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Monday, June 30, 2008

Diva "Does The DEW!!"


Now, before anyone rushes out to call PETA, let me say that this bottle was empty, and the cap was screwed on very tightly.

NO PUPPIES WERE INJURED IN THE FILMING OF THIS PHOTOGRAPH.

But damn, it's cute, isn't it??

Just what Diva needs.... a beverage laced with caffeine and sugar!

Cuteness Won

Rough night. Put Diva in her crate for night-night around midnight. Was awakened by howling at 3 AM. I though SURELY her paw must have been severed by the nature of this howling, so I rushed downstairs to ascertain the situation.

No, she was perfectly fine - just wanting to play and wanting to pee.
Took her out back, let her use the bathroom and then lectured her on the folly of playing at 3 AM, then attempted to put her back in the crate. She was having NONE OF IT.

I went upstairs, (foolishly) thinking that she'd "cry herself out" within 5 - 10 minutes.... oh no.... 45 minutes later she was till howling to the point that Hubster, both kids, Ruby, and I were now all wide awake.

So I went back downstairs, extracted her from her crate (I can't be positive, but I'm pretty sure I saw a "triumphant smirk" on her face...) and took her to the couch, where we slept (she, like a baby; me very fitfully) until 8:30 this morning when I heard my office phone ring.

As my husband said "Cuteness won last night, huh?"

Saturday, June 28, 2008

Darling Diva on the Deck

video

Thursday, June 26, 2008

Diva's Disastrous Play Date

DIVA: "Hey Ruby! Wanna play? Huh? Huh? Do ya? Huh? "
RUBY: (.... stony silence.... avoiding all eye contact.....)



DIVA: "Drat. My plans have been thwarted." (......sigh.....)





Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Diva Destroys Dangerous Dinosaurs

Poor Barney and Baby Bop! And to think they were once well-loved.... (I even asked my kids - TWICE - "Are you SURE you want to 'donate' these to the puppy?" Oh yes... they were ABSOLUTELY sure... )

Sing along with me now: "I love you. You love me. Let's chew Baby Bop and Barney... With a great big chomp and a bite from me to you, Won't you say you'll chew me too!" (Thanks to my children for helping me come up with "new" lyrics to this song....




Making Progress!

Crate training last night was very hard.
Diva cried and cried..... and cried..... and cried some more.
But eventually, she fell asleep and I had (drum roll please) a Good Night's Sleep!
Although she did pee in her crate, it was an easy cleanup.

And, as of 3:52 this afternoon, she has had NO accidents in the house today. We've crossed a Major Bridge in doggie training!

She also had her first bath this morning.
Very cute.

Pictures soon..... promise!

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Doggie Hardware Has Been Purchased

Crate Training starts TONIGHT.

I've also purchased 2 baby gates so I can work without a puppy coming CRASHING into my office while I'm on the phone with a client..... (followed by one of my children, chasing after her.)

(To say it's been an interesting 2 days at work for me is an understatement.....)

But she is just so darn cute.
And she has that Cute Puppy SMELL!!!!

More photos...... hopefully tomorrow.
Eventually video. (I promised Laura I would figure it out.... and I will - really!)

But this tastes BETTER!

Diva has decided that Ruby's (grown up) dog food tastes WAY better than her puppy food, so she's been sneaking over and eating some of Ruby's wet, rich food.

How do I know this?

Well, let's just say when I went downstairs to fix my lunch I found several "pudding piles of poo" awaiting me, and the food that Ruby had left uneaten in her bowl had been licked clean.

Looks like we'll have to feed the dogs separately, in different rooms, at least for now.

Diva makes little grunting noises when she eats. She really is a little piglet.
Ruby is much more ladylike. She practically wipes her mouth when she's done.

A Disney Character?

We took our kids (and our dogs) out to our favorite park yesterday afternoon.
Enjoyed picking and eating some fresh blackberries (yummy), and of course, Diva was a TOTAL rock star at the park.

She LOVED the attention.

The most interesting comment she got was from a grown man who said "She could be a Disney Character!" (I could tell by his worshipful gaze that this really meant something....) :-)

The cutest moment came when we passed the doggie water fountain and it was Diva's turn to get a drink; she climbed into the water fountain and laid in it, luxuriating in the cool water, much to the annoyance of the dogs behind her, waiting in line for a drink. (I SO wished I had my camera or cell phone to capture that moment...)

Monday, June 23, 2008

DogZilla!

Be afraid..... be very, very afraid....

The Sleeping Puppy Angel.....

Of course, this happens during the day, and not at night.... but isn't she adorable? Look at that coat.... doesn't she look like she was dipped in chocolate sauce??

My Dogs' Thoughts...

Ruby:

  • "Yeah, puppy, you're cute, but if you don't quit pouncing on my tail, you're gonna get it."
  • "Touch my food dish and it won't be pretty."

Diva:
  • "Hmmm.. Can I chew this?"
  • "I wonder what THIS would taste like?"
  • "Can I pee here?"
  • "Why is everyone asleep? I'm just now getting my 2nd wind! Let's party!"

Sunday, June 22, 2008

"10 Pounds of Chocolate Destruction!"

That is how my husband described Diva to a friend of ours, on the phone, this evening.

It is an apt description. Diva has already shown a very CLEAR preference for furniture and shoes, rather than the chew toys we have purchased. :-)

(We know the drill though.... our late great Black Lab Chloe - may she rest in peace - was Queen of Destruction....)

More Photos of the Ferocious Beast tomorrow!

(Looking forward to a good night sleep tonight - hopefully!)

Darling Diva Has Arrived

Diva has arrived and is settling in nicely. I'm worn out (suffice it to say I'd forgotten how much ENERGY puppies have!) She's wonderful, though, and she and Ruby are getting along famously. Below are some photos from today's festivities.
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Passed out in the back seat on the drive home. (She makes tiny little grunting noises in her sleep.... if she were a boy dog, I would simply have to re-name her Wilbur, in honor of "Charlotte's Web". ) :-)


The initial "meet and greet" (may I please sniff your butt) with Ruby, our Alpha Dog. It went very well. Ruby was very sweet to her and Diva was appropriately submissive. By the end of the day they were playing and running around together. I predict a very special friendship.


S. and 2 of her 4 BFF's who descended on the house within MERE MINUTES of our arrival. The girls were all atwitter over the new puppy. J is excited but true to his laid-back nature, chose to play it "cool"... esp with a housefull of cute girls.


Resplendent Ruby, realizing that she is no longer the only dog, BUT she also has a companion and playmate now. A good development.



Backyard Action Photo #1


Backyard Action Photo #2


Time for an evening dip in the kiddie pool.


Is this water the appropriate temperature for canine consumption?


I think I'll just sit on this comfy lap right here and take a nap... it's been a tiring day..



Saturday, June 21, 2008

'Twas the morning of arrival...

...and all through the house
The family was rushing about
There was no time to grouse!

The food and water dish were both placed with care
In the knowledge that soon,
Miss Diva would be there!

Ok, that's the best I can do with on-the-spot poetry. :-)

S and I have just gotten back from PetSmart.
We have a cute doggie dish, a new leash and collar, a squeaky bone, a rope chew toy, a big bag of puppy food, and a little dog bed (although I'm sure she'll sleep snuggled up next to Ruby....)

Time to make the pilgrimage down to Williamson, Georgia to pick up our new pupster.
LONG drive from where we are, but we're so excited.

S has invited 3 friends over for a "Meet and Greet" slumber part tonight to meet Diva. I told her they cannot be loud and wild... Diva is going to be adjusting and will probably be a little scared and lonely and missing her mommy and brothers and sisters. (Since these are all sweet 10 year old girls coming over I'm sure they will cover Diva with lots of kisses and love...)

Photos to come soon - if not tonight, then tomorrow for sure!

PS: Achilles & Milo - thanks for the warm little welcome message!
:-)

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

"Digging" Diva


Just look at that nose. (She is 3rd from the left....)
Dirt, you don't stand a chance.


Diva will come to live with us on Saturday, June 21st.
We are so excited!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Introducing The "Sisters"

Darling Diva, in all her Chocolate yumminess, at 4 weeks old.....



Resplendent Ruby, the world's Sweetest Dog (seriously)