Moose Day

Three years ago today, we woke up at the crack of dawn and drove to Delaware to pick up our first-born puppy…

It’s hard to remember how tiny he was in all his 9 lb glory. Moose can be a total pain in the arse, but he’s 87 lbs of pure love. Our Valentine’s pickup was very apropos.

Doggy Deception


Don’t let the adorable, smiling face deceive you. This puppy did something bad. Very bad. And since I promised to keep you updated on the adventures of leaving him out of his crate, I know I have to tell you about it. But I’m not quite ready yet. So until then, I’ll keep looking at adorable Riggo pictures to help me remind myself why I haven’t killed him yet šŸ˜‰

(Oh, and if any Lab Rescue folks are reading this, that’s totallllly a joke!)


Brag Book

As I mentioned, Pam101 came out to my neck of the woods today, and while I’d like to think it was solely because she thinks I’m so awesome, I know she was more equally as excited to meet Moose and Riggo in the flesh. Proving that she’s always fabulous, she didn’t come empty handed either!

Talk about a doggie treat!!! M & R thought they hit the jackpot. Now to make good on the “brag” part of the headline, here are a couple fabulous pictures of my adorable children dogs taken by Pam.

Moose thinks he's a big deal. Pam says this will be the cover of his autobiography. I agree. No comment from Moose.

How could you not fall in love with this little face?!


Naming the New Puppy

Mini-Moose finally has a name! After going through a laundry list of ideas…which I’ll share in case you’re in the market for a dog name:

  • Rocco
  • Roscoe
  • Sunny
  • Trooper
  • Rookie
  • Rudy
  • Trooper
  • Finn
  • Huck
  • Tiger
  • King
  • Bear
  • Bay Boy (Ok, so Joey’s Dad came up with that)
  • Hunter
  • Hunt
  • Bentley
  • Brodie
  • Beau
  • Rascal

We finally settled on…..

………….drum roll please ………..



aka Riggs aka Riggy aka Riggy Roo (that’s just me)

We were digging the “R” names and Riggo just fits his bouncy little personality. Eeeek, how cute is he in the above picture?! I’m in love. And Moose won’t admit it yet, but he is too!

Meet Our New Puppy: Mini-Moose

So in an unexpected twist of events, we kiiiiinda soooorttttaaaa got another puppy today. YUP, that’s the big secret. Here’s how it all went down.

You already know we’ve been looking into dog rescue organizations, slowly thinking about getting a playmate for Joey Moose. Well, on Friday we had our phone interview with Lab RescueĀ of the Labrador Retriever Club of the Potomac, an all-volunteer rescue group. We spoke with the adoption coordinator for about an hour, and bottom line was that the group rarely has puppies for adoption but it’s never out of the question. She was going to start sending us any available dogs that fell in the puppy-12 month range.

Fast forward to Saturday morning. The adoption coordinator calls Joey and says, “You’ll never believe this.” A litter of 7 puppies was left in a box outside an SPCA in rural Virginia, and the puppies had just been turned over to Lab Rescue (lets pause for a second to reflect on what cowardly, heartless person leaves puppies in a BOX outside, in the freezing cold. Ugh!). The pups were about 10 weeks old, and there was one yellow male.

Fast forward to Sunday morning and we’re on our way down to Richmond, Virginia to see three of the pups who were at a foster home. When I say we, that includes Moose since part of the rules of adopting a rescue include the new dog meeting ALL family members to make sure everyone is compatible with everyone else.

Since I’ve already given away the ending, you know that we came home with a new four-legged family member. We’re calling him Mini-Moose for now while we try and find a name that sticks. Just another example of how we were totally not planning on getting a new puppy this weekend. We’re tossing around names like Rocco, Riggo, Roscoe, Sunny, Trooper, Rookie and Blue. There have been others that I can’t even remember at this point! BUT, without further ado, meet our new puppy, Mini-Moose:

Mini-Moose is a fitting name!

Mr. NoName - He's quite adorable!

House-breaking here we come!! And yes, the phrase “What the heck are we thinking” has crossed our minds and lips many times since yesterday šŸ™‚


First Love

As I was looking over Christmas photos from last year, I came across a picture of my mom and Tucker – our family’s Jack Russell Terrier. Last Christmas was Tucker’s last Christmas. He passed away in February of 2010.Ā  The little guy was 15 years old, so he lived a good long life, but I still get teary eyed when I think about him.

I was in 5th grade when we brought him home, he could fit in the palm of your hand and was the cutest little puppy ever. Our family’s first dog – and for three kids it doesn’t get anymore exciting than that! Of course Tucker never learned to play fetch, and he’d run away about every other day, but if you yelled “COOKIE” really loud, he’d usually come running home. He was possessive over his food, and you wouldn’t even think about going near him if he had a bone, but at the end of a long day that little guy would mosey into your room, curl up on your feet and fall asleep.Ā  He was a good dog. My first puppy love. And you never forget your first love.

Christmas 2010

Tucker’s Homecoming 1995