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March 03, 2008

narcolepsy?!

After dinner Zippy jumped up on Julie's lap and stood snuggling with her. This was cute. Then he started leaning. Aw, how cuddly, right? Then his head dropped onto her arm. At this point, we were nearly overwhelmed by his cuteness. Then he started snoring. Really? Snoring? Indeed. You see, he was standing on all fours, leaning against Julie, sleeping.

We have a weird dog, and it's awesome.

March 02, 2008

Photo Roundup from Week 1

Zippy's had a big first week here at his new home! Here are some photo highlights of his first week.


Zippy settling in comfortably

Zippy has really gotten himself comfortable in our home in what we think is great time. His first few days he was a little shaky and a little stiff with us, but now he's quite relaxed with us.


Poor Baby!

Unfortunately, one of us cannot be with him all day on the weekdays, so Zip's having to get used to being in a crate. The first couple days were hard - heartbreaking for us, actually - but we've setup a private webcam so we can watch how he's progressing while we're at work. Over the course of only a couple days, he's really gotten to be a lot more relaxed... at least until the upstairs neighbors start making a bunch of noise midday! We hope he'll get used to them as we have.


Zippy's First Bath (with us, anyways)


Drying off was pretty fun, too!


Post-Bath Blankie Time


More relaxation

Did I mention Zippy was settling in just fine? Yeah, hee hee.


Can I Come Up???

Zippy loves to sit on our laps when we're sitting at our computers, or on our couches... pretty much anywhere!


The Look of Love

I think the one just above is my favorite picture yet. Zip is just such a loving little doggie. He's loves to snuggle.

One fun little ritual we've found Zippy has is his "morning routine". Zippy sleeps with us at night, curling up between me and Erik all night long. In the morning, when we're first waking him up he rolls onto his back, paws in the air, and wriggles around for us to rub his belly. His mouth opens up (what might be referred to as a "bitey face") and he makes little playful moaning sounds. He does this until we finally get up, and then he races to go out for his morning walk with Erik. It's really the most wonderful thing, having such fun cuddle time with him in the morning. he always seems in such high spirits!

February 25, 2008

male bonding

In the interests of increasing Zippy's comfort levels around the house, we're going to be changing up our work schedules for a little while. Julie is going to head into work earlier, and I'm going to stick around the house a couple of hours more. Then Julie or I will come home during lunch. This should minimize the time he's home alone. To kick things off I'm spending today working from home to get in some male bonding time.

To start out the day we had a brisk morning walk. The highlight for me was how good he was being and not pulling on the leash, even when walking by other people on the sidewalk. The highlight for him, I'm sure, was the Miniature Schnauzer who came running out to greet him. Zippy got a little excited and lunged when the other dog got close, scaring the other dog away. I'm not exactly surprised, since most of the dogs that Zip has been around have been Bostons or Judy's other dogs. It will take some careful work to get him to calm down when stranger dogs are near. Luckily the Schnauzer's owner was understanding and wanted to know all about Zippy.

After the walk we both had a big breakfast. Even though he's still a little kibble-shy, Zippy eats his wet food like a champ and drinks lots of water without being asked. It is, obviously, a huge relief when a new dog starts to feel comfortable enough to eat and drink in his new home.

While I was eating he came over and sat at my feet, probably hoping that I would accidentally drop a spoonful of cereal into his mouth. I asked if he wanted to go get on his bed and he immediately ran over and hopped onto our overstuffed chair. I informed him that, no, that wasn't exactly what I had in mind, so he hopped back down and sat staring at me, intently. To show him what I meant I picked him up and set him in his bed in the living room, the blankets of which he immediately set out to rearrange to his liking. He then fell into a deep, snoring sleep.

After breakfast I got up and checked on him. He opened his eyes and snorted a bit and then put his head back down and went to sleep. So I went into the office to try to get a few bits of work done. He stayed in the living room for a surprisingly long time before I heard him trotting into the office. He came over to greet me with a few kisses and then jumped onto the chair that we had set aside for his office 'spot'. Again, he shuffled the blankets around a bit and fell asleep, which is where he is now, a few feet away, snoring contentedly.

In a little while I'll probably get him up and give him some time in the bedroom, in the crate with the door open, and maybe some time alone. It's important that he becomes comfortable in there, since that's where he'll be when we're at work tomorrow. He wasn't a big fan of being left alone when we tried it out yesterday, but he's making such fast strides towards comfort and independence, I'm sure it's only a matter of time until he's totally happy hanging out at home with or without us.

February 24, 2008

What a Couple of Days!

Here are a few photos from our first two days with Zippy!


Zippy catching some Z's before the big ride home


Zippy in his living room bed


"Hey! What's out there?!?"


After a fun session chasing some balls, Zippy conks out on the bed


"Snooooore!" goes The Zipster!


Erik and Zippy Relaxing

It's been a crazy couple of days! I could write a novel about it so far, but suffice it to say that Zippy is the best, most-cuddly doggie out there, but we still have a lot of work to do to make him as totally comfortable as he deserves to be in our home. We're gonna do whatever we can to make his transition as smooth as possible!!!

February 22, 2008

last minute preparations

Tomorrow morning we'll be driving down to Brooks Burnt Ridge Boston Terriers to pick up Zippy, so of course tonight we're rushing around putting the last touches on his welcome. The crate is in position in the bedroom, filled with soft, fuzzy blankets. The toys are stacked in a little basket. The food and water bowls gleam, cleaner than they will ever be, again. Now all we need is the dog!

February 19, 2008

We found him!

Erik and I are pleased to announce a new addition to our family! Everybody say hello to Zippy!



We've been looking to add a Boston Terrier to our family for awhile now, and in the last month or so we've been looking seriously at breeders and available dogs. We *thought* we were going to be looking for a puppy. But when a breeder we were keen on mentioned she had a 7-year-old Boston Terrier who was available for adoption, the old wheels started turning. Pictures were sent, and an appointment was made to visit him.

On Saturday we met and fell in love with our new boy, Zip. He is just the sweetest little guy (he will snuggle and kiss us for hours on end if we let him!), and appears active, in good health, and obedient. And just look at how cute he is!

We'll be picking him up to take us home with us this coming Saturday. Needless to say, we're very, very, very excited!