After having her for just 10 days, my son, daughter, and I brought our 9 week old puppy Ziva to a free puppy class sponsored by our vet's office. We had not participated in any training with our previous dog who proved to be a loving but nervous dog who might have benefited from early socialization. Despite being a good family dog, (Charlie, our 16 year old dog died just four months ago), we figured it might be good for our new pup to learn to befriend other dogs and to become more relaxed in other people's company.
By the end of the hour, Ziva was exhausted. So were we. We'd spent almost an entire hour laughing and smiling. Ziva came home, ate her dinner, and immediately went to sleep.
After just four months of losing our Charlie, I suppose that's why we got Ziva in the first place. We took another chance at happiness. I'm looking forward to next week's puppy class and to the joys and life lessons my precious pup will share with us all in the years to come.