A Chronicle of My Jerkface Dog

My dog Apollo is one of my favorite creatures in this universe.  The way he snuggles up to me on the couch after a long day or leaps with joy when I return home makes me think the feeling is mutual.  I adore my little dog, and I spend a lot of time worrying about his well-being.  I imagine this is, in a very small way, what a parent feels like.

So I love my dog.

We got that part out of the way.

But you guys…can I tell you secret?

HE IS A MASSIVE JERK.

It’s not so bad now that he’s a little older.  Apollo is five and a half now, and he’s much calmer now.  But when he was a puppy, oh god.  I still remember the second day after we’d gotten him.  I was sitting on my carpet in tears, staring at this adorable but totally destructive little puppy, thinking, “What have we done?  I HAD A GOOD LIFE.”  In his heyday, Apollo chewed up, among other things, my carpet, the bottom of my blinds, two laptop chargers, and shoes.  And since he’s a dachshund, he’s incredibly stubborn and, admittedly, not very well-trained.

Like I said, he’s a massive jerk.  I don’t remember when the switch happened – when he stopped being utterly exhausting to a pet that brings me a lot of joy, but it happened and here we are now.  He’s cuddling next to me as I type this.

But the jerk gene is strong in this pup and he wills it as he chooses.  When Apollo was a baby, his insatiable appetite to destroy everything in my apartment was really a function of his curiosity.  Now that he’s older, he only steals or chews things when he wants our attention.

Relevant example – I was cooking dinner yesterday.  Fiancé was traveling home after being gone for several days, and I was very excited to see him.  I’d left a knitting project on the couch so I could preheat the oven for the chicken wings I was making.  You guys are probably all, “Why did you leave your knitting project on the couch after talking about what a jerk your dog is?” I KNOW, GUYS.  But I’d already taken him for a walk and thought that I’d expended any energy he had.  Wrong.  I heard this unusual crunching sound and rushed out of the kitchen to check on Apollo.

Jerk face knitting needles

This is not the first pair of knitting needles he has munched on. (I should have known better, etc etc I GET IT).  Thankfully, he did not ingest the bit that he’d torn off.  I was very upset since I don’t have extra needles in this size, and I wanted to continue being a loner introvert and not have to, you know, drive to a store and deal with people.

I found a pencil sharpener from my cosmetics kit and was able to file the needle down fairly well.  It’s been a bit of a struggle to continue using this particular needle, but it’s getting the job done without too much damage to the project I’m knitting.

Apollo’s reign of terror and bid for attention did not stop there. Fiancé surprised me with an adorable teddy bear when he came home.  I placed the bear on my coffee table and was attempting to take a picture of it when my dog snatched the bear and ran off with it.

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I laughed so hard when I saw this picture.  It is probably one of my favorite pictures of Apollo. This perfectly captures his endearing jerkface qualities.

And then, by the end of the night, he crashed hard.

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Easing into the New Year

I don’t know about you guys, but I can’t just dive right into my New Year’s resolutions.  Some people can, and that’s great! Go you. But I find myself getting easily discouraged if I try to do ALL THE THINGS week 1.  It’s just a recipe to burn out by week 2.  Building habits takes time, and breaking a bad habit takes even longer. What I find works best for me is to build on a habit slowly.

For example, last year I started a morning routine that I really enjoy. It consists of doing yoga right when I wake up, then making coffee and writing a little in my journal.  It didn’t start off that way though.  First, it was just coffee.  Then it was coffee and writing a little in my journal.  Then it was coffee, writing, and stretching off last night’s run.  Finally, it turned into the routine that I now really enjoy.  If I had tried doing that routine right after New Year’s, though, I don’t think I would have stuck with it at all.

So don’t beat yourself up if you’ve already slipped on your resolutions.  It’s not time to give up yet! Just give yourself time to incorporate your routine into your daily life.

Exhibit A:

all-the-yarn

So I kind of reneged on my vow to craft from my stash, but guys.  We just discussed that it’s a process, riiiiiiight? So here’s how this downward spiral happened:  I bought the Mollie Makes Crochet book at Half Price on Saturday.  Looking through it, I found a blanket pattern I really liked. I dragged Boyfriend Fiancé to Jo-Ann on Sunday and bought all the yarn with the gift card he’d gotten me for Christmas.  I warned him that it would probably be a year until this blanket is finished.  Let’s just set those expectations real low.

I am really excited about the color palette though!  And Fiancé helped select the colors, since I figured it’d be a blanket we’d both be enjoying.

I’m at least making progress on my other makes.  Exhibit B, Pussyhat:

pussyhat

I am a slow knitter so it unfortunately will be too late to ship to DC. But I’ll wear it this Saturday for the March here in Austin (if I finish it in time, etc).

And Exhibit C, the Mollie Makes Apollo dachshund:

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Have a great week everyone!  I’ll be back Wednesday with all the details on a crochet class I’m taking!