The Commitment to a New Puppy
There was a small dog named Fifi; she was a Maltese and also extremely spoiled. Fifi was purchased by her owner,
Judy, five years ago and spent a delightful half-decade with her. They spent a lot of time together, the owner was
a consultant and worked from home so she could spend a lot of time with Fifi, and in fact they had never spent a
single day apart since Judy brought the tiny puppy home. Even when it was necessary for Judy to travel she would
take Fifi with her everywhere, after all she was such a small dog it was easier to carry her in the special bag
they bought or if need be in a little carrier for the airplane. They had formed an incredibly close relationship
over the first three years they spent together, and then Judy’s husband entered the picture.
At first, Fifi was downright unhappy with the presence of a new man in her house and she was even more upset
when one night Judy actually made her get off the bed and would not allow Fifi to sleep there. This was an outrage
to Fifi as she had never been banished from the bed until this man showed up and started taking Judy out all of the
time, leaving Fifi to be alone in the house, something that previously had rarely happened.
Eventually Fifi adjusted to Judy’s new husband and it turned out that he was usually a pretty decent guy,
although he clearly lacked the appreciation that Judy had for Maltese. Fifi could live with that though as she
realized she had a lot more in common with female humans anyway, rather than gritty, rough, males whose hands were
not nearly as soft as Judy’s. All of that work and adjustment to make room for Judy’s husband was nothing compared
to what Fifi had to face now and she had no idea just how hard it was going to be.
Fifi had noticed Judy’s belly getting much bigger over the last several months and she wondered why her owner
had let herself go so quickly after getting married. Then one night Judy was gone for the night and then the next.
Fifi was freaked out because she had never spent a night away from Judy before, but then on the third day, her
loyal owner returned only she had a tiny human that was screaming in her arms. Fifi ran to Judy to be lifted up and
adored after the separation they had just endured and the owner actually shooed her away and refused to pick her
up. A slap in the face like this would not be taken well by anyone, let alone a pampered, spoiled Maltese named
People must be aware when making any significant changes in their lives how it can affect their spouse, kids,
friends or even pets. Animals are far more in tune with human emotions than a lot of people give them credit for
and they can respond a great deal to certain changes in their surroundings, especially dogs. One of the most
difficult adjustments dogs have to make is the addition of a new baby to a family. A common sequence of events is
for an adult to get a dog after college or once they are “settled down” and in need of some companionship but not
ready for marriage yet. The dog is their best friend in the whole wide world and that relationship becomes very
special to both the owner and the dog. Eventually the owner finds that special someone they have been looking for,
only this time it is a human and they get married.
Now the relationship with the dog is a lesser priority to that owner because their spouse naturally becomes the
primary focus. Some dogs go through a lot of adjustment in these stages but most do all right. While dating
it is wise to make sure your potential future mate loves your dog.
This is all too common with families who have major adjustments. Usually the four legged family member has
to go. Needless to say, poor Fifi suffered tremendously as the new baby took over every element of the house
and Judy. Eventually Fifi went to live with Judy’s mother, which was better than staying in the baby house but not
the same as the life she had once shared with her beloved owner Judy.
So when deciding to add a four legged one to your family please consider all the factors before bringing a puppy
home. Buying a new puppy should be a commitment for life.
By Steve Allison. Steve Allison is a third generation of professional dog breeders along with his brother Gary.
It all started with his grandparents in 1970 with the Boston Terriers and has expanded to Maltese, Yorkshire
Terriers, Pugs, Shih Tzu’s and
Pomeranians. He is also actively involved with dog rescue and
has a website that showcases the puppies they occasionally has for sale at
All My Puppies Online
Steve is also the
co-author of two consumer guides,
Moving Secrets Guide