Little Red

We have a new four-legged family member!

Little Red
Little Red

On Saturday morning, we picked up our new puppy, and I am already in love with him.  Little Red is so nicknamed because he is an 8.6 lb red standard poodle puppy.  He is our third standard poodle and our fourth poodle, as we began our life with poodles back in the 80’s with a miniature apricot-colored poodle when our kids were small.  Our first standard was Big Ol’ Baby, apricot-colored, who passed away back in October after being a beloved family member for 15 years, and our second standard poodle is Girly Girl, who is now 2 1/2 and is light brown, almost a taupe color.  Color is not that important to us, but we think it will be neat to have a red dog for the first time.  Red is a relatively new color for this breed, and his parents were both gorgeous.

Over the course of our married years, we have also fostered a few dogs that have lived with us for shorter periods of time, and all were strays that we took in until we found good homes for them.  The most recent foster was Charlie, a sweet and feisty beagle who hit the jackpot as far as a permanent home a few years ago.  I actually fell in love with him and wanted to keep him, but when a good home with some people that we knew personally came open, we decided to let him go to them and get Girly Girl.  This couple was absolutely devastated after losing their long-time pet, and Charlie has been living like a king with them ever since.  It was a good decision, and we still enjoy getting pictures of him from time to time.

Little Red passed his puppy check with flying colors, and right away, he started doing his business out in the backyard regularly.  It seems that the breeder has already done some work with the puppies, as this is the easiest puppy transition we’ve ever had, at least so far.  Little Red had a rough night of separation anxiety on his first night on Saturday night, but last night was a completely different story, as he slept from 10:30 pm to 6:00 am in his crate without an accident.  He also has no fear of Girly Girl, and she has been good to play with him gently most of the time, with only a few reminders from us to “be easy” on occasion.  It’s so good to see her back to her level of play that she had before we lost Big Ol’ Baby, and I’m sure these two will enjoy many fun times together over the years.

We will be keeping Little Red at home and inside as much as possible until mid-March when he completes his final round of shots.  Both the breeder and our vet insist on doing this to hopefully avoid any unnecessary sickness, especially Parvo, which is deadly and, unfortunately, is very prevalent right now.  This means no weekend RV trips for a while for us, but this time frame actually works well for us, since hubby is out of vacation days until the first week of March anyway.  Girly Girl has grown up going with us in the RV, since we purchased our motor home shortly after she came to live with us.  She loves going camping, and I’m sure Little Red will love it just as much, too.  I’ve never met a kid or a dog that didn’t love to go camping, and having the RV makes it easy to bring the dogs along for the fun.

No doubt, Little Red will likely be nicknamed Big Red in a few short months, as he should be about six to eight inches taller than Girly Girl at the shoulders and the largest dog we have ever owned.  I’m not going to wish away these puppy days, though.  For people like us that have large dogs, the privilege of just being able to hold a dog in your lap for a few short weeks is a very special time, for sure.  Little Red likes to cuddle in the evenings just before bedtime, and I’m going to definitely take advantage of that as long as possible.

I’m very grateful today for the blessing of a new puppy, as well as the special love of so many wonderful dogs over the years.  I highly recommend sharing the love of a dog (or two) in your life.

Edit: WordPress informed me that this is also my 100th blog post.  How fun is that! 😉

D
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Author: DK

Blogger at My Five Fs (Faith - Family - Food - Fotos - Fun) and Animal Wonder. Empty-nester that now shares life with my hubby and our two standard poodles. Enjoys camping in our RV, taking and editing photos, trying new low-carb recipes, baking pretty decorated cookies for special occasions, walking daily, spending time with family and friends when we can, playing with the dogs, and is grateful to God for every single day of this blessed life and for the opportunity to share and connect with some great people here.

11 thoughts on “Little Red”

    1. Thanks so much! I’d forgotten what 5 am looks like every morning till we got him. I’ve been off and on with the blog the past few years but have a renewed commitment to it now. Really enjoying reading other great blogs and making new friends, too! 😀

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    1. Thanks for stopping by and come back often! We also love to go in our RV as well. Will just have to take a little break for a couple of months until puppy gets all of his shots. I look forward to following your adventures! 😀

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  1. How did I miss this? Sorry. I’m behind in my reading.

    What A Cutie (and I don’t even like poodles!) Actually, its not the dogs I don’t like, I don’t like getting my hair cut and having a pet who needs tonsorial grooming is kinda like way out there for me. 🙂 🙂

    Have fun with the new family member; I still miss our Otis but I can’t see another living being stuck in the RV in an Oregon winter.

    Cheers,
    Peter
    A retired photographer looks at life from behind an RV steering wheel.
    Life Unscripted

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    1. Our first miniature poodle was a gift from a family member who always had the miniatures and bred a few litters when our kids were very small. A few years later, we bought our first standard poodle, totally on impulse while walking the mall with our kids one night and seeing him at the pet store. Standards are pretty hard to find, so we bought him right then before someone else got him. He was our Big Ol’ Baby that we lost back in October, and we loved him so much for 15 years, never once regretting our impulse decision. We fell in love with the breed because of him, and we will probably have at least one as long as we can. Hubby travels a lot (by plane) on business, so my dogs are my companions during most weeks. We also cannot have any animal that sheds, due to allergies (especially cats), so the poodles have always been a good fit for us.

      Taking two big poodles in our 31 foot RV might seem a bit daunting for some people, but they have the sofa and we have our two comfy rocking chairs. One of the reasons we bought the RV was to have a way to vacation and take them along. We train them to stay on their “place” when inside the RV but we also take them walking a lot, as that is one of the things we really love so much about going out in the RV, hiking with the dogs. When we are sitting outside, we also try to put up a couple of dog runs between trees to allow them to have some space outside a couple of times a day. We never leave them out alone, though, mainly to prevent them from possibly being stolen or attacked by another animal, as we often camp in some places in our area that have lots of wild animals… coyotes, mountain lions, wild hogs, etc. Something like that is very infrequent, but we won’t risk it while at camp. They are actually great travel companions, and since we have never been out without our dogs along, I guess we really don’t know anything different. 😉

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      1. It’s always the way that animals just grow on you the more contact you have with them — so I can understand how those things happen.

        Last summer when we were at Thomson Causeway we saw (twice) the same RV traveling with a very SHORT man and two rather large Giant Schnauzers. It was comical. We have couples here as volunteers who have three dogs in their RV with them, and one with three dogs and two daughters all in a 38′ RV — I don’t have any idea how they do it. But living in Oregon where you (and the dogs) can be outside a lot of the time is a plus.
        Not so many mountain lions or wild hogs here but we do have ferocious porcupines. Very ferocious!

        Just goes to prove one of my favorite sayings: NORMAL is what you grow up with (which is to say, what you ‘live’ with)

        Cheers,
        P

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