As with a child, watch a puppy learn and explore and tilt her head with curiosity and it will give you, too, a new perspective. I just got a tiny cocker spaniel puppy. Her name is Coco Puff and she is, of course, the cutest puppy ever. She has startling blue eyes that watch my every move.
She watches my face carefully when I tickle her tummy, trying hard to understand. Saying something in baby talk, like “tickle, tickle” causes her to take a double take – what a funny sound that is!
Also as with children, she keeps me on my toes, carefully watching she doesn’t get hurt in this giant world or eat something she shouldn’t. Sleep is a challenge now for me, as are clean floors, but who could look at that face and not fall in love?
Her short life has had lots of siblings and bigger dogs in it, a teenager and her parents, but I’m surprised at the sounds that amaze her. She wonders about the sound of coffee brewing, maybe she hasn’t heard that before! It makes funny gurgling sounds up on the counter. I’m now enjoying that sound as much as the great smell! She’s taught me to pay attention to little things. A vacuum is too scary to check out, best keep it at a distance, certainly too big to play with. I agree with her on that one! 😊 Both the TV and the stereo are amazing noise makers. She just stared at the TV when she realized it was one, due to a funny noise coming out of it, but the stereo speakers required much head cocking to try to fully hear and understand. They both remain mysteries.
Coco’s big brother has very dangly ears. Coop never thought about this before and has no clue why Coco would find them so much fun to yank on.
Overall, he’s not happy with this new situation. While there’s no sibling rivalry, Coop is bearing up as best he can but gives me lots of questioning looks. I try to give him plenty of love and attention but sometimes it’s hard with Coco chewing on her wicker bed, one of my shoes, or investigating what she’s up to when it’s too quiet.
Outside is a mysteries world that needs exploring and tasted. I’m not sure how much time she spent outdoors in her first 8 weeks of life but I’m guessing not much. Leaves and pine cones are fascinating. That dry stick? What a great chew toy! She wonders about sounds in the sky – like the two ravens calling from the trees. And the chirp of a squirrel, oh my! Sometimes she sits by the back fence looking out over the big world down the back. So much to wonder about and when can we go explore down there?
It’s turned chilly now and I had my first fire of the season a couple weeks ago. Truly something to enjoy and wonder about!