Monday, January 30, 2012

It's a Boy!

I can't even be subtle about this post. It's a boy!

One of the fine-tuning adjustments we've made has been the addition of this little man to the household: Meet Eiger - a 3/4 Labrador Retriever 1/4 Rottweiler mix. He's 3 1/2 months old and already 30 lbs. We adopted him from a local shelter but he was cared for and loved - previous owner couldn't keep him due to medical issues. He had another name but we are working on the change and after only 3 days, he's responding well.

Talk about a challenge. Adopting from a shelter is not as easy as one might think. Certain breeds are hard to come by and there are adoption applications to fill out, visits to schedule if the animal is not already taken and then, for the agency we adopted with, a home visit. They came out to see how Eiger would be in our house, yard and with us. We were the lucky family and so far are very happy to have this warm bundle of fun.

He's pretty mellow, has a soft mouth and big paws. There are some things we've forgotten about over the years: toys lying underfoot, water drops across the floor, constant attention to the 'outdoor business' and being followed - everywhere. It's kind of like having a toddler again. It curtails my "freedom" a bit as I now need to keep his needs in mind as well (letting him out and mid-day feedings) but I LOVE having a dog around and I still miss our Max.

Speaking of Max:

This was Max at a similar age. A little resemblance don't you think? Eiger doesn't have the white on the chest and his front shoulders aren't quite as square. Max had a Lab head attached to a Rottweiler body. Eiger has the big bark though. We've already heard it. I think it's a good thing.

The girls are enjoying Eiger and helping to train him. The name was a family decision. A small tribute to a part of Switzerland that we all dearly loved. He may not be as menacing as the mountain but he'll be decent sized.

Maybe not as big as Max who at his heaviest hit 110lbs. Around this time frame:

I always loved this picture. Rachel was playing with these beads (under close supervision) and Max was so patient and just needed to be right there with us.

Considering Eiger's attention to us already - I think we'll be making some great, new memories!

What will NOT be in the new memories? The avocado green walls and brassy trimmed closet doors. Wow!


MOM E said...

Happy Birthday Susan!!!

Can't wait to spoil the new grandpuppy. Will think twice about letting him break rules like I did with Max..especially the couch rules. Having a 110 lb dog on one's lap was fun though.

Anonymous said...

Happy Birthday, Susie O, from Gramma Vel. I love my great grand puppy already. Have fun with him and make lots of photo shoots to post.

Olson Family said...

Hmmm breaking rules? They've already been broken with this one and not by us. Previous owner AND shelter foster was letting dog sleep in BED and he was allowed couch sitting - and I believe roam of the house during owner/foster absence. So we aren't going backwards and using a crate but are "flexi-gating" his bed in our room and set up the laundry as his play room while we're away. Had a couple accidents - think it's been a lot of change for him but he's smart so I think it will smooth out soon.

Hi! It's me, Julie! said...

He is so so cute, Susan! Sorry I missed sending birthday wishes on the 31st! Hope you had a great birthday, friend!

I loved the old pictures of Max. Natalie still keeps her Rottweiler "Max" the stuffed dog on her bed. Many fond memories! Hug little Eiger from us! Love you!