Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Happy 5 Months Dylan!

Well, as I start *again* on a *new* blog, I thought I'd share Dylan's story being that today is his 5 months birthday!

As I am allergic to most dogs, Eric and I were looking for a hypo-allergenic dog. I had initially been hunting for a Whoodle (wheaten terrier and poodle mix) I think mostly because it sounds a lot of fun to say "Whoodle," but also, a combo of 2 hypo-allergenic dogs is better than 1 right? I was skeptical that there would be such a thing as a hypo-allergenic dog because it could be any number of things that I am allergic to (hair, dander, saliva, etc). I was also really nervous if we got a dog and I was allergic and we would have to bring it back!

The day after xmas snow was predicted but as it held up for most of the day, Eric and I went out. In a fateful turn of events, we got on the wrong highway and ended up in NH which is where we found Dylan! I decided I would have to find out sooner or later if wheatens were a suitable breed for me so we visited with him for a looooooooong time. Like over an hour... maybe two. He was so adorable and so excited and then at the end he was tired and snuggled with us. I was completely fine which was such a shock. If you have allergies you know the suffering and to be with a dog and not have watery eyes and a runny nose and an itchy feeling in your hands was amazing!

So we took him home! By then it had already begun to snow and the blizzard was setting in. We made it back and he settled right in! This is him snuggling in Eric's lap.

Here is he a couple days later with a plush hedgehog squeaky toy. Let's just say the hat didn't last long.

Hard to believe but the pic below is only about 2 weeks after we got him. We got him a bright yellow coat for walks (which I got a size up so he could "grow" in to it) and he looks like he's got a cape on!

And here is a more recent picture of him, lounging on his pet pillow in our new office (yes you get a sneak peak here!).

Since we got him, he has gained 10 lbs from 18 to 28 lbs! It is amazing. And he has certainly grown as he can hardly snuggle in to Eric's lap like the day we brought him home. This weekend he graduated from puppy kindergarten and has learned a handful of tricks. He is mostly house trained and can jump in and out of the car by himself. Sigh... my puppy is growing up!

Funny thing though... since the day we brought him home we have had snowstorm after snowstorm after snowstorm. Over 70 inches of snow in Boston which means even more than that out where we live! There was discussion of renaming Dylan to Blizzard or Nor'Easter.

Dylan doesn't seem to mind though... he loves snow!

Happy 5 months Dylan!


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