So as much as I am excited about recording little pieces of our life on this blog, maybe even a little bit every day or every other day; I, in all honesty actually forgot we even have a blog over this long weekend, it was totally lost in all the fuzzy love and puppy breath kisses and cuddles with little Rue.
I can warn you now already, this post will be longer than average, and not very funny. I can write for hours about everything I know about our puppy Rue, and I sort of have. Please, feel free to skip the text and just admire the little face in the pictures, I wont take offence.
Our Rue in the car, on our way home.
She is beyond amazing – sweet, beautiful, cute, clever, the perfect little companion. Anthony and I have been waiting to get a dog since about November last year, when we seriously started looking for that perfect companion. We has our eyes set on a Bulldog for a long time (I LOVE BULLDOGS – will be our next dog), but after some research we concluded that it may not be the ideal dog for first time owners. Boston terriers are a mix between the English bulldog and an extinct terrier dog, bred down to a smaller size and a calmer temperament over the past 200 years. They originate from (spoiler alert! -) Boston, US. We saw a Boston on the street, researched them, and were HOOKED.
It has been so special to follow mommy Tequilas pregnancy, birth of the puppies and seeing them all grow bigger as the weeks went by.
The girls in the litter only a few days old, we knew from the start we wanted a girl.
Little Rue with her bigger sister, Ruby, to the left.
Tiny Rue slowly growing
6 weeks old
Rue in the middle with some of her sisters and brothers and 2 of her Boxer friends
We always knew we wanted to find a reputable breeder who was registered with KUSA and has shining references (We found Jabbari, a kennel breeding Bostons and Boxers just outside Pretoria). It was either that, or rescuing, and I try justify not choosing to recue by saying that we are first time owners and wanted an experience we felt was safe and where we were in control. I do feel we made the right decision for this time. Rue is perfect. Buying from gumtree was never an option!!! And we are definitely getting her spayed at 6 months – people breeding with their registered pooches for a quick buck – consider all those lonely unwanted doggies sitting in the SPCA or walking around on the streets. We were made aware very early about the problem of overpopulation in the canine world. Although…. I must confess, I go on gum tree to check out puppies almost every second day to get some daily cuteness-input…. Does that make me a hypocrite?
So anyway… After a long wait, on Friday it was finally time to head to the airport to pick up our baby. We left ridiculously early – my idea of course – and has breakfast and lunch at the airport. Luckily, and amazingly enough, there was another couple waiting to pick up their puppy form the same flight – Rues brother Dexter!
Me holding Rue for the very first time
Daddy Anthony with his little baby
We hung out and chatted about the babies and how we are going to raise them, and then suddenly, there they were, Rue in a pink crate and Dexter in a blue one! Graham, the guy of the other couple, filmed as his girlfriend and I started “iiiiih”-ing and “AAAAAAAAAAAH”-ing and I bet that clip will hit a million views if it ever reaches YouTube.
Graham and Joanna with their puppy Dexter
Dexter was hungry and scoffed down a lot of ham :)
Little Rue and her brother Dexter
RUE IS SO TINY! She came in one of those small crates that are made for cats, and she took up about 1/5 of that space – I cannot explain how tiny our little girl is! Her brother was so much bigger it was hard to believe they came from the same parents. Puppies shaking after the flight from Johannesburg, it was amazing being able to sit down on a blanket outside the airport and let the two siblings reconnect. Well, they mostly just made a mess on the paving and devoured the ham we brought…. But they seemed a lot calmer after tumbling around a little with each other. We took about 10000 pictures and they are all amazing and worthy of the world’s worship, but unfortunately I will have to select only a few to include in this post.
Rue in the car
Check out my thumb on her head and get an idea of her tinyness.
Sleepy at home after a long flight.
Since we picked Rue up, we have done very little apart from cuddling her, making sure she is eating well, drinking, sleeping, pooping, weeing…. She has met our friends Tamlyn and Jason, Anthony’s family including the dogs, the vet and her doggie day mother, Annabelle.
We went to the vet for a puppy check-up, and a lot of people recommended using her. Honestly though, I was a little disappointed. She just felt her spine and said she was healthy – didn’t check her nostrils (Boston’s can have problems breathing), didn’t check her heart beat or initiate to share any vital information, we literally had to drag every piece of advice out of her. She also recommended we feed her only Hills, something EVERYONE in the dog community (ok, not everyone maybe, but the huge majority) has advised against. So confusing. There were we, having bought the most monthly budget-shattering dog food known to man, made with whole chicken, salmon, herring and eggs and other amazing whole goodies, and she advises us to feed Hills, a food that consists of flour with a little added vitamins and minerals?…. We just want to best for her. The very best!
We are weaning Rue onto Orijen puppy food, imported from Canada
Today is the first day I am not with her the whole day… While Anthony and I are working and studying, she is at day care. It is such an amazing little day care, with the sweetest, most dog-loving woman you have ever met, Annabelle. She has such an amazing way with dogs and she absolutely adores Rue. Rue is in very good hands, and it is such a relief knowing she is safe and not having to leave her alone at home all day at her tiny 8,5 weeks of age.
Anthony and I are both addicted like silly to little Rue and we argue about who is going to hold her next, feed her next, etc…. Our cat Cohen also LOVES Rue, plays with her and takes care of her… We have not introduced Rue to our lizard Smaug yet, as Rue tends to have a little taste of just about everything that she comes across.
Cohen is only 11 weeks old but was so mature and gentle with Rue
Can’t wait to pick up Rue this afternoon and lay eyes on her little squashed in face, big eyes and that little pink tongue when she yawns. Can’t wait to go crazy with prise and treats when she makes a poop in the garden or tuck her into a million blankets and just admire the cuteness. A dog just makes your life a lot better somehow.
Little miss perfection shwoing off her cuteness