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Last year at this time, me and my new Pop were traveling home through the snow covered mountains of wild and wonderful West Virginia. It was our first day together and I pretty much spend it in my little kennel in the back of the car listening to Pop sing as he drove us home. Here are a couple of pics to refresh your memory.

tommy on his way home

tommy on his way home

snowy road

on our way home through West Virginia

I’ve really come a long way in this first year. I started out as a super scaredy cat – not wanting to even leave my little perch on the sofa. But as time passed, I watched my new sis, Shelly and how she freely wandered around the house and it made me want to investigate too. I finally worked up the courage one evening to jump off the sofa all by myself and I worked my way around the living room. And you know what happened? Nothing! No boogey men came from around the corner to snatch me up or anything. From then on, I’ve became more and more brave. So much so, that this past weekend, Mom and Pop took me and Shelly to Petsmart to pick out toys for my Gotcha Day!

It was my first trip to Petsmart and do you know what they have there? EVERYTHING! There were big and little dogs walking down the aisles, toys and bags of food everywhere and we even saw a couple of pups getting their fur cut. So since it was my special day, I even got to pick out my very own toy. There were so many to choose from, but I finally settled for a stuffed turtle. Shelly on the other hand knew exactly what she wanted. She sniffed and climbed in all the bins until she found a purple bunny. She grabbed it off the wall and carried it around the store until we left.

As soon as we made it home, the bunny was thoroughly de-stuffed by Shelly. Then she turned her eye on my turtle but at the coaxing of Mom, she left it for me with all it’s stuffing intact. Phew!

As a public service announcement, I’d like to encourage any pup-parent to make a donation on my behalf to the English Toy Spaniel Rescue (where I came from). They still owe more that $8500 for vet bills after rescuing me and 34 other ET’s from the Parkersburg puppy mill and as of now, have 5 more pups that need a furever home. Now that would make a great Christmas present!

tommy and his turtle toy

tommy and his turtle toy

shelly and her bunny

shelly and her bunny

tommy on his first gotcha day

tommy on his first gotcha day

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Boy, did I have a HUGE day yesterday. It was my first annual checkup at the V-E-T. Do you know what that means? It means that I’ve been in my new furever home for almost a whole year! (December 1st is my adoption day in case anypup wants to send pressies ;-)) Mom took me to in the morning and I had 3 shots in my little hiney and I didn’t even make a peep. The doctor said I was looking great and he even listened to my heart because dogs like me tend to have problems in that area. I weigh in at a whopping 18 pounds – that’s up 4 pounds from when I was first adopted, but I do have a stinky ear infection so I have to have drops for the next 3 weeks. But other than that, I’m awesome! I don’t know what all the fuss is about. It’s not so bad visiting the doctor 🙂

Bedtime?

Bedtime?

Shelly on the back of the sofa

Shelly on the back of the sofa

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Gotcha!

Happy Father’s Day to all the Pop’s out there. And happy first day of Summer too! We celebrated Pop’s day yesterday with my human grandparents and aunt. It was pretty fun with lots of food and laughter and tons of belly scratches and head pets. Tommy and I are still recovering from all the excitement 🙂

Besides being Pop’s Day, today is another very special occasion. It’s my Gotcha Day!! Three years ago, I adopted my mom and pop and found my furever home. It doesn’t seem like it’s been that long. That’s like almost 21 years in people time. Supposedly there is a gift here somewhere in the house waiting for me, but my pawrents are waiting a little while before they give it to me (something about me having too many toys already). They have hinted around that it has something to do with sushi and promise to post some pics when I FINALLY get my pressie.

Whatcha got for me?

Whatcha got for me?

Happy Gotcha Day to me...

Happy Gotcha Day to me...

Shelly's 3rd Gotcha Day

Shelly's 3rd Gotcha Day

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Every night around 7:00p.m. Tommy gets his second “wind” and all he wants to do is play. His little world ain’t so little any more! It’s really been remarkable how quickly he’s adjusted to us and to Shelly. He is no longer scared to death of doorways or sudden movements and regularly ventures all around the house – especially the kitchen 🙂

Tommy in mid-leap Shelly & Tommy in Action

When we were doing a little research before we adopted Tommy, we read that E.T.’s usually choose one family member to be blessed enough to tend to their every need. It’s true! And Judy has been lucky enough to receive this honor. She can’t go anywhere in the house without a little shadow right on her heals. And when she goes to work he doesn’t relax until she comes home. It’s really kinda sweet. The other night they were in the midst of their evening romp when Judy pulled into the garage and came home to her little entourage. And then it was time for everypup to finally relax 🙂

Who's at the door? Mom's Home!

Tommy Getting Sleepy Tommy Sleeping Shelly relaxing

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We’re finally starting to settle in from our whirlwind trip to meet Tommy and bring him home. I’d like to firstly thank everyone from English Toy Rescue in Indianapolis for working so hard to make the adoption run so smoothly. Jim drove Tommy to Charleston, WV on Monday morning to meet me half way. That was extremely nice of him. And a special thank you to Tommy’s foster mom who had been caring for him and loving him knowing all along that one day she would have to give him up.

OK so here’s the story. I left South Carolina on a rainy Sunday morning expecting a 6 hour trip. It was the most excited I’ve ever been about wasting a day in the car. Unfortunately I forgot about returning Thanksgiving traffic and what should have taken me 6 hours turned into 8. That was fine though since I really wasn’t in a big hurry to spend the night in a hotel room. Here’s a couple of pics of my Sunday drive.
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I arrived in Charleston at night and went to bed early. I felt like it was Christmas Eve. I could hardly sleep and woke up every couple of hours. Finally, Monday morning rolled around but I had to wait until 1pm for Tommy to arrive. Arghh! And something happened while I was waiting. It started snowing! In the mountains!! Now, I grew up in Pennsylvania and even took my driving test in 6 inches of snow (and passed) but it’s been a few years since I’ve even seen snow. So I was getting a little nervous. But before I knew it Tommy and Jim pulled up, we met and signed paperwork and Tommy and I were off and headed to warmer weather.
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Here’s some more pics of our ride back down out of the mountains.
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Ok, ok. Here’s what everydoggy’s been waiting for. Pics of Shelly and Tommy :laugh:
TommyPiggy.jpg ShellySniffTommy.jpg Shelly&Tommy01.jpg
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