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Puppy Love

humphreyMeet the newest member of the family, Humphrey, our cute 7 week old boxer pup. Butch wanted to christen him “Pacquiao” but M shivered with the disgust over the suggestion. So Humphrey it is. My gosh, our [tag]puppy[/tag] has grown over a 4 week period. Five weeks ago, this adorable puppy wasn’t even walking yet. I gushed over Humphrey as he stared at me with puppy dog eyes. His eyes lingered towards his siblings as if wanting to play one more time. And he stared back at me as if saying “let me play, please” . I couldn’t resist those puppy dog looks and stroked his light fawn colored fur. I let him play a few more minutes before it was time to go home. The kennel owner handed over the Philippine Canine Club “Certified Pedigree & Registration Certificate” which showed that Humphrey had 12 red lines of champions in his family tree. Not that I am going to be a breeder but a little intelligence in a dog is a must. It’s not an assurance that a champion line breeds excellent dogs but it might help.

Humphrey seemed resigned to his fate and reluctantly allowed me to carry him to the car. He remained quiet and slept throughout the trip from Cainta to Makati. Hmm. Is he really that well-behaved? The next daunting task is the introduction to the other family members, the two felines. Will they scratch, hiss at Humphrey or better yet feel ignored ?

I wish the two girls were at home to welcome Humphrey and assure the other 2 felines that they are just as loved as the new puppy. Kylee is L’s pet while Lady is M’s pet. To remedy any jealousy issues, Humphrey will be my pet so that the two cats won’t feel betrayed by their masters. We finally arrived home after a brief stop at the pet shop.

So far so good.

Lady hissed and arched her back as she saw Humphrey. Naturally, it’s their first meeting.

Humphrey confused with his new home stares back at me with those sad puppy dog eyes. He sleeps below my computer chair even as I type this entry. Boxers are generally content to lie quietly with their owners for hours. I’ve always envisioned a dog sprawled beside me to keep me company. I read somewhere that they are such lap babies. If not trying to sit on my lap, he sits on my feet or on top Butch’ shoes. I find it so charming. We ended up “boxing”. I like how they use their paws to “box”. Is it why they were named “[tag]boxer[/tag]”?

Night beckoned soon. I allowed Humphrey to sleep in our bedroom. Like a baby, he slept peacefully in his basket. I expected him to wail or whine at night but he only woke up briefly . A quick pat on the head calmed him down to sleep again.

It was a sweet first night together. I still have to learn a lot about this breed but my next task is [tag]toilet training[/tag]. Any ideas?

One day, Humphrey will be able to do this to my macbook:

14 thoughts on “Puppy Love”

  1. Hi Noemi,


    You might want to try putting newspaper on top of his pee everytime he’s finished, and put fresh newspaper in his “official pee area”. He’ll then begin to associate pee with newspaper, and start peeing on it. If the “official pee area” is not within eyesight of where he pees, you might want to move the location of the fresh newspaper gradually to where you want him to pee. Pretty soon, he’ll get used to peeing in the official pee area that he’ll go there even when there’s no newspaper.

    This is how my friend did it and her dogs now pee on their bathroom floor. Their house is odor free even if there are 2 dogs staying inside.

    Hope this helps.

    Great blog.

  2. he’s adorable, he’s grown so fast! i just wish we had pets (but that’s another story-hubby doesn’t agree to have pets in the house, shhhh!). as to toilet training, can’t help, but if i am asked about toilet training babies, my! i am an expert on that. congrats, Noemi, i am sure you and family will have fun with Humphrey!

  3. @lee- that is a useful tip. I will remember to do that in our new home

    @Apps- aww poor doggie. Thanks for the download guide. It will surely come in handy

    @patty- my daughter M named him humphrey

    @sexy mom- yeah expert din ako on toilet training. so far so good. Humphrey is quite smart.

  4. I would recommend having him go outside and not this newspaper business. Sometimes they will get confused and pee somewhere else that’s not the newspaper but inside the house.

    Just give him a command like “go potty” and when he does (give him enough time like within 20 min.) give him LOTS of praise and even a treat. He’ll then start associating going outside with good things. If you ever catch him peeing in house, startle him with a loud NO and a clap, and then take him outside quickly, telling him to go potty. Lots of Praise and a treat. Lather, rinse and repeat.

    It will take a while but if you have carpet, its worth it. 🙂

  5. You got a new family member. Congrats. I love boxers too. I know them to be affectionate although they may seem intimidating when they reach adult size. I am sure Humphrey will make friends with other members of the pet circle.

  6. @belle- after a day, we are now best of friends

    @dexie- yeah i prefer medium sized dogs myself. Your kids will surely love dogs

    @pinayhekmi- Thanks for the tips. I notice Humphrey barks before he poops. So I say “go poop” when I bring him to the spot

    @annamanila- quite affectionate . Still hasn’t made friends with the cats or rather the cats refuse to make friends

  7. He’s gorgeous! I remember when we took our Ridgeback pup home… it felt rather like bringing up a baby but I think babies are slightly easier, at least you know where they are all the time.

    He used to sit on my lap too, still used to when fully grown sometimes… when he did breathing was quite a problem, moving was impossible… he weighed around 9 stone!

    Check out Puppy Training Secrets where I hope to have some useful tips.

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