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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Newest Member of the Family

Introducing our new youngest (sorry, soccer girl, you've been bumped from the cradle) - Brady.

Brady is a “Labbie” - half beagle and half lab.  Hubby is convinced that the stubbornness of a beagle is clearly evident.  However, since I believe in the power of self-fulfilling prophecy, I'm trying to look at the orneriness behind these adorable eyes as typical toddler behavior.  Brady is 3 ½ months which according to this dog years calculator puts him between 3-4 human years old, and toddler/preschooler yes, he is.
We “rescued” our little guy Thanksgiving weekend - wasn't intended to be an “official” rescue.  I had fallen in love with his face when I saw a Facebook posting which I was scrolling through while we were waiting for a movie to start at the theater the weekend before (Bridge of Spies - highly recommend). Because of holiday company we made arrangements to pick him up the Saturday after Thanksgiving. However, once we arrived at his home we realized we really should have rescued him immediately - really sad, awful situation.  Needless to say, a good bath was the first thing that happened when we got him home, followed by a vet visit as soon as they opened that week.  Happy to say the little guy is now healthy, happy, and definitely feeling at home (as he sprawls on the couch next to me as I write - we really tried to be the kind of parents that makes our dog stay off the furniture but what can I say...look at those eyes - yep...although he is confined to the back half of the house - isn't “allowed” in our bedroom or living room).  I am keeping an eye on FB to watch for future postings by the same people selling puppies and will call their local humane society to report what we experienced.

So the “back half” of our home has become puppy central for the most part - right now our family room contains a crate (which he hates but once in it does not argue and happily for us, sleeps through the night), a dog bed (which, now that I think about it, has been untouched in the last few days since he prefers to snooze and snore loudly on the couch), and a floor which right now has 6 various dog toys scattered about on it.  Said toys are also in varying stages of deterioration as Brady still has his puppy teeth and when awake must be actively chewing. All. The. Time.

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You can count on seeing Brady updates from time to time, especially as we discover just how big he's going to get.  Everything we've read about Labbies gives a big range, 25-90 lbs. when full-grown.  We're holding our breath as it a looks like this not so little guy may be headed for the higher side of that.  The first picture in this post was when we were first bringing him home, and he weighed in at the vet that week at 11 lbs.  Last week - 19 lbs. and his lab paws are huge!

Oh, and finally, no, “Brady” is not named after the New England Patriots’ QB - just a great Irish name that we liked (and we weren't about to keep calling him Snoopy as he was being called where we got him). ;)



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