The MPB family is growing – we are adding a puppy to our little family!  In fact, she comes home later today!

She is a Labradoodle.  Henceforth called Doodle MPB.

The day after I wrote the post seeking help on figuring out what dog breed to get, I sort of stumbled upon some puppies while I was away with work.  I went and met them all, and fell in love with a calm and snuggly little girl.  She (and her siblings) was raised by a family with 2 children, in the families house.  They are not breeders per-say, just a family who decided to mix their chocolate lab with a friends standard poodle.  There were four puppies still available when I met them, and this little girl stole my heart.  She’s not so calm that I’d call her timid, but she’s also definitely not overly active and exuberant.

As you know, Mr. MPB and I spent a lot of talking about what type of dog to get.  We determined that we couldn’t get an Old English Sheepdog or a Sheepadoodle.  The behavioural risks were just to great.  So, we decided to go with some sort of a retriever.  We were leaning towards a golden retriever.  But then, this little girl just sort of just appeared.  And, she just made sense to be the next MPB family member.

We have also fully committed to the puppy training process, as we are very aware of the risks of putting a 2 year old toddler with a puppy that will grow to be large dog.  And we also remember what happened when our last dog was nearly 90lbs and not well enough trained – we ended up hiring a private trainer to help us.  And so, while we have trained a puppy before, we know we aren’t experts and we also know that we have a toddler in the mix this time.  So, we have decided we need to pay for some help to make sure we get this right. Unofunatly our last trainer has moved far away, so I searched out a new dog trainer.  After interviewing 4 different ones who came highly recommended, I went with the one recommended by our Vet as I think they will be the best fit for us. So, our training protocol looks like this:

  • Step 1: 1.5 hour private training session.  This session will be in our home with Mr. MPB and I later this week – we will get a joint lesson in the basics.  As we need both adults paying full attention to this lesson, Little MPB will be at daycare during the training session.
  • Step 2: Puppy Classes.  Only one of us will be able to go to puppy classes (probably mostly me), and the other one will be with Little MPB.  Even if we try bringing Little MPB to a class, one adult will be fully focused on Little MPB, not the dog training so one adult will completely miss out of the training.  (Hence the decision to do private training).  We plan to do puppy classes with the individual that we’ve hired for the private training (but we haven’t paid yet, just in case we find she’s not right for us).
  • Step 3: Puppy Socialization.  We are still looking for a puppy play time so that Doodle MPB gets lots of exposure to other puppies in a safe/controlled environment.  (We don’t want to go to dog parks until she has at least her second set of vaccinations).
  • Step 4/5: Obedience Classes & Additional Private Training.  This will be dependent on how steps 1, 2 and 3 go.  We are committed to doing whatever is necessary to foster a well behaved /polite dog with a positive relationship between Little MPB and Doodle MPB.

As for the puppies real name, we don’t know it yet.  We are letting Little MPB determine the dogs name (possibly with some suggestions from us, depending on what he comes up with).  So far, when we show him pictures and ask what her name is he simply says Puppy!! Ruff, Ruff, Ruff.

Basically, we have added a new element of crazy into our little family!  I’m crazy excited, and also slightly petrified of the coming weeks!

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I just found out that today is International Women’s Day.

Honestly, it’s not a day that I’ve ever thought much about. In fact, I think it’s fair to say that I didn’t even know such a day existed until a few years ago. Yet, somehow, this year, this seems extra important. I’m not sure, maybe it’s the current President of the United States perception of women, or maybe it’s the #MeToo movement or maybe it’s just that it’s just that it’s about damn time that our society actually celebrate the successes of women throughout the world, from all walks of life.

Honestly, I have no idea where I’m going with this right now…

I know a lot of people will speak about those like Michelle Obama, Jennifer Lawrence, Hillary Clinton, Malala Yousafzai, Mother Teresa, or maybe even the Kardashians women. But honestly, those aren’t the women I want to celebrate today – they receive enough accolades from others, they don’t need mine as well.

Instead this year, I feel the need to acknowledge the amazing women in my life. Those from my past, like my mom who worked tirelessly to help those who needed help while raising a family and seemingly keeping it all together. Truthfully, not a day goes by that I’m not thankful for the 14 years I had with her, and at the same time not a day goes by that I’m not slightly bitter that I only got 14 years with her, she had so much more to share with me. But, I also want to take a moment to cherish the women in my life today – those who make a positive contribution to society, those whose commitment to their passions (family, work, friendships, women’s movements, etc.) that is a shining example of what we need in the world. Friends like these ladies or this women – they are the women that I know personally who lead by example and help show me the way. I am thankful to call these women friends and have their love and support on a daily basis. And the women in my future, those I have not personally met yet, or those who are just little kids who have no idea their power to influence and make a difference. I am beyond excited to see what the next generation of women are capable of doing!

So, cheers to amazing women everywhere. Cheers to all those who are being the best people they can be. To those who are leading their lives with love and compassion. Cheers to the women who are all making a positive difference, big and small, in someone else’s life.

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