Life will soon be changing around here again. We’re getting a new dog.
Were it up to me (and probably Scot) it would have waited much longer. Puppies are work, I have a lot on my plate already, and it’s extra expense and responsibility.
Ah, but the boys. The boys were a different story. They miss Maggie and they miss having a dog. Liam wants another dog so much that he doesn’t care what we get or what we name it, he just wants one. (Jamie on the other hand wants a “BIG DOG, Mommy!” Not happening, kid.)
Sometimes having veterinarians for parents comes in very handy. A client of my Dad’s had a litter of Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies born on October 19th. I was prepared to let it go but with the boys wanting another dog so very much we gave in.
Over Thanksgiving we travelled to my parents to celebrate the holiday and while we were there we got to meet the puppies (and their parents) and get to spend a little time with the dog who will be coming home with us sometime after Christmas. (That’s dependent somewhat on the weather and my need to drive 6 hours to MI to get her.)
The pups are 5 weeks old now. Incidentally, my parents already own a Cavalier with the jaunty name Archie. Archie will be getting a sister, to be named Lily, from this same litter. Archie is a tricolor; Lily a blenheim (orange and white).
Our little girl is a tricolor who is as yet unnamed. We’re working on that. She is also the biggest of the litter and clearly the alpha bitch. The good news is that Cavaliers are nearly universally sweet of temperament so once we show her who the boss is (ME!), having a little spunk in her to keep up with my rambunctious boys is no bad thing.
Aside from needing a few things like food and a dog bed, all we need now is a name. I’m looking for something strong and English (or possibly Celtic). This is an English breed so I’d like her name to reflect that. Options so far include Emma, Elinor, Penny (yes, her mother’s name), and Vanessa. I’ve also tossed around (in my head) Victoria, Chloe, Miranda, Holly, Lucy, Camilla, and Charlotte. Any suggestions or thoughts are welcome.
Shortly after Christmas, it’ll be back to sleepless nights for me as I get up with a new addition to the family.