kind of sort of looks like you, obviously isn't thrilled to meet you. It goes on to warn you in a matter-of-fact manner, "Never forget kid, around here, I'm the boss!"

You're tired, hungry and thirsty, and your belly is a little queasy from all the excitement and the ride in that moving machine. However, you're afraid to eat. All you want is to pee and find a quiet place to plunk down and take a nap. Then maybe you can go home. It looks like that's not going to happen though.

As you squat down to pee, before you know it, someone has scooped you up and is carrying you out the door, while telling you what you just did is bad. You're confused. You did that all the time when you where at your old home, with your mom and siblings. No one ever told you then that you were bad! You just did it!

As you are placed down on the grass, all the new people crowd around, looking down at you and one of the really big ones tells you, "Outside is where we pee and poop." You're thinking, " Well, you just scared everything back into me." So you sniff around for a while, but nothing is happening; so they pick you up and lug you back into the house.

Wouldn't you know it, as soon as you get back inside you get the urge. You look around, no one but the big thing that looks kind of, sort of looks like you is watching. You notice a strange look on their face. They then try to get the new people's attention, to point out your little faux pas. Here we go again, with the "bad" thing and out the door and onto the grass.

Too late! Everything is done! So, it's back inside again.

Everyone is standing around you watching again. They can't understand why you don't want to eat. They don't understand how overwhelming your day has been. All you wanted to do is play with someone new today and look where it got you.

One of the big new people says it's getting late and time for you to go into your new crate. You think, finally, I get some rest. But wait, they throw a sheet over the crate and turn off the light! It's dark and for the first time in all your 8 weeks, you are alone!

You cry out for your mom, you cry out for your brothers and sisters. There is only silence. You cry some more as you try to claw and dig your way out of the crate. Then you hear someone yell out telling you to "be quiet."

You hear a gnarly chortle. The thing that kind of, sort of looks like you mumbles under its breath, "Get use to it kid. Like it or not, this is your new family. Remember, around here, I'm the boss!"

You nod your head in agreement. You are so tired you don't want to think about the events of the day. You finally give up and into a tight ball. You are alone. There will never be brothers or sisters to cuddle up with again. You slowly grasp you will never see your mom again. You will never play with your brothers or sisters again. This is to be your new life.

As you close your eyes and drift off to sleep, you think, perhaps things will look brighter in the morning. You hope so. Right now, all you want to do is sleep.

Bottom line: Appreciate what your new puppy is going through. The transition from where they were and what they knew, to where they are now is overwhelming. It will take time to adjust. Be patient. With patience and understanding, in time they will learn to love and think of you as their real family.

Karen A. Soukiasian
Article by Karen A. Soukiasian
Karen A. Soukiasian, GOOD DOG! - DOG TRAINING and BED-n-BISCUITS dog boarding and training - Owner/Trainer, St. Augustine, Florida - AKC CANINE GOOD CITIZEN and S.T.A.R. PUPPY Evaluator. Visit my website at: www.freewebs.com/gooddogsite and www.bednbiscuits.webs.com.