Monday, October 8, 2007

New member of our family

For those of you who do not know yet, we have a new member of our family of the four-legged species. Our dog of 8 1/2 years, Jada, had to be put to sleep last week. She had arthritis in her legs and some days would hobble around on just three legs. This made her become a little grouchy to the boys who wanted her to still run around and play for hours like she used to. She began to show her grouchiness by growling or nipping at the boys when she was tired or had enough. Then she bit Cody on the face, thankfully it only left red marks and a scratch. But we decided we couldn't chance worse. Besides the boys to worry about, they have playmates over quite often. It was a very sad day and Caleb was really upset.

Coincidentally, we had decided to get a new puppy a few weeks before this incident occurred. Caleb and I had gone to look at the puppies and Caleb had picked out and named a little male. Note the one poking his nose out of the kennel. Max is his name.

They are Brittany spaniels and are supposed to be excellent with children, as well as great hunting dogs. Ben has been wanting to hunt more and was itching to get a new dog to train. So a few days after the incident with Jada, we went and picked up our pup. He is 8 weeks old and is of outstanding breeding pedigree for hunting and as a family dog. The boys think he is great fun.

Can't believe how small he is! We are on day 3 of sleepless nights of Max squealing, howling, and whimpering. Will post progress on training.

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