Friday, September 8, 2017

puppy!!!!!!!!!!

On Wednesday, we got ourselves a black labradoodle puppy who we have tentatively named Jasper. He's 8 weeks old. We got him from a breeder who lives south of us, in Lebanon - she had 5 puppies left from a litter of 8, so we got to drive down and (with her help) pick out our puppy. This one was the sweetest and most mellow of the bunch. His mom is a silver lab; his dad is a labradoodle.
We amused ourselves on the way down by brainstorming dog name. Oscar and Finn were the other main contenders.
We picked up a lightweight, foldable dog crate to transport him home - Liesl was in absolute heaven talking to him all the way. I would say that she was the most enthusiastic about getting a dog - she's been talking about getting a dog for a couple of years, has repeatedly asked for one for birthday/Christmas presents, and often pretends to have a dog (or be a dog) in her pretend games.
We stopped to get gas and let the puppy romp and go to the bathroom. He's already well on his way to being house-trained, which is fantastic. Watching Seb and Liesl romp in the grass with the puppy was amazing and so cute.
We got home and introduced the puppy to Steve and our new home, and took him out for a walk in the neighborhood.
We've got him set up with a crate and food bowls in a corner of the living room. He doesn't particularly like the crate - he doesn't choose to go in there on his own and whines when I put him in - but he's adapting and learning. He's slept in there the last two nights. The first night was awful; he woke up every hour, crying and whining, and I had to comfort him and talk to him. Last night was much better; he woke up three times and settled down much more easily. He was awake and ready to go play at 5 am (like a baby!) but didn't bark at me or whine - he was just awake and sitting patiently in the crate until I took him outside.

So much sleeping! He's a puppy -  a baby - and he sleeps so much.
Chasing a ball! Playing fetch!! He's going to be great when he gets big enough to play games with us. He's already clearly got the chasing and fetching instincts.
We walked Seb and Liesl to school together on Thursday morning, garnering more attention and excitement and coos than I thought possible. Everyone loves a puppy.

These pictures are fuzzy, but Liesl's face says it all. She's over the moon.

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