Thursday, June 25, 2015

So Much to Be Thankful For

Happy Thankful Thursday!  I really do have a lot to be thankful for these days...

Penny is growing like a weed still very much a puppy, but she is beginning to turn into a fine young lady.  She started Puppy Class two weeks ago and is already showing everyone just how smart she is.  The first week, she was the only star pup in class.


She worked hard for a full hour, learning look, come and sit.  She even got in a little bit of down, but not until the nice lady trainer brought out that fluffy white mat you see above.  After all, a little Princess puppy is not going to put her belly on a cold tile floor now, is she?  She certainly tired herself out with all of the hard work.  She napped all the way home, and once we finally got home, this happened...


Another puppy joined us last week, and I wish I had thought to take some photos of the two of them (will do next week).  Penny and Patches, a 6 month old female Australian Shepherd mix who has the most beautiful markings ever, were instant buds.  They got in some good play time, as well as lots of learning. 

Speaking of playtime, I'm extremely thankful for how well Penny has fit into our pack.  She seems to have figured out both Teutul and Sophie's signals for when it's appropriate playtime and when they aren't interested.  If you follow us on Instagram, you may have already seen this video clip from two weeks ago.  It's quite precious to me, and I really wanted to share it on here at the right time.... what better than a Thankful Thursday?

Full speed puppy playing still happens on a regular basis, but so does puppy snuggles. My heart just might skip a beat each time little Penny asks for cuddles...


Watching her crawl up and cuddle with her siblings always makes me smile too.  It's extra special watching the sisterly bond being formed.  I remember when Sophie was the little one, looking to Lola for guidance and protection. 


Now it's Sophie's turn to pay it forward.


Gosh, seeing those two photos side by side (well, one on top of the other) makes me smile and shed tears all at the same time. I miss Lola so much, and as we approach what would have been her 13th birthday next week, I know it's going to be extremely difficult. I am so thankful for the amazing 12 years we had, but it was not long enough.  Lola and Zeus both would have loved Penny so very, very much... sigh....

Seeing my girls' bond, I often wonder if Tut would like a little brother...


And then I'm interrupted by Penny getting into something she shouldn't, or having an accident.  This just seems to be right in the world... for now.


I'll leave you on this Thankful Thursday with something that I am sure all pet parents are thankful for... sleeping pups (whether adolescent or seniors). I simply adore mine. 

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LA Paylor said...

Penny, you are so photogenic. I look forward to seeing years of photos of you and your antics. I also remember how exhausting learning is... I would try to read college textbooks and falling asleep onto them! Look! is one of the best things to learn. I say look! And Cole looks around, and look down! means there's a treat that fell! LeeAnna

tubby3pug said...

Wow the only pup! We've always been one of about 10-15. Though we did once take private click a trick sessions with Norbert but that was pricey and when we did Rally O Bob was one of only 2 dogs on class. I feel the same about Norbert and how he would have liked Tuvok and Fry, Im pretty sure Tubby would have ignored them or been annoyed by them. I know he would have loved Spot Norbert loved kittens. Im very thankful though that we have them and I am very lucky to have had so many years iwht Norbert and Tubby. This has sure been a busy year so far filled with losses and gains

retro rover

Flea said...

Isn't puppy class the bomb?! Chewy learned so much in his. Your dogs are all beauties.

2browndawgs said...

Penny is adorable. Glad she is enjoying puppy class.

Ruby said...

Oh, I just LOVED these photos!!!! OMD, how cute are they??!!! Penny is just the most adorable pups ever!!! (okays, Ma said that , not me...I must tell you that 'I' was the most adorable pups EVER! just to be clear...☺)
I can't wait to see pics of puppy class!!!!
Ruby ♥

Sue said...

We had no doubt that she'd be a star pupil. She's sure growing like a weed.

View From My Pram said...

PepiSmartDog: what gorgeous photographs! Love the sleeping piccie after puppy class.
Being over the Rainbow Bridge myself, I can assure you Lola is keeping busy with all our clubs, but still in your heart and whispering to you whenever you need her to.
The day you unexpectedly find yourself standing on the Rainbow Bridge, Lola will be there to meet you.
You will be a forever family again...not just yet.
Thanks for joining our Thankful Thursday Blog Hop.
Sorry I'm late in leaving my comment, but I made it. Hee Hee!
Hope you can join us this week too. *waves paw* :=o)

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