Frenchie Macaroon

This is Frenchie Macaroon.

If you missed the post on Instagram last night, we bought Kensington a puppy.

Because we’ve clearly lost our minds. 😉

No, not really.  This was a decision three years in the making.  Sweet Kensington has been asking for a dog of her own for every single holiday for the last three years.  She’s asked us.  She’s asked Santa.  She’s asked my parents.  She’s asked Ms. Erika.  She’s asked.  And asked.  And asked.  And we’ve repeatedly told her no.  We have a dog!  We don’t need another one!  But then one day in June, Andrew and I were watching her with her sisters and I don’t know…it hit me like a ton of bricks.  This kid has been such a trooper.  She has never, not one single time, questioned all of the things we’ve thrown at her over the last 2½ years.  Kensington has been such an amazing big sister to Ashby and Madeley.  She has loved these girls so much, she has been so selfless, she has been so supportive, so sweet, so kind and so wonderful…and I just thought, she deserves a puppy.

So, we decided that since we adore Poppy so much and she’s been just the best dog for our family, that we would get another Coton de Tulear.  We went through the American Coton Club where they only have 23 breeders in the US that qualify to be a part of this organization.  We found a breeder we really loved…but then we had to wait for the puppies to be born and for them to be old enough to leave the litter.  So, we told Kensington the big news on her 9th birthday and then last night, we got her puppy.  She named her Frenchie Macaroon 🙂 .

Poppy about lost her mind with excitement when we brought her home last night.  For a dog that loves to sleep all day, she sure has perked up with a new friend in the house 🙂 .

Anyway…I can’t blog any more today…I have a puppy to take care of…because no matter how much this dog is Kensington’s…she will be at school today, so I’m on puppy duty.  I’m sure I’ll be sharing a ton of Frenchie pics in the future.

Any new puppy tips?  We covet them!!!  Or any two dog tips?  I’ll take those too!!  Ha!  We’re smitten this morning 🙂 .

xo

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  • Erika Slaughter October 18, 2017 at 4:42 am

    Eeek!! I cannot wait to hear how your night went. I’m hoping Frenchie slept all night! 😉

  • Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog October 18, 2017 at 4:46 am

    Frenchie Macaroon is such a sophisticated name for a puppy, haha! I love it. I would’ve loved a puppy as a gift as a little girl!

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  • Sarah October 18, 2017 at 5:04 am

    Awwwww hahaha!!!! What a beautiful puppy!!! And I agree – Kensington is a total trooper and totally deserves her! 🙂 I think she’s at a great age too where she is responsible enough to take care of the puppy (except, like you said, while at school haha!). My 5-year-old has been asking for a pet but nope! Not yet haha.

    Good luck today!!!

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  • Alexis deZayas October 18, 2017 at 5:04 am

    So excited for Kensington!! A bond with a dog of your own is so special. My tip is to put a long bell that hangs from your back door. Every time you take Frenchie outside to use the bathroom, gently take her paw with her on the ground and hit the bell. She will (hopefully) learn to hit the bell when she needs to go outside!

    • terri October 18, 2017 at 7:56 am

      Yes, we’ve had three dogs in our lifetime and have always taught them to ring the bell when they need to go out. It’s awesome and when we take the dog for a visit to someone else’s home we simply hang the bell on a door at their home and show our dog where it is and there are no accidents or embarrassing moments. 🙂

    • Whitney October 18, 2017 at 8:12 am

      We did this and it works!

    • Katie W October 18, 2017 at 8:27 am

      We just got a puppy in August (poochon) and used this bell trick with her. She picked it up in less than a week. It’s so nice now that she can tell us when she needs to go outside. Good luck!!

    • Sara October 18, 2017 at 9:03 am

      I’d counter this with the story of my coworker who taught her dog this..and that dog rings the bell at all hours of the day. I personally would never do this, but to each their own! 🙂 My dog just sits by the door if he has to go out. It’s much quieter. 😉

    • Lisa October 18, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Some friends of ours did this with their yorkie and it totally worked is and so cute!!

    • Ms. Gay October 18, 2017 at 12:27 pm

      We got our little girl (cock-a-poo) from a rescue home. They had already trained to ring her bell to go outside. It has been great. Sometimes she just rings her bell to go outside and lay in the sunshine. What a joy doggies are. I know Kensington will enjoy mothering her.

    • Aubree Browning October 18, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      We do this but instead of a long bell (that will jingle every time your enter and exit) we have a service bell that our dogs ding with their paws. It works perfectly!

  • Elspeth Mizner October 18, 2017 at 5:20 am

    Such exciting news. I have three dogs and I have found that it’s easier with more than one since they have someone to play with. At first when we introduced the new dog, our older dogs were jealous and it took a long time for them all to get acclimated. Try giving separate attention to Poppy. Shay, I give you so much credit with four kids and two dogs. My mom has four kids and three dogs and she is superwoman so I know you will be able to handle it well. Good luck!

  • Niki October 18, 2017 at 5:26 am

    Congrats on the new furry member!! Took me 7 years to get over the fear of workload of a new puppy and having two dogs, but we added one more fur baby last year and can’t believe it took me so long. Best thing ever for our older dog, and just added more love and joy to the house. Big win!!

    My biggest tip and lifechanger from when we got our 1st puppy our crate buddies for the puppy. It’s a stuffed animal with a heartbeat, so it mimics another animal to snuggle with. He hardly ever whined at night with it.
    You can buy on Amazon, it’s called Smart Pet Love Snuggle Puppy .

  • Becca Dale October 18, 2017 at 5:30 am

    Yay for puppies! Ashby & Smith looked so excited on Instagram holding Frenchie – so cute! We brought home a little Morkie puppy 2 weeks ago so I am hoping to read some tips too!

  • Amy Heinl October 18, 2017 at 5:32 am

    Just like potty training a child…I would take her out every two hours whether she needed to go or not…reward with treat when she goes outside. Only give her that treat when she goes outside..never give her the treat inside so she learns that is where the reward is. What an awesome gift for sweet Kensington…she is a wonderful big sister and so richly deserves her new little friend. You are raising 4 amazing children…you have got this with Frenchie…you will do just fine

  • jamie October 18, 2017 at 5:35 am

    so very cute! how old is poppy? frenchie macaroon is the greatest name! we have a 10-year-old dog who just started playing with the puppies my two daughters brought into their homes. winston {our dog} is exhausted after playing for hours with sully and seger!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 5:45 am

      8 weeks 🙂

      • Becky October 18, 2017 at 11:10 am

        Poppy is only 8 weeks? I thought Frenchie was? How old is Poppy? They will be great together! ❤️

        • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 12:22 pm

          Did I say Poppy? See, I’m already a hot mess over here :). Frenchie is 8 weeks, Poppy is five.

  • Cat October 18, 2017 at 5:41 am

    So cute! If you were meaning to name the puppy after the classic French sweet, it’s “macaron,” though, not macaroon (which is an entirely different, though yummy, cookie!)

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 5:45 am

      We meant like a coconut macaroon (like the one I posted today!).

  • Kelly October 18, 2017 at 5:47 am

    Yes, you’ve lost your mind LOL! But we have too at our house! We’re 3 days into a new puppy and the honeymoon stage is over 🙂 I just bought a puppy bell to hang on the back door so hopefully he’ll pick up house training that way. We already had an 11 year old dog so she’s been a bit grumpy so I’m excited to hear your other dog is adjusting well. Have fun and yes, it will get better! It’s just like a a baby, right? The early days are hard but it gets easier!

    • Becky October 18, 2017 at 11:11 am

      I swear by the potty bells! My puppy got it after 24 hours… I was stunned lol. Great advice and hope things go well for the two of them! 😊

  • Gina October 18, 2017 at 5:52 am

    She is so cute! We have had 2 dogs for about 11 years now and somehow it seems easier. They are best buds + entertain themselves quite a bit even though they are both older. I can’t imagine not ever having just one again.

  • Ursula October 18, 2017 at 5:55 am

    So so sweet and really amazing that you just Kensington deserved something all her own…well and yours too 🙂

  • Lisa Phillips October 18, 2017 at 5:58 am

    Too cute! Get a doggie door bell for the puppy to run when she needs to go out. Works like a charm!!!

  • Kristen October 18, 2017 at 6:00 am

    We brought home a Coton for my daughter 4 months ago and the breed is the best! We are in Boston and ours came from TX. (Shiloh cotons) . Good luck!!!!

  • Narci October 18, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Oh my goodness! She is just the sweetest!! Welcome, Frenchie!! ❤️

  • Sarah Shaneyfelt October 18, 2017 at 6:08 am

    Love the name!!! It’s so cute!! And will you be training Frenchie or will you take her to be trained when she gets a little older?
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    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 6:08 am

      We trained Poppy, so our goal is to train Frenchie too. We’ll see…

      • SUSAN A LOMBARD October 18, 2017 at 6:56 pm

        We used the bell and it worked great! Totally agree with this type of training when it’s time to go out! Good luck ~ Frenchie is adorable and fits perfectly with your beautiful Family!

  • Jennifer Atmore October 18, 2017 at 6:08 am

    It may not seem like it, but 2 dogs are always easier than 1, especially if one of them is already trained. The puppy will follow Poppy’s lead. Congratulations! I ❤️ puppies!!!

    • Sara Wolf October 18, 2017 at 10:29 am

      I totally agree. Last year on Halloween, we brought home our cockapoo puppy to join our 4 year old dog. The second puppy was so much easier because she could follow our other dog’s lead. She didn’t cry/whine as much at night because she had another dog to keep her company. Now, they never leave each other’s side and play together all the time. Hope your second dog is a bit easier too Shay!

  • Denise Panetta October 18, 2017 at 6:18 am

    I thought you might be smitten with another puppy when Sheaffer got theirs! My advice is to crate train. My 3 year old lab (we also have a 9 year old lab …. yes! all the HAIR) loves her crate …even though we don’t lock her in it any longer she feels its her safe haven. Good luck and theres nothing like the unconditional love of a dog <3

    • Sandra October 18, 2017 at 8:18 am

      I was also going to mention using a crate – not just for puppyhood but forever. It becomes a safe haven for sleep and down time. Especially when travelling with your dog – a real sense of security when away from home. Enjoy Frenchie Macaroon … so many adventures await!

  • Melissa@ Finding My Mojo October 18, 2017 at 6:23 am

    So sweet! I love the name Kensington chose for her:)

  • Courtney October 18, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Pull all the rugs up!!

  • Bethany October 18, 2017 at 6:30 am

    The cutest! I love our fur babies so much!

  • Lucy October 18, 2017 at 6:35 am

    If you mean the French meringue cookie, it’s Macaron not Macaroon. 🙂

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 6:42 am

      I mean the coconut kind…like I blogged about this morning 🙂 .

  • Johannah October 18, 2017 at 6:37 am

    So exciting!! We as well just got a puppy and she’s been a lot of work, but worth every minute of it!!!

  • Sheaffer Sims October 18, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Kensington totally deserved a puppy! I’ve said it again and again, but your big kids have been nothing short of amazing during both of your adoptions. Watching them with their little sisters brings me such joy!!!!! And Frenchie is absolutely precious.

  • Angelique at FourPointsMom.com October 18, 2017 at 6:47 am

    You guys manage to minimize the chaos of 4 kids so a puppy will be easy-peasy for you! What a cute little thing – I need you to remind us of the struggles of having a puppy or else I might surprise my kiddos (okay, my husband) with one too!

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  • Connie October 18, 2017 at 6:49 am

    How cute!! I love the name!! My husband is allergic to dogs and cats, so we have none! My daughter is allergic to cats. Found out cat sitting my neighbors cat 2 years ago. We have a parakeet. My daughter begged her aunt (my sister) to get a dog. So she finally got one a year ago and my daughter only got close to her one time. The dog is a little bit hyper. They ended up getting another puppy (lab mix) this year and my daughter likes her, but won’t go near her with the other dog around. Ha! Mainly because she jumps on people, they are trying to get her to stop jumping though. They are different breeds but get along great! I know they love to chew on their dog toys. Good luck puppy training! 🙂

  • Susan October 18, 2017 at 6:50 am

    Aaawww so cute and love the name. What a sweet girl Kensington is, yes she deserves her puppy. Can’t wait to see pictures and hear about her adventures. We have a golden retriever in the house and yes it was hard at first but we love him and he is so good with our girls.

  • Erin Port October 18, 2017 at 6:55 am

    How exciting. My son would LOVE a dog but oh my goodness, I am still not over the heartache of our last dog! I love the name, it’s so fitting :). xoxo ERIN

  • Anna Clark October 18, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Sweet little Macaron🙂 We got shelter dogs last year & they have been (mostly) great! Good luck!

  • Allison October 18, 2017 at 7:00 am

    We got a puppy when our mini schnauzer turned 13. We were advised that the best time for a puppy was when your adult puppy was at the latter part of his life. Our kids were thrilled. It amazed me how this puppy brought new life to our adult dog. Ellie learned from the best (Ace our adult dog). She followed him around and was trained in no time at all just by watching him. I think you’ll be surprised how quickly Poppy will show Frenchie the ropes. Good luck! She’s adorable!

  • Chelsea Barnhart October 18, 2017 at 7:03 am

    We have a Pomeranian and did the bell for potty training. We brought her home at eight weeks and after only a few days she was ringing it to go outside (to potty and to play!) Two years later she still rings it and gives us a death stare until we let her out #bossyWinnie

    Also, props to K on that name! I love Frenchie! Goes with Poppy so well!

  • Laci October 18, 2017 at 7:10 am

    Nothing like a new puppy!! Congrats to your sweet girl for getting exactly what she has been asking for!!

  • Robin Carlino October 18, 2017 at 7:10 am

    She is adorable!!! My most fave thing I have and used to potty train my puppies were Tinkle Bells! Best invention! Good luck!!

  • Brooke Richardson October 18, 2017 at 7:11 am

    Awe! I absolutely love this! We will prolly buckle as well and do the same thing for our kiddos sooner than later. I think I need to come meet Frenchie soon, she is so so adorable!

  • lindsay October 18, 2017 at 7:12 am

    SO precious! Oh em gee. 😍 our family has a 4 year old Yorkie-Bichon mix and we got him when he was about 3 months old. The best advice and thing we’ve learned is to have consistency with potty training, etc. We take him out a few times a day, but otherwise our dog rings a bell when he has to go potty. We would just kick the bell with our foot when he was a puppy, and he got the hang of it right away 🙂

    Love the name too, so exciting Kensington! Yay!

  • LeeAnn October 18, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Oh my goodness, that face— so adorable! Animals are so good for kids. Ok, Madeley’s face in the pic.. so cute!

  • Cathy Merida October 18, 2017 at 7:26 am

    Definitely crate train at night and when you’re gone, it not only protects your house, but also protects the puppy from getting into anything she shouldn’t. And bell training was the best thing we ever did! We bought a bell a tad smaller than a baseball and hung it from a string on the backdoor. It’s worked for our tiny 4 lb Maltese named Daisy and our big 70 lb Golden Doodle named Oakley (who as of recently now has his own instagram page! @oakleyjoegoldendoodle)
    Puppies are HARD, but so worth the time and effort! Be consistent with your training words. And it would be so neat for Kensington to go through a puppy training class with Frenchie! It will increase their bond and create a life time of great habits! Have fun!!

  • Whitney Pegram October 18, 2017 at 7:27 am

    How stinkin’ cute!! My kiddos beg for a dog all the time but with a new baby coming in a few months, I think we will wait a little bit! 😉

  • kellie carrara October 18, 2017 at 7:47 am

    So precious! Everyone is going to bombard this baby with love! We have a 2 year old Bi-shu that looks so similar and we’re in the process of adopting another (possibly this weekend!) I need all the 2-dog tips I can get, too. My only idea is puppy pads, puppy pads, puppy pads! ha! Congrats to the entire Shull family, party of 9!?!? Can’t wait to see more pics of the newest addition.

  • Gabi Barrick October 18, 2017 at 7:57 am

    Crate train, crate train, crate train! Puppies need tons of sleep to grow and if your eyes aren’t on her, it’s best for her to be tucked away somewhere safe where she won’t be able to practice unwanted behavior. Our breeder told us “you get what you pet, you raise what you praise” so I found myself watching the children as much if not more than the puppy to be sure that they weren’t inadvertently reinforcing those unwanted behaviors as well. (Nipping, jumping, barking, etc.) Make time to train her separately and one-on-one without the distraction of your other pup. Good luck!

  • sydnee October 18, 2017 at 7:58 am

    Love the name! It’s good that Poppy has a partner in crime. 😉

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  • Heidi October 18, 2017 at 8:01 am

    Awwwso precious and what a darling name! Kensington will be an awesome puppy owner!!!

  • Megan October 18, 2017 at 8:06 am

    aw, so cute! i didn’t know you already had a dog

  • Lynsey October 18, 2017 at 8:10 am

    Frenchie is just so cute! My advice: Take her out every two hours. Get those door hanging bells and ring them everytime you go outside. Say “Go Potty!” when she’s sniffing and while she’s pottying say “Good Potty!” We had our Coton potty trained in two weeks. This was only because my husband was home all day and able to do this. When we got our second puppy, with her razor sharp teeth, kept biting my older dog in a playful way. But my older dog didn’t know it was playful and she hated it and, in turn, didn’t form the best relationship with our new puppy. I wish I had kept them separated a little more in the beginning. But they play well together now but they don’t snuggle with each other like I hoped they would. I’m sure Kensington is going to be the best Coton Mommy!

  • Ashley October 18, 2017 at 8:13 am

    We have a 3 month old puppy, and to discourage him from accidents inside, I keep moving dog beds with all his favorite toys & chews onto the areas he’s drawn to pee (specifically rugs, eek!). Do we have dog beds littered throughout the house? yep! But his options of where to go have been cut down since he sees these all as sleeping areas now.

  • Kristin Smith October 18, 2017 at 8:15 am

    I have to give you so much credit for doing this for your girl. I know you recognize all Kensington does for your family but sometimes as parents we don’t take that extra step to really honor them and the sacrifices they make even at a young age. I know having a puppy brings its own challenges, but I think this will be such a gift for your whole family and your girl will remember this forever. Good job mom and dad!!

  • Lindsay D October 18, 2017 at 8:18 am

    Congratulations Kensington!! 🙂

  • Tracy October 18, 2017 at 8:21 am

    Too cute! Everyone looks so happy! 🙂

  • Alexandra C October 18, 2017 at 8:23 am

    Are Cotons difficult to potty train? I have a Maltese who needs a friend but she was a NIGHTMARE to train so we don’t want to get another Maltese but we don’t want a big dog either. We tried puppy school, crate training, going out ever 15 minutes, etc. and it took For. Ev. Er. (I’m hoping this is not an omen about my child potty training skills.)

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      Poppy was not…but we shall see about Frenchie.

  • Molly S October 18, 2017 at 8:34 am

    It’s easier to potty train a puppy when you already have an trained adult. They learn so much watching the older dog. My biggest potty-training tips are 1) take her out every 45 minutes or so, follow her outside every single time (yes it’s annoying, but so is cleaning up waste) and clap, jump up and down, and praise (with treat) when she goes and 2) keep a watchful eye on her at all times. If you see her leave the room, follow her so you can catch her in the act and run her outside! If she’s sniffing in a circle, you can tell she’s getting ready to go. My other tip is for feeding time – assign each dog their own spot to eat so there’s no confusion over whose food bowl is whose. Our 3 dogs go to their “stations” and it prevents fights over food.

  • Julie October 18, 2017 at 8:36 am

    That is so sweet. My first thought when I read you got K a puppy was “she deserves it!” All your kids are so kind to one another so a reward seems in order for sure :). I’m here to tell you I have a guinea pig for the same reason…my daughter asked and asked and one day I just thought, she has earned it. (We also have a white golden and five backyard chickens and three kids. Sigh).

    My one tip for having two dogs…find a few sitters now. Like 3-4! It’s harder to find care for two dogs than one, so you want to make sure you have tons of options lined up so you feel like you can still go on vacation.

    My second tip is ENJOY. Kids and animals are so good together. You made the right choice!

  • Kelsey Taylor October 18, 2017 at 8:37 am

    She is so cute! Crate training at night and for potty training is very helpful. Dogs won’t potty in their beds so it’s beneficial to put puppy in her crate throughout the day to help her learn how to control her bathroom needs. Also praise Poppy for being sweet to Frenchie. My older dog was freaked out when we brought home our puppy. But praising him every time he would approach her nicely really helped. Now they are BFFs ☺️ And a good rule to follow is puppies can be crated an hour for every month they are in age. So Frenchie is around 2 months old? She can be left crated for two hours right now before she needs to be let out to potty.

    Good luck with her! What an exciting addition!

  • Amy Witherall October 18, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Would love to hear if you have any friends/family that are allergic to dogs if they’re allergic to Frenchie? We have dog allergies, and hear this breed might be better than others for allergies…

  • Cathy October 18, 2017 at 8:41 am

    So adorable! I’m interested in this breed- we have a soft -coated wheaten terrier that has hair, not fur. How often do you have to groom a Coton? Do you need to brush it every day? I would love a friend for Louie and but I’m not sure I could handle two wheatens. Looking forward to hearing about your experiences!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 12:25 pm

      We do not brush them every day. In the summer, we keep Poppy’s hair short and then it grows out in the fall and winter. They really don’t get matted. They’re such good-natured dogs!

  • Regi Gilchrist October 18, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I used to be an adoption coordinator for a shelter and here’s the advice I would always give to new puppy owners: feed them at the exact same time every day, and only leave their food dish down for 20 minutes then pick it up. They will learn very quickly if they want to eat they need to do it while the dish is there. Also, with a puppy, what goes in will definitely come out within minutes. So any time Frenchie eats or drinks, get her outside within minutes to let her do her business. Congrats on the new little fur baby….she’s a doll!

  • Jaimie October 18, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Adorable!! I am so happy to hear that Poppy is excited, we always consider a second dog but we’re worried how are first fur baby will react! Enjoy!! xx
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  • Maria D October 18, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Such a cute doggie! I’m sure Kensington is super excited…hopefully the other children will not all want their own dog…lol…good luck!

  • Jess B. October 18, 2017 at 8:58 am

    Congrats on the new pup! Frenchie is just adorable! Puppy tip: definitely get her on a routine as soon as you can since puppies need to go out a lot. It’s so hard at first (and a little running across the room to grab the puppy 🙂 ), but a routine really helps them so you don’t have a lot of accidents over time.

  • Carol October 18, 2017 at 9:03 am

    This is exciting! My sister begged for a dog for years too. We eventually got one, and he has been such a delight for our whole family. Enjoy!

  • Laura October 18, 2017 at 9:15 am

    The kids’ smiles just says it all!

  • Rebecca Jo October 18, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Its easier with 2 than one, I think. The puppy watches & learns from the older one.
    Good luck on the potty training. That’s always the best job 🙂

  • Linda Filtzkowski October 18, 2017 at 9:27 am

    Yeah for Kensington! We have two labs, Ginger and Mary Ann and they are the best of friends! I think two is perfect, they always have a playmate or a partner in crime!! Ginger is definitely the boss of the food though. We have 2 cats also and they sneak in the outdoor dog kennel during the day, everyone gets along. Good luck with the puppy training!

  • Yvonne C October 18, 2017 at 9:28 am

    We have two dogs as well. Our older girl, Lola was 7 when we got our boy pup, Rudy. They are both Cavalier King Charles breed. It took her a few months before she really started to like and play with him, but that was 2 years ago and they are inseparable now. The first few weeks are always the roughest, but as everyone else has said, it is actually pretty fun with 2 fur babies. Enjoy! Ps…love the name! So cute!

  • Amanda @ That Inspired Chick October 18, 2017 at 9:30 am

    Oh my gosh, sweet little Frenchie!!! Good call on the puppy, Mama! I know Kensington is over the moon!!! I wish we’d have crate trained! And chosen smaller, non-shedding dogs. haha. 😉

    That Inspired Chick

  • KeLe October 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

    We just adopted a golden doodle. She is 12 weeks now. In the last 2 days, we have taught her to sit and lay on command. A clicker and treats and lots of patience and praise go a long way! Good luck!

  • Priscilla October 18, 2017 at 9:41 am

    What a cutie! We had two dogs, and they were such great company for each other. Love the name, and the spelling 😉

  • Elaine October 18, 2017 at 9:52 am

    Awww, Frenchie is precious! Is she named after the dog in “Fancy Nancy”?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 12:24 pm

      I’m pretty positive that’s where the name came from!

  • LeAnn October 18, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I hear Madeley saying “Cheeeese” in every single one of her pictures 😉

  • Rebecca October 18, 2017 at 10:33 am

    This is honestly so wonderful. The puppy part, sure, but the reasons behind why she deserves one. There is an endless need for more love in this world and to see the purity and goodness in Kensington’s heart… warms mine. Truly made my day.

  • Kellie October 18, 2017 at 11:58 am

    I personally think two is easier than one. We had labrador siblings and raising the two of them together was so much easier then the single lab we got after they passed away. They had each other to play with when we were out and that was great! I bet Poppy will perk right up having a new friend!

  • Shalimar October 18, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    Awww, love Frenchie! I had only one dog for 12 years then we added a puppy and when we did, it seemed to make our older dog so happy. I’ll forever believe in having two as the right formula. It was also so much easier to train the new puppy because he wanted to be just like his big brother. It was really Mochi who trained Kenzo. I bet you’ll find the same and love seeing Poppy and Frenchie become BFFs.

  • Lindsay @ Lindsay's Sweet World October 18, 2017 at 12:26 pm

    Oh my word, what a little doll! I bet the kids are going nuts with excitement! I’m excited to follow along with the newest member of your family!

  • Kristen October 18, 2017 at 12:43 pm

    Which breeder did you get her from?

    • Mix and Match Mama October 18, 2017 at 2:37 pm

      Snowy River Cotons 🙂

  • Carrington Hodges October 18, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    We LOVE having two dogs! Never thought we’d do it but it’s been the best thing! Two tips we’ve found super helpful: feed them the same food once the puppy is older. Makes shopping so much easier! And two: buy one of those water dispensers that hold a lot of water so you don’t have to refill all the time. Our dogs won’t drink out if separate bowls and we found we were filling it up ALL the time. Good luck!

  • Dustin October 18, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Congrats on your newest addition! We have two golden retrievers and while the older one helped train the younger one, I now regret not being more involved. We have a dog door, so there were few accidents, but our older dog is well-trained to go to the bathroom on command, which is THE BEST for times when we need her to go right away. Our younger one doesn’t respond to the command (Hurry up!) as well, but I haven’t given up on her yet! Good Luck!

  • Bonnie October 18, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    So sweet! A Tell Bell for the floor by the door to go potty – this kind doesn’t ring like the ones that hang from a door knob every time the door gets opened…just when the puppy rings it ♥️ With her paw!

  • Liz Thorson October 18, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    Ahhhh! Dear, sweet Kensington! I love that her wish was granted! We love having two dogs! We have had two at the same time for 14 years, first a Golden Retreiver and a Black Lab, and that combo continued involving one more Golden and another Black Lab. After the last Golden died, we got a 2nd Black Lab. Our two are Lexi, 3 1/2, and Riley, 10 mos. We crate them at night with the door closed, until they are about 6 mos. old, and then leave the door opened. Until our pups are potty trained and trusted to be free in areas of the house when we are gone, we have used a foldable, wire pen on our tile floor, with toys and water and a folded towel for sleeping, using the 1hour per month age of the dog. We did have potty messes to clean up, but not always, and because the floor is tile, it was easy to clean. You’ve received sooooo many good tips, and having raised Poppy, you’ll do fine. The most difficult aspect of having kids, especially toddlers like Madeley, is keeping the training with the puppy consistent, but don’t let it drive you crazy! If Frenchie gets too wound up with the kids, nipping and jumping and having an accident out of pure joy over playing with the kids, just give her a time out in her pen or crate and she’ll probably just take a nap. We’ve always been very strict about barking for attention and our dogs have all learned to respond to the No bark! or No whine! Go to sleep! or It’s still night-night time! Go to sleep! 🐾❤️🐾

  • Mallory October 18, 2017 at 3:15 pm

    I have a kind of weird question, but what “rules” will you put in place so the kids know/remember that Frenchie is Kensington’s puppy first, and not the same as a family dog like Poppy? I’ve always been curious how it works when a child has their own pet separate from any family pets.

    • Mix and Match Mama October 19, 2017 at 4:52 am

      We have told Kensington that Frenchie is her dog…but she has to share her with the family too since we all live together. I think she gets that. She’s been really sweet about it so far.

  • Kaycee October 18, 2017 at 3:52 pm

    Frenchie is such a cute puppy!! Y’all should have Kensington take a puppy class at PetSmart or something so she can learn about taking care of a dog, how to teach tricks, etc. It’s a great bonding experience and I think she would have fun with it! We did the PetSmart class with our dog when she was a puppy and it was the best decision we made! 🙂

  • shawnna October 18, 2017 at 5:48 pm

    hey girl- congrats on your new puppy! She is so cute! Lots of love they deserve!

  • Jeanie October 18, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    A puppy!!! Oh, how lucky Kensington is! I’m a believer that everyone should have at least two dogs. They play with each other and bring joy to all. Can’t wait to see more pictures.

  • SUSAN A LOMBARD October 18, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    Hanging the bell worked great with our dog since she didn’t bark to go out like our first dog did! Good luck, Frenchie is Adorable!

  • Angela Ellingson October 18, 2017 at 11:19 pm

    This is just so so sweet! Yay for Kensington!

  • Allison October 18, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I thought you never even liked Poppy!

    • Mix and Match Mama October 19, 2017 at 4:50 am

      Ha! Says who? I love Poppy! She’s my little shadow (when she isn’t asleep…which is quite a bit!).

  • Mackenzie October 19, 2017 at 6:54 am

    We are using a clicker to train our puppy and I think it’s really helped with the potty training. You click it right when they finish, and this helps them understand that the treat is for finishing, not for starting to go or running to you after they go.

  • Lisa October 20, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    Frenchie is so cute! Puppy tips: dog bell near floor but not ON door where it rings every time you open door! crate train & have Kensington take training class with Frenchie (& you or Andrew) great bonding & she would probably love it. Keep poppy at a distance from new puppy for a while & monitor when they are together. Do y’all board them when out of town or do you leave them with friend/family member? That’s always my dilemma! Good luck!

  • Christinap October 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm

    Would you please share the name of your breeder with me via email? I think I’m in LOOOVE! =) My email is xhristinap@gmail.com