Cute puppy, name unknown

Introducing ::

Well...hmm, we still don't have a name.  

Even though she kept us up most of the night, we are in love.  Even though she poops everywhere, we are in love.  Even though she tries to nurse everything in sight, we are in love.  I have to admit though, she's getting pretty good at peeing on her training pads.  

She's pretty much full of personality.  She whines a lot (hence keeping us up all night) but that's because she's so young and misses her doggie mama.  She cries when one of us leaves the room, and she was right there in the action when I did some yoga earlier.  She's starting to play with her toys and she is sleeping in her bed.  What's not to love?  

We're studying up on training so we can have the best little pooch this side of the Mississippi.  Because seriously, I don't want to be the person who goes to the bathroom and comes out to find this ::

So considering the fact that I'm on a dangerously low amount of sleep, do you have any tips for making our next few nights a little easier?  It's funny how quickly I believe everyone saying puppies are like having a baby.  Man.  Oh.  Man.

Gus seems to be doing well with her to our surprise.  He stares at her.  A lot.  And moves around to get better views.  But I have high hopes for a future best friend status.  Then we can get some more animals and one day have a portrait like this ::

Or not.  But I needed to share this with everyone so that your Wednesdays are that much better.

I promise more pics of the unnamed pooch are to come.  I tried taking more but the lil' booger wouldn't hold still for a second.  Which makes me smile just thinking about.

More to come, I promise.  And more regular programming when things settle down and more sleep is had.

Til' tomorrow...happy tails to you ;)

PS ::


I love you!


Jenny in Ohio January 4, 2012 at 7:59 AM  

what a little sweetie!!! So cute.

I have no advice, as after a few nights of my puppy howling, I let her in bed with me and she's stayed there every night for 7 years.'t let that happen!

colleen January 4, 2012 at 8:19 AM  

oh my gosh! look at that little puppy belly. too, too, sweet. for puppies it can be good to put a ticking clock warpped in a thin blanket in their bed - reminds them of their mother's/siblings heartbeats. what a sweetie - can't wait to see more of her!

Johanna January 4, 2012 at 8:34 AM  

Shut the door - that puppy is unstoppable. Can't. take. it.

Stephanie January 4, 2012 at 8:48 AM  

Adorable!!!! I'd recommend a clock that ticks in their bed at night- we did that with all of our puppies growing up.

Samantha Chu Ramage. January 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM  

i have no experience with dog training. it seemed like we adopted our dogs already trained? and now my husband and i have a kitty and she is very independent. i remember it took a long time to name her though! i can't wait to hear what you decide on!


Mal January 4, 2012 at 9:13 AM  

awwwww, your new pup is so adorable!!!

theolivetree January 4, 2012 at 9:13 AM  

oh soooooooo cute cute cute! The only difference between puppies and kids is that you can lock the puppy up when they drive you not so

have fun training! Lots of praise when they pee where they are supposed to...We took ours outside like every hour for a week it took about 2 weeks before they were house broken.

Can't wait to hear a name!

Jaime @ La vie...J'aime January 4, 2012 at 9:16 AM  

your puppy is TOO cute! It's always hard to choose a name. we alsmost named our pup Charlie- i like that.

Kimkobiloba January 4, 2012 at 9:20 AM  

Oh puppies are so cute! They really are a lot of work but time moves quickly so before you know it you're pining for the old days when they were tiny!

I got a puppy in April and we set up a pack n' play we got cheap off Craigslist for her to sleep in. One side had a blanket for her and the other side had a puppy pad so if she was going to go she knew to go over on that side. Gradually I would hear her rustling around and take her outside and she stopped going on the pad all together. We also had a buckwheat pillow we heated in the microwave for 40 seconds before bedtime that she laid near every night. You could go that with rice too...even put it in a sock. I think our puppy just wanted the warmth of something near her.

My other advice is to get a bell strip for the door where you go outside and ring it every time you go out. Our doggie caught on fast and started ringing the bells (most of the time) when she needed to go. We also don't give her water or food after 8 o'clock at the latest to help prevent accidents! :)

Hope that helps! (p.s. I'm Maggie's work buddy and she showed me your cute new puppy entry!)

Mandy Crandell January 4, 2012 at 9:22 AM  

She is adorable!!!! All I can say is hide the toilet paper. You'll find it strewn about the house or in shreds. :)

Mel January 4, 2012 at 9:25 AM  

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh! So stinkin' cute. I went through what you're going through back in August. It gets better, and pretty quickly too. The first time the pup sleeps through the night? It's like the best night of your life up to that point. Ha! Best of luck!

Leslie January 4, 2012 at 10:31 AM  

So adorable! I have no tips, but her cuteness makes up for all the work I'm sure. Maybe she will get better as she adjusts. I can't wait to see what you name her!

Stephanie January 4, 2012 at 11:14 AM  

Oh my goodness I love her cute little puppy belly!! Which, of course, makes me think of names like Bella, Isabelle, Anabelle, basically anything that reminds me of that cute little poochy belly!

rooth January 4, 2012 at 11:31 AM  

Aww, big puppy belly - too cute. My pet would die of neglect if I ever had one. Sad...

I am Megan January 4, 2012 at 11:32 AM  

That is the sweetest little thing! Besides the ticking clock, you can also put a radio in the room with her. That way, she will think that there are humans and the constant talking will quickly lull her to sleep!

I'm thinking she looks like a Maxie!

stephanie January 4, 2012 at 11:34 AM  

What a cute pup! I really want a dog. I hope all goes well with training!

Alexa January 4, 2012 at 11:56 AM  

Oh my goodness he is adorable. So so sweet. Puppies are a lot of work, but it will get easier (and quicker than with a baby...haha). Crate training really worked for us. It's hard to hear them cry, but in the end it's good for everyone.

la petite coquine January 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM  

Oh my goodness, what a sweet little monster! I can't get over that round belly!!

What about a name that's quintessentially Louisville, to celebrate your new home?

Amber January 4, 2012 at 1:14 PM  

oh my gosh your pup is SO cute. Now I have puppy fever! I wish I had some good advice to pass along but my pup whined for the first week we had him and then I gave up and let him sleep in the bed. That did shut him up though :)

Emily January 4, 2012 at 2:09 PM  

So sweet! We just got a puppy in November and are completely enamored with him! It really is what I imagine having a kid is like, too. We let our pup sleep in our bed (terrible, I know!) and learned that our he would usually get up at the same time every night (4:30am!). We've since gotten so used to him being in there that we worried we wouldn't recognize him fussing, so we started to set an alarm.

I second Kimkobiloba's recommendation of "potty bells", our puppy caught on really fast and it is soo nice not to have to keep such a close eye on him.

Shari January 4, 2012 at 2:14 PM  

Your new addition is too adorable. Congrats! :)

April January 4, 2012 at 3:01 PM  

Cute puppy!!! She sounds so sweet. Good luck training her!

Natalie January 4, 2012 at 8:22 PM  

oh my goodness! i am so jealous! i keep trying to convince my husband to let us get a dog but he hasn't caved yet :(

jillian :: cornflake dreams. January 4, 2012 at 8:39 PM  

congrats on the new addition! what an adorable pup! xo

Zoe January 4, 2012 at 10:44 PM  

Ahhh so cute! She looks like a calender puppy.

Small Burst January 5, 2012 at 7:07 AM  

What a cutie patootie. Congratulations! You're gonna have so much fun with your baby dog.

Katie January 5, 2012 at 1:11 PM  

She's adorable!
I don't know anything about helping a dog sleep, but when we first got a dog, when I was five, I used to read books about dogs to him every night...of course, he spent most of his life sleeping so I probably didn't have anything to do with it!

rachel January 7, 2012 at 12:38 AM  

aw, so cute! I always wonder what my dog was like as a puppy.

Kristen January 7, 2012 at 10:18 AM  

She is sooo adorable! But I am not one on staying up all-night, nope, nada! Thankfully my dog; when he was a pup, was sooo good, we rescued him at the animal shelter, all he really wanted to do was play, and snuggle with someone at night. But he did pee two times in the house, after that, he was perfect- and still is! It just takes time! Good luck with the little one!

alli/hooray January 7, 2012 at 1:09 PM  

What an adorable little pup! I feel for you with the long nights - I can only imagine. She's lucky to have such a good home now.

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