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Man, am I tired. August 26, 2011

Posted by Peeps in Family, Home, random stuff.

Meet the newest member of our family.


This is Gretchen. Isn’t she a pretty girl?

We had been thinking about getting another dog for a while. The Big Lug could use a friend to play with. And it would be nice to come home to a dog who would be happy to see me.

See, the thing is, Jarly is his momma’s dog. When I get home from work, he might look up long enough to see that it’s me and then go right back to sleep. When his momma comes home, he’s up and barking as soon as her car is in the driveway. It’s not that he doesn’t like me. I’m just not important.

A few weeks ago, my wife was using the computer while I was in another room. And I heard her go “Awwww”. Obviously, she had just seen something incredibly cute.

She was looking at the Big Dogs, Big Hearts rescue site. And what was up on the screen was a dog that looked very much like the one we already had. We had to look into this.

According to the rescue people, Gretchen had been found abandoned on a farm outside Syracuse. They described her condition as emaciated. They figured her for about two years old, and were looking to place her with someone who would give her a good home.

After reading her story, we decided to try.

After a lot of paperwork, and a home visit/inspection, they decided we would be suitable parents for Gretchen. We got to bring her home a week ago.

And I am beat.

You would think that having two dogs was only twice as much work as one dog. If only.


And we have considerably less floor space than we used to have. It get a little tricky if they are both in the same room.

The major issue is getting Gretchen into the routines of the house. She needs to learn when she’s outside on a walk to take care of her elimination needs. Not just to pee in the dining room when she feels like it. And she definitely needs to learn to not bark at 2:00 am because she needs to go out.

Both dogs are still trying to figure out how they feel about one another, too. For the most part, they ignore each other. But when one gets annoyed at the other, it can get a little ugly. We’re considering the idea of mounting the television on the wall, just to be on the safe side.

Walks have become far more interesting, as well. Together, they set a really fast pace. Really fast. And once they’re moving, you have to do your best to keep up because they’re not going to be stopping for much. Of course, the look on the face of any pedestrians in the way of the large black canine juggernaut is pretty wonderful to see. It definitely makes the walks more fun.


Hopefully, she will settle right in. And let us sleep through the night.


1. judy - August 26, 2011

Looks a little like double trouble 🙂 You get to mold her and make her yours! She really is a beautiful dog. You guys did great!

2. The Innkeeper's Daughter - August 27, 2011

she is beee u tiful! braver souls that I…kitty retreat to the basement???

3. I just can’t stand it « Dark Side of the Fridge - October 12, 2011

[…] That gets a little old after a while.  Not that I liked him any less.  So my wife and I talked about it and decided to get another dog.  One that could be my dog.  And so we got Gretchen. […]

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