At the Register: The Stupids Get a Dog

At the Register: The Stupids Get a Dog July 11, 2013

And this is the expurgated version.

I couldn’t quite bring myself to crap up the Register even further with personal pictures, but I can bring myself to do it here!
Here is our first look at the puppy, who is eight weeks old, and his name is Shane (yes, as in “Shane!  Shane!  Come back!”):


Here he is in the back seat, wondering who the hell we are, where his mommy went, and why we didn’t think to borrow a cage or crate for a three-hour ride, especially if the car is going to make horrible jerking movements and a grinding noise and smoke is going to billow out from the hood:


and here is my husband and the puppy on the side of the road, thinking about transmissions, and life and stuff:


Here I am after our thunderstormery walk down the highway, just starting to realize the gravity of our situation:


And here is the inside of my brain when my husband told me how much transmissions cost:

and here we are having a slightly illegal public aperitif before I sent him back for some food that was not corn nuts:

 and here is how things stood the very next day:


Sunny and happy, more or less.  Nobody has slept in four days and our house smells like pee, but PUPPYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

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  • Katie @ NFP and Me

    So cute! What kind of dog is he? He looks just like my dog when he was a puppy. (And now suddenly I want another puppy…weird how that works.)

    • simchafisher

      His mom is a German Shepherd and his dad is a Great Dane. He has grown about five inches in the last four days. What kind of dog do you have?

      • Katie @ NFP and Me

        Only 5 inches? He must be the runt. 😉

        Mine’s a weimaraner/lab mix. He too was a fast grower, I kept thinking if I wished hard enough he’d stop growing at 40lbs.
        He’s 80lbs now. (Which apparently is small for weimaraners so I’ll take it.)

  • Indeed. Speaking as somone who jumped on the puppy bandwagon a few years ago (and if that isn’t a cute mental picture — all sorts of puppies on the back of a truck playing musical instruments — I don’t know what is), you will be most pleased with your puppy purchase and in time will come to not regret it at all.

    • MamaK

      A caveat. She’ll love it after he becomes an adult dog. Puppies are darn cute, then they enter the “adolescent” phase and they are a pain until they settle down to adult dignity or have intense early training (which we never manage – our dogs are about as unruly as our kids). My husband’s favorite adjective for every dog we’ve had has been “stupid” used most liberally in the adolescent phase and then he forgets that he ever used it or hated the dog once they are loyal, somewhat-obedient adults. I always enjoy having a dog around, as long as the house-training doesn’t coincide with potty training little humans.

      • Rebecca Fuentes

        Yup. We have a greyhound/borzoi cross that’s right in the middle of that phase. Thank goodness she’s a pretty mellow dog in general. The author at has wekk-by-week info on how she raised their puppies. It was one of the most helpful resources I’ve run across for people who are new to puppies. Saved me a lot of headaches.

  • maron

    Dogs are like kids…. it’s actually easier to have two than one…. but you can wait a year or two for the second one!

  • Eileen

    I don’t know anything about Great Danes, but we have a German Shepherd now and we had one before him. They’re fabulous with kids. My big tip is to give the dog a little treat (I do a small piece of a hot dog) every time one of the kids pulls his tail, hits him, pokes him in the eye, or kicks him. I’m telling you the dog will become the biggest masochist you’ve ever seen and will actually try to get little kids to abuse him. The dog we’ve got now is what’s called a long haired German Shepherd, and surprisingly doesn’t shed. German Shepherds are terrible shedders so I’ll take this particular genetic defect any day.

    Unlike my husband, I didn’t own dogs growing up, so I read a lot of books. I liked the Monks of New Skete, and Brian Kilcommon for training tips. I had taped up soda cans all around the first floor of my house when we were training. Worked great – German Shepherds are smart and train quickly.

  • richard

    The ark.

  • Nothing loves life like a puppy! He is a cutey pie.