Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The pitter patter of 4 more feet...

I am so sorry I haven't been around much. We've had a lot of things going on around here, and I just don't have the time for much of anything anymore it seems. But, I have finally found a minute to introduce Mr. J, our newest family member!

"Say cheese"

Is he not the cutest little guy ever? Some of you may recognize him. I have posted photos of him in past blogposts about our Cape Cod visits. But last month, Mr. J moved in with us.

"Saying goodbye"

My dear relative found it necessary to move in with another relative in a distant part of the country. Unfortunately, there was no way Mr. J could join her in her new living arrangements. It is so difficult for older people and their animals when life circumstances necessitate goodbyes. There are so many wonderful animals in shelters right now because an elderly owner has passed away, or perhaps had to enter assisted living. It breaks my heart that these people and their devoted pets have to be separated. But this isn't meant to be a downer post. My relative has the peace of mind in knowing that her sweet Mr. J is being loved in his new forever home - with us! The following photos have been taken over the past month.

This was the first photo I took of Mr. J when we got him home. Figures it would have an orb in it (I think I'm the queen or capturing orbs!).. Anyhow, based on the location of the orb, right by Mr. J's rear quarters (oh, heck, I'll just say it - his butt), I think it might be our Mr. O'Malley or Ms. Giz checking out the new addition! After all, that is how dogs greet each other! (For any new readers, Mr. O'Malley and Ms. Giz were the dogs we lost several years ago, pictured on my sidebar.)

Second picture. Mr. J getting into belly rub pose. Since that was Mr. O'Malley's FAVORITE thing, I'll bet that orb was him telling Mr. J that I give GREAT belly rubs!

This was taken in November... Mr. J getting used to his new yard. He was also desperately in need of a good bath and grooming, but a highly recommended groomer was booked a month out, so he had to sport his shaggy look for quite some time.

Therefore I took the scissors to the fur that was hanging over his eyes so we could at least see each other! Much better! Just look at that face and that big toothy grin! I think he approves

Mr. J is somewhere between 9 and 11 years old and your guess is as good as mine as to what breeds he has in him! When my aunt adopted him from the shelter a few years ago, his papers listed him as a lhasa apso mix. But he's quite a bit bigger than a lhasa; I think I see a bit of poodle in him maybe?

This is Mr. J waiting for his supper. I was a mean mommy and held his bowl up while balancing the camera to capture this sweet "anticipation" look he wears before breakfast and dinner.

And here he is, after his little belly is full. Now just like our Baby, he looks like the picture of innocence, doesn't he? But just you wait until you see what I came home to today! You'll also get to see him sporting his new haircut...
Oh, and the transition with the cats has been a hoot. I'll fill you all in on how that is going, too!

Till next time...


Flossie and Tom said...

he's gorgeous - he looks a bit like my doggy and hes a tibetan terrier X

Celia said...

Adorable!!! He does look similar to our Lhasa we had....that cute little face....male Lhasa's are much bigger than female ones....but I couldn't guess what he's mixed with....

Vintagesouthernlife said...

He is just precious! Could he be part shih-tzu perhaps. His face in the last photo looks just like our Skipper. I have a photo of him on my sidebar with Mr. Vintagesouthern.

Claudia said...

I'm so glad you adopted him! I knew your relative was going to have to give him up. This is the solution I was hoping for - for him and for you! (and for your sweet relative, too.) I'm so happy for everyone!


Brenda Pruitt said...

Oh, he's such a cutie! And I can tell he's big on personality too. Those orbs and your house: spooky! My kitty is STILL UNDER THE BED! Will be a week tomorrow.

Elaine said...

Oh my, what a sweetie! He hit the jackpot with you. I am sure your relative has piece of mind knowing he's with you. And at least she knows he didn't go to a stranger.

Shari @ My Cottage of Bliss said...

Sending a warm welcome to Mr. J.!

As soon as I saw the first picture of him, I said, "Oh, it's Muffy!" Muffy was an 18 month old dog we adopted many, many years ago from an animal shelter. We were told she was a terrier/poodle mix. As I recall, she was about 25-28 pounds. And smart! Oh my gosh, that dog was smart as a whip, but then terriers and poodles are suppose to be 2 of the more intelligent breeds. She lived to the ripe old age of 15.

I'm sure it has been quite an adjustment for Mr. J. to relocate at his older age but I know he will be well loved and will bring many years of happiness to your home. :)

La Petite Gallery said...

What a sweetie, give him a tummy rub for me.. yvonne

Donna said...

He looks especially adorable in that last pictures! Bless you for giving him a new home.

Joanne Kennedy said...

This news made me very happy! He is one lucky puppy to have found a home with you :)


Sandies' Patch said...

He is gorgeous and looks quite a character!
I miss my little Bobby dog, he was a Shitzu and was already 13 and a half yrs old when I adopted him.
He too had a 'toothy' grin and wonderfully white teeth for an old, previously neglected dog.
I know he has found a loving home with you.

Sandie xx