Discussing dog breeds, dog-adoption, and the human-canine connection.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Autumn Puppies

It appears to be the season for new pups amongst the people I know.

My middle sister is looking for the "just right" dog to adopt and we've found a possible match in the local shelter - a big black Lab:

It isn't easy for Sis to find the right dog. Aside from the fact she has a family that includes two children, a husband, and a cat, she's been living with an amazing dog for 10 years and her expectations for other dogs are a little -- impossible :-)  So I'm helping her remember that her wonder dog grew up to become incredible - she wasn't actually born as anything other than an ordinary, normal dog...and now that she's a senior who is aging with difficulties any new dog needs to be able to live alongside her.

Elsewhere in my doggy-friend circle....

Gus and Zoe will be getting a new brother -- don't they look dressed to make a good impression?

A new Golden puppy is just a few days down the road for this family. They're very excited.

This will be a pale blonde Golden, who is probably named Ollie -- Ollie and Gus the blonde brothers will fit right in the predominately Scandinavian community they will be living in.

Next, we have an Airedale pup scheduled to join the extended family at the beginning of September.
This will be a little girl with a to-be-determined name.

She will be joining a family that lost their Bedlington Terrier this past spring. This family is ready for some happiness after a season of sorrow.

Finally, I have a friend who will be adding a new Springer Spaniel to her pack. She's lived with Springers for many years and for her, they are THE dog :-) Her oldest dog has passed and her middle aged pup needs a new friend. She has a newly born pup lined up to join the family when she's old enough.

Little Seneca still has a bit more growing to do before she will be ready to leave mom and the rest of the litter. When she's ready though, she will be joining a fantastic new family... and have lots of opportunities to play outside.

Springers can have a lot of fun in any season but really seem to shine in the fall :-) 

Whether adopting from a shelter, or going through a trusted breeder, the autumn season can be a great time to add a canine family member. The weather is still agreeable to house-training, playing outside is less likely to lead to overheating, long walks are very lovely in this season, and a cool, crisp day is a perfect time to cuddle up with a new furry friend. Good luck to everyone adding a new pup to the family this season!


  1. All so sweet! There'll be lots of new faces to smooch in your extended family!

    1. I love being able to visit with new pups -- without the responsibility of midnight potty breaks :-)

  2. There's a new puppy lurking in the future for us, too, but right now the time is just not right to add a third member to our pack. The puppy fever is very hard to resist :-)

    1. Good luck Sue - some lucky pup will have it made when they find their way into your pack!

  3. Poor Gus, he hates cameras. Thanks for featuring us! Looking forward to bringing Ollie home tomorrow. Who is getting the springer pup? Someone around here or a distant friend... Cause I would sure love to see it - having raised upwards of 100 of them years ago (still can smell the baby cereal I was assigned to feed them), they hold a special corner of my heart.


  4. It's interesting to see how people choose to bring new pups into their family. I can't imagine having another Golden after Honey. Not because they aren't wonderful dogs but because I think I'd make too many unfair comparisons.

    For me, it's better for each dog to be very different from the last so I can appreciate their uniqueness.

    Best wishes to all the pups and their new families.

    1. I tend to prefer 'different' dogs too ... there are so many cool breeds I still hope to live with some day :-) I understand the love of a breed though -- I grew up with a Dad who thinks Labradors walk on water figuratively speaking.