Tuesday, August 10, 2010

We have a new family member!

Yes, we do. We now have a Pomeranian puppy in our home. His name is Buddy. He is 6 months old and already knew his name, so we didn't want to change it. Poor little guy is going through enough changes. (grin) He is so dag-gone cute. Kevin and I love him, Callie and Aeris, not so much. LOL Here he is.
Isn't he cute?  Now, here is Buddy's story, or as much as I know.....
I was at our daughter, Carolyn's house this past Saturday. I took her a bunch of yarn that I didn't need. She makes Linus Project afghans. She also gave me several quilting books. Pretty fair trade in my opinion. LOL Here is a picture of the books.
Ok, where was I? Oh yes. While there, our son, Jon called and asked if I wanted a Pomeranian puppy. Huh? I hadn't even been thinking about a puppy, but Jon said that he had already talked to his dad and dad said it was fine with him as long as it was a boy. So I called Kevin. After talking to him I got the feeling he really wanted this puppy. We kind of miss not having a dog in the house. We lost our 17 year old rat terrier in Jan. So I called Jon back and told him to go pick one out for me. Trusting, aren't I? We made arrangements for me to pick him up on my way home. Jon lives half way between Carolyn and our house. I get there and find out the puppy is 6 months old. That is ok, I guess. He is also trained to a pet pad. Well, I will work on getting him to go outside. He answers to the name Buddy.  Not a creative name, but I don't have the heart to try to change it. Besides, I'm not that creative with names myself.  He is cute as can be and seems very friendly. So I bring him home.
Oh my goodness. I think I just witnessed the beginning of World War III. LOL I carried him in. Kevin was petting him and talking about how cute he was. I put him down on the floor just as Callie and Aeris came to greet me. All heck broke loose! The cats were growling and hissing with huge tails and eyes. Buddy was barking and howling and shaking like a leaf. The cats took off to hide and poor Buddy was a basket case. (big sigh) By this time, Kevin and I are looking at each other thinking, 'What have we done?'

It has been three very long days now and things are getting a little better. Buddy is getting better with the leash. At least now I am not either dragging or carrying him. He follows pretty good. I have been getting him to potty outside at least a couple of times a day. Our beagle, Thunder has decided not to kill him. Oh goodness, she scared me so much the first time I took him out to potty. I literally had to get between her and him. She ignores him now. Buddy only barks at the cats now if they startle him. Of course, I think he has realized that they are bigger than he is, so he had better start getting along with them. LOL Here is Callie looking down at Buddy. Look at that body language.
Callie does not like him and makes no bones about it. Aeris just ignores him and hides out most of the day. I am trying to crate train him at night. The first night in the crate, oh goodness, he barked all night long. By the middle of the night, we decided that we needed to find him another home. Things changed the next morning when we saw that cute little face and that little curled tail wagging to see us. Ok, I have really been working with him. He did much better last night and we were able to get some much needed sleep. He wants to sleep with us, but I am afraid one of us will roll over on him or knock him off the bed. He only weighs 5 lbs. I think it is better for him to have his own special safe place. Besides we already have two cats sleeping with us. Sure don't want a battle in the bed in the middle of the night. (grin)

I do not know much about Buddy's previous history. Jon said his mom is registered, but we don't know about his father. I am pretty sure he is not pure bred, but that doesn't matter one bit to me. Evidently his former owners are moving or something and had to either find him another home or have him put to sleep. Oh my goodness! When I heard that, I would have taken him even if he had been ugly as mud. Thankfully he is cute instead. (big grin) Our vet's wife (also his nurse and secretary)  said things should calm down in a couple of weeks. They will probably end up being good friends. Not so sure about that. I'll settle for tolerating each other. LOL  Anyway, the important thing is Buddy is healthy and smart and cute as a button. Don't you think so?
So now my blog will also have the antics of a little bitty dog. We have never had a dog this small, and no puppy for more than 15 years. I am thinking puppies are harder to raise than kittens, but we love him anyway. Now if Callie and Aeris will just accept him, my world will be right again. I have not had much computer time and very little quilting time this week. I am working with him. I put him on his leash and take him with me wherever I go. Today we picked green beans, tomatoes, and zucchini. He likes it outside, but was ready to go into the house when we got done. I don't blame him. I was pretty hot too. (grin)

I will end this post on a scrappy note. Look what my good friend, Cyndi sent me. As soon as things settle down here at the house, I will be getting creative with these scraps. Thank you so much Cyndi.
Now, I am off to snap green beans. Buddy likes to grab one and shake it. LOL He is so cute when he chases his toys. Ok, enough already about our new dog. Everyone have a great day. Thank you for visiting and putting up with my pet stories.

16 comments:

Granny J said...

Oh my gosh,he's adorable. He might do well with a stuffed toy in the crate with him. I hope Callie and Aeris adjust to having him in the house. I'm so glad you were kind enough to give him a good home.

The fabrics your friend sent you are really pretty.

Pat said...

He is really cute!!! Maybe you can put something of YOURS in the crate with him......an old shirt you don't really need (but WEAR it first) and he might feel more relaxed with your scent near him in the crate. The cats will come around...your vet's wife is right about that.

Quilting Lab said...

Such a CUTIE!!! Oh, I would melt, too! My girls are in crates at night and when we leave them home alone. They always get a treat, kongs are good and you can fill with treats or lately I've put in some peanut butter and cooled in the freezer before giving! Our younger dog will sometimes 'put herself to bed' when tired or if thundering! Lot of luck with the new guy in the family!!
Sherry

jillquilts said...

He is too cute!!! He is going to be so much fun, I can tell!! Are you still having issues with the crate at night? Let me know - my aunt got a lab and they have to train him and got a tip about how to get the dogs to be in their cage quietly/calmly. Also, I have had dogs all my life and just learned that green beans are great to feed them if they are overweight because they are a no calorie food! If only I could get my Maisy to eat them! lol

Cyndi said...

I'm happy to see you posted Buddy's story, Winona! He is really a cutie, and I'm pretty sure that Aeris and Callie will come around; it'll just take a little bit of time. He's small enough that after they get to know him and he them, they will become really good friends! I'm so happy that he got to come home with you and Kevin because I know he will have a wonderful home and be loved! :o)

XOXO,

Cyndi

Just Ramblin' said...

Cute, cute dog! I'm sure it won't take long til everyone is the best of friends. He'l lucky to join our family! Nola

Laura said...

Oh my, Buddy sure is a cutie! I'm sure you will have him trained in no time. The cats will adapt too, even if it just becomes a tolerance of him. That's ok too.

Libby said...

What a CUTIE-PIE!!! I'm thinking that little fellow is going to be spoiled rotten!! You are going to have so much fun! I know we all love our kitties but, as much as we want them to be, kitties dont want to be our best friends!! LOL I can't wait to see and hear more about this little guy! Lucky Dog!

Crispy said...

Awwww what a sweet face :0) I think Callie was just making sure he wasn't going to help you cut fabric....that's her job!!

Crispy

Farm Chick Paula said...

Awww... he is adorable, Winona!! He looks like he's smiling all the time! Sorry it was a rough go at first, but there is always an adjustment period with any new additions, I guess...
Have fun in the veggies- our garden was done for about three weeks ago and hubby mowed it down for me.

Myra said...

Buddy is just darling Winona!!! I am sure things will calm down between your furry friends soon enough... Good luck! 8-)

Cathi said...

He is absolutely adorable!! What an irresistible little face. :-) They'll all sort out their spot in the pecking order, so to speak, eventually.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

Buddy is a cutie I have wondered what our cat precious would do if we got a dog pretty sure she would hide and never come out.lol Darcy

Amy (lilme2_99) said...

I showed Buddy's pic to my daughters, and it was a simultaneous...."awwwwwwwwww"

Patience will probably be one of the biggest virtues over the next couple of weeks in your house while all the animals become accustomed to each other. I tried introducing a kitten once when I had an "inside labrador"--wasn't pretty! But now the dog is outside, and DH is allergic to cats, so "out" she went....**shrug**. Hope your situation only gets better!

And that pic of Buddy posed on the bed-----PRECIOUS!!!!

Little Lady Patchwork said...

Welcome Buddy!

Stefanie

Terry said...

Awe...Buddy is a real cutie! :0)

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