Today’s post is about the dogs.
We have been dog owners of TWO dogs now for four months, so I thought it was time that these two girls got a post all of their own 🙂 .
Poppy Popsicle and Frenchie Macaroon
So, we have had Poppy for almost six years now and just love her to pieces.
When Andrew and I were first married, we had a teacup Yorkie for many years and unfortunately, that relationship was strained at best. Our sweet Tulip now lives with friends of ours who do not have children because…once we had kids, Tulip developed epilepsy. Spicy Tulip absolutely hated living with children and for her sanity and medical reasons, she had to live in a kid-free house. At the sight of my kids, she would have a seizure. It was the weirdest/saddest thing. We tried everything, but bless her heart, we had to make those seizures stop. (This still goes down as the hardest decision to date Andrew and I have ever had to make.) Tulip celebrates her 13th birthday on February 13, and according to our friends, she’s just as spunky/feisty/energetic as always.
So, after Tulip we were nervous about getting a new dog, but after much consideration and a few conversations with “dog people” we got our Poppy who is a Coton de Tulear. When we looked this breed up in a big dog book one night at Barnes and Noble, it said these dogs were people pleasers, could jump high, very friendly and like to lay around a lot.
SIGN. ME. UP.
We brought sweet Poppy home in June 2012.
Gosh, I could look at puppy pictures all day long.
Here we are with new puppy Poppy 🙂 .
This is one of my favorite pics of Poppy 🙂 . She is just sweet and happy all the time.
Poppy likes to go to work with Andrew, so on many days, that’s what she does. She hops in the car and then spends her day asleep under his desk. If Poppy stays home, you will find her doing this ALL DAY LONG…
…chasing sunny spots on the ground for a nap. Right this minute, she’s asleep in the sunny spot in my dining room. Trust me, in a little bit, that sun spot will fade and she’ll wake up and move to the next room to find it. Poppy is a big napper. And yes, she can jump really high too. Isn’t that a funny Coton fact?! Like…freakishly high. Poppy is fully grown and weighs 12 pounds. She’s just easy this one.
So, after years of begging, we agreed to let Kensington have a dog of her very own. That’s all she’s ever wanted, so on her ninth birthday back in September, we surprised her with a puppy that we were able to bring home a month later…
…little Frenchie Macaroon. Kensington picked her name and I think it’s just perfect for this little pup. The kids fell in love with our newest addition…
…and you know what? Poppy did too! We’ve decided that we’ll never be a “one dog” family again. Two dogs are just more fun! Poppy loves having someone to play with in the yard and to run around the house with. Poppy is sleeping less in the sun these days and playing more 😉 .
Frenchie as a baby puppy 🙂 . She’s six months old right now.
Poppy isn’t one for cuddling. She likes to lay by you but not on you. Frenchie, on the other hand, would like to lay on you all the time. She would probably like it if I carried her in a baby pouch around the house. Right now, Frenchie weighs in at 4 pounds but the extra hair makes her look the same size as Poppy.
Two happy dogs make our family happy too 🙂 .
I had a lot of questions about the transition with Poppy when we got a new dog. Poppy is definitely the alpha dog in the relationship. When they go in and out together, Frenchie always stands back and let’s Poppy cross the threshold first. Frenchie has accepted her role as “little sister” well 🙂 . In general, I would say that Poppy is more nosy and curious. If the doorbell rings, Poppy wants to see who it is while Frenchie doesn’t even lift her head. Poppy is on high alert when Andrew isn’t home while Frenchie (again) just lays there without a care in the world. I don’t know if it’s their breed, their nature, their ages or luck of the draw, but they’ve been excellent companions together.
So, that’s a little bit about the dogs for your Thursday 🙂 . Right now, Frenchie went to work with Andrew and Poppy stayed home with me. She’s asleep on the couch…in the sun. xo