Update March, 2015: Yeah, it’s been delayed again. I’m working like hell to make sure it’s the last delay forever.
We now return you to your original post: It’s official! The first book will be released in September of 2017.
Yep, this is quite some time later than our original planned release date. Like, years.
There are reasons.
A little over two weeks ago, I came home to find that Hate You Forever had chewed a hole in the floor of his Safe Spot. His Safe Spot is on the second floor, and you can now see through what’s left of the insulation between the floors to the ceiling below. As tiresome as HYF finds us, even putting Pitsenji in with him as a companion animal can’t alleviate the boredom and stress of nine hours without us in the house. The two of them had also shredded most of the puppy pads and then he’d peed on the walls.
Don’t worry, the paint job is fine: most of his piss seeped into the baseboard.
We were putting him in the Spot instead of a crate when we went to work partly because we still don’t have an extra crate yet but mostly because he wasn’t housebroken, and he wasn’t housebroken because he was horrible – we are talking an absolute horrorshow nightmare – on the leash. It was just too exhausting to wrangle him, and of course if he’d slipped his collar there may have been safety issues. He was still pretty wild, after all.
It’s amazing how angry the thought of ripping out piss-filled baseboards and repairing a dog-chewed floor can make a person. It’s even more amazing how that rage can wipe away any sense of fatigue or pain.
Once I decided this Absolutely Had To End, I had Hate You Forever housebroken in 48 hours*.
There were accidents, of course, but the job was basically done in less than two days. Those of you who know me out in The World have already heard the harrowing story of how HYF was finally (mostly) housebroken in such a short time and how after four months of very little progress he went almost overnight from a dog who barely tolerated us and could hold a grudge for days to one who behaves almost like any other dog, with most of his feral behaviors a thing of the past.
The rest of you will have to wait for the details — I have a book to finish, and besides the rage has worn off and I. Am. Exhausted. And I have a few years’ worth of home repairs to get through…but the books are still on deck, never fear! I’ll post updates as I have them.
*No dogs were harmed in the Great Housebreaking Saga of 2013, although sometimes treats were withheld.