And they crop up in the most unexpected way too.
Just as we are adjusting to having the cutest, brightest little (well, actually - not so little anymore) puppy in our lives, Stellar has presented us with a whole set of restrictions which we have had to put in place.
Sadly, wielding a rolled up newspaper and emitting a sharp "No!" is taking it's time to have it's desired effect, and accompanying positive adjustment in her behaviour.
Pushing the boundaries is what's it all about...
For instance - the couch - now that is quite the bet place for a puppy to stretch out and catch her beauty sleep.
|What a sight - climber netting covering the couches|
Not on my watch, it isn't.
I prefer dog hairless couches when I settle down to relax of an evening. So, that involved spending just a little bit of money - on a preventative measure. We opted for a garden rigid-ish climber netting that rolls up when not required, but is uncomfortable enough not to allow for canine snoozes. As soon as she gets the message, the garden netting will assume it's intended purpose in my garden - perhaps even in time for the peas to wind their way up...?
Then, the relationship between Stellar and Squeak is - to put it politely, not good. Squeak therefore prefers to spend her days in our bedroom, with her access to outside restricted to night times (through the bedroom window) whilst Stellar is getting her beauty sleep. And all Stellar wants to do is play... (sigh)
|The make-shift barrier to prevent broken puppy legs|
And, staircases - being wooden, and pretty slippery for dogs to climb, means that in order to prevent broken legs, we have had to come up with a hurriedly thrown together gate made out of chicken fencing and our good old Black Wattle poles...
When Stellar is not requiring attention / stimulation (we must get another puppy as a companion I reckon) we can breath a sigh of relief.
|A bolster made our of RMan's old jeans|
|Her favourite 40 winks spot - under|
my writing desk - and under my feet...
...whilst she can still fit - when she needs 40 winks - climbing into the space below my writing desk is her preferred spot. Which means I have to sit at the writing desk with my legs crossed otherwise I will constantly be kicking her.
The joys of owing a puppy.
You get the picture? 😂