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Getting our Mowgli was honestly one of the best decisions we've ever made.  At this point, I honestly couldn't imagine our life without him!  He continues to grow and change (even mellow out a bit!), but, he also continues to keep us on our toes!

We had a hard week at our house last week.  Work was overwhelming for both my husband and I, and, at the end of the week my 9 month old nephew landed in the hospital because of a seizure.  This was AFTER Mowgli gave me the scare of my life.  I had come home from work, and, my husband and I were planning to meet at the gym for a quick workout before supper.  So, I headed home to let Mowgli out to potty and run for a bit before I went.  I put him on his leash and went into our bedroom to change clothes.  So many mornings when I am getting ready, I let him go outside to play while I get ready.  Our bathroom window looks into our backyard, so, I can watch him and open the window so I can hear him, too.  Many mornings he's out there for 20- 30 minutes with no problem!  Anyway, I had been in the bathroom for about 5 minutes when I looked out the window to see the hook from his leash hanging off the stake in the yard.  My heart sank and I hurried to the backyard.  No Mowgli.  I looked into the neighbors yards and around the sides of the house.  No Mowgli.  I went out into the garage and opened the side door to scale the front yard as well as the neighbors yards and our developement.  Still, No Mowgli.  At this point, my heart was racing in my throat and I was in a panic.  It was snowing out, so, I ran in the house to put on my boots (with about three different doors to our house open) with a plan to do a quick run around the neighborhood before getting in my car.  This whole process had lasted about 3 minutes, and, with boots on, I ran into the garage to find a very wet Mowgli standing in the garage looking at my, tail just a wagging!  The tears ran as though I had lost a child...I mean, he is our first baby afterall.  I apologized and scolded and apologized over and over, all through the tears he was licking away from my face.  I could tell hehad a fun little adventure and didn't understand why I was upset.  For all I know, he didn't go more than 5 feet and I just overlooked him.  With it being winter, we haven't been able to take him on many walks and I fear that he doesn't know the area well enough to get home if he would wander too far.  Even though I am too paranoid to take my eyes off him, I do plan to get him out on walks and familiar with the area and "home".  I can say, I will never judge people carting their children around the mall on leashes.  After the panic I felt after losing my pup for 3 minutes, I can only imagine (and can almost guarantee that when we have human babies, they'll be on little leashes too!)

Otherwise, we have been having a lot of fun.  Mowgli had his first visit to the groomer and did great!  I was so nervous about how they would cut his hair, and, even more nervous about how he'd be for them..but...but were great.  The groomer said she had so much fun with him she didn't want to gvie him back.  It's so nice to know I can take him places and know he'll be a good boy and will still love me when I pick him up!  He's adapts very well to change and new enviroments. 

Mowgli also met his cousin "rex" - a 5 year old Bichon, this weekend.  Rex is used to playing with his brother "Buddy" (my parent's dog-my brother and parents got brothers from the same breeder) and was a little thrown when we brought in our feisty little Mowgli.  The first night, Mowgli was terrified of Rex.  Rex was in his face and very aggressive, Mowgli would hide anywhere he could find a nook.  By the next morning, Mowgli found his courage and Rex didn't mess with him anymore.  They were able to chase each other and play in a "nonviolent, nonaggressive" way.  Over Easter, we will have all three dogs together, I'm very anxious to see how that goes!

It's been a very eventful week!  And, Mowgli is FINALLY losing some of those teeth.  Hopefully new teeth will result in less mouthing!  He is better, but still has a ways to go!  Either way, he is so, so smart and we love him so much!

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Comment by Lois - Izzi on March 10, 2012 at 2:11pm

I can breath now...  Thanks for sharing...   Was very glad to read nephew is doing well also..

Comment by Grace and Pemon The Gentle Giant on March 8, 2012 at 1:30pm

Kristen:  You certainly did have an eventful week.  You had me really going there when Mowgli was missing.  I know how you felt.  Our other dog Fletch would did a hole under our fence and then disappear.  He was always on the run.  Couldn't even open the front door without him bolting out.  We'd be running around the neighborhood looking for him. 

How is your nephew doing?  Better I hope. 

Comment by Kristen on March 8, 2012 at 11:24am

Also, thank you everyone for the kind words about my nephew too!  He had a seizure Friday night...he is doing just fine and the doctors aren't concerned because febrile seizures are common among babies.  It was just extra scary because he is only nine months old!  I'm thankful to be less than 2 hours away, my husband and I were able to rush there to stay with my 4 year old niece so mommy and daddy could be with little Cole. 

Comment by Krystal Segale on March 8, 2012 at 11:21am

I hope your nephew is ok.

I know how scarey it is when the pup runs off. I let Dex out the back door and he took off I had a heart attack. Well it turns out he ran around the house and sat by the front door. He normally gets let out front so it made sense he would do that but at the time that was the last place I would have looked lol.

And I do have a leash for my son!! It lets him fell free bur feel safe at the same time.

Comment by Laura on March 8, 2012 at 12:27am

Oh Kristen so glad Mowgli's get away turned out OK! The scariest 3 minutes for sure! When Gracie was only 5 months old we were visiting our daughter in Minneapolis and went for a walk in her neighbourhood. We were about two blocks down her street when a huge dog in a front yard came running to the end of his tether and Gracie bolted terrified!  I guess we did not have her collar on snug enough because she pulled right out of  her collar and there my husband was holding only the leash with collar attached and doodle running, tail between her legs in the direction we had come from. I had that same feeling you described so well in your post, I was terrified as we watched her run away. There was one very busy street she crossed and we lost sight of her as we chased after her. By the time we could cross the street and head in the direction we hoped she had run, I seriously thought I was going to faint, but we were so relieved as we turned up our daughter's driveway and there Gracie was sitting on the door step waiting to be let into the safety of the house. I still shudder to think what could have happened! Needless to say we make sure her collar is on tight enough to stay which of course changes with the amount of hair she has before and after a groom! Anyway just wanted to share my story with you too! Hugs!

Comment by Kristen on March 7, 2012 at 3:47pm

It was the longest, most terrifying three minutes!  I just pictured our little Mowgli lost and scared, or even worse.  Even talking and thinking about it now gives me that feeling in the pit of my stomach.  Those doodles trust you and you want them to feel safe and protected.  We don't have a fence in our backyard, but, I am researching our different options.  I don't ever want to be faced with a scare like that again! My husband is convinced he could find home with his sniffer, but I am just not confident enough yet.  I guess it's those motherly instincts we women have? 

Comment by Trisholiverandfam on March 7, 2012 at 2:52pm
Sounds like a crazy week! I hope your nephew is feeling better! And sounds like Mowgli is an adventurer! My eyes actually started watering when I was ready because I know the panicky feeling! So happy he was just around the corner!
Comment by Pedro & Alessandra on March 7, 2012 at 2:50pm

Oh Kristen, I was reading your post and while you're describing your running around looking for precious Mowgli, I was covering my face with shared anxiety... I'm so glad you found him and that it was just a "little adventure" for him. So adorable that he covered you with kisses to comfort you. They always know what to do to make us feel better!

They are our babies, I have no doubt in my mind. We're going through this little bit of a scare with Pedro hurting his knee and Glen, my hubby, tells me that Pedro is so lucky to have such a loving Mommy, but I think I am the lucky one because I get his unconditional love and affection and goofiness every day. Glad that you are enjoying Mowgli and he is clearly enjoying and loving you! - Loving paws from Pedro.

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