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."


joan said...

Looks like they're great pals.
Sophie will miss Shelby when she goes home.

Andrea said...

What an adorable little baby dog!!! When are you inviting us all over to meet her?

Erin said...

Great pics and an adorable pooch! We can relate to the initial puppy growing pains, but eventually hopefully you will only find poop in the bathroom when company comes over;)