Monday, February 8, 2010

Surprise! It's a girl!

Yes, we ended up with a girl!


iPod in her service vest

More pics and stories to come....

Note: Since Blogger let's users make new pages with tabs on blogs now, I am consolidating a few of my blogs into one. For newer puupy posts, go HERE

Saturday, February 6, 2010

Monday night is the big night!

Monday night, we get our puppy. Hopefully we can name him iPod like we want. The lady didn't tell me someone else wanted that name, so we should be cool.

Of course, our house is not very puppy-friendly at the moment.

I had to hoe out my office and split the space (even more.) My stepson goes to the mediators with the ex on Friday, and most likely Little Man will be over and probably stay the weekend. It's been a few weeks- we miss him. Anyway, we are setting up a space for Little Man to call his own. So I lost my office, and kept the storage.

It will be woth it, and just wait till Little Man sees the puppy! I'll try to get a pic!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

Think we have a name!

My daughters friend came up with what we think is a perfect name for the puppy-


How cool is that, and it would really work for a girl or boy!

2 weeks-can't wait!

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Starting Over..................

Well, it's been some time since I've written. Thunder died a year or so ago. Really weird.

It was a nice day (for fall in NY!) and  my daughter was riding her bike through the yard. She was having trouble shifting the gears and asked for help. I got on the bike & started riding the bike through the yard and Thunder was chasing me around. We went in and Thunder went in the hallway and just died.

I was devastated! Thunder had just started liking Ron! It was so weird.

I couldn't think of another dog for a month or so. Then, I started really missing my baby. I looked and looked and finally found a little peek-a-pom. Her was a good puppy, seemed to be fitting in well. We named him Max.

About a month after we got him, we went shopping. We left the dogs home. When we arrived home I was bringing the groceries in. The phone rang. It was a friend of mine, having a minor crisis. I didn't notice the door left slightly ajar. Max ran out and went straight to the road. And got hit.

I couldn't believe it! I wasn't sure if I EVER wanted another dog.

But, we did attend an event for the Canine Working Companions. They are dogs trained to assist wheelchair bound people, become nursing home companions, etc...

I knew right away this was something I would like to do. I have 2 uncles that were in wheelchairs for most of their lives because their joints were ruined from hemophilia. Although they were quite self-sufficient, some wheelchair-bound individuals need some additional help.

So Princess Der and I applied to be a puppy-raiser for the organization. Over a year later, our turn has come. The director and another woman came out for our interview tonight. We get our black lab (probably a boy) on February 4th. We have to come up with an "I" name. All puppies in a litter are named with the same letter, going in order. Last litter were "H's", this one (lucky us) have "I's".

We have a few ideas:





I liked Indy, but someone has already claimed it!





Any suggestions?

We will have to attend puppy training classes at a mall about 20 minutes from here (every other week).

There are some rules we must adhere to :

No getting on furniture

No begging at the table

The dog must always be on a leash or dog run.

Rocky follows none of these rules, but you can bet he'll start :-)

I think this will be a great thing for Princess Der, another aspect of homeschooling.

We'll keep you updated.

P.S. Rocky is doing great! He gives our 2 yr old grandson huge kisses when he comes over, then let's him lay all over him! He's a big dog, a loyal family member. I know he misses having a friend, so the puppy will be a good thing for him.