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Meet Alex!

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"About as much fun as a bag of weasels"...when I first saw this Irish adage, it made me think of the life of a writer: sometimes perilous, sometimes painful, certainly interesting. My paper journal has always been called "The Bag of Weasels." This is the Bag of Weasels' online home.

Meet Alex!

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I have not been online for several days now because Bobby and I have a new addition to our family!

We decided to get the puppy, though it was our assumption that we'd have a couple of weeks to get ready for him. Alas, Bobby went into work on Thursday and told his friend that we were interested and got hooked up with his friend's brother Ernie, who had the litter. Ernie lives more than two hours from us in Virginia, and Friday, he was going to be in Annapolis, which is only about twenty minutes away. He asked if we would like him to bring Alex then, and facing a five-hour to and from Virginia, we agreed.

Which gave us one night of frantic shopping and puppy-proofing the apartment before Alex arrived!

Bobby got up early to meet Ernie at the truck stop off of I-95 to pick up Alex. The initial plans were that Alex would spend the day at work with me, since Bobby had important things to tend to at his job and couldn't take off. But when his supervisor heard about our new arrival, she gave him the day off.

Bobby got home a few minutes before I left for work with a little golden bundle in his arms. Needless, to say, I was late to work that morning, but Johnny the Boss understood: He is a dog-person too.

Bobby brought him by the office around 11 so that Johnny could meet Alex, and we had lunch in the conference room while Alex played on the floor.

Alex was one of a litter of six, and he was Ernie's daughter's favorite, and she insisted that he be the last to go, which is how we ended up with him. Do I even need to mention how precious he is? He alternates between being a little troublemaker and sleeping. He is sleeping at the moment, curled up next to Bobby on the couch.

He's doing remarkably well with everything. Potty-training is coming along great. He's had two little accidents on the carpet, and the first time that we left him alone, he messed in his crate, though I suspect this was more from anxiety than anything else. He'd never been left alone before. He certainly understands that he is supposed to potty outside. He's also learned what are his toys (and acceptable for chewing) and what is not. Sometimes, he mistakes hands and wrists for toys, but he is a puppy, so we correct him and give him something more appropriate and less painful to chew.

He's been doing fairly well at night. We put him in his crate in our bedroom, and if we leave him, he will cry. So we try to get him to fall asleep in our laps and then stick him in the crate without him knowing. It doesn't always work that perfectly. But again, he's spent two nights sleeping alone without mom and littermates, so some difficulty is to be expected. He wakes up crying sometimes too, and Bobby walks him and we try to coax him back to sleep and slip him back into the crate without him knowing. Again, an imperfect system, and Bobby spent part of the night with him on the couch the first night and he spent part of the night with Bobby in bed last night. Because of my allergies, I can't have an animal in bed regularly, but while he's a puppy and we're still working with him, I'll adapt. It's certainly preferable to spending the entire night awake while he cries.

Yesterday, we took him to meet his grandparents. Bobby let it slip to his parents that we were getting a puppy, though they did not know what kind; my parents had no idea. We went out for Chinese last night for Bobby's and my two-year wedding anniversary (today!), so we surprised them with Alex. Everyone adored him, and the proud grandparents fought over who got to hold him and took many, many pictures.

Alex is so clearly a retriever. He loves to carry around sticks and leaves when we're playing outside; he also loves to plunge through piles of leaves. But he's had a busy first two days in the House of Felagund, so today, he has mostly slept.


Alex at nine weeks, during the first two days that we had him.

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  • Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww he's so cute. And small :) *melts*
    I guess that huge pillow will be an estimate that he'll be a big dog :)

    Welcome Alex! May you have lots of fun in the Felagund fortress!
  • Awww, he's adorable! Hope he'll stop crying at night soon and feel comfortable on his own, poor thing! But such a cutie! *reduced to puddle of adoration in the face of baby animals*

    And you have lovely long hair! I never knew that. *off-topic*

    *gives Alex a kitten icon because has no doggy icons*
    • He should stop crying soon. He's just trying to adjust to sleeping by himself for the first time ever. He used to have a mom and siblings to snuggle up with; now he has no one. :( Poor guy. But he's getting better even after two days with being left alone. He'll get lots of practice this week since Bobby and I are working much of the week.

      My hair reaches my bum! (Which can be kind of annoying as it snags in my trousers. :^P) I like to deceive people by balling it up into a tiny bun, and when I wear it down, people gasp and say, "I had no idea your hair was so long!" I get called Lady Godiva a lot too. :^P

      My wedding pictures that I posted last year show better how long it is--and it's had two years to grow since then!

      *takes the OT and runs with it* :^P
  • Awwwww, I want a puppy:p
  • Awwww, how cute!

    He's SO sweet. ♥

    I love big yellow dogs, and cute little puppies that one day will turn into big yellow dogs are even better!

    Wonderful pictures and congratulations on the new family member.

    So we try to get him to fall asleep in our laps and then stick him in the crate without him knowing.

    Sounds very sweet, but what are you going to do if he keeps doing that when he's a huge big heavy yellow dog? Poor little mite! I hope he'll get used to your routine quickly.
  • PUPPY!!!!!!!! EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!! So CUTE!!!!!! *squees*

    And that is totally cool that he loves to retrieve things. Soon you will be as lazy as I am, and will have Alex pick up dropped objects instead of bending down to get them yourself! ;)
  • Is Bobby growing his hair? AWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!! He's soooo cuuuuuuuuttte!!!

    And so is ALEX! LOL!

    No, Alex is simply adorable. I hope that he brings you lots & lots of happy times!
    • I agree: Bobby is cute! And he is growing out his hair. ;) I think that the long hair looks really good on him.

      We're looking forward to Alex growing up to where we can take him on our hikes and trips with us. We're planning a few backpacking trips for next year, and we hope that he'll be able to come along with us!

      I also enjoy obedience training, so I'm looking forward to when he is big enough to work with him a little bit. Put that fancy psychology degree to work a little. ;)

      But in the meantime, we are enjoying his babyhood!
  • Sooo adorable! That is one of the cutest ages for puppies, but they grow up so fast.

    And now you get to think about puppy kindergarten in a couple months.

    May I make a suggestion? Decide now whether you want Alex to ever sleep on the bed or be on the couch, as a 90 pound dog just can't be pushed off very easily. And they never seem to think that they're fine curled up in a ball at the unused corner of the bed, it's usually perpendicular to the humans, or in the middle or ...

    But, oh such a sweetie! It's hard to not run out a get a puppy of my own right this minute.
    • I'm really excited to start training him. There was one time in my life where I lived and breathed dog training with our two golden mixes. But Alex is the first puppy I've trained.

      He's allowed on the couches but won't be able to sleep in the bed for two practical reasons. For one, it is too small! For another, I have allergies to almost every form of animal hair; nothing debilitating, and I do grow accustomed with time, as I have had both cats and dogs in the past and not suffered inordinately. But animals in the bed is not a good thing for me, and I told Bobby before we even got Alex that he can't sleep with us.

      At the moment, though, it is often choosing between having Alex scream and cry or letting him curl up and sleep with Bobby until he settles down. So for our sake--and our neighbors'--we try to keep him quiet and get him to sleep.

      But he's making great progress when we leave him alone, so we're hoping that this will be a non-issue soon. The first time, he cried and shrieked and made a mess of his crate. He's been graudally calming down. Though this afternoon, we left him in the kitchen behind a baby gate, and he managed to escape! That was a surprise to come home to. To the best we can tell, he crawled up the side of his crate, jumped over the baby gate and onto the futon, and then he was free. Maybe Houdini would be a better name for him. :^P
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    Aww, he's so adorable! I always wanted a dog, but my mom's seriously allergic.

    Happy anniversary!

    Do you think Alex might inspire some stories about Celegorm and Huan? I bet Huan was cute as a puppy. And a dog the size of a horse had to have been a huge puppy, too.

    • Thank you! :)

      I am allergic too, though not seriously, luckily. It's more of a mild thing: If I pet the dog and rub my eyes, they get itchy and swollen. If the dog scratches or nips my arm...eep, that itches terribly. I love animals enough to suffer through it. It's a pity that your mom suffers so badly from the same. :(

      Perhaps Alex will inspire some Huan-based stories! He's the first puppy I've raised, so this is a good educational experience. (And I think that the big dogs are that much cuter when they're babies!)
  • Awww! What a cute addiction addition to the house :D
    • Lol! That's a good way to put it! Especially since Bobby and I willingly shift our lives around Alex. ;)
  • He is adorable. And I love the reactions of the proud grandparents.

    This might help fend off some uncomfortable questions from that area. For a while, at least, there's precious little difference between a grandchild and a grandpuppy.
    • I'm a little biased, but I think he's the cutest puppy I've ever seen. ;)

      My parents and inlaws both know that there's no chance of grandkids from Bobby and me. They know better than to even bring up the subject, as I have a habit of climbing on a soapbox rather quickly. So they're happy with their "grandpeppers" and their "granddog" and hold out hope for grandkids from Sharon & Kirsty and Erin in the meanwhile.
  • Congratulations on your new fur-buddy! He's very cute.
    • Thank you! :) We adore him. He's even curbed our urge to go rushing out of the house (which is something that we actually need).
  • That noise you just heard in the air was me squeeing rather loudly. ;) He's so little! It's going to be amazing if you've kept his collar when he's all big and you look back at it and think, "How did he ever fit into this?" :D

    And I love the "last one to leave the litter" or "previous caretaker's favorite" babies--that's how my family got White Sox and Chip--they tend to be the smartest and the sweetest and the funniest. :D

    (Ooh--and Alex seems to have exactly the same water bottle Chip and Tess has! Handy thing, it is... though I always spill it all over myself...)
    • When we got his collar, we got the next-smallest size available. We're definitely keeping it! And every time he scampers underneath of something, I think of the day when we will laugh to think that he was small enough to fit in there. Today, he took a nap under our coffee table where--in a few months time--he won't even hope to fit.

      Were White Sox and Chip related? Just curious.... :)

      I struggle with "Le Bistro" quite a bit too. This evening, Bobby asked me to rinse it out, then had to help me with putting it back together. I'm hopeless.... :^P
  • He is so cute, he just looks so angelic when he's sleeping. I asked Sharon if we could have one and she said no :( aparently we need a house first. :-P At least I can play with him in less than 3 weeks :-D That's if he likes British people :-P
    • I'm sure he'll love you. He's an equal-opportunity biter. ;)

      And you had it exactly right: He is an angel...when he's sleeping!

      See you soon! *squee!*

    *smooches precious puppy bebe*

    There is definitely baby animal fever on my flist...

    Alex...aw, your house is sooo clean. Your new mom & dad have no idea what's in store for them, do they.

    • Yeah, since Alex's arrival, our apartment has suffered a decline in cleanliness, forcing me to be less of a freak about such things. "OMG there's a leaf on the carpet!" *gets out vacuum* There's about twelve leaves on the carpet right now, all in various stages of destruction by Alex the Carpet Alligator! :^P

      (The unfortunate side-effect of this being that my husband feels at liberty to leave stinky hockey equipment out to "air" a bit longer than before. *barf*)
  • He is gorgeous! and welcoem to the life of puppyownership *lol*

    Should I admit that Min took 6 months to stop waking and crying at night? At which stage we gave up on having ehr sleep in the ktichen (which shaun had wanted) and let her sleep under our bed... now she even sleeps in in the mornings if given teh chance...

    seriously though, dogs are amazing but puppies especially are very good at eating into writing time ;) although I still wouldn't be without mine...

    congratulations to the new addition
    • Thank you! :)

      Alex has gradually shaped us to adjust to his sleeping preferences too. I was adamant at first: "In the crate, all night!" Well, when he wakes up three times in the crate and requires fifteen minutes each time to get to sleep back in it...yeah, last night he slept in his preferred spot on a pillow on the floor by Bobby's side of the bed. And he woke up once because he had to potty.

      So long as he doesn't sleep in the bed, I'm fine. I'm a little allergic and animals in the bed mean that I don't sleep. It's not supposed to work that way. ;)
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