The snuggles. It’s been a long time since my kids would simply fall asleep on my chest and stay there. Having a puppy is a good reminder of baby snuggles.
The potty training. Well, this is different in a baby since they wear diapers but still, tons of potty breaks! Instead of changing size 1 diapers though I’m taking her outside and ringing a bell on the way out (she’s already started ringing the bell herself when she has to go– smart Jack Russell!)
Eating all the time. This is much easier in the puppy version since I just have to fill up her bowl with puppy food and keep our older dog Rex from chowing it down. Since she is still only 13 weeks old, we don’t let her have free reign over a full food bowl like her older brother, but she eats 3-4 meals a day.
Everyone loves a puppy. Try taking a puppy out in public without everyone’s heart melting and wanting to fawn over the pup. It’s the same for newborn babies. The same theory does not work with toddlers though, everyone steers clear of you when you have a 2 and 4-year-old (trust me on this one).
A fresh start. There’s something about a brand new baby that is refreshing and makes you feel like he or she could do anything they want in life. Same goes for a puppy, but instead of being president, maybe this puppy can do agility classes or something. No bad habits (yet) to break and a clean slate.
We love having a new puppy in our life but I do have to admit she is easier than a newborn baby. After all, you can’t leave a baby in a crate when you need to go run a few errands…