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Meet Martha! [Jul. 20th, 2009|11:22 pm]
There reaches a time when you realize that your life is too simple and ordered. As your toddler grows up, there are just not enough gnaw marks on your possessions. Despite having a cat, the house isn't entirely covered in hair. Plus, when you cook and drop a little bit of something, it hits the floor and just stays there.

In such times, you get a dog!

This is Martha, our new puppy. She's just about five months old. We picked her up last weekend with much help and support from our various Portland-area relatives.

She's an Old English Sheepdog. I've always wanted a sheepdog; beautiful breed, nice personalities. And, yes, before you say anything, I know about the grooming. Those coats require a bit of brushing. Right now, she still has her puppy coat, though.

Good news is that she's fairly mellow, even for a puppy. We're working on early housebreaking but she seems to be getting the idea.

And she dotes on Timothy! She's always interested in what he's doing and has surprised him with more than one sneak-around-the-side face lick.

More updates to come, of course.

[User Picture]From: twigmouse
2009-07-21 06:36 am (UTC)
Cute! Timothy will enjoy having a dog to grow up with, I'm sure :-)
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[User Picture]From: brigus
2009-07-21 07:16 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: kj_roo
2009-07-21 07:50 am (UTC)
Yay! Puppies make everything better. :)
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From: jonnywoof
2009-07-21 08:03 am (UTC)
Aww...she's very cute. :)
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[User Picture]From: ashkitty
2009-07-21 09:42 am (UTC)
Awww, cool. :)
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[User Picture]From: rummy_raccoon
2009-07-21 02:17 pm (UTC)
I say all the time, my dogs only true job is to pick up any bits of food that are dropped.
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[User Picture]From: harvardheinous
2009-07-21 02:45 pm (UTC)
Now your life is complete.
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[User Picture]From: svashtar
2009-07-21 03:02 pm (UTC)
Those are great dogs, and will herd you like crazy. At least they don't nip your heels like Aussies do, but they are very protective of kids and other family members.
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[User Picture]From: ysengrin
2009-07-21 03:05 pm (UTC)
Yay for puppy! Timothy and Martha should bond nicely :)

Also made me think of this half-remembered show :)
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[User Picture]From: sabotlours
2009-07-21 03:14 pm (UTC)
She looks adorable! I hope you have many years of happiness with her!
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[User Picture]From: twopiearr
2009-07-21 03:54 pm (UTC)

Sheepdogs are absolutely fantastic with kids - my sister learned how to walk by grabbing on to our grandma's sheepdog's fur and holding on as he stood up, whimpering and whining and tolerating the whole time.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2009-07-21 04:26 pm (UTC)
I remember meeting your old sheepdog a couple times. He was one of the first of the breed I'd met in person and helped convince me to get one someday (well, "now" now).
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[User Picture]From: furtech
2009-07-21 07:04 pm (UTC)
Awww...adorable! Congratulations!
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[User Picture]From: p0lecat
2009-07-22 02:19 am (UTC)
Wow! shes very cute! She well be a loyal family member!
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