Can You Have Too Much Cute?

I did not get much writing done this week. But I think I have a good excuse:

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Her name is Isis. She’s 7-1/2 weeks old, and she came home Thursday. Believe it or not, these pictures do not do her justice! It’s like having a live episode of Too Cute in our house, on continuous loop. The best thing is, our house once again feels like a home, after two months of being dogless. We had to put both of our babies down recently. In December, we learned our younger dog had advanced stage bone cancer. Our other dog was pushing 14 and broke her hip while out walking a couple months later). So our house has felt very empty for the past couple of months.

Now, I’m remembering how much constant supervision puppies this age require! Turn your head for a second, and she’s chewing something she shouldn’t, or pottying (even though we just had her outside). Good thing puppies also sleep a lot, and thank goodness for chew toys, too! Now if only she’d sleep more at night–it’s like having a baby in the house! She actually stayed in her crate for three hours this morning, which is a big improvement over the last two nights. So we’re making progress. My husband and I didn’t get much sleep the first two nights, but last night wasn’t bad.

ROW80Logo175I might’ve gotten a few hundred words written this past week. I did complete the website move, though, and the client was very happy to be able to cancel a hosting plan she no longer needed, and apply the unused money from that to renew her domain name.

Here’s hoping this week will be better. I’m still tired, but it’s not the debilitating level it was before, so maybe my supplements are helping. So my main goals are:

  1. Open the file and write what I can five times this week (I only did it twice this past week)
  2. Format a friend’s ebook (this is one of those barter jobs, and she’s been very patient!)

What about you–is there such a thing as too much cuteness? Have you dealt with any distractions lately? Got any puppy-sitting tips for me? Other pet stories are welcome, too, whether they’re your pets or someone else’s. Please share–I’d love to hear from you!

Jennette Marie Powell writes stories about ordinary people in ordinary places, who do extraordinary things and learn that those ordinary places are anything but. In her Saturn Society novels, unwilling time travelers do what they must to make things right... and change more than they expect. You can find her books at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Smashwords, KoboiTunes, and more.

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  1. Lol, just when the supplements kick in you get a puppy! But who needs sleep, right? She’s adorable Jennette! I didn’t know about your babies. That had to be so difficult. Isis will make a huge difference. So glad you were able to find her. I can see she’s found the shoes already. She’s going to be so much fun. Enjoy! And thank you so much for bringing by the rest of the poem even though you had a new baby to take care of. She looks so sweet! I’m so happy for you! :)
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  2. Aw!! Isis is so cute!! I’m so happy for you guys. Our home is still empty of pets. We’ll probably wait now until my youngest is out of his tiny toy phase.
    I hope you continue to feel better this week and wish you good luck on getting some words in among all the cuteness. :)

  3. Thanks, John. I do think it was a good week!

    Ryan, it is amazing how much they add to our lives!

    Karen, she’s already making a difference! Luckily, my husband is self-employed so has some flexibility, and he’s been getting up with her. She does love my slippers!

    SJ, it would be tough to have a puppy and a toddler at the same time! Don’t blame you for waiting.

  4. Oh. My. Gosh. Too, too, too cute. I absolutely adore puppies, chewing and peeing and everything. They have cute puppy breath and uber soft puppy fur and now I want a puppy!

    Keep us posted on Isis’ adventures.

    Now back to writing, Missy!

    Patricia Rickrode
    w/a Jansen Schmidt
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  5. Aw. She really is too cute. I like the name, too! Puppies really are a lot of work (and fun). You can’t turn your back for a second without them getting into some sort of trouble, but I guess that’s part of the adventure. Thanks for sharing the pictures!
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  6. Congrats on your new puppy. No, theres no such thing as too much cuteness. So sorry you lost your other dogs so close together. Thats so hard. I’m glad you have little Isis now. Puppies are so much work. I swore I’d never get another puppy, but then I heard about crate training and that made such a huge difference. Glad you’re feeling a little better, and I hope that continues. Have fun raising Isis. I’m looking forward to lots of stories about her!
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  7. Thanks, Coleen!

    Patricia, Isis’ breath is stinky! But otherwise she has that cute puppy smell. Hopefully the breath will improve with different food!

    Denise, so true!

    Lynn, we didn’t use the crate at first for our last one, and wow, what a mistake! They are so destructive. Hope she’ll get used to it soon!

    Ruth, thanks!

  8. What a cute puppy! A new puppy is almost like having a baby–lots of supervision required and lots of lost sleep. But with your daughter in college and a dogless house, sounds like you needed a new baby (who won’t be quite as needy as the human variety);).
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  9. Jennette, I read your blog post title and said, “No” out loud and in public. The photos of Isis prove me right. She’s adorable. I’m glad she joined your family.
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  10. Isis – the embodiment of cuteness. Love the name choice. How can I not? She’s on my list for a future immortal Monday. May have to include your cutie on that one. ;) She must help with your empty nest syndrome. So sorry you’re going through that. Guess it’s a right of passage for your daughter, though. And losing your other pups, I know how hard that is. I could never bring myself to get another dog after we had to put mine down years ago. It’s so hard. You’re a brave and strong lady.

    Good luck with the formatting and the five times a week. :)
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  11. Debra, she is Isis, the immortally cute! Our house just seemed too empty without a dog, especially with our daughter away. Isis is definitely a handful, though!

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