I'm a dad! To a 4 month old Blue Boston Terrier! Not sure why they call it blue, looks more like a light grayish brown to me. It's hard to describe how cute she is. Maybe a picture will do,
We had a Labrador Retriever growing up so figured eventually I'll get a dog once I move to the suburbs, settle down, get a 9-5 job, etc. But like many things in life you can't wait around until the stars align.
I like big dogs but living in a 500 square foot San Francisco apartment and driving a 2-seater with as much trunk space as my backpack I needed a good city/apartment dog. After some research I settled on the Boston Terrier. There are better apartment dogs that are smaller, don't need as much exercise and lower energy, but they all looked like Paris Hilton dogs. The Boston seemed perfect. Small, but not too small. Doesn't really bark so won't disturb the neighbors. Doesn't require tons of outdoor exercise but still can play and run around. So adorable but not a purse dog.
Everything happened so fast it was a mad scramble to get all the supplies, vet check, etc. While everybody was enjoying the Super Bowl I was running around to the pet store getting wee wee pads, dog food, treats, urine cleaner, more urine cleaner and more urine cleaner.
House training has been 2 steps forward, 1 step back. I have this area in the kitchen designated as her potty area. For the most part she's been pretty good at doing her business on the wee wee pad. But then every other day or so she would urinate on the couch. I think it's some type of marking or stress reaction. Still, for 2 weeks I think she's making good progress.
My schedule has completely changed. I had the ultimate flexibility before. Sleep when I want, wake up when I want, go home when I want. Now I have to wait up early to let her go potty and feed her. Then at lunch I need to make sure she gets her break. And I have to leave the office right at 5pm to let her potty again. It's been tough but things should get better. As she socializes better I'll start putting her in doggie daycare here and there, get an afternoon walker, etc.
It's a really weird feeling to be responsible for another living creature. A lot of work. But just look at how adorable she is,