When is a dog no longer a puppy?
My wife, Cheryl, says that a puppy doesn’t become an adult dog until it turns 2. OK, I can wait that long. Molly turned 1 on Monday, and she started the day by sneaking into the living room, where we don’t normally let her go without one of us watching her. She climbed on the couch and snagged a food wrapper off an end table, then took it under the dining room table, where she likes to destroy napkins, Kleenex and even gnaw on mittens while we struggle to catch her.
She has a lot of pup in her, but she’s come a long way and, for the most part, is a delight. She sits on my lap while I drink coffee and read The Gazette each morning. She’s walking more enthusiastically these days. She still makes us chuckle by hopping to track down a ball or throw toy. While she will sometimes piddle on the kitchen linoleum out of excitement when I get home from work, she usually will sit and “talk” to us while we’re in the living room at night. She’s telling us it’s time to go out.
My sister’s Jack Russell terriers learned to ring the bells on one of those toddler Little Tikes pianos for a treat. Cheryl didn’t think I could teach Molly to do it. Molly, however, has become a marvel, even returning to ring them two or three times, if I ask, before getting the treat.
Do you agree? Must Molly turn 2 before becoming an adult dog?
What neat tricks have you taught your pooch?
Below is a photo of Molly watching the snow fall while perched on my mom’s recliner.
Greg Peck can be reached at (608) 755-8278 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Or follow him on Twitter or