A New Addition
Guess what we did over the weekend? That’s right. Impulsively got a puppy!
He’s a labradoodle and we decided to name him Porter.
I really couldn’t think of anything food-related to write on today because I’ve had this cute face staring at me the whole time so I thought I’d just post some photos of our new family member!
The Time I Put My Foot Down (and then in my mouth)
Betsy has been wanting a labradoodle for as long as I can remember. She preached how they didn’t shed, were very well-tempered and incredibly smart.
Those all sounded like traits I want in a dog. BUT…
The price tag for one of these creatures was a bit out of my pay grade! By, like, a lot. So I put my foot down and said no labradoodle for us. We have houses to buy, cars to repair, food to eat, and (someday) kids to send to college.
So no labradoodle for us.
Betsy gave me a puppy dog face about this for quite a while. If you don’t know what a puppy dog face looks like, it’s this:
But guess what?! I won!
But my wife is a resourceful person (and stubborn at times) and so, last Friday, she called me saying that she found a labradoodle. On Craigslist. In our small Colorado town. For a very small fraction of the normal cost.
We went to check it out and sure enough, the previous owners who had only had him for two weeks had to move suddenly and couldn’t take him with them. They just wanted him to have a good home.
I guess you could say it was fate.
Porter the Wonderdoodle
I must say, after hanging out with Porter for the last 48 hours, he’s already one of my favorite dogs in the world. He’s very good-natured. He’s friendly to people and children. He doesn’t bark at other dogs. He’s pretty much house-broken (as much as a 5 month puppy can be). He doesn’t mind his crate where he sleeps at night. I’ve almost taught him to sit on command in two days.
So yea… he’s a good dog.
He does have a problem walking on tile, but that’s just kind of funny.
And he does have a mild nipping problem, but only when he’s really excited. We just bought him lots of fun toys to shove in his mouth if he starts biting.
Some long term Macheesmo readers probably know that we have a black cat named Tipsy (the alcohol theme wasn’t purposeful). I was pretty worried about how these two would navigate a home together, but they are getting the hang of it I think.
Tipsy is skeptical and Porter is generally not interested at all in Tipsy which is good.
Sometimes though they have a stare off which is pretty fun to watch. Tipsy wins most of them honestly. She’s a pretty scary beast when she wants to be.
So that’s the big news in our house these days! Don’t worry. I’ll be back tomorrow with an actual recipe.
If you’re interested in more Porter action, I took a quick video with my phone. (There’s some sound of me making strange noises trying to get his attention.)