Monday, June 15, 2009

Puppy Love

A while back I posted about an expected new addition to our family. About a month ago Hazel finally joined us, and she has turned our lives completely upside-down. All the carpets have been temporarily rolled up, doggie barriers have been erected in strategic locations throughout the apartment, my nightly Law & Order fix has been replaced with The Dog Whisperer, and I've been getting up before 7 a.m.

In short, things are all topsy-turvy.

She is half golden retriever, half poodle. They call them golden-doodles. I wish I were kidding.

She is a clumsy, shoe-chewing, tail-wagging fuzzball.

But she turns those sweet brown eyes your way, and her puppy exuberance is so infectious, that playing fetch and getting drooled on suddenly seems like a perfectly thrilling way to pass an evening.

We named her Hazel after the lead character in Richard Adams' classic novel Watership Down, which Ash and I both read in the spring and loved.

(We initially thought of naming her "Fiver" for another character in the book, but that was rapidly shot down by a number of critics. I think the words "worst dog name in history" may have been mentioned. Suffice it to say we won't be sharing the names of our future children.)

But Hazel suits her, don't you think?

Welcome to the family, Hazel.

22 comments:

Ashkon said...

What's happened to my pleasant, quiet life?

Kim said...

You think this is bad? Wait til you guys have kids! :)

Oh... and a little advice from your friendly Canadian groomer lady (just so you guys don't have to end up doing what 98% of doodle owners end up doing): brush and COMB her a lot - every other day. They get wicked mats. Most people let the hair get so long and hardly ever comb it (brushes won't do much for that difficult coat). By the time the puppy in a year old, they end up getting a very naked shave and the owners are horrified.

Have fun with your new little girl. She's a doll!

montague said...

hazel we do love your drolly madness. we do we do.

Elizabeth said...

Ashkon - You know you love her!

Kim - Tell me about it, I can't even imagine how crazy it must be with kids! Thanks for the advice on the brushing, we definitely will.

Amy - And she loves you! She does she does.

Robin said...

She is sooo cute! I love her name but I think "Fiver" is cute too :) Definitely not the worst dog's name I've ever heard!
Hmmm, I really want to read Watership Down, I've been meaning to for a while now!

Manijeh said...

I love her! Cannot wait to meet her and see you all in September. Mark it in your diaries! 4-6th.

Sabrina said...

What an adorable pup and a very sweet name!

We are finally getting the hang of the whole puppy/dog thing now that our pup is almost a year old. It does take a bit for both you and the dog to settle into a routine.

They are a ton of work... but lots of fun too.

limonana said...

cutest dog EVER!!! how did i miss all these great blog posts?? lovely photos!

Elizabeth said...

Robin - Thanks for the support on the name. :)

Manijeh - Can't wait for you to come meet her!

Sabrina - It is a ton of work, but so much fun too. What kind of pup is yours?

Limonana - I agree that she is the cutest dog ever, but I'm a little biased!

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raining sheep said...

OH MY GOODNESS!!!!! Elizabeth she is so cute and wonderful...I am so jealous. I really want a dog but I travel way too much. Beautiful color and she looks like she is smiling. I hope you post a ton of pics as she is growing up. Hugs to her...and to you too, of course :)

Chara Michele said...

Oh my goodness! :) She is adorable!!

Flowerpot said...

She is GORGEOUS!!!

Chessa! said...

she's beautiful! congratulations:) and, yes, Hazel suits her. lovely. I've missed you around here!

Chilli said...

She's beautiful!! And the name is perfect for her!

Grady said...

I think the fact that you didn't name the dog your original name choice proves that you better have your children's names approved as well.

The Lil Bee said...

I love her!!! Congratulations! Nothing is better than pets and babies in a home;)

Pink of Perfection said...

oh my lord. that running pic is just too cute. what a happy kind of chaos.

Bonbon Oiseau said...

hazel looks fantastic..nice to see you back elizaeth..you were missed...

linnea said...

What an adorable little puppy :o) I feel like so many people are getting dogs nowadays... I completely don't feel like I'm ready for the responsibility yet! Maybe one day :o) I hope everything's going well!
xo,
Linnea

TheBeautyFile said...

This puppy is one amazing creature!! I think you did a great job with the name...I LOVE that name so!

Tartelette said...

I can understand your excitment and joy, she is adorable! Our pupp is now one and we still marvel at his puppiness in the middle of what we call "mental growth spurs". Dogs are quite fascinating!