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Kate kate_nepveu
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Not-quite-puppy love

The dog is medium sized, a year old, with a German Shepherd's coloring but more a generic dog shape. She went into a veritable frenzy of welcome when I walked in the door, though I think that was more because she's been attention-starved in the few days she was in the shelter than because she loved me at first sight. Until a few minutes ago, she was asleep on the floor in front of the couch, against Chad's foot; he just got up to take his contacts out and she followed, despite my offering to pet her, and laid in front of the bathroom door. I think we know who she likes better. =>

She perpetually looks a little worried, because her forehead furrows vertically and she has lighter fur over the inner quadrants of her eyes. She has a few dry scaly patches that the vet will have to look at, and a deformed-from-birth back paw (looks more like a hoof) that doesn't slow her down in any noticeable fashion. She's remarkably well-behaved: very quiet (hasn't barked once yet); shows no interest in chewing anything she shouldn't—and barely anything she should, as toys have not held her interest at all so far; hopped right out of the front seat into the back when Chad started up the car; and just laid down when we sat down for dinner.

We still haven't a clue what to name her, but something will come up. Right now we're just telling her frequently what a good dog she is, and she seems happy with that—as are we.

[ ETA: her name is Emmy, and she's still a very good dog. ]


Oh, Congrats on the pup!

Thanks! We're so happy.

She might be an Emmy, but we're not sure yet.

(no subject) - angeyja, 2003-08-20 06:03 pm (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - kate_nepveu, 2003-08-20 06:12 pm (UTC)(Expand)

emmy sounds like a lovely name!

Soon, hopefully. Not that classically cute a dog, I am forced to admit. (Not _ugly_. But not awww, either.)

(no subject) - lcohen, 2003-08-20 06:32 pm (UTC)(Expand)

May I suggest Greta or Gretchen?

Thanks, but they don't quite have that mysterious "ring". Something will come up, I'm sure.

(no subject) - texas_tiger, 2003-08-20 06:45 pm (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - kate_nepveu, 2003-08-20 07:10 pm (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - texas_tiger, 2003-08-21 04:28 am (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - kate_nepveu, 2003-08-21 06:28 am (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - texas_tiger, 2003-08-21 04:47 pm (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - (Anonymous), 2003-08-23 03:13 pm (UTC)(Expand)
(no subject) - kate_nepveu, 2003-08-23 04:03 pm (UTC)(Expand)
*smile* Doggy!



I've been trying to think of things that are almost like "Princess" but not quite. So far all I've come up with are "Preakness" and "Palimpsest," neither of which are very good dog names. And "Plinth Fest" which is nonsense.

No, but they're funny and thank you for thinking of them!

(no subject) - rysmiel, 2003-08-21 06:50 am (UTC)(Expand)
Awww. :-)

Congratulations and good luck. :-)

Thanks! So far so good. Definitely Chad's dog, but we knew that would happen. And he's just in heaven right now.

Awwww. Dogs are so great. Also, what an awesome idea not to get a puppy. You miss the cutest stage, but I've housebroken enough dogs to know it's so worth it.

We puppy-sat Chad's parents' dog at nine weeks, so well before housebreaking was in play. Oh yes--so worth it. It's very freeing to be able to take our eyes off her for thirty seconds and not worry about the carpet.

She's remarkably well-behaved: very quiet (hasn't barked once yet)

This, of course, proved too good to be true. She's started barking at threats real and imaginary. More the latter than the former-- I brought her in to work because she was barking at the contractors and painters, and she's barked at a few people having the temerity to open office doors somewhere down the hall-- but it's nice to know that we'll have plenty of warning should terrorists decide to set up shop in the linen closet.

Yes. I'm hoping as she gets more settled in, the barking will be reduced, but if it's a territorial barking, that will require work (of what kind, I am not entirely sure).

But on the cuter side of things, she's started playing with toys.

I'm very jealous. I really want a dog, but I'm not going to get one until I have a yard, no matter how small. The dogs I've known like grass too much for me to deprive my dog-to-be of it.

I'm glad to hear it all worked out well!

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Too many syllables and too masculine, even if she didn't already have a name (that I forgot to put here; she's Emmy).


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