The first order of business after buying and moving into a house, was to adopt a puppy. So we did: the day after the move. Ten Paws is a boxer-mix, and lives up to his name. He will box you. He will bite you. He will puppy his way into your heart. Three-weeks in, and I already can't imagine life without him.
We took our first road-trip this weekend (with Ten Paws): 3 hours into the mountains, where it was cool, and calm, and perfect. Ten Paws met our friends' dog, Muddy (aka Mud Man). Mud Man will always have a special place in my heart: I remember when he was a pup. Things went well. I've had dogs throughout my life, but never a puppy. The absolute truth is, a tired puppy is a good puppy. With free run of a 170-acre ranch, Mud Man wore him out (and vice versa!)
Ten Paws' floatation vest just arrived, so we'll go swimming tomorrow. Like with any version of a baby, life is full of firsts. And firsts are always good.