HELP! Ten Reasons I Shouldn’t Get a New Puppy.
This is a serious disease and I need help to find a cure.
I’m almost positive that I was coming down with it when I took off for Left Coast Crime in Vancouver this past March. I’d recently finished the edits for The Oracle
, which comes out this June. That means time off that I could devote to a pup.
|BFFs. Best Furry Friends.
We have two dogs. One is a 12 year-old boxer, a pound puppy rescued when she was one. She’s been having seizures. The doc put her on phenobarbital, saying she’d act drunk, but she’d start to adjust. Only she didn’t. She started losing function of her backend (unable to walk), which made us suspect she actually has a neurological problem that will only worsen. Doc took her off the pheno, put her on prednisone which should slow the progression. She’s doing great, considering. Our other dog is a standard parti-poodle (black and white). She’s almost 9. A 9 year-old puppy that could really use a more active sister.
I really want another poodle.
I’d take any standard poodle puppy. As adults, they’re not high-strung or yappy like most little poodles. They come in a rainbow of colors. Not sure about white or cream colored poodles, because they’re almost too beautiful, but if someone gave me one, I wouldn’t turn it down. Honestly, I’d take any color from apricot to black. The kids want a parti like our black-and-white. Doesn’t matter what color. They’re super-easy to train, because they’re super smart. Even so, I need to talk myself off the ledge, and to that end…
Ten reasons I shouldn’t get a new puppy:
10. I need to start a new book, but don’t know what to write about.
I have several very good books started, many abandoned when a new contract got in the way. One of them is even a mystery/thriller. But do I work on one of those, or start something new? (As you can see, indecision is an issue.) A puppy might get in the way.
9. I have not yet finished getting my new house unpacked and in order.
We’ve been here a year. My office is not set up. (Hello, laptop!) I should really work on it. And my closet. And the garage. Unpacked boxes… I think I’ve worn out the “excuse the mess, we just moved” excuse. But I could
say, “excuse the mess, I have to watch a puppy.”
8. We already have two dogs.
Adding a puppy to the mix…?
|My first poodle pup. 4.5 pounds of fluff.
|7. I might want to take my daughters somewhere for a couple of weeks this summer before ThrillerFest.
My husband would take care of the puppy. But that means we’d miss at least two whole weeks of puppyhood!
6. They cost money.
Food, vet bills, grooming… Ignore that recent money from old books I wrote that I wasn’t expecting… just burning a hole in my pocket… puppy, puppy, puppy.
5. Puppies are really cute.
How do you even narrow down the choice?
4. Puppies are so soft and fuzzy, who would ever want to put one down to write?
3. No, I really did not spend the entire past day searching the internet for a standard poodle puppy.
It was closer to two days. Maybe two and a half.
2. Did I mention they come in so many colors?
1. What do I name her? No. I haven’t gotten a pup. The above photo is from nine years ago. But look how cute she is!!!
Help me, Rogue Readers!
Do I get a puppy? Or do I start a new book?
I. Need. Help.