One week of puppyness

Well we have now had Zulu for 7 days, or 49 days in Dog Days. When he is playful he is an absolute terror wanting to bite your face off. He is sweet when he is sleeping. Starting to go on longer walks, he can go a mile now without much problem.

Zulu and Farley are starting to bond. For the first time they voluntarily layed on the dog bed together.


And they recently started “playing”. Farley plays the old grumpy dog, but we can tell she is really having fun and wagging her tail. She does put up with a lot though and the puppy is constantly grabbing a chunk of skin and pulling, or trying to rip Farley’s tail off. This is a sample of what she has to put up with:


Meet Zulu

We have been talking about getting a new pup for the last couple of months. Farley is still doing great at 10 years old and we wanted some overlap with a new dog so we decided to throw sense and practicality aside and look for a pup. There was a litter that was 7 weeks old in eastern Idaho so Jenn and I flew out to Burley yesterday to look at the dogs. Of course we came home with one. Meet Zulu, our new Brittany pup. We were both surprised that Zulu did so well on the flight home, mostly sleeping on Jenn’s lap. We made a couple of stops on the way home to grab lunch and fuel and give the dog a bathroom break as well.

Farley is not sure what to think. I think she isn’t sure if we are dog-sitting or if this new little thing is here to stay.


We are definitely in the mouthing/chewing/clumsy stage.

Ava’s been a great help, Zulu loves sitting on her lap and falling asleep.


He was pretty worn out last night but I’m sure will be a handful. Looking forward to the work and fun of raising him.


our newest family members

If you know Ava, you know she adores her little raties. Unfortunately, sweet Skidders passed away on November 1st. This wasn’t a big surprise, since she was having some heath troubles. But life for Ava just isn’t complete without these little companions, and poor Ratsie had that big cage all to herself. She needed a playmate. We headed down to Zamzows and Ava found the sweetest blue rat. She immediately knew it was the rat for her.

Meet Josie


Ratsie died a couple of weeks ago. Both Ava and Annalise were really sad. We went to zamzows again, and Ava selected yet another rat! I don’t know if my heart can handle all of this! Overall, I think we give them good lives and our lives are enriched too.

meet Elsa:


Ava just started training these two. So far, Josie can come (but not 100% of the time). And Elsa can rollover. Elsa is a spunky little girl, and Josie’s pretty calm and cuddly.

Annalise with Ratsie

Annalise often tells me that she misses ratsie, and her eyes water when she thinks of her.

Ava with Ratsie