Hello friends! I’m coming at you mid-day in a bit a foggy-headed daze for the very best reason… we got a DOG! I’m so excited to introduce you to Finley, our 8 week old vizsla puppy.
David and I loved her from the moment we saw her, but no one is more excited than Hailey and Kaitlyn. David and I picked Finley up in Bryson City, NC on our way home from Tennessee yesterday and completely blindsided the girls. Watching the video still makes me tear up.
They’ve been begging for a dog for so long now and we’ve been firm in our stance, so to get to walk up the driveway and shout SURPRISE was a moment I’ll remember forever. It was so funny to watch them go from confusion to elation in a matter of seconds.
As I predicted, both shouted with joy (Is she really ours?! This feels like a dream!) and eventually Kaitlyn was in full blown tears (I’m just so happy; this is the best day of my life). Neither Hailey nor Kaitlyn remembers our sweet Koda very well, just that they loved her and loved having a dog, so to get them to experience the joy of a pet at ages 10 and 7, ages when they can really soak it in and help out, feels really heartwarming.
I knew we’d have some adjusting today, beginning with sleep. We went to bed at 9:30 last night and she was up at 12:45, 2:30, and then at 5:00 for the day. We are believers in crate training, and know it takes some upfront dedication. However, it’s been a while so if you have any tips, please send them my way!
We all feel like newbies in the dog ownership department, but are learning as quickly as we can between soaking up puppy snuggles. The best.
I can’t wait to share more, and if you have any questions, please let me know. I’m so happy she’s here. We originally were considering next summer, but as luck would have it, a 10 puppy litter and one person dropping out meant that Finley was meant to be a part of our family.
Now to figure out how to best get her to sleep, find a holistically minded vet, teach her how to walk on a leash, and warn the ducks. The kids worked all summer on getting the ducks to trust them and now we’re bringing a bird dog/pointer.😂 According to the breeder, Finley is bold and a little bird crazy. Sorry, ducks!
More later, but I couldn’t resist popping in to introduce you to our newest addition. 🐾🥰 And since I’m a proud new mama, a few more pictures before we head back out to teach her to go potty…