I am officially back in the office after taking a few days off to bring home Pippin the puppy! I will admit: It was nice being unplugged for the weekend. I very rarely take time off, as you well know, and so the first twelve hours was really difficult for me. I needed the time to finish puppy proofing the apartment and getting last minute supplies. We met Pippin and his brother and had the ability to pick between the two of them. Pippin pounced, barked at his dad in defiance, and immediately stole our hearts. We had a bit of a rough first night because he was terrified of the crate. In hindsight, we probably should have expected that. We decided to take turns playing with him, taking him outside, and then snuggling him. My husband, Sean, has made amazing progress with him and he’s now starting to explore his crate as a safe space. He’s discovered rope toys, a stuffed bear named “Bear”, and a love of cuddles. Now if you have any tips for me on how to make the crate training go smoother, I’m all ears.