Tuesday, December 14, 2010

and then there were two

We've now had Molly home for a week.  Life is pretty different.  All of our days are sponsored by the word, "NO," as we try and train her to NOT put everything she sees in her mouth.  She's 12 weeks old, which is much older than G was when we brought him home at 7 weeks.  Some things are easier - she's already been started on crate training, so she doesn't cry throughout the entire night.  She'll whimper for a few minutes, but then goes to sleep.  It also means that she can go a little longer without needing to go outside, so I'm not stressed about going to the gym and running to the store and her having an accident in her crate after being left in there for 2 hours.  She had a few accidents in the house the first couple of days, but now I think she's learned how to tell us that she needs to go out.
However, she's totally different than Graham was.  Graham was pretty quiet and timid about exploring his new environment, and while he gets excited when people come in the house, he's generally pretty laid-back.  And he's always been shy around other dogs.  Molly is the opposite.  She is fearless and funny and brave.  She's already been caught leaping off the back of the couch, although she has stopped trying to climb the Christmas tree.  She has no problem running up to Graham and taking a toy right out of his mouth.  She'll growl and bark at him if he tries to get it back, which he is doing more and more.  So much of this past week has been playing referee as they learn how to coexist.  We can tell that they already love each other, though.  If Graham goes outside, Molly will run around and look for him.  And when we crate Molly, Graham will lay down in the dining room and watch the crate.  Tails have been wagging nonstop.  
All in all, I think it was the right decision for us, and I'm starting to realize that there is no perfect time to bring another dog home.  But when I saw Molly for the first time, I knew.  She was the one.  Our family is complete.

12 comments:

  1. They are so cute together. Did they meet before you decided to bring her home?
    I know my dog would be happier with a brother because she hates being alone, but I'm worried about the costs (and/or burden on my family) when we go out of town and whatnot.

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  2. Oh my lord, I am so jealous! I wish we could bring another one home. She's beautiful, and I love all your photos. Ahhhhh, puppies....

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  3. GUHHHH she is so fluffy and adorable! I'll probably have to hide my shoes around her, though. CUTE PUPPY!

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  4. I love this! Really can't wait to meet her. I think you're right that she and Nigel will be good friends, whereas Abe might make a great sidekick for G!

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  5. She's beautiful!! Horray for two dogs! As much as it's hectic to have 2 dogs, I wouldn't trade it for the world. Gotta get Molly an Eagles jersey now!!

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  6. So darn cute! Love the pics of them together.

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  7. Aw, they really are super cute together! I think Graham just loves his little sister :)

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  8. Congrats on the newest addition to your family. Molly is adorable!

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  9. I love this! Giving your pet a friend is something that's often overlooked, but almost always wonderful. Are you enjoying seeing a new side of Graham with Molly around?

    Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I'm in love with Molly, too! She is adorable! So glad G and her are getting along!
    And my mom says this too, but we KNOW that all the pooches talk to one another telepathaicly (sp?) - we just know!
    Miss ya!

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  11. Oh, my gosh! You have the two sweetest dogs! They are too cute. I'm so jealous right now! Taking home Molly sounds a lot like taking home a baby, I can tell from the way you wrote this post that you are one of the best pet-mamas out there.

    P.S. - I love Graham's name! That made my top-five list for boys' names when I was pregnant.

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  12. What's better than one adorable dog? TWO adorable dogs! So cute! Congratulations on your newest addition. She is precious!

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