So, Leni has now been with us for three weeks. But it already feels like a lifetime – in a good way. She’s the most special, funny, precious little bichon frise puppy, I can’t imagine being without her. The quietest of the litter – not that you’d know that now – she was such a shy little pup when she first entered our home.
When we picked her up just a few weeks ago, she fell asleep in my arms the whole way home. Out of precaution we’d waited for her to go to the toilet before leaving the breeders house and she’d gone on the puppy pad almost instantly. Bathed in a smug glee (‘how fabulous – a puppy that’s practically toilet trained already!’) we headed home. Oh how deluded we were. I can count on both hands the amount of times she’s been to the toilet on a puppy pad since. We’re not so smug now.
For her crate, I’d previously sent Leni’s breeder a blanket to pop in with the litter. I’d heard it can help soothe them when they go to sleep and it was the best thing I could have done prior to picking her up. As soon as we picked her and the blanket up, I’d put it straight into a plastic bag to seal in all that fragrant puppy goodness. When it came to bedtime, I put it straight into her crate so she could be soothed by the smell of her first home and littermates.
One thing Puppy Daddy and I have come to learn about Leni is that she’s an early riser. After a few broken nights sleep during the first week, she’d got into the habit of getting up at 6am, which for us 7am risers was an adjustment. Especially after an interrupted night’s sleep. Still, she’s been an angel. We’re getting into a routine and she’s started sleeping through the night and now doesn’t stir until our alarm goes off.
We’re lucky enough that in the day Leni goes to work with Puppy Daddy. Great for when he’s quiet, not so great for when Leni has a mad 30 minutes. I’m pretty sure she must be good for business though – who wouldn’t love those puppy dog eyes? What do you think?