Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Newest Member of the Gao Family

Dear customers of the Downtown Diner, I give you the newest member of the Gao Family: Cooper Ziggy Gao.

He's a shih tzu. Isn't he adorable? Audrey tells me at least two times every hour, "I just love Cooper." Or she comes to me with an excited report that goes something like this:

"Cooper came over to me and he went like this. And then I went like this. And then he went like thiiiisssss! Isn't he just so cute?! I just love Cooper!"

Grant made an astute observation - he looks like "one of those dogs you see on a girl's binder."

Doesn't he though?

Let me tell you though, the shih tzus, they are hard to house-train. Cooper got me up five times during the night last night. Two times he peed. The other three times, he and I stood there in the freezing cold under the stars, shivering and looking at each other.

I might have said some curse words.

And this is probably not a shih tzu thing but a normal puppy thing - he eats EVERYTHING! Just now I pulled Grant's Chinese textbook out of his mouth. A minute ago he was nibbling on a soccer ball. Sometimes he even snacks on rocks.

Welcome to the family Super Cooper!


Only Human said...

We had similar problems with our Maltese when we first got him. We found crate training the most successful. The important thing is to get a kennel that is only just big enough (we got Bailey used to it by tossing treats inside every time we wanted him to go to bed), and let him stay there all night. It'll feel like that first time you let your baby cry themselves to sleep, but it's worth it.

Jocelyn said...

Melanie, it's great to see you blogging again -- and even better that you have a new addition to the family. We've all missed you in the neighborhood. :-)

Eileen said...

Aww, what a cute dog. :)

Jessica said...

Melanie -

So good to see you writing again. Does this commitment to the extra family member mean a longer commitment to living stateside or is this wishful thinking on my part?

I keep hoping for a reason to come to TN. Miss you!