Shirley You Can't Be Serious!
One month ago we doubled our westie collection with a sassy little puppy we named Shirley. Maybe is such a good dog that we decided to get another one while she was still active enough to help train a new one. We underestimated how much crazy a puppy brings, and every since we've been spending every waking moment trying to wear the puppy out so that she will let us sleep at night.
|Our first time meeting Shirley|
|Tired puppy after exploring her new home|
We named her Shirley as in Surely to go with Maybe. We definitely couldn't name her Probably so it seemed like the logical choice. We didn't realise until after we named her that the name pun doesn't translate well in Australia. We were walking with some friends who asked about the name and I explained but they gave me blank looks. When I spelled out S-U-R-E-L-Y they said "you mean Shore-ly?" and we all had a giggle at the different pronunciations. They must not have seen the movie Airplane here either.
I'm glad we decided not to spell it Surely because then Aussies would call her Shorely.
|Maybe teaching Shirley how to patrol the yard|
Less than a week in I went to the US for a couple weeks for work and Phil got to deal with the four animals all by himself. Well, he had to deal with two dogs because the cats have pretty much stayed upstairs behind the puppy gate since we got Shirley. She thinks cats are the best things ever to chase and they aren't so, well, sure.
|George likes to sit on top of the fridge and hiss|
|Lucy likes puppy food but not so much the puppy|
Maybe has taken the chaos a lot better than the cats. She used to sleep in in the mornings and take long naps in the evenings but now she is up early chasing and being chased. She has already taught Shirley how to sit, shake, lay down, do a circle, and be pretty. She also showed her how to play tug of war, though she's happy Shirley can't jump up on the couch yet. Maybe doesn't really like to share her toys, so when she sees Shirley playing with one she tends to steal it and put it up on the couch. I don't know what we would do without her to help out.
We have made it through her puppy shots and 3 weeks of puppy school but still have lots of training to go. She absolutely loves walks, so much more so than Maybe. She also loves chasing birds and is not afraid to look us in the eyes and tell us what she thinks. We are enjoying watching her learn about life but are both still in awe that there are two of them.