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Thursday, August 23, 2012

Fast Growing Golden Puppy

As mentioned recently, some of my friends are adding new puppies to their families this fall. The first to arrive has been Ollie; in the less than one week he has been in his new home we can already see him grow.
This is Ollie meeting his big brother Gus less than a week ago.

If you stop by this blog regularly, then you probably recognize Gus. He's so lovely that we have to slip his picture in semi-regularly.

We also like to slip in the occasional pictures of Gus' adopted sisters.

I have a particular place in my heart for Gus' senior adopted sister Ruby, who was brought into the family as a health challenged elderly dog whose remaining time on earth has been made more comfortable by her person.

We attempted to get a family picture tonight but it was not the most successful photo op I've ever tried to arrange. Gus' younger sister Zoe was not in a cooperative mood. So Ollie decided to attack her face.

Believe it or not, this actually did not ensure any greater cooperation from Zoe.

As usual, the elder dog of the family was the one constant -- notice her virtual frozen pose? Of course, poor Gus was a little distracted by thunder. We had this storm rolling in....

So I guess we were lucky to get any pictures at all.

I'm sure as the fuzzy boy grows into the handsome young dog he is becoming we will see Ollie updates. Anyone else adding a new canine - young, old or middle aged - to their family? We always welcome other people's stories if you care to share....


  1. Ollie is sooooo adorable! Looks so much like my Jeffie when he was a puppy :-)

    1. Hi Sue: Thank you - he's my pup. Sounds like you are a golden fan! Puppies are always a lot of work, but Ollie is mostly sleeping through the entire night and doing very well with house training. I'm particularly enjoying how Zoe, my one year old puggle-terrier, and Ollie are playing together, they have an endless capacity for chewing on each other and toy tug of war - great for both of them, Kathy

    2. Sue, your pups are all adorable :-) Does seeing a baby boy make you think that the next new addition might be sooner rather than later...?

  2. Hi Christy: Thanks for featuring us. You took some really great pictures, thanks for sharing. I don't think we see this in your shots, but I was surprised to see my pics of Gus (with Zoe wearing bandanas) - I hadn't realized how much his face was broadening even after 2 years old. Somehow, he's kept his sweet "Ida" face that you captured, but also can now look more like Rufus with a blocky face - depending on the angles and his mood. Thanks again, I will treasure the pictures you took of me and my gang of four forever. Kathy

  3. One last thought - I really like the quality of light in those outdoor pictures you took of all the dogs, who'd have thought a dark sky and building thunderstorm could result in such nice color saturation and crisp lines? I'm also appreciating how much better your point and shoot camera pics are than my iphone 5 ones - think I'm going to get a new camera this year. Kathy

    1. Thanks for being such lovely picture subjects :-)

      I was reminded recently that camera SD memory chips come in different "classes" and switched to a class 10 memory chip. Some claim that the class makes more of a difference when you're blowing things up, however, I notice that the class 10 chip seems to preserve an overall crisper image.

      Also, dark skies can make for some really nice pictures, as long as you (or in this case your camera) adjust the aperture/exposure accordingly.

  4. Ollie is such a cute puppy in a very handsome family. I'm sure the other dogs in the family will teach him lots.