Back in February, Faulkner (then known as 'Sippi) joined our little family. Fast forward 6 months to August and things have changed. A lot. As most of you know, we moved from a house to a small apartment and lets just say some adjust better than others, hah. We adopted/rescued Faulkner from a couple in Hattiesburg who didn't have the yard nor give him the attention that he needs. He was a little timid at first, especially when it came to being around Layla. But in just a few short weeks, Faulkner and Layla acted as if they had been together since birth. Faulkner fit right in. In Hattiesburg, the dogs always had access to the backyard through the doggie door and they utilized it all the time. While we were fast asleep, they would be outside expelling all that extra energy. Once we got to Birmingham, things changed....drastically. Gone was the fenced in yard. Gone was the doggie door. Gone was the nights of uninterrupted sleep. The dogs had to teach us how to let us know they needed to go out. Surprisingly, this was easy. They ran to the door, sat, and barked until we thought, "Hmm maybe they need to go poop." The major adjustment for the dogs was not being able to play outside during the night. Faulkner would wake us (ok, mostly Ben since I am a very heavy sleeper) up wanting to go outside (or so we thought). As this continued, Ben figured out that he didn't need to use the potty, he just wanted to either get in the bed with us, get some attention or have play time. In the beginning, this was not a big deal. Ben was only serving and had odd hours and was able to sleep in to catch up. But now with both of us working 8-5, getting up several times a night was not an option. It was like we were taking care of a little baby. HAHA, we didn't sign up for that, we signed up for dogs. We tried so many things to get him worn out. The longer walks and field trips to the doggie park were not doing the trick. We knew what we had to do. It was the last thing we wanted to do but we knew it was the best option for him and for us. We decided to find Faulkner a new home.
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