Welcome, Mina!!

This afternoon we finally were able to welcome 8 week old Mina into our family.  She is a beautiful Authentic Australian Labradoodle from the super fabulous breeder at Golden Gate Labradoodles. We are over joyed and slightly overwhelmed!  It was definitely a pizza night, the girls went to bed early and we've so far had 3 puddles in the house, but also a couple of successes outside!  The first couple of hours at home were definitely a bit chaotic.  I'm so thankful that Todd has tomorrow off from work!

It's been months and months in the planning and the waiting for the right puppy.  We've had her room all ready along with all her puppy needs.  I spent two days cleaning and scrubbing and sanitzing.  I don't think I've ever had a house this sparkly.  I hope Mina appreciates the effort!  I was so very nervous about her catching Parvo, but thankfully our breeder talked me down today!

the ride home

Mina's "room".


We adopted a most wonderful puppy today~ Welcome, Mina!!
We have no real plans this week except to stay home and get to know our new family member and to let her get to know us.  Lilly, our six year old cat, and Mina met and Mina growled and barked. Lilly just looked at her amazed at how cats have changed.... The second time it went much better, with little to no sounds at all being made by either party, just a lot of curiousity!

We are being very dilligent with her training and she starts puppy training classes at Bravo Pup next Sunday.  

The girls love Mina and are needing to be reminded that Mina needs her space and they are so far being receptive to this.  We are keeping all eyes on Mina to make sure everyone, including Mina, are safe. Mina enjoyed playing outside with all of us in between attempts to potty. She is a super lover and just wants to be close to us.

We adopted a most wonderful puppy today~ Welcome, Mina!!
We adopted a most wonderful puppy today~ Welcome, Mina!!
We adopted a most wonderful puppy today~ Welcome, Mina!!

One huge shout out to the authors of the Puppy Whisperer!  We found ourselves just sitting there holding Mina because she'd cry if we weren't right next to her.  Todd and I looked at each other and we *knew* this is not at all what we should be doing!  We turned to our trusty book and low and behold the answers came. We are now all lined up cozy and either napping or watching TV- Lilly on the arm of the couch (napping), me, Todd and Mina (napping) in her crate on the floor at Todd's right. We've so far survived.  Step two, is getting her to pee OUTSIDE!  And big step three, sleeping through the night (I know this takes time).

I have down all the places to take your kids and all the activities for kiddos, now I need to get all the same information on awesome stuff to do with your dog!  Yes, we are now dog people!

More updates on our adventurous life with a new puppy, a cat and two young kids later!!

Trying to get a clear close up is difficult in the low evening light!  Puppies sure like to move!

Trying to get a clear close up is difficult in the low evening light!  Puppies sure like to move!