NOT! . . . although, I am having fun with our new distraction.
After agonizing over how unfair it was to lose Trevor, our 6th dog lost to serious illness (4 were boxers), and crying for almost a month and a half, we brought home Cali-Rae, a pure bred boxer puppy, last Saturday night. We're thrilled we found her on a Los Angeles dog rescue site almost right after she was listed. Her picture instantly stole our hearts. She looked so sweet and attentive. I love her classic fawn markings and her coloring. Her coat is almost red in the sunlight. Exactly as I hoped, she looks nothing like any of our previous boxers. I want to look her in the face and see nobody but her sweet self.
At just under 17 weeks old when we brought her home, she was already crate trained and taught "sit", "off" and probably "no" by her foster mom. And, she's learning about life as part of our family at an astonishing rate. Today, after being with us for only 4 nights and 3 days, she showed me she can communicate when she needs to go outside! We're so proud of her and grateful that she's smart. But, as a boxer, she definitely has a mind of her own. Of course, we knew what we were getting ourselves into when we chose to adopt another boxer puppy. Yesterday, it took the vet, the vet tech and me to hold her still for her rabies vaccine, and the overall new puppy examination - listening to her heart and lungs and looking into her ears and eyes, etc. Yes, we will be working more diligently on "passive restraint" for future vet visits. We received a very good report on Cali Rae's puppy check up. Thank You, Lord!
Of course, Cali Rae will never replace Trevor, or Lilly, Maxwell, Matty, Harley or Cody in our hearts. Each have left an indelible mark on both Gary and me. However, having her join our family really helps ease the deep pain we've been feeling from losing Trevor on Sept. 29th. Cali Rae, like each of our other 6 fur babies, is very special in her own right. We'll try our best not to spend her life "waiting for the other shoe to drop", like we did with Trevor after we lost Lilly early Dec. 2012. We pray for a long and healthy life for Cali Rae and we're enjoying the love she's already brought into our home.
I promise that as the pup matures and doesn't have to be constantly supervised, I'll begin sharing a lot of paper creations. However, for the next few months anyway, I'm hoping her nap-times will allow me to get my household chores done, as well as create some fall greetings and our Christmas cards. It would be nice if they are delivered before Dec. 25th this year. While Cali Rae is awake I spend most of my time teaching her basic commands like "stay", "come", "off", "down", "get out of there!", "no lick", "no bite", etc. I don't want to keep her in her crate except when we're sleeping, bathing or away from home where she's not welcome. Oh and I'm getting loads of exercise going down on my hands and knees, and getting back up, to get her ball out from under the furniture! It's almost as if she pushes it under there on purpose! If you know boxers, you know how they use their front paws. She boxes the ball around on the floor and chases it. But most of the time so far, she's too slow to catch it before it rolls under the sofa, or the end tables, or the bed, or the armoire, or the nightstands, or between the boxes I still need to unpack, and so on and SO ON! But it's worth it, because besides being smart, she's so darn cute, she makes us laugh at her puppy antics and she's super affectionate.
So, since it's taken waaay too long to write this post today, I'll close by sharing a few pictures taken of Cali-Rae the last few days since she's become part of the Gray family. Each picture will enlarge by clicking on those you want to look at more closely.
Thanks for stopping by and enjoy . . .