Monday, September 19, 2011

Introductions- Peanut Butter and Jack

I introduced Tim and I here, and I thought I would do a quick post to introduce you to two other members of our household.

Our sweet doggies, Peanut Butter and Jack.

Ladies first, I'll start with Peanut Butter:

She's a Shih-Tzu. Tim had rescued Peanut Butter before he and I began dating. He got her about 4 years ago, in late 2007. She had been living in a house where she and several other dogs were being left alone for long periods of time and they weren't being cared for properly. When someone stepped in and the dogs were taken from the home, Tim was asked if he would take Peanut Butter. Tim is a huge dog lover and he was happy to take her in.

Tim took her to a vet right away, and although very skinny, she was in good health. At the time, the vet guessed her age to be about 2 years old, which makes her almost 6 years old today. Since we don't know her true birthday, we celebrate it on the same day as Jack's birthday, which we know is December 29th.

Peanut Butter is a happy girl, and she is most definitely a daddy's-girl. She and Tim have a special "thing" between them that is truly adorable.

Here is a picture of Mrs. Butter trying to stow away in one of our suitcases.

Now, for the baby of the family, Jack. He's a Shetland Sheepdog, or a "Sheltie" for short.

Jack is 2 and a half, and he'll be celebrating his 3rd birthday on December 29th.

Jack is an AKC purebred Sheltie, and he was born in a small town in western Oklahoma. After Tim and I decided we wanted to get a puppy, I had my heart set on a Sheltie. It's a smart breed, easily trainable, and very very loyal. Most Shelties are brown and white (called Sable), but there are a few more rare Sheltie colors, and I wanted a tri-colored male (black, brown and white).

I knew of a Sheltie breeder in western Oklahoma, so I let them know what we were looking for, and they happened to have a litter with a tri-colored male just recently born!

Here is Jack at 2 weeks old.

Jack at 4 or 5 weeks old:

 Of course we HAD to have him, just look at that face!

We drove the 6 hours to Oklahoma (and 6 hours back) to get our new puppy when Jack was 8 weeks old. We chose to drive to pick him up rather than to have him flown to Kansas City on a plane.

Jack was happy we showed up! Here he is greeting Tim for the first time when we got to Oklahoma. He was so wiggly! He is blurry because he wouldn't stop moving:

He settled in for the long drive home to Kansas City:

And here he is trying to get to know Peanut Butter. She didn't want much to do with Jack at first, but soon enough they became best buddies.

Jack at 11 weeks:

Just before his floppy ears began to stand straight up.

Here are a few pictures of him now that he is full grown and has his big white mane.
He stands just at my knee height, and he sure is beautiful

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