We’ve added another puppy to our family! Meet Lily.
We adopted Oscar in March, and several of his littermates were available alongside him. I was tempted to have us take a pair, but training two puppies at the same time seemed daunting. We had gone specifically to see Oscar, and taking only him seemed like the smart thing to do. Since then though, I’ve been paying attention to how many people I know of with two dogs and the thought grew more appealing.
We’ve been up in the Northwoods of Wisconsin off and on all summer and were just there again this past week. My sister-in-law told us about a litter of the cutest labradoodle puppies available an hour and a half away, and the next day, we were off to take one home with us! I didn’t think we’d add a second dog (let alone another puppy) so soon, but the opportunity arose and we took it!
Oscar spent much of the summer with other dogs and got along well, so we were hopeful that he would be fine with another puppy and he has been so far. Oscar is six months old and Lily is ten weeks. They’re both adorable with sweet temperaments, and I suspect Lily will end up being bigger than him when they’re fully grown!
Also, I did a doggy DNA test (Embark, and $20 off through my affiliate link) for Oscar! We were told he’s a bernese mountain dog mix, but we knew that breed listings are so often a guess based on looks. He was fluffy with all the right body markings and people have even asked if he was part bernese while out on a walk. Whoops, 0% berner!
We’re more confident that Lily is a labrador/poodle mix, so I don’t know that I’ll do a separate DNA test for her. The results are so interesting though! There are advanced reports on various coat, color, and size traits, and Oscar got a clean bill of health for genetic diseases.
We’re back home now (a six hour drive in a minivan with two adults, three kids, a dog and a new puppy, plus all of our bags!) and settling in nicely. We’ve still got our cat Mabel, plus the guinea pigs, Butterscotch and Nom-Nom. A full house with lots of paws! It’s wonderful.