By Carlie Connolly
We got Marley back in July when we first moved to Medicine Hat. I drove all the way to Calgary with what looked like a tiny little polar bear in the front seat of my car. He was the perfect little guy, all curled up in the front seat, sleeping the whole way. I drove back on the highway happy to have picked him up, but knew it would to be months of hard work.
Bringing Marley to the small apartment we lived in, it was inevitable that things would be chewed and floors would be peed on. We set up a play pen on the kitchen tile for him to roam around but bought several pee pads to help him along in his potty training. It wasn’t easy to walk up and down four flights of stairs everyday to take him outside five times a day.
Sleeping was an issue at first as well. Waking up at 2 a.m. to loud howling and crying wasn’t our cup of tea, but we managed.
Marley is now almost nine months old, and its so nice to not have to wake up in the middle of the night or clean pee off the floor all the time. It feels rewarding to know that your training, patience and hard work eventually paid off. Looking back at the photos of when he was very small is pretty awesome too!
There is still work to be done believe it or not, like making him come back to us when on a walk or stopping the odd bite when he is playing, but it’s all totally worth it to have a furry companion in the house protecting you and giving you unconditional love.
When Marley gets old enough and fully trained, I am happy but crazy to say, we will be getting another puppy and going through the whole process again.