Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Annabelle and Sadie at the Pond

Baby number one came with her name - Annabelle.  That really fits her.  Rudy calls her Annie.  Baby number two finally has a name - Sadie.

We have realized that our first impression of their personalities was not correct.  Annabelle is not the outgoing one.  Sadie is. Beth (the one who gave us the dog) told us that Annabelle had a mothering personality.  That is true.  Annabelle is a bit apt to study the situation before jumping in.  I mean that literally as well as figuratively.  Take a look at some of their latest adventures.

 They both love the water... once they get there.  Sadie will follow us anywhere, almost any time.  Annie doesn't like to get out when it's hot.  I can't say I blame her.  But if we go to the pond while the sun is high, Annie needs to be carried. If you put her down too soon, she'll run back to the house.  The house is base. Sadie likes to be carried as well, but if you put her down she'll keep following.

Once at the pond, Sadie is first in.  Ooooh that cool water feels good.

Sadie is  likely to be our trick dog.  She loves playing fetch.  Balls, sticks, you name it.  She'll fetch.  And fetching a stick from the water is her favorite.  This shot shows a peak at Sadie's pointing abilities.

She swims way out to get it.  The first couple of times, she didn't want to venture too far from the edge, but now she's going 10 or 12 feet away and is very comfortable swimming.  It's amazing.

Both Sadie and Annabelle love to jump and splash at the edge of the water.   They are a bundle of energy!

 They can get pretty wild.

 This is one of my favorite shots.  Rudy has just thrown a stick out into the pond.  Look at that classic pose.  That's Sadie.  Right after this, she dove in and fetched the stick.

 This is their favorite toy.  It's Jack's rope.  It's pretty big and Sadie and Annabelle are perfectly happy to chew on it at the same time.  They'll fetch the rope, too and they'll both hold onto it as they bring it back.  I wish I'd been able to get a good photo of that.  I'll keep trying.

For now, this is the best I could do.  Notice that our porch is pretty devoid of decor.  We quickly realized we needed to do some rearranging.  The cute stuff has been moved to screened porch areas.  We put some chairs and things on the front that were most likely to survive puppy chewing.  Pillows are a no-no.  It doesn't look very attractive, but maybe I can come up with some creative ways to add color.  It's a small sacrifice for having such joy and happiness.  Puppies are such fun!

By the way, we highly recommend getting two puppies together.  There has been no crying or whimpering from missing mom.  They comfort and entertain each other.  They are happy as can be.


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