Dog days

As some of you may know, a few weeks back our Welsh Border Collie, Molly, passed away. She had been my companion since she was 2 months old and was almost 13 when she left us. I don't think we really understand how big a part of the family our pets are until they leave us and despite having another dog, our Aussie Shepherd Kally, the house seemed emptier almost immediately. 

 Molly

Molly

As she was getting old we had already discussed what would happen when she was gone. While we loved having two dogs to keep each other company, we would hold off from getting another pooch for a year or two. Well it only takes one bad day to change all that doesn't it. After a particularly difficult week I got a text from Wendy to tell me she was going to get some puppy therapy at a local pet shop. "Just some cuddle time, that's all I promise".

"Ok we're getting another dog then" I said to myself.

An hour and a half later this little bundle of fluff joined the family. Rizzo is a Aussie Shepherd/poodle mix. She has a very calm temperament which I'm hoping stays with her, and is proving smart already. 

 Rizzo (named after the character from the movie Grease).

Rizzo (named after the character from the movie Grease).

I used the opportunity of having a new puppy to take some proper Pet Portraits of her, something I wished I would have done with Molly. I'll be taking one every month now for the next year to track how she grows. 

Rizzo is now 9 weeks old and we took her on her first big adventure into the wider world yesterday. We strolled around the woods and fields by my In-laws with our other dog Kally. She had a lots of fun on her walk but soon tired and had to be carried home by our daughter Abby. 

I love puppies, but like kids, they grow up too quick.