Sunday, January 21, 2024

Happy Gotcha Day Teddy!!

We met Teddy and his sisters on a cold January day and while they were all adorable something said Teddy was going to be our new dog.

This has been something of a crazy year and while I hoped to post so many puppy blog entries it didn't work out that way. Instead we were busy living the puppy life. He has been such an amazing blessing in our lives.

He turned one in November and this week he will be getting nuetered. Our Vet wanted us to wait until he was one and it seemed a challenge to try doing it during the holidays so while not much of a gotcha gift it will be off the list of dreaded anticipations on our calendar. Since all our dogs were rescues or breeder placements we have never gone through this so like all things with Teddy we are breaking new ground.

We do still check on the Blogger feed to see how our friends are doing although we don't always stop to leave comments. We hope all of your are fairing well this winter. It has been a bit cold lately, typical of New England. Teddy and Annie are both loving the snow.

Monday, December 25, 2023

Merry Christmas

We wish all of you a safe, happy, and healthy Christmas with the ones you love. Best wishes for an amazing New Year.

We were very fortunate that Mom's favorite place to get Santa photos was back up and running for Teddy's first every picture with Santa. As an adult Sheltie I've met with a few Santa's and this guy is the real deal.

Mom said I created a bit of a scene when I didn't want to get off of Santa's lap but I haven't seen him since before COVID. Last year wasn't the real Santa. This guy is just amazing. I'm so glad Teddy's first trip was with the real dude. Even Teddy didn't act up. He clearly knew this was important.

Merry Christmas! Enjoy. Annie and Teddy

Saturday, November 25, 2023

Happy 1st Birthday Teddy!!!

It is hard to believe this this large happy fellow was once this tiny little fellow. It has been an amazing year of growth.

Happy Birthday my precious boy. While time seems to fly around you we are enjoying the journey.

Since we don't post as often as we used to we are so excited to announce one of our favorite dog photographers is back doing a dog pictures with Santa fundraiser and we've already booked an appointment. Teddy's first experience with Santa will be with the best available.

I was pretty sure I couldn't repeat what we put Annie through last year where they took the dog(s) into a separate room to take the pictures and the dog owners weren't alloweed to be with the dogs. They eventually ended up asking us to come as Annie freaked out. She'd always done it with Katy and that was her first year on her own. I can only imagine what mischief Teddy would start unsupervised. I think they are also doing Frosty instead of Santa. Nothing against Frosty but I like the pics with Santa.

I am so grateful we will going to a different location but a familiar photographer. Not only do I love the yearly picks with Santa but if I don't get the cards out quickly enough I hear from people asking me if we got the pictures done, so I know others find the pics adorable as well.

Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Teddy's First Halloween

Since COVID started we've been giving candy out during Halloween outside. Since the dogs really hate the doorbell staying outside has proven a much easier method for all concerned. The dogs enjoy seeing the action and it provides less stress for all.

DH devised a candy chute the first year and we've kept using it as a minimal contact way to deliver candy since. It keeps the kids amused and it makes for a little more fun during the evening. Our neighbors across from us do a haunted yard so it gets to be a busy neighborhood.

I was able to get a new Teddy Halloween Snoopy flag in time for the holiday. I have one on order for Thanksgiving. I'm still putiing out the ones with Katy and I even made one from my favorite Bailey photo that goes out every Spring as a memorial to him.

In years past, especially last year when Katy wasn't well, Annie and Katy would curl up together for warmth on the blanket. Annie would handle all the kids that wanted to pat the cute dogs and Katy would occasionaly grant an audience when it suited her, but with Annie there she always had a shield.

This year we set up the blanket separating Teddy who can be all hyper puppy when Annie wants to rest on one side and Annie on the other but Annie decided she wanted to be up close and personal with the kids and played stealth Sheltie for the evening. When she finally admitted to being cold DH brought her a blanket to use and she stayed there the rest of the night happy to finally be able to choose her own path.

Teddy did an amazing job as he's never seen that many people in his entire puppy life. We didn't let him get up close but he was fascinated watching people come and go

Tuesday, November 7, 2023

Remembering Angel Katy on her Anniversary

Our last year with Katy was a hard one as she was so sick for much of it. I had thought I'd would have documented much more of Teddy's first year, but this year has had some challenges but far greater blessings. While I may later regret not documenting Teddy's first year with us, I am so much more grateful for the time we spent living this first year with him.

However, today I come to remember Katy, one year after we lost her. I can't but think Katy would have loved Teddy. Something tells me he wouldn't get away with nearly as much with her as he does with Annie.

Our beautiful girl came to us from rescue when she was two. She is why I believe the earlier people realize they have made a mistake in bringing a dog into the home and responsibly turn it over to a breed rescue or shelter the better it is for the dog. Dragging it out when people either can't or won't work on the challenges the dog has added to their lives is not fair to the dog, especially when the younger the dog is, the fewer the problems it has acquired in this first home, the more likely it is to find a forever home afterwards.

Bailey and Katy were meant to find one another. We never got Katy's background story from the rescue but she was very isolated from the world. She was terrified of everything. Bailey acted as her guide to the world, encouraging her to try new things and sheltering her when things were too overwhelming for her. He celebrated when she succeeded at overcoming her fears while she pretended she'd never been afraid of it. She was capable of anything.

When Bailey got sick, Katy was his companion to the end. She was devestated when he died. We had started looking for a companion before Bailey died. We had one failed rescue before finding a breed placement with Annie, who quickly become Katy's therapy dog. Annie had to be at Katy's beck and call at all times.

Since Katy has passed Annie has been working on figuring out what her role is without Katy needing her support, especially with a demanding puppy in the house.

We were very blessed to have Katy with us for 14 years. I still miss her calm presence in the house. I am glad that she is no longer suffering. That last year was rough. I prefer remembering her stronger years playing with Bailey and Annie.

Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Meet Teddy the Newest Member of Sheltie Times

We are used to long searches for our new Sheltie family members so we were quite surprised that we found Teddy just as we were gearing up for the prep to search.

A wonderful woman reached out to me at Sheltie Nation with the names of breeders in our area with puppies available right away.

One of the challenges of finding a new dog is finding good quality breeders. Often the most well advertised breeders are not the ones you want to do business with and the higher quality breeders just don't have the time for an online presence easily located by those hoping to find them. When you have people willing to help you make the match it is such a blessing.

Teddy was born November 25, 2022 and were were very blessed to have him join our Sheltie pack on January 21, 2022 at 8 weeks old. He had 3 adorable sisters. It was hard to decide but Teddy seemed a good choice with Annie. I do wish we'd taken pictures while at the meet and greet but we were so focused on all the interactions and trying to choose that we didn't want the phones to be the focus. It would have been nice to have a family picture for his record.

Teddy loves toys, chasing balls, and is all energy. We are so grateful to Ann at Sheltie Nation and Acadia Shelties in CT for helping us find our new family member. It has been busy getting adjusted as we were really at the thinking about doing this not doing this righ now stage, but it has been worth all the craziness for this beautiful bundle of joy.

Friday, January 20, 2023

The search for a New Friend

Well friends Dog Dad and Mom have begun the search for a new friend for me. I miss Katy terribly and living alone is just not in the cards for me.

After having three Shelties Mom and Dad are entering new territory they are talking a puppy. While Bailey was a puppy when they got him he was Mom's miracle rescue a puppy that was fully housebroken when he came home. This means starting from scratch and they are both excited and a bit scared at the prospect so send them your best wishes.

They are currently in talks with a breeder and have high hopes. If that doesn't work they will continue looking because they want the right fit for our Sheltie pack. Hopefully we will have some news soon about my new brother or sister.

Mom is doing her research on puppy raising and is excited to get started. I think I'll be more excited once I meet this new creature who will be entering my Sheltie space.