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Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Ellie came to live with us on Saturday. "Ellie" is short for Elinor Dashwood. (Our Pomeranian is Emma Woodhouse. Jane Austen fans might recognize something of a pattern here.)
I've been wanting to get back into walking the neighborhood, and Emma (being 11 years old) is more inclined to stay home and lay on the air conditioning vent on the floor. Also, we don't live in the slums or anything, but an 8 pound Pomeranian doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the level of my safety when walking alone in the early morning. She may be known as a vicious rabbit killer in our back yard, but I sincerely doubt she'd scare off an evil assassin.
Even more, I've been wanting the girls to have a dog they can grow and play with. Emma is not much for "playing." She will occasionally drag her stuffed squirrel out and give it a good hard shake, but that's really as far as it goes. She much prefers laying on the couch with T and watching The Walking Dead on Sunday nights. German Shepherds are great family dogs, very protective of "their" kids.
We found a great breeder in the Richmond area a few weeks ago and visited. After meeting the dogs and being sure it wasn't some kind of puppy mill, we decided to bring a puppy into our home. It's exciting and scary at the same time.
Ellie is very friendly and likes playing with the girls. I think she thinks they are puppies like her. Emma has made it very clear that she is the boss and is in no way interested in playing. At all. Ever. Thankyouverymuch. But other than Emma's aversion to play, they co-exist well.
She's clearly made herself at home in Emma's bed with all of Emma's toys. (To be fair, Emma doesn't play with them, she just collects them) Sorry for the iphone shot:
It's been tough readjusting to that "baby" puppy schedule of waking up at 3 and 6 to take her out, and she hates her crate (as in, screams like a dying turkey when we put her in at night), but she's fitting in well otherwise. Hoping that house training goes well. Now, if we could all get rid of this stomach bug and get it out of the house, we'll be golden!
So, nothing homey or foodie or crafty to share today. I've had sick kids, a new puppy, and I wasn't well myself...but I thought it would be fun to share some cute puppy pics today. They are hard to photograph unless they're sleeping because they wiggle so much!
German Shepherd Trivia:
-Most puppies' ears "pop" up some time in the first 6 months or so.
-The most "famous" German Shepherd was Rin Tin Tin, who was found as a puppy in a bombed out kennel during World War I by an American soldier who brought him home. He starred in 27 films, and is credited with keeping Warner Bros. afloat.
-German Shepherds are considered the third most intelligent dog breed, after the Border Collie and the Poodle.
-German Shepherds are part of the working dog group (they are herders)
Your best house training tip for puppies?
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