One of the changes that I alluded to yesterday has to do with the latest addition to the family.
Meet Feeny (as in Mr. Feeny from the hit series, Boy Meets World). Feeny was my youngest’s puppy that she purchased shortly after obtaining her first apartment. Her theory – and one that I supported 100% – was that she would be lonely in an apartment by herself when all her friends were away at college. She wanted a puppy to keep her company, as well as provide added security.
What we both failed to realize was that the schedule of an 18 year old student and a basset hound puppy do not mesh well together. Mandy is the assistant manager at an upscale coffee shop where she works about 25-30 hours a week as well as taking about 15 hours of credit per semester at the community college. If she wasn’t working she was studying and if she wasn’t studying she was going to class. Feeny is a great dog – but he is definitely a puppy and needs far more attention than our three yellow labs. Both of us forgot this key ingredient.
Mandy’s frustration got the better of her and she was ready to give Feeny up for adoption. Well, for those of you who know me, you know that I could not allow that to happen. He had become a part of our family and I could not simply discard him because of a bit of inconvenience. So the day after Christmas Feeny became my puppy. Not exactly the way I had planned to spend my Christmas break, but when duty calls….
He has assimilated well into the household – although the older dogs have had to teach him the proper pecking order – and he is about 70% house trained. He is a bit insecure and immediately barks when I leave the room, but we are working on those issues of separation anxiety. I have quickly learned that Basset Hounds are a unique breed – not just in appearance but in personality as well. I would welcome any suggestions for training dear Feeny (C.B. — do you have any words of wisdom to impart?) – as he is definitely here to stay.