S and I are both dog people. He has had various dogs at both of his parents' houses his whole life while I have had my 1 true love - Toby - since I was about 14 years old. Toby is not my dog - he's the family dog, so he lives at my parents' house. When we finally stopped renting, and bought a condo in a pet friendly building, we decided that a puppy was a necessity. We knew it would be a lot of work but we were focusing more on the daily (calorie burning!) walks and the love and affection our perfectly-trained angel would bestow on us. We weren't thinking so much about the whining or crying or chewing or peeing or pooping. Our puppy? Lives to poop. She is a poop machine. We live on the 4th floor so it's not possible to catch her mid-poop and get her outside to finish. This means that our lovely new condo has become one big litter box. It's not so bad - she's pretty good about going on the training pads and she's always supervised when she's out of her crate so it's not like we've come across any unexpected "surprises." The thing is, I hate germs. I really Really hate germs. This whole "pooping on the floor" aspect of dog ownership has really brought out the Crazy in me. Our condo smells like a chip shop because of the amount of vinegar I have used to clean up Stella's messes. I've washed my hands so many times in the last week that they are actually cracking from being so dry. I have chapped hands. This is bringing out even more Crazy because the chappiness is allowing more germs to get into the cracks on my hands. So, you know, I have to wash them again. I am reassuring myself that I would probably be a lot less crazy if I wasn't so sleep deprived. Having a puppy means that you don't get to have a full night's sleep anymore. Would have been nice if someone had told us that before we got her. I can never have kids if I'm this sleep deprived from having a puppy. If she's whining, I can't sleep because it's so heartbreaking. If she's not whining, I can't sleep because she's not whining! Why isn't she whining? Maybe she's dead! Must wake up Stella to make sure she's alive! And then she's whining again. It's a vicious cycle.
It's a good thing she's so cute.