Today’s post is for the dog lovers out there (Erika, you may skip this post 😉 Ha!).
Years ago, I used to think “What will I do when the kids go to school full-time all day long? Who will I talk to? Who will I hang out with? Who will I take pictures of? Who will keep me company?”.
I have turned into one of those people whose camera roll is nothing but dog pics, who sits at her desk and talks to her dogs all day and who completely spoils them rotten and dotes on them in the absence of her children.
Hi, my name is Shay, and I love my three dogs. 🙂
Today, I thought I’d share some pics and tell you a few little dog lately tidbits…
…if you’re new around here, let me introduce you to the gang. We have Poppy Popsicle, a 9 year old coton de tulear. Our middle child of the group is Frenchie Macaroon, also a coton de tulear, who is 3 years old. Our baby of the group is Yankee Doodle, our one year old labradoodle. Three pups, all girls, all so very different yet all endlessly entertaining to me as I learn to navigate this “alone for the first time in 12 years” stage of my life.
Dogs are like kids…they have very different personalities. Poppy is the alpha dog. She’s the boss, the one in control, the one everyone else has to listen to. It cracks me up how much the other two dogs obey her and do whatever she wants. This is Poppy basically standing there to tell the other two how they need to get out of the bed so that she can get in. Yankee and Frenchie play endlessly with each other…Poppy isn’t interested in playing. Even as a pup, that wasn’t her thing…she loves running and being outside, but she doesn’t want to “play” like the other two do. She’s also not interested in “lovies/stuffed animals” where as the other two enjoy carrying around their toys.
Because Poppy is the alpha, she gets a lot of grief…but us “8” personalities have to stick together! She is my favorite 🙂 . Poppy is bossy and likes to get her way, she “chirps” at the other dogs and doesn’t mind showing them who’s boss…but she looooooooves me. She’s the only dog that wakes up early in the morning and stays next to me all day long. When the kids are home, the other two dogs will sometimes go off and see what they’re up to, but not Poppy…Poppy is going to stay by my side. The other night, I teared up because she sleeps in a dog bed right next to my side of the bed and when I was lying there in the dark about to fall asleep, I could just hear her breathing softly and I thought- geez, she’s 9! How much longer will I get my little buddy sleeping by me?! Ugh. I teared up. Andrew teased me, but Poppy isn’t interested in him, so he doesn’t get it.
I love me some Poppy.
Then there’s “Frankie”…
…that’s what you get when you put Frenchie and Yankee together. These two are best buddies. They play hard together all day long, and even nap together too 🙂 .
These two are endlessly fun and pretty hyper. Cotons are really chill dogs…and Frenchie used to sleep hours and hours during the day, but once we brought a labradoodle into the mix, Frenchie decided that she could sleep later…she wants to play, play, play with her peppy sister Yankee. Frenchie sleeps in the bed with Kensington and often sleeps up to 12 hours each night. She LOVES to sleep late. Yankee still likes to sleep inside her crate (all three dogs still get in their crates often for napping) and typically wakes up around 6:30 each morning, but Frenchie can easily sleep until 9:30 or even 10!
This picture is one of my all-time faves! Poppy wanted Yankee out of the bed, so she got out but then slept with her head on it.
How sweet is that?!
Our pup of the group is pretty darn precious herself. Yankee has boundless energy and loves to play fetch and go for walks (two words we now have to spell because she gets SO hyper if we say them out loud), but she’s a napper too. During the day, all three dogs are by my side…
…and I love it.
Here are some quick answers to your most FAQ:
#1: Do they shed? No! Both breeds are hypoallergenic, so we don’t have to deal with shedding.
#2: Are they full grown? Yes! Yankee is a mini labradoodle and the cotons are just normal for their breed.
#3: How often do they get bathed/groomed? Every other week! We have a lady that comes to our neighborhood with a trailer and grooms several of the dogs on your driveway. She is so sweet and my dogs love her! They get so excited when she arrives.
#4: How did you train them as puppies? We did a post on that! You can read it HERE.
#5: Who watches them when you’re away? We use the app Rover and have found some amazing people in our community that love them and watch them when we’re gone.
#6: When will Ashby get a dog? When she’s ready for one! Right now, she looooooves these three dogs (she’s our resident Dog Whisperer), but hasn’t been asking for one herself.
#7: How often do you walk them? Every day! They get at least one (1 mile) walk each day.
#8: Where did you get your dog bed? It’s an Amazon find! We bought the “large” size.
#9: What kind of food do they eat? Poppy has a very sensitive stomach (since birth), so our vet told us to feed all of them THIS.
That’s a little dog lately for your Thursday. xx