Yes, it’s true… that new family member is a new puppy! It is not quite as cool as a baby would be, but still awfully cute and fun and is a very anticipated arrival in our household right now!
Here’s some pictures of our puppy at 4-weeks old. We met the family that owns mom and dad and this adorable litter and picked out the one for us! Now our new puppy just needs a bit more time with mom and dad and siblings and then we will take him home! He will be 10 weeks when we get him next month!
Sitting up like a happy pup!
Happily willing to be held like a baby by the 4-year old
Alex- the puppy’s new human daddy checking him out!
Here he is disguised as a baby polar bear!
Lounging on Alex’s lap while he checks his unique features that identifies him separately from his 6 siblings!
Being held and happy as can be!
Our oldest telling him good-bye as we prepare for his arrival!
Do you know what breed this puppy is??
Well, we haven’t had a dog since having children. In fact, our move out of our home state of Idaho was a move due to a job transfer that was very sudden. Alex and I had two Miniature American Eskimos and they were wonderful dogs. Since we had 3-days to move from Idaho, we couldn’t find a place fast enough that allowed us to keep our dogs easily. As such, my grandma’s brother said he would take care of them for us as they just lost their dog to old age and would love to take care of them. Well, our living situation became more permanent than expected…. primarily because this was a time in our lives that was our very unthrify days (see the story being told in this series HERE) and our credit was horrible and we could not live anywhere else for a long while since hardly anyone wanted to rent or lend money for a house. It was basically another scar and result of our bad choices and going into so much debt (over $100K in consumer debt). So since our dogs had been living with extended family members for a while, we felt it wouldn’t be right to ask for them back after all of that time.
Then we had 5 wonderful, amazing, awesome God-given blessings of 5 children. We shared the story of our 5th and his Miracle Birth in our story HERE. Well, we don’t know if we will be having any more kids as this is up to God….. but in the meantime we have been talking about getting another family member, a dog, after 11 years of not having any. Our kids have been wanting one badly, so we will be welcoming a baby soon 🙂
For the past 6-7 months, we’ve been researching, deciding and saving for a pure bred pup (see reasons below)!
Here’s what our requirements were:
- Good dog for those with allergies – after research, we could basically pick from this list of 10 (and the reason why the dog has to be a pure bred, otherwise the allergy sensitivities are trumped).
- Good dog for kids
- Good working dog in the sense that our families activities include: walking/jogging, hiking (we’ve hiked every week this summer!! – Best summer yet!), Snowshoeing in the winter and biking. We do all of these regularly (depending on the season) and so we needed a dog that could keep up with all of this – especially the snowshoeing in the winter!
- We also loved our Miniature American Eskimos – they were so awesome….. but they are not completely hypoallergenic…. BUT one of the breeds that these dogs are bred from are….
So what did we decide to get??? Do you know???
Well, we will be welcoming home a male Samoyed in less than a month!
Here’s approximately what he will look like full grown!
Yes, we are so excited and the more we research this breed, the more we think it is the best fit for our family. Our allergies are a concern, but the other needs in having a dog seem to out-weigh that at this point (and we hope that stays the case).
Our previous dogs were partly Samoyed and so we feel like we know a few things about these types of dogs.
However, we haven’t had a dog for 11+ years (our kids have never had a dog)! So…. we need your help! We have the next few weeks to prepare, and so we want to ask you a few questions!
- What items do you think are necessary to buy for pup?
- What items are good but optional?
- What items are just for total fun but not necessary?
- How much do you spend on your pup monthly?
- Anything else? Any advice?
We trained our Miniature American Eskimos using the positive reinforcement method (a.k.a. the clicker method) and so we plan to do the same for this pup. We are going to be taking him hiking and a little bit of snowshoeing this winter while he is still a pup. When he is full-grown (next winter) we plan to have him pull a small sled with our supplies. He can also have a pack for hiking too!
Interesting fact: We learned some really fun interesting facts about Samoyeds with the most interesting being the history of the breed. They are one of the original 14 ancient dog breeds in the world. That is one old tried and true breed!
Yes, he will be a big dog….. but for the purposes we want to have him for… that is perfect 🙂