Ok, so my husband knew that we were looking at puppies, and talking about getting a puppy. He just didn’t know we would be getting one today.
We have grown our family by one – meet Murphy.
Seriously, can you even stand the cuteness? It’s like he’s smiling at us, and so happy to be in our family. That’s what we’re telling ourselves anyway.
Let me preface this whole thing by mentioning that I have always said that I would rather have a fourth child than get a puppy. I don’t know what has happened to me. Seeing puppies at baseball games got it started, and it just sort of snowballed from there.
He’s a golden retriever/Great Pyrenees mix, and we got him from a rescue. He was one of THIRTEEN puppies in the litter, and you can see that some of his brothers and sisters were also smiley.
We already have Martin – a large, beautifully behaved dog (also a rescue) – why rock the boat and get a puppy? (Did I mention we’re having our second annual fish fry party this weekend too? Crazy town. Plus, we’ve never had a puppy. We’ve never even had more than one dog at a time, for crying out loud. Martin, at a year and a half when we got him, has never had an accident in the house, never chewed on anything, doesn’t jump on people – nothing. The best dog ever.
All of the dogs we’ve ever had have been older, so that we dodged the whole puppy phase. But, sometimes you just need to say, “Why not?” So, that’s what I’m doing. No one staged an intervention when I got on this wagon, so I’m rolling with it. And so are my kids. I can’t remember the last time I saw them so excited. A great way to top off the summer, before the kids go back to school in a couple of weeks.
Martin has been relatively relaxed with Murphy (so far), starting to establish his status as the alpha dog with a bit of growling here and there, but we’ll see how things go as they both get to know each other. Martin has a very laid back and relaxed personality, so I’m hoping that Murphy takes his cues from him.
Right now, I think Martin sees Murphy the same way that Jerry Seinfeld sees Newman. I’m starting to think that we could rename Murphy to Newman.
Any puppy raising suggestions out there from those who have walked this road? Any socializing tips for working with my older dog? I’m all ears!