On Saturday we picked up Lux, our 8 week old Dalmatian Puppy. It was a long drive to Hull, 3 hours to be precise, and I was a little worried how he would cope on the way home. It was all going to be so foreign to him after he had spent his first months of life with his Mum, brothers and sisters, and now he was being taken by people he didn't know and leaving everything that he knew behind him, and on top of that he had to be in the car for a lot longer than I would have liked.
We arrived just after 10am (after one very early morning) and seeing him again after a month, it was incredible to see just how much he had grown. He was bigger, stronger, more active and his spots were becoming so much more defined. You could see it was Lux though because of the markings on his face and the two love hearts on his left ear. He was immediately placed into my arms and we sorted out the paperwork, food and payment with the breeder.
Back in the car on our homeward journey, he was such a fidget and about 10 minutes in I looked down at my lap and faced the biggest pile of dog sick I had ever set my eyes on. He hadn't even made a sound as he had done it, and thankfully it didn't have any particular odor to it! Luke pulled the car over and we sorted it all out (thankfully I had already put the pet cover on the back seat!). We set off with strategically placed puppy pads throughout the back of the car, just in case I had to catch any other bodily fluids along the way (which of course I did!).
Lux went to sleep for the majority of the journey and did so well, we stopped at a service station so Luke could grab some food and a drink but I didn't feel like eating after the earlier incident... So I sat in the car and gave Lux some water to keep him hydrated. He couldn't get enough of it and had drank the entirety in a matter of seconds.
Upon getting home we let him stretch his little legs and introduced him to some of his toys, and soon enough he was running around like the mad man that we now know that he is! Lux loves his toy balls and chases them all over the front room, he chews on anything and everything particularly loving his chew toys (and now has a new love of playing tug!).
Over the last 5 days we have watched him start to show us his personality, and already I can tell you that we have a real character on our hands. Lux is absolutely beautiful, he plays brilliantly with Leo and he is already a much loved member of the family (Even Luke secretly likes him despite what he may tell you!).
Since we brought Lux home he has destroyed 1 large house plant (they can only tolerate so much pulling and swinging from their branches!), he's pooed and weed on the laminate flooring more times than I can recall (his best game is to run up and steal the toilet roll as your mopping the floor, or to run off with the puppy pads!) but everyday he has been getting that little bit more confident and comfortable with us and that is just lovely to see, he's even getting pretty good with using the puppy pads now!
As for sleep, he has been pretty amazing from the get go. So many people told me I was crazy for bringing a puppy into our lives, told me they were more work than a newborn baby, and their reaction was even more priceless when they discovered it was going to be a Dalmatian Puppy! As for that theory though, he woke up once on the first and second night at 2:30am, going straight back to sleep after a little fuss. Then on the 3rd and 4th night he slept straight through, not a peep was heard from him.
|40 Winks Grey & Cream Snuggle Plush|
He's a real playful little guy, he has a mad half hour and then conks out for the next few having a nice long snooze, and that's exactly what he is doing right now. Which is precisely how I can sit here and write this post, because he also likes to chew on the laptop... I currently have his lovely Rosewood Pets 40 winks bed in the wash, as yesterday I witnessed him stand and pee in it... So he is currently sleeping by my feet.
|Meaty Chicken Takeaway Bone|
Tough Twist Textured Fish
Disclaimer: Lux was sent a selection of items from Rosewood Pets in exchange for monthly pupdates.