After several months of being a dog free home Jeremy and I decided we were ready to get another dog. We had been debating getting a puppy or an older dog. There are pros and cons to both of them. Ella had been looking up information and writing persuasive essays on getting a golden retriever for our family. It was a breed that Jeremy and I had already been talking about so we talked to a golden retriever breeder who lives nearby but decided we weren’t quite ready for another dog. We did tell her that if she ever knew of an older dog to keep us in mind. A few months later shortly after we decided we were ready for another dog and were starting our search for a dog we got a call back from the breeder that she had a 2 year old female available She brought “Jello” over to our house for a visit and we decided that she would be a good fit for us but the timing was slightly off. We were going camping the next week and then would be watching Jeremy’s aunt’s puppy for 10 days. Kathy, the breeder, was nice enough to have Jello spayed while we were on vacation and keep her at her house recovering until we were done watching the puppy. Ella, Abby and Mia enjoyed watching and helping out with the puppy and were really excited to get our dog afterwards. Jello has settled in nicely. She is really calm for a 2 year old. She does like to retrieve – shoes, remotes, toys. A nice side effect of getting Jello is that the girls finally better about keep their toys in the toy room (aka dining room). Jello does occasionally get the “zoomies” and run around crazy in the yard. The girls, especially Mia, think this is hilarious. They love to throw the ball for her.
Today Claire took her last ride with daddy. The tumor in her mouth had grown to the point that it was starting to bother her. Jeremy and I always said we wouldn’t want our dogs to suffer but it is definitely hard to make that final decision even though we knew it was coming.
Claire would have been 10 in February, we got her when she was 9 months old. We picked her up in Syracuse and brought her home to meet our first dog Lily. Claire was a beautiful Samoyed with a typical cold weather dog personality. She was very friendly but after getting some love she would go and lay down a few feet a way from you.
One day Claire was following Jeremy around the pool deck [on Embury Road] as he was cleaning the pool and she fell in. After we got her pulled out of the water she ran behind a tree and stood there bark-yelling at Jeremy. She was definitely blaming him for her fall in the pool.
Jeremy and I would always argue over who was the better behaved dog. I would agree that Claire was usually better behaved at home but on a walk it was definitely Lily. Claire tended to walk in a sinusoidal path instead of a straight line. And she would also bark and alert you to any other dogs out, people getting their newspaper, or leaves blowing across the street. That is a lot of barking at 5:30 in the morning!