During the summer, the college works four ten-hour days and takes Fridays off. The ten-hour days get a bit grueling, but the Fridays off are decadent. Today was my last Friday. I’m not really sure what happened, when the summer started we had big plans. Today we finally made it out to the beach with the babies. Their first trip to the beach.
Needless to say, I think we broke the babies. When we got back to the car they both laid down the minute they hit the cushions and we never heard another peep out of them.
They were pretty excited when we first got there. They barely wanted to hang for a photo and were ready to go exploring.
New things to put in their mouths, people to watch, new air to sniff, the roar of the incoming tide to listen to and feel the sand in their toes.
Despite their love for the kiddy pools in our backyard, they wanted nothing to do with the ocean water. They barked at the strange dogs on the beach. They didn’t like the feel of the stringy sea weed in their mouths. But the horse poop left on the beach? That was a delicacy and we were on constant watch to keep them away from the tasty nuggets.
It’s a known fact that neither Karen nor I have ever had a puppy. We have always loved our more “lifestyle” dogs. You know, the couch potatoes.
When we got the call that the little girl was available, fear penetrated my soul, but the call of the wild was stronger. We loved the idea of experiencing a puppy.
Zippy is an amazing baby sitter. He is so patient with them now. It took a couple of days of watching them closely, but he is so good at wearing them out just even a little bit.
It’s true, Glory teases Zip almost unmercifully at times. See that couch? Before we knew we were going to have babies, we invested in a custom leather couch.
We try to keep it covered for mild protection. I’m not really sure how successful we are now that the puppies have arrived.
The entire living room has been converted into a romper room as they play leap frog from cushion to cushion and take flying leaps onto and off of the couch.
This is what much of our day looks like now. Always having adult dogs in the house is so different.
The two younguns’ squabble like this all of the time. And every thing they say about those baby teeth being sharp is so, so true.
As Sage hung off of the arm of the couch for the longest time, Zip and Glory got in a few licks of their own.
Yes, this is our new life. Laughter and fun and giggles and not much quiet time.
I must confess, having puppies in the house equates to never having a dull moment. These have un-ending energy. And, just when I think they are winding down, their two-minute power nap has re-charged their batteries for another un-ending play session. They crack me up every minute of every day.
Just when I think their batteries are running down, they take a two-minute power nap and they are off again. Running, chasing and just a whole lot of rough and tumble. I can’t help but sit in the middle of the action and just watch them play. They really are a ton of fun.
Every once in awhile, we will catch those sweet and tender moments that bring a tear to our eye, hardly believing how lucky we are to have a puppy or two in our life.
How could anyone possibly say no to this face?
Apparently Glory thinks Sage needs a hat. He agrees.
Are you tired of puppy pictures yet?
Just for the record, when my daughters were but young pups I documented nearly every day of their first year too, and yes I know right where those photos are.
These two are growing like weeds. Faster than the weeds in our backyard. We are discovering that their batteries are lasting longer too before they crash. But the minute they crash, it probably has to be the sweetest thing in the world.
Oh, if they could just stay little.
According to Facebook, the little toe was designed specifically to Geo-locate furniture in low light conditions.
I personally can attest to that fact.
Apparently, so can Cinderella.
It started with a limp. The kind that sends the fear of panic into us. Then, we noticed some swelling in the foot. We had a few run ins with spider bites, so we just assumed that we were dealing with another spider bite.
Even with antibiotics, the swelling didn’t go down so we were off to the vet clinic, our home away from home.
A little touchy feelie by the vet and she was off for xrays.
Poor little pumpkin has broken her toe. There really isn’t much you can do with a broken toe and it is typical of a racing injury. We are guessing she probably did it while running around like a wild woman.
Never fear little one. We will get you back to as good as new.
Ever so slowly we are letting the puppies play with the other dogs. Zippy is incredibly gentle with them, but I still remain the nervous nelly and probably overly cautious.
We took the puppies out for a few meet and greets today and they are amazing with people. So sweet and loving.
I find it hard to believe that they are going to be as big as Zip… soon.
We took them shopping for chew toys today. The pig ears were a huge hit.
Sage and Glory are our first puppies. Up until this point, Karen and I have always adopted adult dogs. We’ll always have room for seniors, we love them so much. But oh how we love these puppies.
Life is different in puppy land. Having two makes so much sense. They play and play, chase and chase, tug and tug… and then, they just crash. Freight trains, vacuum cleaners, other dogs… during the crash phase of life nothing seems to bother them.
Sadly, one of the legs on this spider didn’t make it through the intense game of tug. As soon as it came off, they looked, dropped and started tugging on the other legs.
Bitey neck seems to be the favorite past time of these two.
Sage seems to enjoy the bitey neck game best of all, but rest assured, Glory gets her licks in too.
See? I told you so.
And when they start to wind down, Sage is the most loving and adorable puppy on earth. Of course he was really cooperative after he peed on my backdrop.
And Glory will grow up to be our little princess.