Sunday, June 3, 2007

We have a new addition to our family

Hey everyone! Another one for the dog lovers out there :-)

This is a message I sent out yesterday to family and friends (so references like 'last night' and 'today' are off by a day).

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Hey all,

I'd like to introduce you to the latest member of our family. Meet Belle :-) She joined our brood last night and has been adjusting wonderfully! !!!

I've been on the 'puppy search' for about 3wks now and we 'found' her on a fluke.

We had an appointment to see a Golden Retriever pup last night after Alec's ball practice. I had made arrangements to meet two other pups, on two other occasions, but they both fell through at the last minute, which was very disappointing :-( That day, I purchased a leash and collar ... we were definitely bringing a pup home that night!

So while we were AT the ball field, a couple there had a puppy with them ... the pup had a sister. This pup was .... free :-) We went to see the retriever around 7:30pm, gorgeous, absolutely beautiful but $550 and only 6wks old. By the time I factored in her first three sets of needles, having her spayed when ready, I was looking at close to $1100. Yeesh!!! Then we head home, check the email from the guy at the ballfield for pics of this 'new' pup, call the guy who owned her and yup want to see her ... around 10pm. Late, and past the boy's bedtime, however, the other woman wanted an answer on her pup, because others were interested in her, and this was a 'special' occasion of sorts.

On the way there, which was about 1/2 hour away, I looked out at the full moon, and a few seconds later noticed the next lyric in the song playing, 'gotta stop and ask Ms Belle for some of her sweet tea" ... I half-turned back to Alec (who was still awake, unline Adam lol), and asked 'Did you hear that?" "The pup's name that we're going to see is named Belle ... wonder if it's a sign?" LOL

I left the choice up to the boys. The took one look at her when we got there, and she came home with us :-) YAY! Happy puppy dance!

She's a Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever / Boxer mix. But I don't see any boxer in her yet. She was named Belle .... and it sort of suits her so we're keeping it. She'll be 12 wks old this Sunday.

I've noticed one 'cute' characteristic about her already ... one ear flops forwards, the other goes backwards LOL.

She had never been in a car before last night and she did wonderful on the drive. I stopped at Sobey's on the way, and picked up some puppy food, and a couple of other types of 'puppy' treats. She sat or layed down between the boys the whole way home and never moved. We even stopped at their dad's to introduce her lol. Then finally got her home. I pulled in the driveway, parked the vehicle .... and she puked LOL. I'm thinking she would have done fine, had she not had the 'treat' from Sobeys. It was actually pretty funny :-) Alec recognized the signs too, had opened the door and had turned around to get her out when ... on his sweatshirt that she was using for a 'bed' :-) He kind of raised his eyebrows and said 'that's ok mom, I wasn't gonna wear it any more tonight anyway....; lol

She met the cat briefly. She wanted to say hello, the cat hissed, gave me a dirty look and ran away :-) Then the cat sat in Alec's doorway and stared at the dog on the bed, and the dog stared at the cat, then the dog would look at me ... and I'd look at the cat ... nobody moving lol. However, when Belle fell asleep with Alec for awhile, Puss snuck up and checked her out, sniffed her etc. I'm positive the cat has already noticed a difference in temperment from our last dog. Hershey loved her, but chased her constantly around the house. It was a game of theirs He'd sit in one spot forever, waiting for her to come out, then off they'd go ... tag!

Belle, unlike Hershey, hasn't pounced on her yet, and it's like the cat is waiting for the other shoe to drop lol But Belle seems pretty laid back, very 'quiet' ... I'm thinking they'll be friends

She's stuck pretty close to me all night and today. She's definitely more comfortable with adults, but she's already started to warm up to the boys and she slept with Alec on his bed until I went to bed, then she slept with me for the rest of the night :-)

I had her out in the yard a few times this morning, teaching her the boundaries. So far, she's a great listener ... I'm hoping that doesn't change as she gets more comfortable around here lol.

Next step ..... puppy obediance classes :-)

Have a great weekend all. I'm off today to spend it with the pup. Maternity leave of sorts ;-)

I'm missing her this weekend :-( She went with the boys to their father's :-( Fate works in such mysterious ways ... with ''everything' going on with us lately, I still have to chuckle at the little things .... she pooped in the ex's truck hee hee hee ... I knew I liked that pooch! Just kidding ;-) Since we actually get along, I have to say "Sorry 'bout that Paul!" ;-p
I'm very happy to have Belle with us ... I think she's exactly what we all need right now ... 'puppy stages nightmares' or not ;-)

Here's our new girl!

Is that thing on?

She LOVES to just lay in the grass and listen to all the sounds, watch the bugs/flies and try and eat the white fuzzy dandelions lol :-)


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