Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Shadow: The Black Morkin

On August 20 we adopted a black lab-redbone coonhound puppy (coonhounds are the dogs from Where the Red Fern Grows).  We adopted her from a family in Monroe, WA, which is about 40 minutes from here.  We had settled on the name Shadow, but on the way to pick her up, Todd asked for any last minute suggestions for name changes. Jared piped up instantly with, "Black Morkin!" It sounds like a villain name, so we could not discard it.  We assigned it to the puppy as a title.  
Shadow was born on July 9, so she was six weeks old when we got her, and is still very much a puppy. I've heard that having a puppy is like having a newborn baby around, but I would say that a potty training toddler is a more appropriate comparison.  That means that she fits right in with this crowd.
For some reason, Eloise really wanted to wear jeans on the day we picked up our puppy.  The only pair I had for her was a size too big.
Shadow is a very sweet, eager to please puppy.  She occasionally pees all over the ground when she meets new people, and she can get very wound up in a group of kids, but she is normally very docile.  We can't leave her alone with B or Eloise for any amount of time, since she wants to chew on B, and Eloise, despite her protests to the contrary, is still nervous around Shadow.
Jared is very helpful.  He loves to get water for Shadow's bowl, hold the leash when we walk her, and take her outside when she needs to go.  Shadow loves to chase Jared's bike and play tug of war with him.
For some reason, puppies attract a lot of attention.  Today we were walking her when a FedEx truck pulled over and the driver ran out and asked to pet her. I don't think we have ever made it all of the way around the block without being stopped by someone wanting to meet our puppy.  Strangers ask me if they can smell her breath.  Apparently puppy breath is sweet. *Gag*  I love puppies as much as the next person, but they are not notable for their good hygiene.
Having Shadow in our home has been a new adventure for us.  Todd and I both hope that our kids will make the good memories with their dog that we made with our family dogs.

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