Tuesday, January 10, 2012

three puppy tuesday

So, we really did it.  We brought her home.
She came home on Sunday.  Graham and Molly met her briefly a few weeks ago, but we decided that it would be best to have a longer "getting to know you" period before we brought her into the house, so we spent a great deal of the afternoon in the backyard.
Her personality is different than our other two - she's very sweet, but has tons of energy and just kind of explodes with joy.  She's only lived here two days and she will stand at the bottom of the patio steps and coo at me if I don't come into the backyard with them.  You can't not love her.
Graham is thrilled to pieces to have someone else to play with, especially since Molly's been lethargic the past few weeks as she has gone through treatment.  He'll bring Sofie a toy, she'll steal it from him and then growl and bark at him if he tries to take it back.  Lots of tails wagging.  Molly is taking a little more time to warm up to her, but I think that's in part to how she is feeling on her medicine.  I'm hoping that she will become more playful as we wean her off of it.
Sofie's got a little bit of the "raised by wolves" that Molly had in her when she came home - mostly because she's spent most of her life around dogs, not people.  So we're already working on teaching her how to live in a house - like not climbing up on the dining room chair (and then table) to get the extra-delicious-smelling sandwich that someone just left there.  We learned very quickly that "housebroken" just meant that she is used to going to the bathroom outside, probably because she mainly lived outside.  And since she isn't used to living in a house, she doesn't really know the difference between things like "carpet" and "grass."  But I think the learning curve for her will be steep - just like our other two, she obviously wants to listen and please us.  Sometimes the crazy comes out and overtakes that, but it's an adjustment for her too, and she's trying.
For some reason, I'm much calmer about it this time around.  Maybe it's because she's not a puppy so we don't have to let her out every 2 hours on the button or her bladder will explode.  Maybe it's because we've been through the bringing-a-dog-home thing twice, and I know that it will be stressful for about 2-3 weeks and then it will be fine.  Or maybe it's just because I know how much it's worth it.

28 comments:

  1. awww, so much beautiful blonde puppy love. So happy for you :) and glad you brought her home!!
    I used to have a golden named Levi and she was the BEST. I still miss her soooo much. Enjoy your babies!!

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  2. That is awesome. I'm torn b/t showing Karen this post and not b/c we are talking about getting a boxer to pair with our pug.

    I have the same thoughts of house breaking and all that jazz and not sure I'm up for doing that over and over again but we shall see. It would be great for Ginga to have a playmate.

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  3. wait, you got another puppy?!?

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  4. Love all the puppies! I have to show this post to Jason so he lets me get another kitten.

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  5. Loving the pictures, just gorgeous. Congratulations!

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  6. Too much cuteness in one post! Too much cuteness in one house! Congrats on the new addition, Katie!

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  7. It is a furry explosion!!! Happy for you guys!

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  8. Congratulations on your third furry bundle of energy. She's beautiful.

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  9. You are such a sweet pup-Mom! She knows how much you love her, she'll grasp these "house-living" things soon enough.

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  10. Awesome addition to the family! You look so happy with your expanded pack...enjoy!

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  11. I can't even see you through all the puppy.

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  12. That's a whole lotta love right there! You look so happy!

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  13. Can't wait to meet her. Also, unrelated, I heard you have a month's supply of beer in your fridge.

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  14. damn you. after reading this post I told Phil we have to get another pug. He didnt disagree. hhhmm

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  15. SO JEALOUS OF ALL THE PUPPIES!!!! I want one!

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  16. So basically if anyone wants to come to your house, expect to be tripped by the dogs then licked to death?

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  17. So exciting! With a 9-week-old puppy in the house, I can imagine what you're dealing with on the potty training front. And let's discuss hair!!! If you do not own the Dyson "Animal," you should!

    Best of luck to you and your [now complete] family! :-)

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  18. Have you bought stock in tennis balls yet?

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  19. Beautiful dogs, congratulations!

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  20. Congrats congrats!!! They are all so cute and I'm sure the adjustment period will be quick and well worth it, of course!

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  21. Yayyyyyyyyy Sophie!!! Can't wait to move in with you...5.

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  22. HOT PINK SHOES!!! oh, and the puppies. they are adorable.

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  23. That's a lot of puppy!! Such gorgeous dogs. Can't wait to here a million puppy stories!

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  24. I am officially obsessed with your dogs. So glad they are all getting along so far <3 <3 <3 Now I want another one!

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  25. I love how happy they all look. My golden would love a second friend around, but I simply don't have enough space. I'm always jealous of those who have more than one!

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  26. This makes me want another dog so bad! They all look so happy together and Sofie is gorgeous!

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  27. That's almost too much fuzziness and cuteness for one photo!

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