I'm a teensy bit tired. The puppy did not go as quietly into the night last night as he did on his first night at home, instead choosing to bark and whine constantly, with intermittent 5 minute breaks here and there which (1a) allowed me to fall asleep and (1b) must have been to just give his vocal chords a rest so he could then (2a) wake me back up with a START when he started barking again in order to (2b) give those vocal chords some apparent well-needed vocalizing.
No kidding...I was praying to everything to try to calm him down. I asked mom to stop by and help out, and then I jumped right to God to see if he could dispatch some calming spirit in his general direction, and then I went back to mom again. And then I got up and took him outside. (Mom and God were apparently too busy to help us out with our pitifully moaning puppy, so I gave up on them, dammit.) That was at about 12:30. (We had gone to "sleep" at 10:30, so it had been 2 hours at that point, and I figured that if he hadn't worked himself into a state of upset belly, then I'd be surprised. I was right, for the record...)
At 2:30, I asked Leo if he thought we could move him into the room next to ours. I needed walls between us and the whining in order for the earplugs (oh, hell yeah! I was wearing them...not that they did anything against the Whine from Satan) to do any good at all, but even that didn't help much. I got up a half hour later and moved him into Izzy's bigger crate in the kitchen. He whined a bit more (that I could hear, anyway), but it was apparent to both Leo and I that he definitely quieted down for a good hour long stretch at some point. We just aren't sure when it was. My guess would be between 3:30 and 4:30. Then he was back to the 15 minute whine/5 minutes of quiet schedule again until 5:30, which is when I got up for good. Leo needed to get up at 5:45 anyway, so it worked out fine.
I'm thinking we'll get him a bigger crate today for him, and see if that helps settle him down at all. The smaller crate was a stupid mistake on my part. Besides, his housetraining is going relatively well thus far. (*Knocks on wood.*) Dude just needs to figure out how to get down the stairs on the deck, and it'll be much smoother sailing.
I have another post I intended to post today, trying to make sure this didn't become the official Puppy Updating Blog, but I'll post that later. Because sometimes, a girl just needs to get this shit off her chest, yo.