Every day is a new adventure for Oskar. The world to him is brand new and surprising, or startling or frightening, and it is refreshing to see it through his three month old puppy eyes.
This week has been a pivotal week for us, as he is now allowed out into the wider world, vaccinations having taken. He loves his short walks but has to become accustomed to the constraints of a lead as he tears headlong through the village, snuffling and sniffing, stopping in wonder and terror for every car that goes by (no pavements for us to shelter on).
He has to learn to travel in the back of the car, behind the dog guard, and not to be afraid as the world whizzes by, and he has started puppy school - a safe place to meet other puppies and learn a few basic skills. He is also becoming a firm favourite in the village pub, where he has to learn to stay close to us and not to make a noise, yelping and barking. Today he met his first horse walking up the hill near our home, followed by a bike. So much to see and do and absorb.
His life is a social whirl now and he is welcome everywhere he goes. Children exclaim and stop and pet him, parents and grandparents rush over to say hello and other dogs sniff him curiously. The party is definitely wherever he is! Our older dog looks on with a rather jaundiced eye, the centre of attention no longer and nose temporarily out of joint, but she graciously puppy-sits him every night for us which is a great relief.
Life has changed in the four weeks since we brought him home, our world has shrunk to the village with short trips further afield limited by his nap times. We are on puppy duty from 7am to 10pm with nap breaks, and it is wearing but rewarding too. Putting in time and hard work with him now will pay dividends in the future, but I am looking forward to having two dogs quietly settled in front of the wood burning stove one day, and running free on our rambles, enjoying the country walks that are such an important part of our lives here in Suffolk.