New Addition to the Ronsman Family!!
Jenny and I have been searching for a puppy these past few months. It appears that our big search is over! Today (2/21/10) we went to see a Cockapoo breeder (thats a cocker spaniel bred with a poodle). We decided on the breed because they're supposed to have the happy disposition and willingness to please of a cocker spaniel, and also the intelligence and hypo-allergenic, low-shed qualities of a poodle. They can vary wildly in their sizes, but these ones are expected to grow to be 15 - 20 pounds, which should be a great size for us. We also decided that we wanted a girl puppy as well. They're not ready to take home yet. We were told end of March, or the beginning of April. We're going to name her Zelda. For me that's a video game reference, and for Jenny's it's a literary author reference. Compromise is a beautiful thing.
We're so excited to get her home!!!!
Here are a few pictures from our visit...
Jenny and I got to pick up many of them
and hold them. Sadly a lot of them were already spoken for, so
not all the puppies in the pictures were available. I guess it was
easier just to bring all the girls out rather than pick and choose.
Then we found the one!
Again, Zelda will be her name. Here are a few pictures from
the breeders website that they took of her:
Of course, these pictures were when she
was younger, and hadn't opened her eyes yet. Well she was a few
weeks older once we arrived, and she her eyes were opened now! Here
are some pictures from our visit:
And lastly, here's a few videos spliced together that we took of her while we were there!
Of course, we didn't want to leave her, but definitely needs some more time with her mommy. So a little over a months and we get to return to pick her up!!! Can't wait! I'll post more pictures once we get her!
The breeder decided to send us a few more pictures of Zelda already! Here you go!
Less than a month!
She's home! She's been a great puppy so far. She did wake up at 1am and 5am last night, but she didn't whine at all in her kennel! Since she's so young she sleeps probably like 18 - 20 hours a day, but when she's awake she's such a sweet puppy! Here are some pics and one more video!
I bet you're thinking right now, I could really go for a 98 second long video of a puppy chasing a monkey right now, aren't ya? Well here you go!!
Although we won't be leaving her at home alone too often to start, I did put in a puppy cam in my kitchen. We'll be leaving her gated in there with her kennel during the days where we need to leave. So here is a link to the camera in case anyone wants to watch. Probably won't be too exciting, but I did this for me, not you people! Don't be so selfish...geesh...
Also, you will need Internet Explorer to view this camera, other browsers will not work. Also, you will need to run a java plugin on the web page on the initial load for it to work too.
Some people have been asking for some new pictures of Zelda, so here you go! She was around 6 pounds when we got her, but she is around 10 pound now. So she's definitely getting bigger! The breeder said that they expect her to be between 15 and 20 lbs, so we'll see how much bigger she gets.
I didn't realize that puppies slept so much in the
beginning. Apparently I do too...
What a tramp! Sleepin around like
She's still not the greatest at walking but she's
much much better than she was in this picture. She'd make it
about 10 feet from the front of our house and she's sit down and wouldn't
walk any more.
So tiny! She's already so much bigger
One of her favorite toys:
Here's a short video that'll give you an idea of what it's like in the day in the life of Zelda. Pretty much, lie down, sit, bully sticks, kisses, and belly rubs. It's a rough rough world for this puppy...
Awww, momma kisses...
It's kind of funny when she gets tired late at
night. You can pretty much do anything to her and she will just lay
there. Pretty sure I won this staring contest though...
Zelda meets Webster (our friend's dog) for the
first time! Webster weighs probably 90+ lbs and Zelda around
10lbs, it's pretty comical to watch them together. Zelda can
definitely hold her own though (which was actually surprising...)
Here's their relationship in fast
forward. Webster sniffin' some butt, getting
Zelda smoochin' Webster...
Zelda thinking "are we growing apart?!?!?!"
Zelda is an expert computer programmer. It's
something we looked for in a breeder, extensive IT training for the
Puppies work hard too!
My dad would be proud, her new favorite chewing toy
is a deer antler!
Mowin' down on that antler:
Zelda had these sweet horns on her head for a few
days. No matter what we did, we couldn't get the hair to sit
down. I think she's trying to make a fashion
She's getting so big so quick, it's crazy! That's all the pictures I got for you for now!