Sunday, April 3, 2011

Puppy Squee

My plans for a restful and recharging April has lasted exactly one day.  Yesterday brought an exciting new change to our lives at Shady Dame, Rob and I became parents.  

Welcome Tally Ruscoe!  

Tally is a 9-month old  lab/terrier mix adopted from Mostly Mutts Animal Rescue in Kennesaw, GA.  She is sweet, energetic and has stolen my heart.  Rob has been wanting a dog for as long as I can remember, his most recent attempts at wearing me down got me to adoption day at Petsmart yesterday and once I met Tally, it was all over.  We connected and there was no way I was going to leave her behind.

I know nothing about training a dog, I just downloaded and started reading this book which got great reviews  

and we start our first obedience class this afternoon. So with proper training for both Tally and myself, I know that we will become great friends and fitness partners. Twice daily walks are going to benefit not only puppy health and training but the health and fitness of Rob and myself.  Tally has already been around the neighborhood once and she's not even been here a whole day. 

I'm a bit nervous, as any new dog parent is, and my kitchen smells a little like dog but Tally is right next to me and she has me grinning from ear to ear.  Happy Sunday!


  1. How precious!

    The obedience classes with Tally will be the best thing for you. Starting early will ingrain good habits for all of you, and a well behaved dog is really a joy to be around!

  2. Love, love, love your new puppy. Super cute! Dogs are the best.

  3. argh. blogger ate my comment! let's try again.

    congratulations! I think you will find that the way pets can fulfill your life are worth a little doggy smell. ;) Dogs are a joy to have around, and she's absolutely adorable. Obedience classes are a FANTASTIC idea--I took mine when she was Tally's age and it has proven to be well worth the investment again and again! people are always commenting on how well behaved Lola is.

    if I might offer a little unsolicited advice (no offense intended! this is just something I found invaluable), I'd highly highly highly suggest investing in a kennel for her. Having a space of their own is really good for dogs, and can aid greatly with training. The denning instinct is strong in them, and they will often take their toys/treats in there with them. It also helps protect them from getting into mischief when you're not at home, or destroying your belongings. Mine is collapsible and very portable (and I have a large dog). That is an investment I have never regretted.

    congratulations! Tally will be such a good friend to you and Rob. =)

  4. She has such a sweet face, and I just know your family will live happily ever after!

    Abbie (our first Westie) was supposed to get me off the couch and out of doors too...till she joined me on the couch, and could hardly be coaxed off!

  5. Congrats! And a big thank you for rescuing a dog!! I have 3 adopted from shelters and love them dearly.

  6. Awww, she looks so sweet! Congratulations!

  7. She's beautiful! I'm so excited for you and Rob...things will probably get pretty hairy (pun intended :)) until things settle down, but once they do settle down it will be so worth it.

    Congratulations! And a dog is a wonderful fitness incentive--we walk ours several times a day, and they don't let me slack off :). And although mine usually don't drag on their leashes, walking them is sometimes still a great upper-body workout as well as a leg workout!