Monday, December 28, 2009

Meet Sophie

After a lovely Christmas with the family in Massachusetts, we drove back to Connecticut on Saturday afternoon. On Sunday we drove down to Baltimore, Maryland to pick up our new puppy. We planned to leave home at 8am which would get us to Baltimore by about 1pm. Ah, the best laid plans, eh? In true Brunton/Nelson fashion, we were running a little late getting on the road and we ended up leaving about 8:45 (with Shelby in tow). There was a TON of traffic on the roads and it seemed like we couldn't drive more than 10 miles without hitting another backup. With a couple of stops added in to get gas and food, we didn't arrive in Baltimore until 4pm. Ugh.

We got to Sophie's house and spent a little while meeting her owners and her mummy and daddy. Shelby hit it off with Sophie's dad, who got a little too excited and had to be locked in the other room! After chatting with the breeders for a bit, we let Sophie say goodbye to her sister Roxie and headed back out on the road. Sophie sat up front on Rodney's lap while Shelby lay in the back looking thoroughly ticked off with the whole ordeal. At some point Shelby managed to sneak into the front as well and the two pups slept next to each other the rest of the way home. The drive home was a little better traffic-wise and we got back around 11:30pm.

It took us a while to get everyone settled into their respective beds. Sophie slept in her crate on the bedroom floor and Shelby took up her usual spot under the covers in the bed with us. We woke up a few times to the sound of Sophie crying in her crate but she managed to get back to sleep eventually each time. When the alarm clock went off this morning she started up again with the crying. We tried to ignore her for a bit hoping she would go back to sleep but she kept going and going, getting louder and more frantic until she was yapping like crazy. We figured she would tire herself out and were trying to ignore her so as not to teach her that crying will get us to come to her. Well, then there was a sound from her crate that got our attention. The loud splat of a serious bout of diarrhea all over her new blankie from Grammy. :( I went to her crate with my eyes half closed and as I tried to pick her up to move the dirty blankets out, she fell over (she's a bit wobbly still) and landed in the pile of poo. Don't you just love Monday mornings? So we started our day with a little sponge bath at the sink and our first load of puppy related laundry.

Later in the day, while I was out at work, Sophie had her first photo shoot with Rodney. Here are some of our favorite shots:

"Who me? Poop in my crate? No way. A big boy did it and ran away." We are still dogsitting for Shelby and she is being so good with little Sophie.Sophie started to get frustrated about not being able to get down off the bed and thought she'd let Rodney know of her displeasure by howling.
"You stick with me, kid. I'll show you the ropes."

Monday, December 21, 2009

Snow Storm

We woke up to a snowy landscape on Sunday morning in Boston. A storm had swept up the east coast over night with some areas getting as much as 26" of snow. The drive back to Connecticut was not as treacherous as we anticipated. The plows had been out and most of the roads were actually clear and dry.
Luckily our driveway was already plowed by the time we got home. We got about 12" in Cheshire.

Dog Tired

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We had the pleasure of looking after a little Boston Terrier this weekend. That's Shelby relaxing on the couch. We were at a family gathering that featured a lot of dogs, six in total. Here are five of them. Petra managed to keep herself just out of the shot as we tried to get them all to sit for a photo.
After a nonstop day of chasing the other dogs around Shelby was absolutely exhausted.

Friday, December 18, 2009

How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?

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We have had to ration our use of firewood recently as the supply that the previous owners left behind was dwindling. This morning we had a delivery of a fresh cord of seasoned firewood. This should keep us going through the winter.
As the temperatures were well below freezing we put on some warm layers and started moving the wood behind the garage
It took about an hour and a half to move and stack the wood

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

No chestnuts roasting here

There's nothing quite like a toasty warm fire on a cold winter night.
It seems Jen also needed a blanket for extra coziness.So far, Biscuit is the only one that has had time to put up his Christmas tree. He likes to have the lights on so he can see what he's eating.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

A Friend for Biscuit

We've been talking about getting a dog for a while now. I have wanted one ever since I can remember and now that we're settled in to the house we thought it was about time. Dogsitting Shelby only fueled the fire. Shelby's Daddy, Dave, got her from his sister whose dog had puppies around this time last year. Dave knew we wanted a dog and knew of my near obsession with Boston Terriers. As luck would have it, his sister's dog was having puppies again this year. Yippie! The pups were born on November 12 and will be ready to leave their mummy right around Christmas. We have dibs on one of the girl puppies. This is Sophie.