Furry Fun Day Sunday: Puppy Love! Heidi Joins our Family! 8/26/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #257)

Well folks, we are the new adoptive parents of a beautiful 4 month old beagle puppy we named Heidi–after the main character of Heidi in one of my favorite stories as a child.   And Heidi means “noble one”.   We happened to see Heidi when we had come in to look at another dog.   I have wanted a beagle for twenty years, but never found one as other doggies claimed our hearts.   However, Heidi leapt into my heart instantly!  Heidi was being fostered by a staffer at our local Humane Society and she wasn’t up for adoption yet–until they called us last week about her.  And being fostered meant that Heidi was learning how to live with a family–and being mostly house trained.   Snap!  We are very grateful that Heidi had that caring and loving training by her foster mommy.

You see, Heidi was very scared of people in the beginning when she came to the Humane Society.  She had been a stray.  If you can believe it, someone had thrown sweet beautiful loving Heidi away and left her to fend for herself as a 1 month old puppy on the streets.  Heidi could have died but for someone finding her and taking her to the Humane Society.  Bless the kind soul who saved her!

So let me make a special plea, that if you have a pet that you can no longer care for yourself, please please please relinquish it to your local Humane Society or some other pet advocacy agency so that it will be cared for–and hopefully adopted by a new family.  Every life is precious–even the life that you do not want.   And if you have a pet you love, you might consider helping another pet to live by making a charitable donation to the Humane Society in their honor.  Here is the Humane Society’s national web site  http://www.humanesociety.org/

Since we have a 4 year old doggie named Max, we wanted to smooth the transition for him receiving a new companion as we were easing the transition for Heidi to have a new home.  We made introductions between Heidi and Max last week on two different occasions and things went swimmingly–or doggily.  Well, Max tried to ignore Heidi most of the time–except when she chased him.  Ha!

       
Heidi:  Awaiting intros,          on the scent,        then  chasing              … Max.

We brought Heidi home Friday afternoon and so far have had a smooth transition.  She slept in her bed pillow on our bed.  And there was no bed wetting–not even by Heidi.  Ha!  She did chase Max off his end of the bed a few times.   Poor Max, he was so looking forward to being the alpha doggie this time round.   Not happening!  Max was Sophie whipped and he is well on his way to being Heidi whipped.  Ha!  But really, Max seems to be taking the new puppy, Heidi, in stride.

Saturday morning Heidi sailed through her first veterinarian visit.  Dr. Dave said “You’ve got a good one there.”  But truthfully, the dear man says that about all of our dogs over the years.  Ha!  However, we have been very blessed.  Unfortunately, Heidi did pee on the Vet hospital’s vinyl floor.  But they expect that and mopped it up right away.  Ha!

When we came home, we started training Heidi for short visits in her lair/crate–with Max leading by example in his lair/crate.  Both of us work, so our doggies are crated (to keep them out of mischief for their own protection) separately weekdays while we are at work 4 days a week–except when I come home for lunch for them each day to feed them and let them outside and such.  Of course, treats help with the lair/crate training, too.  And I let Heidi off leash for the first time Saturday morning..  She chased Max through the dining room, great room, and kitchen–we have an open floor plan home.   I sense a theme here with the chasing.  Poor Max.  Ha!

Then, Heidi napped for a good hour in my arms and on my shoulders before lunch.  However, rather than waiting for my hubby to get home to take her outside after lunch, I should have done it–because she peed on the carpet.   We’ve been baptized!  Hey, it had to happen sometime.  And at least she hasn’t peed on me yet–since she is in my arms most of the time.  *Grati spits, turns around 3 times, and spits again*  (Just in case the gods are listening–so they don’t make Heidi pee on me.)

After lunch we had a 10 minute crate/lair test that Heidi passed with flying colors.   There was playing with her green worm chew toy after that.  And, 24 hours in to being puppy parents as I finish writing this Saturday evening, life is good good.  I’m even learning how to type one handed for shorter Facebook and Twitter posts–the other arm is holding Heidi.  Ha!

And now, Heidi is napping again–puppy bliss!–after I sang a lullaby to her “Lullay, Thou little tiny Child/doggie” (also known as The Coventry Carol, sung beautifully here by the Dale Warland Singers in a video by LGwalt):

So, do you have any pet stories to share or wisdom to impart to us about puppy training?

P.S.  During the writing of this post on Saturday, I had several cute interruptions by Heidi and Max–for playtime and outside peeing time (yes!)–and I was only able to make progress while Heidi was napping again.  Ha!

P.S.  And for those of you wanting your Richard Armitage fix, I was trying to find a photo manip I saw once of the British actor transformed into one very cute hound dog–basset, I believe.  But that didn’t come up on the Google search.  Then I recalled a Richard Armitage graphic that I had created for a CRAzy Captioning post back on April 29, 2012:

However, a delightful essay did pop up in the Google search with photos of different Richard Armitage characters and the dogs they might resemble titled “It’s a Dog Eat Dog World, Richard Armitage” by the I Want to be a Pin Up blogger AgzyM.  And it’s a hoot!  So here is that link for you:  http://iwanttobeapinup.wordpress.com/2012/03/14/its-a-dog-eat-dog-world-richard-armitage/ (parental caution:  I might rate one of the images shown in her post as PG-13 due to one of Richard Armitage character image’s beauteous bare bum being likened to a particular dog’s hind quarters.  The dog’s bum is bare, too.  Ha!)

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About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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18 Responses to Furry Fun Day Sunday: Puppy Love! Heidi Joins our Family! 8/26/12 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #257)

  1. fitzg says:

    She’s beautiful! As I was owned by a (Humane Society) beagle mix (all beagle, except that her legs were LONG -Beagle on stilts?), love those faces! Long may Heidi and Max continue to rule the Lovelace desmesne, and return the love of their happy slaves!

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  2. agzym says:

    Bless! I’m in love with Heidi!
    It’s unbelievable that people can do such horrid things to animals, but it’s balanced out by all of those who love animals with all their hearts!
    One of my yorkies was (and still is) a bit of a loner. We accepted her quirks from the get go, let her be a bit weird, even brought home a companion for her a few weeks after she joined our family (another yorkie) . The thing is, because she was loved unconditionally, gradually she started to express the love back. Only this morning I woke up to Emma by my side, belly up, snoring her beautiful head off ;)
    Huge hugs for Heidi and Max!

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    • Hi Agzym,
      Thanks for your note. I always believe that a society is judged not by our deeds of accomplishment, but by how we treat our most vulnerable–whether it is children, the elderly, people with special needs, or our pets, etc.

      And delighted to hear about your yorkies! Every pet has it’s own personality–just like people. So far, Heidi is energy personified. Ha! Maybe we should have named her Energeia, from the Greek meaning energy (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy). Ha!

      Cheers! Grati ;->

      P.S. And folks, don’t forget to visit AgzyM’s link to her doggy RA post that I provided above. It is “howling” good fun! Giggles!

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  3. Some 2012 KRA Week (August 22 – 28, 2012) Programing Notes, also in rhyming couplets:

    Now turning our attention to the KRA 2012 celebration by the lady RA bloggers with special posts this week,
    These posts, essays, and activities are many and varied, so visitors should find something that they seek.

    On Thursday August 23rd, Phylly’s Faves (http://phyllysfaves.blogspot.com/2012/08/august-22-birthday.html) will delight us with her eponymous blog and its post.
    Whereas Friday August 24th, Maria Grazia of Fly High (http://flyhigh-by-learnonline.blogspot.com/) has some interesting words that she will host.

    And Saturday August 25th is the day that Servetus of Me+RichardArmitage (http://meandrichard.wordpress.com/) will share what her pen has begot.
    Sunday August 26th features Fabo Laktuko (http://whiterosewritings.blogspot.com/) at White Rose: Sincere and Simple Thoughts.

    Not to be outdone, dear Fitzg on Monday August 27th will share her thoughts on the KRA 2012 main page (http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/contributions/king-richard-week-2012/).
    Where also on Tuesday August 28th, the Richard III Foundation’s information will be sure to engage (http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/contributions/king-richard-week-2012/).

    Throughout the whole week there will be a special KRA 2012 Scavenger Hunt Quiz as a special treat,
    Involving Richard 3, Richard Armitage, and KRA news. Some prizes are offered to make the fun even more sweet.
    (http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/contributions/king-richard-week-2012/kra-2012-quiz/)

    The Wednesday August 29th finale–with Zan–will also recap all of the KRA 2012 postings our dear readers visited.
    It will have been a week of celebRAtion, fun, and sharing—that we hope, kept you riveted.(http://kingrichardarmitage.rgcwp.com/contributions/king-richard-week-2012/)

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  4. servetus says:

    Congratulations!

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  5. bccmee says:

    I’m so happy to hear about the new addition to your family. Hooray for peeing outside, LOL!

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    • Hi bccmee,
      Thanks for your nice note! Yes, peeing outdoors is good–for Heidi. Next up, “always” pooping outdoors. Ha! It seems Heidi had a little “moment”, but at least it was near the 2nd bathroom for easy clean up. Snap!
      Cheers! Grati ;->

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  6. Tereza says:

    I´m glad for you, Grati. She´s beautiful and seems to be so calm.How good for her has found a truly home with you.Many people think the animals don´t have feelings ,just because they can´t express themselves like us. I have one dog and her name is Princess.My sister use to say she is a truly lady because she is so quiet that even when she is hungry she doesn´t bark.She does this only when she see one strange. Btw, I liked the name Heidi. I also liked the movie.Have a Great Sunday,Grati!

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    • Hi Tereza,
      Thanks for your lovely note! Princess sounds like a real gem. Our Heidi is a little spitfire–dashing after max, teething and chewing on my fingers (ouch) instead of her chew toys, and leaping onto the bed from only 1 foot off the ground.

      But there are lots of moments–like now–when Heidi is napping curled up beside me on a pillow I put on top of my blog files bin for her. Her feet are resting on my shoulder as I type. She is sweetness personified. Or should I say, doggified? Ha!

      Cheers! Grati ;->
      CheeCheers! Grati ;->

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  7. 8/26/12–Over in RAFN on Facebook, Tanni reminded me of her amazing gifts transforming RA’s face and RA’s face as Sir Guy into a lion and a wolf: Here are those links for you to enjoy:

    http://tannni.strana.germany.ru/1r-l.swf

    http://tannni.strana.germany.ru/2ra1.swf

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  8. Brooke says:

    Grati, am very happy for you and your husband. Heidi sounds like a wonderful and fun dog.
    I have learned so much with having beagles. I highly recommend not teaching them how to speak. Beagles are social and like to make their often obnoxious and loud voices known. If you teach them the trick to speak then discipline them for being noisy, they might not know if barking is good or not. I think that’s happening with one of my dogs.
    Make sure you keep your shoes away from where she can reach them since she’s teething.
    Also, keep a close eye on her when she is in your yard. They like to dig and some beagles try to dig under the fence. I like to check on my dogs more than once, but not too much for their safety and well-being.

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    • Brooke says:

      I mean try to check on them more than once to make sure they are safe and okay, but I don’t check them too much.

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    • Hi Brooke,
      Thanks for your nice note–very informative! Heidi is already trying to see if her head fits between the wooden slats of our backyard fence. Ha! Happily, we planned to put up lattice on the lower half of the fence–all the way around. Currently, when we take her in the backyard, she is on a leash.
      So far not much barking out of her. But we know that it will come. Ha!
      Cheers! Grati ;->

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