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Joy: From the Ground Up

Bundle of Trouble November 7, 2013

It’s started. Just like Tramp said it would. Negativity is sneaking its way into my little doggie heart. And I don’t like it. Not one bit.

My people have left me at home two nights this week to go to something called baby class. They come back a few hours (which feel to me like a few days) later with an odd concoction of emotions weighing on their hearts. Excitement. Fear. Exhaustion. Happiness. It’s a lot for a little guy like me to handle at 9 p.m. on a weeknight.Thinking in the Nursery

So after they got home last night, I did what any dog would do. I tried to get a game of pickle in the middle going. Or fetch. Or chase. Something – anything –that will bring some emotional focus to the situation. And, let’s face it, I wanted a little attention.

I didn’t get it. No matter how hard I tried, both nights I went without my usual amount of love and playtime with my forever people. And it broke my little doggie heart. A conversation Lady had with Jock and Trusty in Disney’s “Lady and the Tramp” came to mind. Lady asked “what’s a baby?”

Jock and Trusty said they resemble humans (except they’re smaller), they walk on all fours, they beller a lot, they’re very expensive – and breakable – but they’re sweet.

“Just a cute little bundle of trouble,” Tramp chimed into the conversation. “Yeah, they scratch, pinch, pull ears…aw, but shucks, any dog can take that. It’s what they do to your happy home. Move it over, will ya, friend? Home wreckers, that’s what they are!”

Tramp spends the majority of the story trying to convince Lady to leave her family for a life of freedom and bliss because she will otherwise be replaced in the hearts of her people by this little bundle of trouble.

“A human heart only has so much room for love and affection,” he tells Lady. “When a baby moves in, the dog moves out.”

It’s started. Just like Tramp said it would. Negativity is sneaking its way into my little doggie heart. And I don’t like it. Not one bit. But I realized something as I gave up my attempts to play with my people this week.

It’s all too easy for me to start to slip into that way of thinking. And I’ve never been one to take the easy way out, so I don’t intend to start now. Instead, I shall prepare myself to find joy in these moments of emotional confusion my people are having. To embrace them with my whole doggie heart. Tramp may have been right about babies being bundles of trouble, but I know differently of my little person. He or she will be a little bundle of joy for my people, and (in turn) for me.


36 Responses to “Bundle of Trouble”

  1. Kuruk Says:

    Don’t worry Wiley! Your Mama and Papa will always wuvwuvwuv youwooowoooooo!

  2. huntmode Says:

    Ouch, Wyles! Hard for a terrior-mix to be patient and wait for ’em to give you the love you need and give so generously. Maybe do one of your nose nudging, gentle taps on the arm? These are momentous times, Wylie – stand by, they need your love and your joy. Love to you, best blogger dog! (That’s so Ella’s feelings don’t get bruised.) Grin. Keep on keeping on, Wyles.

    • I fear you may be right, dear friend, about the lack of patience. That is indeed the terrier in me making its way out into the world…that, and perhaps mom’s pregnancy-related lack of patience is starting to rub off on me. 😉 How did you know about my nose-nudge move? That’s a signature move of mine that always works – I’m going to go try it right now! 🙂
      Lots of love,

      • huntmode Says:

        My word, Wyles! 29 responses – if that isn’t love flowing your way! Are you familiar with that old cartoon – it shows two buzzards or vultures sitting on a branch of a tree. One turns to the other and says, “Patience, my foot! I am going to kills something!” Never you mind, dear Wyles, the world will right itself again, if a bit tilted when the baby arrives!

      • I’m not going to lie – I do enjoy when love flows my way. It helps with those moments like the buzzards had. I might not be very good at patience, but I do have faith. Soon we will have a new normal, and I will find joy in new things. 🙂
        Lots of love,

  3. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen that Lady and Tramp movie, but I’m thinking that Tramp comes around in the end. And love is everywhere.

  4. utesmile Says:

    Wiley, it will be different when the baby is here, and they will love you as they always have and they will love the baby. You love more than one person and other doggies, so see we humans and I know specially you my wonderful Wiley have so much love in your heart to share it . That is how it will be, sharing the love. See I love my cat and also my two boys equally. I know you understand, so get rid of the negatives in your mind and look forward to the positive outlook when the little bundle is here, as you say.
    Do remember that the baby will be totally helpless when born and will need a lot of help from your parents, it won’t be able to walk like puppies can quite quickly, so patience is needed. So your parents will be very busy wiht the baby, so you need to be a good big brother and try and be helpful too.
    I can assure you though the love for you will not change. My love for you neither! High paw!

    • Dear friend,
      I’ll admit it. My favorite part of your response here was that bit at the end about love. High paw to you too for that! And I know you’re right about there being enough love to go around…I just have to be patient. I do want so very badly to be a good big brother, and if that means reeling in a bit of my puppy-like attention-seeking, well so be it. 😉
      Lots of love to you, dear friend!

  5. Basil Says:

    I am certain that your folks have enough love in their hearts for both of you!!

  6. Awww Wiley, I just love that movie…did you ever watch Scamp who is Lady and Tramp’s son? He gets into a lot of adventures too! Don’t worry my dear pup, things will work out fine. When we brought home our first baby, our kitty Chessie was a bit shocked by the new noises in the house. She had a tough time eating for the first few days. It was a bit of a transition for us all. So we just took extra special time with her so that she didn’t feel left out because like you, she was our first baby. I am sure that your forever parents will take extra time for you to settle in with the new bundle of joy. You will always be their first 4 legged baby and a joy to the new 2 legged one! Your heart will expand to include the new baby and life will become even richer than you could have ever dreamed. Big hugs to you xoxo

    • Goodness, how nice to see you again, dear friend! Your words warmed my heart as usual, especially the part about me being the first four-legged baby for my forever family. I forget that sometimes, but it’s true. Mom has called me a practice baby, so I should see that as a compliment. 🙂 How is Chessie doing now? I’m so glad she has you, and you her. She is a lucky kittie being in a home that contains such joy. 🙂
      Lots of love,

      • Wiles, I’m sorry to tell you but our dearest Chessie at 17 yrs old crossed the Rainbow Bridge back in March ~ we lovingly held her as she passed and she is not suffering now which is good. Surely she is sunning herself in a warm spot in Heaven (and in my heart). Her kitty ‘sister’ is now 5 and has taken over the house becoming a cat-like Scamp in our family! No one will ever take Chessie’s place in our hearts. She remains in my heart. ♥

      • Dear friend,
        While I am saddened to hear this news, I have peace in my belief in the Rainbow Bridge. And knowing you have a cat-like Scamp in your family doesn’t hurt either. 😉
        Lots of love to you and your Scamp cat. 🙂

      • Thanks Wiles ~ love to you too ~ and your new special baby to be born!

  7. Nikitaland Says:

    Oh Wiley, you should think positive. We are dogs and some times we don’t understand what is going on around us and we just continue to do the things that we do without realizing it. Your Mommy & Daddy love you and they always will have room in their heart for you, even when the little one arrives. Don’t feel left out or slighted at all. We some times get sad when we see our Mommy leave to do her errands. We watch her walk across the street to the store and we sit by the front window and wait for her return. When she comes home, she always has huggies for us. We just had to be patient to get them.

    • Oh no! You’ve reminded me I seem to be breaking my cardinal rule of all things optimistic! Heaven forbid! Not only that, but you hit the nail on the emotional head with your mention of patience. I fear mom’s lacking in patience these days, and it may be rubbing off on me. But you are right on all accounts – and it’s nice to know I’m not alone in my concern when my mom leaves the house too – I’m sure the love will grow as the family does. 🙂
      Lots of love dear friends!

  8. I’m sure in the hearts of your bipeds is enough love for you, even when the baby is there. And little bipeds are cute and nice the most time :o)

  9. Wiley, to paraphrase The Music Man, We got trouble – right here in River City…:)

  10. writetowag Says:

    Wiles, we watched “Lady &The Tramp” just the other day…Your Jim Dear and Darling will ALWAYS love you!!!! LOVE the crib bedding…CUTE!!!! Hugs to you dear one…Trev has been exactly where you are…He stills knows he’s my boy!!!! Comfort and peace to you sweet friend!!!!

  11. Sandy Says:

    Oh my dear Wiley – you have nothing to worry about. Your humans worked very hard to make sure you felt safe and part of the family in your new home when they adopted you. And from your description, they moved mountains to assure the people at your shelter that you were the dog for them. Sure, your family will be different, but you have have one more person to love and some new responsibilities (like helping to keep an eye on the little person so maybe Mom can get a little rest?). You may not get to play as often, but I think that your humans will find that taking some time to sit or play with you will help recharge them and give them a little break if the the baby cries or fusses. Plus I think you will be a great walking partner when the baby goes out in the stroller. So, a little different, but it will all work out as you are part of a loving family : )

    • In moments of lapse, it’s sometimes easy to forget how far I’ve come from those days in the shelter. You’re right about that – they worked very hard to convince those folks that they were the right family for me…they loved me already then (probably more than I know). Love like that doesn’t go away just because a new little person comes into the picture. I love the idea of helping my people recharge with me when things get overwhelming with the little person too…and the walking buddy? Well, this keeps getting better and better! 🙂
      Lots of love,

  12. Don’t sweat it, buddy. When the new baby comes, your family will stay home a LOT more. Home sweet home with the baby and YOU!

    Love and licks,

    • Dear Cupcake,
      It’s easy to forget that right now….about that thing my people call maternity leave. If it’s anything like the leave mom had around her knee surgery, I will indeed have a lot of extra time with her (and dad, hopefully). You always put things in perspective for me.
      Thanks for being you!

  13. Reblogged this on Wiley's Wisdom and commented:

    Tramp was right. Babies are trouble. But I love every bit of it.

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