September 2, 2015


I’m ashamed I haven’t written about the new addition to our family yet. It doesn’t make it any less important but somehow it makes me feel bad. I mean, I used to have an entire segment on Frederick. Remember when I blogged?

she immediately crawled up on my shoulders

Right off the bat she liked leaning on Fred
So, five weeks ago we decided to make the plunge and get another puppy. It was definitely a spur of the moment sort of deal. Earlier that week Tyrone sent me a photo of her from his friend’s FB page. She was the last of their litter and she was exactly what we always wanted. When we picked up Frederick we always said we wanted our next dog to be a female, faun, boxer. At that time we wanted to name her Elizabeth Smalls Franklin since Fred’s full name is Frederick Biggie Franklin. But, when I would look at her picture she just didn’t seem like an Elizabeth. The day we were able to pick her up Tyrone sent me a text that said, “How about Mortisha?” and from that moment I was in love. He knows me too well and the name just fits her perfectly. Fred is eight, so it’s been a long time since we’ve had a puppy and the three of us are pretty set in our ways. Fred has become such a good dog. He actually listens now days. I can’t say exactly why we finally decided to take the plunge other than the timing was just right and my horoscope told me I would be making some changes.

this pic is priceless - that look on Fred's face - "What did you bring into our house?!"
they have the same stripe on their faces
She loves to snuggle Fred but he's not that into it - this lasted 30 seconds

Now, we were under the assumption that she was eight weeks old when we picked her up but in fact she was only five weeks old. I was pretty disappointed because I knew it was going to be difficult. There is a reason why puppies should stay with their moms and their litters for at the very least eight weeks. They need their mom’s milk and they need litter time. They learn so much from their siblings during that time.

After 3 weeks she was almost too big for her bed
The first three weeks we had her were so hard. It really made me reconsider ever having a human baby. I mean that. I am not cut out for getting up in the middle of the night and not having any sleep. We were so lucky with Fred. He never got up in the middle of the night hardly ever and he didn’t bite us. We’ve really had to try and help her learn biting inhibition. They learn this from their litter. Naturally puppies are going to bite everything because that is how they learn about the world, but when they bite their siblings too hard the other pup will usually yipe loudly and the other pup will back off. There has been a lot of yipping going on in our house. I’m surprised our neighbors haven’t reported us or maybe they just think we are crazy. When Tyrone yipes it just kills me because he can’t do it high-pitched at all so it sounds so funny. Yipping when she bites us has totally worked though. She lets up and looks at us like, “Did I just hurt you?” It’s cute. Two seconds later she’s biting us again but it’s gotten softer and softer. I was so scared at first because she would bite me and I would tell her no and she would come at me growling. I was like, “What the hell did I just get myself into?” She doesn’t growl back at me anymore and she gives kisses when you let her know she’s hurt you.

she started off with a little paw print on her nose and now the spots have multiplied
because when she's sleeping it's the. best.
this is called "Success" because Fred finally shared the water with her

She was only five pounds when we got her and now I think she’s tripled that. She’s probably about five pound smaller than Fred and he’s about 20 pounds.  She’s almost as tall as him now. I figure she’ll be about the same height as him by the end of the week. He is in for a rude awakening. They play really well now and so far he’s still stronger than her but when she’s is 60 pounds I don’t know what he’s going to think. Some days she sleeps a lot and some days she is super energetic. She woke up today ready to demolish everything and kick Fred’s ass.

Her Miley Cyrus impression
They wrestle WWE style - I called this one "Faced" or "Bitch, sit down."

on Saturday I was sick and they both snuggled me it was quite lovely


kendahl a. said...

She is so damn cute! I love her little nose spots.

Erin Kelly said...

I'm glad you got around to posting this! She is incredibly cute (the paw print-marking on her nose is otherworldy!), and I was wondering how Fred was adjusting. I LOVE the "faced" picture!

Marcy was also the last of her litter, and I know she that too was not 8 weeks old like I was told. She could barely walk on her own!