Monday, 1 October 2007

His Name is Jake

And he's seven weeks old. He's a bundle of energy one minute and a sleeping baby the next. We got him from a farm in North Wales. It took forever to drive there Friday afternoon. I'd said we were just going for a look, but the longer the trip the more I knew we were bringing a puppy home that night. In fact we almost brought two puppies home. We stopped at an ASDA on the way back and I bought some food, toys, blanket, puppy shampoo, and laundry basket for his bed. He's decided he prefers one of the cats' beds. She never goes in it anyway.

Needless to say, the cats are not impressed. It's upset their whole routine, but they haven't run away -- yet. I'm trying to reassure them and let them know they're still top dog. Jake finds them very amusing and is desperate to play with them. They just hiss at him and run away. He has chewy toys and a ball, but his mouth is still too small for them so he's been trying to chew on my slippers. I don't want him to form any bad habits so I'm not encouraging the chewing. He's already partially house-trained (as long as we take him out every hour and a half or so). He's not so good in the night yet, but he's still young. He knows when he goes to one part of the grass that he's expected to do something and he usually performs, to profuse praise. It's been a long time since I had a dog, but I think he's doing very well. He even sometimes responds to commands like Sit and Stay.

I said last week I was going to start Monday Moaning posts, and I will next week when I tire of poopy patrol. But this week, I'm absolutely besotted. And so is hubby. He said he thought he was doing very well for a non-animal lover. I told him that I always knew that deep, deep down he was an animal lover, but that it had been repressed for a long time. He laughed at that.

And the lovely RC has given me another award. I love awards. This is one for blogs that make people smile. I do hope everyone who reads this one is smiling today. I sure am. I will post some pix of Jake once we download them or upload them or whatever. He's black and white with a tough of tan on his cheeks. His nose is white and pink with a big black freckle. He is just so good-natured too. Maybe I've had cats too long. Don't get me wrong. I still love them dearly, but this guy is special too.


Anonymous said...

He sounds adorable. Can't wait to see the pics. Puppies are such gorgeous creatures, no matter how much hard work they create, you can't help but love them to bits. Have a wonderful time with him.

I've posted some pictures of our dogs on my blog page today, thought I'd have a change from the writing!

Crystal xx

Vi vi vi vooom!!!!!!!! said...

Wow, for seven weeks, that's pretty good training so far! I love dogs, my boys would love one, or a cat, but While I'm renting, I refuse to let them have one, because it's not fair on the animal if we have to move, and also makes it hard to find accomodation when you have animals. (not that I'm planning to move anywhere at the moment!)

laurie said...

hoooray!! and i was smiling BROADLY as i read your post. reminded me of our guys when they were little.

he sounds as good as gold. if he nips your heels to herd you, a good squirt with a squirt gun should cure him of it quickly.

i look forward to pictures!
and congratulations on your award. well deserved.

Annie said...

Sounds cute - we need pictures!

Puppies always make me smile, but never enough to make me want one in my house ha ha!

Kelly said...

I am in love too- he sounds heavenly. Can't wait for the pics.


Kaycie said...

He sounds like a doll. You've made me think about when our Jack was just a little guy. It's so much fun. Enjoy it! Looking forward to pictures of little Jake.

By the way, the cats will adjust. Our two have. The male even plays with the pup. The female most avoids him or teases him, though. Funny, that.

The Rotten Correspondent said...

Oh, I can't wait for pictures. He sounds like a cutie! I miss puppy breath. There's nothing quite like it.

Welcome home, Jake!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

CJ: I'll be over to see your dogs.

Vi: I understand about the renting thing. Been there, done that.

Annie: I should think your children keep you busy enough.

Laurie: Thanks for the squirt bottle tip. Is 7 weeks too young to begin training?

Kelly: thank you. He is so adorable.

Kaycie: The cats are a bit better today, and maybe a bit more tomorrow.

RC: I'm not sure I like puppy breath.

Pixie said...

pics soon then i can not only smile but go aaaaahhhh!

Glad he's settling in so well 'specially with hubby!

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

Pixie: Hubby adores him.

Annie said...

Popping back here to say thanks for the tip on the gators! Sadly, that stroller doesn't turn quickly either!

Good Luck with the citizenship test. When my DH was doing his here a few years ago, the questions weren't that hard (well to me anyway - I studied US economic and social history at college) but many of our US friends had no clue to the answers of the civics and history questions here either!

Wayfarer Scientista said...

Oh, congratulations on the new furry kid. Aren't they the best?

wakeupandsmellthecoffee said...

annie: ah the joys of living in Florida -- I bet when you bought that stroller, you never thought once about alligators.

wayfara scientista: Hello again. Yep, I think I finally got my third child.

Shauna Loves Chocolate said...

Congratulations. I'm so happy for you!