Right now there is nothing more wonderful to me than that furry face.
As promised last week, this is the puppy edition of Wonderful Wednesday. It’s time to make some introductions!
Not-dog-people, it is probably time to leave.
Dog-people, meet Moxie. Moxie, meet the Internet.
So yeah, this is Moxie and the start of our next great adventure! Or to give her her full name: Borders Make My Day Partner Around The World, but that’s a bit of a mouthful and only reserved for special occasions.
This post is mostly just so I can cement this moment and ogle at puppy photos but it should probably have a bit of context too. After all, I probably kept this whole venture a bit too hush, hush and now it looks as though I did that dreaded thing of getting a puppy for Christmas. I assure you, we did not. Even if she was born just a few days shy of Christmas.
So, a little back story and then on to the photos.
Pets are not new to us, having both been around pets for our whole lives and also having pets ourselves in pre-Belgium times. We considered a cat when we first moved to Belgium and then decided a dog would probably suit us better. Since we didn’t have the time to dedicate to a dog, we opted for a Choppy instead. He’s still my number one man no matter how cute that puppy face is.
At the beginning of last year we knew my job would be coming to an end so we started thinking again whether we’d like to get a dog. With all the cycling and camping we like to do, it seemed like a good fit and some extra company.
From there I researched (“obsessively” if Kris was telling this tale) dogs, dog breeds, dogs and camping, dogs and cycling, dogs and travel, dog training. Pretty much dogs and whatever Google suggested as the relevant search term. I researched shelters in Belgium and I researched breeders as well. Our first thoughts were: energetic and medium-sized. From there we reached a Border Collie, or Border Collie-esque dog. Then came a lot of research about Border Collies and a lot of trawling forums to see what information was out there. In the end, it was a joint decision to get a Border Collie puppy from a breeder.
It took us a few months to find our breeder, and around August time we sent off some emails and got a chance to visit. A couple of weeks after that we even got to watch one of the Dog Frisbee workshops that our breeder and her friend puts on which we’ll be attending in March with Moxie. After that, we went on to the waiting list and kept our fingers crossed that we’d be offered a puppy.
On December 23rd the puppies were born and the next day we were offered one. And the rest, they say, is puppy visits every weekend for the next eight weeks and spending far too much time on the litters Facebook group looking at photos and videos to keep up with them throughout the week.
I think it is time for photos. That is far too much chatter. All in all, there was about a years worth of solid research and decision-making and I couldn’t be happier with the result.
On to all things wonderful and all things puppy.
The Gorgeous Parents
You can’t have puppies without them! Mummy Babz and Daddy Chubby.
New Born Puppies
Be still my heart, aren’t they just amazing little beings. Also, much to everyone’s surprise it was an even split of 3 black and 3 red, and all girls!
Moxie’s First Week Of Life
Where she just flopped about, drank a lot of milk and then went to sleep.
Moxie’s Second Week Of Life
You see where this post is going, right? Save yourself whilst you still can.
Week two, was more sleeping, slurping and our first introductions! Although, at this point we did not actually know that Moxie was Moxie. She was just simply “Yellow” for the time being. She became Moxie at 6 weeks.
Moxie’s Third Week Of Life
At least I’m not filling this post with idle commentary.
Week three was the week where everyone started to get chubby, open their eyes and start playing. Week three was also the time when Grandma Sim stepped in to help out Mummy Babz.
Moxie’s Fourth Week Of Life
At what point in this post am I just talking to myself? I don’t mind, this has to be recorded somewhere and this is a good a place as any.
Week four was all things playtime, food and napping.
Moxie’s Fifth Week Of Life
Week five, that’s where we discovered that it is damn cold outside in January but actually a lot of fun. Oh and napping. There is always napping.
Moxie’s Sixth Week Of Life
I think I am taking this too far. Or maybe I haven’t taken it far enough. If anything, it has reminded my how to spell “fourth” again.
Week six was all about getting to know the world some more, lots of playtime, working on her leash skills for the big garden centre visit and officially being crowned “Moxie”.
It wasn’t until this week that it was revealed which puppies were going to which owners. A little surprise based on our preference (which was a rather laid back “a black and white one please”) and which puppy our breeder thought would be the best fit. We had faith in her decision and could not be happier with our Yellow girl.
Week six also has some of my favourite photos too.
Moxie’s Seventh Week Of Life
Officially too far. But, that face. That. Face.
Week seven was all about photo shoots, the big garden centre visit, more playtime and our first family photo and the mad rush to get the house ready to bring our girl home.
And that’s it. I regret nothing. That is my girl and I am in love. Now, I just need to figure out how to incorporate, what I predict to be, an excessive amount of dog photos into this blog, because I don’t want to miss a single day of this girl.
Don’t forget to check out all the other Wonderful Wednesday-ers starting with the inspiration Sally, and then the rest of us ragged bunch: Kate, Helen, Jo, Cat, Michelle, Emma, Sam, Laura, Peta, Sarah, Jasmin, Eleanor, Mimmi, Isabelle, Martina, Lynsey & another Sarah!