Sunday, February 27, 2011

Big Changes!

I know, I haven't blogged in a minute, but we've had some big changes in the Ashley's Antics household.

We adopted a puppy!

Meet Polamalu

(yes, after the Steelers strong safety).

Also known as Polly, Polly Lu, Lu Lu, Polls, Pall Ball, & Polly Princess

My husband has wanted a puppy for no less than four years, but the timing was never right. The timing isn't awesome now either, but we finally decided to just do it. I'd say that at least once a month over the last 4 yrs my husband would send me pictures of puppies and beg for them.

We would occasionally email about some of the dogs and either the organizations ignored our emails and/or the dogs were long gone within minutes.

Sometime last week my husband sent me some links on facebook from an organization called Operation Paws for Homes (they serve Northern VA, Maryland and Southeastern PA). We saw this little lady and we sent an email.

She was rescued from a high kill shelter in rural North Carolina.

For the first time ever they responded and we were approved. On Thursday we met our little girl and on Friday we took her home.

She's somewhere between 9 and 12 weeks old and she's a German Shepherd/Lab Mix. I think there may be something else in there because of her little ears. Have any guesses?

She's adjusting quite well to our house so far. She hasn't had many accidents and is doing most of her business outdoors. She is our shadow though. She cries when she's out of our sight. I'm already dreading Monday morning when it's time to leave for work.

The cats are handling her better than we thought they would. They certainly aren't besties, but they aren't hiding under the bed either. They're sniffing her out and I'm hoping things get better over the course of our time together.

The first night we brought her home we woke up with her a few times because she was crying. Last night we brought her up to bed at about 11 and she slept until 6:30am- when we let her out. Then, she went back to bed with us until about 9. A vast improvement over her first night home.

So, does anyone have any dog raising tips for us? I'd love to hear them!


ACH said...

She is just as cute as can be! I am so jealous!

Jessi said...

She's adorable! Congrats, as much work as puppies are they are worth it.

Those look like chow ears, what color is her tongue? Chows have purple tongues (so mixes would have purple or purple spots)

She sounds like she's doing good, just don't feed her people food unless you won't mind begging and don't let her in your bed or on your furniture unless you won't mind that when she's big. :)

Jessi said...

Oh and one more thing I recommend is socializing her with people and other dogs as much as possible while she's a will make your life SO much easier down the road. :)

Melissa said...

What a cute dog! I love the name :)

Anonymous said...

No tips, we have cats but I always had dogs when I lived with my parents. LOVE the names and she is just too cute for words! I agree with the no people food, that always seems to get out of control. Congrats on the new addition!

Syndal said...

oh my word-polly pocket puppy is very adorable!
congrats fur-mommy!

Sonya said...

She is adorable!

Laurie said...

For the record, we were using Lu Lu first. For our CHILD. Hahahahaha.

Mrs EyeCanSee said...

What a cutie!!

And my two dogs are crazy you don't want any advice from me! Haah! I will say with out next one I am going to do everything in my power NOT to let them sleep in our bed as puppies because now it's me, the hubs, 2 dogs and a a Queen sized bed. Yikes!

LL said...

yay for rescue pups! she's adorable. when you take her potty, take a tiny treat outside with you and give it to her immediately when she potties. the more immediate the positive reinforcement, the better!

Anonymous said...

She's SO cute!

My advice: plenty of toys. We have tons spread all over our house. It looks like we have an actual kid living here, but they're just Dexter's. But without them, he'd destroy everything!

Definitely no table food! We never did this with Dexter, and he doesn't beg other people for food when they're over, which was the point, because I can't stand that! And I agree with socializing her with other dogs. We never did that with Dexter, and when we tried to get him a friend, well, it was a disaster.

Her ears kind of look like a boxer's. I don't know though...I'm definitely no expert! German Shepherds and Labs are SO smart!

Alena: Oh, Its Just Perfect! said...

OH MY GOSH. Cutest puppy ever!! That's so exciting!! She looks like she's gonna be a handful :) Haha.

Unknown said...

There's the post I was waiting for. Soooo stinking cute. My advice is take the puppy as many places as possible. We even travel to dog friendly hotels/ b and b's sometimes. For us it was important that our dog was really a part of our family. Our dog is used to traveling and is good no matter where he goes.

Erin said...

Congrats on the new family member!

When did you become instead of cat lady?

Ashley said...

@Erin-- I bought my own domain about a month ago!

Baby Mama said...

SO SO SO Cute!!!

PattyAnn said...

Read "Don't Shoot the Dog" by Karen Pryor as training guide, shows you how to train yourself to have a dog too.

Laurie said...

Also, read up on dog psychology, more than dog training.
It will help you understand her needs more.
Work your command training into that. You will have great results.
You guys will do good anyway.

Anonymous said...

Hi Polly! Look at that precious face! Some tips that I have and use every day are:

hang a bell on the door knob and train her to ring it when she needs to potty.

Put a crate with comfy pillows and blankets next to your bed at night for her to sleep until she gets used to sleeping through the night.

buy lots of chew toys and play with them with her to keep her from chewing anything she shouldn't.

Lots and lots of love!

Nicole said...

unless you want a begger, don't feed her people food at all. Mine got a few tastes of it and I caught her on the kitchen table about a month ago eating chocolate which is horrible for dogs. It'll kill them. She's still alive luckily...

Unknown said...

Aw! She's a doll!!! :) I have two doggies... Both girls. So my tip would be don't wait too long if you're going to have her spayed... It's a MESS!

I agree with Nicole also! Begging dogs drive me nuts... But they learn by receiving... So don't feed her from the table or your plate unless you want her to stare at you longinly everytime you sit down to eat!!!

Unknown said...

How stinking cute is she?!?!

If you read my blog at all, you know I'm OBSESSED with my dog. One thing I did with her was started her with carrots as treats early on. They are good for their teeth and healthy (Cricket is a garbage disposal though and will eat anything).

Also, I took Cricket to everyone's house I knew that has/had a dog when she was young. The more socialized they are, the better.

Have SO much fun with your sweet girl!

Susan said...

how adorable!! such a cutie!

Dancy said...

AH! So cute - I'm late reading this, so I hope Mon & Tues were ok for her while you guys were gone. :)

Anonymous said...

Our puppy is 12 weeks old. She's great, but is driving me a wee bit crazy. She's so damn hyper.

Your wittle puppy is sooo cute!

Hilary said...

Awww, love her! My exhusband & I adopted a lab when she was 8 weeks, so if you have any specific questions, I'll definitely try to help! She went with my ex, and I'm trying to adopt a cocker spaniel from about 3.5 hours away, and I'm getting really frustrated with the shelter/adoption agency (that sounds funny). She responded well to my e-mails initially, but she's only giving me information about the dog when I ask specific questions, and I've asked if I can come up on Saturday to meet her/pick her up, and haven't gotten a response. I know they say they need to do a home inspection, but it would be nice for them to at least get back to me! You'd think if someone wanted to adopt a five year old dog, they'd jump at the chance!