Hugo. Huu-ga-ba-doo-ga, Stinker, Boo Boo.. what a dog! It is amazing how he changed our lives. There is something about a living creature overflowing with unconditional love. This little puppy can pee on our floor, make us frustrated and a minute later have the entire family giving him kisses.
The first couple months were the most work. Have you ever worked in a factory and seen one of those signs that say how many days since the last accident? That is exactly what it was like with our dear Hugo. We would have a good week, go 6 days with no accidents in the house, and all of a sudden we would be back to 0.
Hugo is a lover. He loves all people and dogs. As I write this post he is already 6 months old. Each and every day he enhances our lives. The way he fearlessly approaches everything is remarkable.
Our kids adore Hugo. In addition to finally having a dog, they are learning so many valuable lessons. Don’t get me wrong, they are not taking care of the dog. That is my job. The girls really help on a daily basis. My older daughter takes the dog out every morning and will pick up after him on walks. My younger daughter will feed him lunch and is incredibly sweet and gentle. Hugo is a family dog, and the entire family contributes.
It’s important to my girls, so I’ll list his tricks. Hugo is smartish. Let’s just say he can learn fast if food is present. At 6 months of age he can sit, down, side, touch (my hand when I say the word), leave it, drop it, fetch and sits before he is feed. My biggest accomplishment is that I taught him how to ring a jingle bell hanging from the door when he needs to go out. He’s far from perfect, but aren’t we all a work in progress?!
The past 4 months taught me a ton about Frenchies. They make crazy sounds (like they are trying to talk), jump pretty high considering their size, have a mind of their own, are big dogs at heart, love fruits and veggies, love the outdoors, don’t like hikes, shed a little, are always hungry, live up to all non-sporting breed standards and honestly can not handle the heat (anything over 80 for Hugo). I grew up with dogs and other animals, but I have never had a pet that wanted to be with me all of the time. For example, Hugo loves the garage for some crazy reason. A couple days ago I peeked in to see what he was doing. He was sitting in the dark by my car door so I wouldn’t leave without him. I take him almost everywhere! What a sweetie!
Yes, life is busier and more complicated with Hugo. He is worth it. Our life with Hugo is the new norm.