May 31

My new brother!!!!!

Mom and Dad decided that I needed a little brother to play with, so they adopted a nice young Puggle pup named Jeter (like the New York Yankee) from a CraigsList post.  Jeter is about 9 months old and  is just FULL of energy and love.  We all just love him and think he’s going to be a great addition to our family :o )  He came from a great little family with 2 cute little kids, but he was just a bit wild & crazy for them.  They love him VERY much and Mom & Dad could tell it was very difficult for them to let him go.  We are going to take such great care of him and will love him very very much.

Mom and Dad really hit the jackpot with Jeter–the family was nice enough to give us his old kennel (which is a cool LifeStages one like mine with a divider), a bunch of his food, toys and treats.  The family was super organized and included all of his pet records, so it will be easy for Mom & Dad to keep his vaccinations and heart worm stuff on track.  Puggles can be VERY expensive, but this pup was essentially free; we just gave the family some money for all the great stuff he came with.

Last night was our first night with Jeter and we did pretty darned well!  Mom & Dad took us to the park in Marion to walk the trails a bit.  I played the leader and walked at a nice pace with Mom and Jeter walked with Dad.  Jeter was pretty curious (I think this was a new park for him–he’s from a different side of town) so he was preoccupied with smelling all the new smells–it was pretty funny because he would pull and bend down low to smell everything, so it was like he was walking Dad :o )  We are going to have to work on getting our rhythm down so we can have a more productive walk ;)

Jeter likes to chase me and Tat the Cat, and we tolerate it okay.  I know he’s a young pup, so I try to be nice, but I do bark occasionally to put him in his place. Jeter has a BUNCH of cool toys and treats, so we have been swapping toys and treats.  Neither of us are too possessive with our stuff,  so we’re cool sharing.  Jeter plays with Tat the Cat, and Tat will tease him a bit by hanging off the chair–when Jeter approaches Tat, Tat will swat him on the head!  (Tat is declawed, so of course it doesn’t hurt little Jeter).

I know I’m a bit overweight, as I’ve blogged about before, but this little guy is LEAN!  I think he’s going to keep me on my toes and we’ll get a few more walks in now because this little guy has SO much energy he needs to expend!  This is going to be great for our whole family, and what a better time?  We are having such a nice Spring and it will be so cool to go on so many fun walks.

Some of our best friends, Amy, Ali and Ethan just got a puppy this weekend, too!  Their puppy is a Great Dane who is SUPER cute, but he will be ENORMOUS!  Some of our other best friends, Anne and Chuck have 2 Boston Terriers, so between the 3 sets of us we will have 5 dogs–talk about some fun barbecues to come!

At Jeter’s old house, he had a stay at home mom, so he’s not used to spending quite as much time in the kennel like I am.  I tried my best to be a good sister and set a good example for him. Dad put me in the kennel this morning and Jeter followed suit shortly.  Thankfully, Mom comes home for lunch a couple hours after Dad leaves for work, then Dad comes home for lunch a couple hours after Mom leaves, and then Mom is  home a couple hours after that–so we don’t spend too much consecutive time in our kennels.

Potty training is going very well; Jeter was already potty trained, so he and I go out together and usually he will go shortly after I do.  Jeter is used to getting fed at 7 and 5 and I am used to getting fed around 12 and 5, so we’re trying to work out what the new schedule might be.  Jeter only had 1 accident, and that was because he had a bunch of water last night and got excited/riled up and Mom and Dad weren’t looking for the signs.  Otherwise, everything is perfect!

Right now we’re all chillaxin’ in the office while Dad works and mom does her homework.  I think I could get used to this!  Jeter sleeps in the king-sized bed with us, and Tat sleeps on the end table next to the bed, so we are just one big happy family.  Jeter only had to get up one time in the middle of the night to go potty, and then he came right back to bed with Dad and we all got to sleep until 6:15.

We’re going to go for a walk and or to see some friends tonight, so I’ve got to sign off.  I hope you’ve enjoyed this blog post and there will be many more to come!  We promised we’d post more articles and pictures on the site so Jeter’s old family can check in on him from time to time to make sure all is well.  If you are reading this Julie and Brad: thank you VERY much!  Things are going very well, we are all very happy, and we welcome Jeter’s quirky rambunctiousness.  We will love him very much and will take very great care of him–and we have no intentions of ever giving him back :o )  If you ever have questions, you can post on this site or send us an e-mail.

Mom & Dad will try to get some pictures posted here in the next couple of days.

Love to all my Anipal followers out there!  We’re still undecided if we’ll keep the name “Jeter.”  If any of you have any cool suggestions, please post!  Thanks!

Dec 14

Holiday bling from cousin Maggie

Turtle and Duncan had a holiday party last night, which meant they got to wear their new holiday bling from cousin Maggie.

Let the fashion show begin...

Here is Turtle doing his model pout (notice Tyler is wearing a matching flannel!).

Next up is Duncan looking sleepy fierce.

And finally we have Maggie, who looks like she should be in an Orvis catalog (the boys could learn a thing or two from her).

Nov 29

Best Post Turkey Poses

We all did a lot of lounging around this past week. Grandma had the best human post-turkey pose with the "leg-over-armchair" maneuver.

On the puppy side it was a toss up. Duncan went for the "pillow as taco" strategy. Well played, Duncan.

While Turtle did the old-school "single paw dangle." We'll let you be the judge.

Oct 18

Go Blue!

Despite Duncan's heartfelt cheering, Michigan lost the homecoming game to Iowa this weekend. But we're still a maize & blue family!

Aug 22

First dog park trip together

Duncan, Turtle and I arrived back in Ann Arbor this week. We were very excited to get re-settled in our apartment and go to our local dog park.

Duncan held back with me while Turtle made his usual rounds.

Turtle checked back often to make sure everything was o.k. and to get Duncan up to speed on dog park etiquette.

Then Duncan felt brave enough to go explore on his own!

Then it was back home for a nap on the cool kitchen floor.

Aug 19

Abby & Finn

My mom's two adopted puppies, Abby & Finn, arrived last weekend (the same weekend Duncan and I came home from New York).

Abby & Finn were abandoned by a river in Minneapolis where a fisherman spotted them and brought them to a local shelter. They were suffering from dehydration and neglect and would not have lasted much longer on their own.

We're so happy to have them in the family!

Aug 01

Meet Duncan

Turtle doesn't know it yet, but he became a big brother yesterday! Tyler and I were walking near our summer apartment in NYC when we saw an adoption booth with three cavalier/cocker spaniel mix puppies.

We held the puppies and reluctantly left to catch our ferry to Ellis Island. We were very distracted at the museum thinking about those cute puppies. My mom, aunts, cousins and grandma were all visiting for the weekend and when we couldn't convince any of them to take one of the puppies, they started trying to convince us. After about 30 min of deliberation (yikes!) Tyler and I decided to rush back in a cab to see if any of them were still left.

When we got there, we discovered two had been adopted and one of the boys was still left! It took about 20min to fill out the paperwork and then we were walking away with our new puppy (wondering if we had seriously gone crazy and if Turtle would ever forgive us.)

After discussing names with the family that night at dinner, we settled on Duncan, or "Dunk" for short.

Duncan had his first full day with us today. We took him to Central Park and let him explore the neighborhood. It took us a while to complete the tour because people kept stopping to meet him; one guy even wanted to take his picture.

Here are some of the photos we took today. We'll have Duncan in NYC for the next two weeks and then he'll go home to meet his big brother! Wish us luck ;)

Aug 01

Summer vacation

Old mom has been watching Turtle this summer since I've been in New York for my internship (I decided Turtle would have more fun this summer with access to his own back yard and a nice big house to roam).

It's been hard being apart for so long, but we did get to spend some time together over 4th of July. Turtle spent a lot of time swimming with his cousins Luca (rotweiller) and Maggie (lab puppy).

Hope everyone is having a great summer!

May 29

A birthday celebration

Turtle turns two on June 2nd, so we had a little garden party last night to celebrate while the whole family was together.

On the menu were Apple Crunch Pupcakes (recipe courtesy of Preston's blog) with peanut butter and cream cheese frosting (Turtle's favorite part).

We made Turtle wait to blow out the candles until we all sang to him (our family has some particularly talented singers, so Turtle really enjoyed the serenade).

What a great birthday!

Apr 11


This past weekend Tyler came to visit us from Tokyo, where he's been living for a work project.

If you were ever curious how a Puggle reacts after six months of separation from his human, check this out...