Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Beach Babes, New Puppy, and A Life Lesson

This past weekend I had the opportunity to spend some time with my friend Emylee and her son Eli.
Living in Houston has been kind of hard for me lately. When I lived in Fort Worth, I had lots of casual friends and acquaintances, but Emylee was my best friend. We are both nannies, are intense adoption/orphan care advocates, and have similar views on most things in life. We spent extraordinary amounts of time together before and this is the first weekend I've spent with her in over four months. It's been a little rough without her.

It was really great to see both of them. He has grown so much lately! He thinks everything is a "ball" or a "dog". It's adorable. Emylee and I took Eli and Nessie to Galveston for some fun at the beach.

Emylee held onto Nessie so that I could try to get some cute shots of Eli. The little stinker decided it would be fun to throw handfuls of wet sand on me! You should have seen me backpedaling on my knees in the sand and him chasing me. Oh wait! I have photos of him chasing me! ;)

Nessie seemed to have a lot of fun. She was a little overexcited by everything, but I put her pinch collar on and she seemed to calm down and relax a little bit after that. She is such a smartie pants!

E and I had discussed the possibility of getting a second dog so that she would have a playmate, but we weren't sure what sort of a timeline we were looking at. Then last Friday, I stumbled across an ad from Nessie's breeder. I called her and found out that she had a discounted older puppy (which is really what we wanted).
I talked to E and we decided to take the leap. Here's Nessie without any idea that this was her last day as an only doggie-child.

On Saturday, while we were at the beach, Esquire drove all the way to Kaufman to pic up the new puppy. We decided to keep with the Scottish tradition and found the name Mairi (pronounced Mar-ee) which means "Of the sea".

When we got Nessie, it was insta-love. As soon as I saw her, I loved her. She was adorable and charming and more than willing to shower you with affection. With Mairi, it's been a slower process. It was really hectic with Nessie feeling like her home was being invaded by a little black sea urchin, Esquire feeling like the whole world was in chaos, and on top of that-we had guests. Guests we love and were so glad to have, but it would have been beneficial if we could have waited until they were gone to get Mairi.

I'm slowly warming up more to Mairi and I've learned (relearned) something ugly about myself.
Beauty and looks matter a lot to me. Mairi has a wonderful calm and sweet personality, but she's not as cute as Nessie has always been. Still, she's winning me over one gentle ankle nudge at a time.

Some have said we're brave for getting two puppies at once. Brave or stupid, only time will tell ;)
Still, Nessie is already calmer when she's in her crate and Mairi learned sit in about 5-10 minutes.
I think we just might be alright. :D


  1. Adorable lil pups. I miss you my Beedoo!!


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