Meet The Puppies – Achilles

I love learning more about what goes into the names people choose for their puppies. Some, like me, just have something pop into their head. Others think long and hard. My new friends John and Sylvia will be taking little Achilles home – he was puppy number two, born at 11:06am. The love Greek mythology, so thus the name.

Quick backstory: the day after we rescued Jenny, we put her out in the yard with Brady for about 1/2 an hour. She freaked out, dug out of the fenced area, and ran away. Like really far away. Enter John. He found her on the side of the road (she had a collar on but no tags yet) and took her in.

I, meanwhile, was losing my mind. We’d only had her for a day, but we were already in love with her. I posted on a local Facebook group that she was missing and John sent me a message. Jenny spent the night with him and his girlfriend (Sylvia) and they too, fell in love with her. I’m so happy they brought her back and promised them a puppy. They chose this little brute:

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He’s the biggest of the group and is a sweet little thing! Here he is at three weeks:

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Meet The Puppies – Tritip

I know that I’m WAY overdue on this – life has been a bit crazy these last three weeks! Yes, the puppies are three weeks old today! I’m excited to announce that all of the puppies now have homes! I’ll introduce them in their birth order, because if you know me, you know that I have their birth order and times written down!

First up is Tritip. He’s going to be staying here with us. Seriously, how could we have puppies and not keep one?! He was born at 10:51am.

I fell in love with this little guy the moment he was born! Actually, DURING his birth… poor Mama Jenny had no idea what was going on. Little T was halfway out and she sat on him! He’s a spunky little thing that loves to lay on his back (even when he’s eating) and to play with all of his brothers and sister!

Here’s Tritip on his birthday:

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Here’s Tritip today:

Tritip 3 Weeks 6-28-17

Meet Brady!

My husband is learning faster and faster that I’ve got a big soft spot when it comes to animals. Our count is now two dogs, two cats, nine chickens, two parakeets, one horse, and a handful of fish.

Through a series of fortuitous (for me, at least) circumstances, Brady came into our lives. He most definitely chose me… basically hopped into my car at the barn and never looked back. He’s amazing… loves to romp around, but completely submissive to Shadow (who is very much the alpha of our house). He is four years old, is great with just about any dog, kids, and even small animals. He likes to chase the chickens and the cats (he’s treed Felix twice and chased Mask up the banister), but doesn’t hurt them. He is well mannered (need to work on that recall!), loves to swim, and is pretty good with the horses at the barn. Ok, maybe not pretty good… he’s very trusting and walks where he shouldn’t… the pony stepped on him the other day and he almost got kicked by a pissed off mare, but he’ll learn. He also got himself skunked the other day… once again, need to work on the recall.

He’s a really good traveler too… he goes with me to the barn and went out to a couple different ranches the other day as we helped clean up after and take care of some of the evacuated horses. If the fires clear up and we’re able, he’ll head out with me to the cabin this weekend for the 2015 Cowgirl Posse trip. I love having a pup that can go everywhere with me!

Meet Brady!
Meet Brady!

Shadow is still getting settled with having a “little” brother (Brady outweighs him by 10 pounds). For the most part, they get along really well… Shadow has been an only dog for 10 years now and this integration has gone way better than I thought it would. They even unite to bark at the UPS guy:

Two Buddies
Two Buddies

I’m so happy to be a two dog family now! Life is good!

A Tough Week For Shadow

My poor puppy has had a rough few days… we noticed when we got home from our trip that he had a bit of an “upset tummy”. After several nights of midnight wakeups to go outside, we finally decided we needed to go into the vet. Turns out the poor little guy just has some sort of stomach bug.┬áHe’s lost five pounds, which on a 65 pound dog is quite a bit! Thankfully, the antibiotics and bland diet seem to be working – yesterday was his first day back on regular puppy chow and I’m happy to report there are no rumbling tummies in our house!

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Dirty Dog

Update On Shadow

Yesterday my mom came up to help me get Shadow to the vet (Mike was at work). I was hoping that he would get his cone taken off… to be really honest, it’s driving just about everyone in the house crazy! Poor dog hasn’t figured out yet that his head is bigger, so in addition to be drugged out of his mind, he is running into just about everything.

The good news is that they took the drain out and it looks like it’s starting to heal up. The bad news is that he has a bunch of stitches and until those can come out, he has to be supervised and wear the cone of shame. Sooo… we have 6 more days. Thankfully, my parents are coming to help this weekend (we have the Willie Nelson concert) and next Monday – Wednesday. Then, Mike and I will take his stitches out… that should be fun.