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May I introduce Bella. . .

February 11, 2008

by Jennifer Gallus

After much searching for the perfect golden retriever puppy, we finally found one and brought her home a week ago.

Her name is Bella, she’s 9 weeks old, and she’s very sweet – but what puppy isn’t?

I was dreading the night time crying that I remember from past puppies, and I’m ecstatic to report that she doesn’t cry at night!

We have one outside dog, also a golden retriever, who just turned three, and one inside dog, a mixed breed, who just turned 11. The whole idea is for our outside dog to have a friend, but until Bella gets bigger and the weather warms up, she’ll have to stay inside.

We’re having a great time with Bella. It’s kind of like having a baby in the house again. She’s an instant smile running around the house – as soon as you see her, you can’t help but smile.

She’s also very daring. She likes to sit on the couch with us, but then she gets the itch to jump off the couch like superman (or supergirl as the boys call her).

She comes from a long line of show dogs, and we may decide to show her, so she also came with all sorts of combs, brushes, and a vitamin and flaxseed oil regimen for her coat that we’re supposed to start when she’s about 3 months old.

She already knows how to pose like a show dog. The breeder said she never tells her dogs to sit for a treat – she tells them to stand.

Puppy kindergarten will start in a few weeks, which is always entertaining. I remember taking my 11-year-old dog to puppy kindergarten. It doesn’t seem like it’s been 11 years since then!

The puppy stage never lasts long enough and we’re enjoying every minute of it. Potty training is going well, and that makes a big difference in keeping up with a puppy.

Because she’s going to grow so quickly, I’ve decided to take a picture of her each week next to the same stuffed animal each time. I’ll put these pictures in my column so you can watch her grow, too!

Kid-isms

As our puppy was treating my 7-year-old son like a chew toy, he said to her, “Hey, my body isn’t a hot chicken breast!”