Puppies.

by Rachel on March 28, 2011

So these Toy Fox Terriers were born last week.

toy fox terrier puppies

toy fox terrier puppies

Eric and I will be taking two (yes, two!!!!) of the four boys home in May!!

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

1 janetha @ meals & moves March 28, 2011 at 11:46 am

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! lucky. I can’t wait to live vicariously through you when you pick them up. Puppies make the world go round.

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2 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher March 28, 2011 at 11:50 am

You and Eric sure are shacking up huh? HAHAHA. Ahhh. Congrats :)

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3 Rachel March 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

We’re going all out with the shacking!!!

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4 Lauren @ Team Giles March 28, 2011 at 11:54 am

YEAA! How exciting! I want two yorkies, we’ve got one, and I keep trying to convince ma’man we need another ;)

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5 Brie @ Brie Fit March 28, 2011 at 11:56 am

I hate to be a buzzkill, but most professional dog trainers worth their salt will advise you strongly against adopting littermates. A lot of crazy behavioral shit can go wrong when you do.

Here are some good resources:
http://buddyschance.typepad.com/positive_dog_training_blo/2007/04/adopting_litter.html
http://blogs.dogster.com/dog-training/adopting-littermates-when-two-heads-are-not-better-than-one/2011/03/

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6 Rachel March 28, 2011 at 12:49 pm

Hmmm, thanks for sending! I will check out the articles/discuss more with other professionals.

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7 Alexia @ Dimple Snatcher March 28, 2011 at 1:16 pm

Eh, on the island we raise litters together. I’m always surprised how pets are micromanaged in this country!

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8 Kristen March 28, 2011 at 6:13 pm

While I realize that every experience is different, my husband and I adopted two littermates at the same time, and to be honest, I don’t think we’d ever adopt singularly again. I read through the posts Brie suggested and here’s my take on a few of the issues they bring up:

-Yes, it is more work. And more than just double the work. If you don’t realize this going in, you’re screwed. Especially, as puppies, they have a tendency to feed off of one another (if one is being mischievous, you can bet the other one isn’t far behind.) While this presents some unique training challenges, having two, at least in our case, kept either one of them from experiencing extreme separation anxiety (there wasn’t any crying or whining the first few nights as I’ve previously experienced when adopting a single puppy.)

-To the point that they “don’t blossom,” I have to disagree. Both of our dogs developed very unique personalities and behave in completely different ways. You do have to work a bit harder to socialize them with other dogs though, as they are oftentimes content to just play with each other. But overall, I don’t think that growing up together has done them a psychological disservice.

-We’ve never had any issues with aggression. They’re dogs. They’re going to growl, and bark, and play fight with each other, but they’re generally good at working out their differences in a peaceful manner.

-They do get really attached to one another. Our dogs are 4 y/o now and if they have to be apart for any length of time, it really upsets them. I would definitely recommend getting them used to being away from each other at a young age because honestly, I do not know what we will do if/when one passes away before the other.

-They really do do a great job of entertaining one another. When we go to the park, there’s no need to be constantly tossing a ball or trying to engage them. Don’t get me wrong, we have no problem doing this, and realize that engaging with them is a really important part of their development, but they seem to truly enjoy having a companion whenever they want to play.

Just remember, a lot of dog behavior is a function of responsible ownership, so yes, if you’re not going to train or exercise them properly, you’re going to have an “unbalanced” dog whether you get one, two, or seven. Sorry for the novel, I just wanted to give you another perspective on the issue!

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9 Rachel March 28, 2011 at 7:39 pm

Thanks, Kristen!! I appreciate the novel!

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10 Dori March 28, 2011 at 11:58 am

OMG YES WHEN CAN I COME VISIT. I love the babes!!!!

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11 Rachelle March 28, 2011 at 12:00 pm

SO JEAL! Have you picked out any names yet?

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12 Brittney March 28, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Oh my gosh, they are soooooooooooooooo cute! Bring them to Charlotte to play with my dog Clyde! :)

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13 Kaytee March 28, 2011 at 12:13 pm

AHHHH! I’m excited for you guys!

Now I cannot wait to tackle the whole “I want to get a puppy” conversation with Kyle after we move. Poor guy.

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14 Leah (Nutritionista) March 28, 2011 at 12:37 pm

You’re totally tumblin’ today. :)

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15 Carrie March 28, 2011 at 1:13 pm

I am so jealous! A TFT was my best friend throughout high school. I miss that li’l girl.

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16 [SMASH] at Sweat. Style. Swoon. March 28, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Eeep! Tiny puppies!! :) Crazy jealous.

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17 Alexa @ The Girl In Chucks March 28, 2011 at 5:32 pm

ADORABLE!!!

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18 Eunice March 28, 2011 at 5:44 pm

Ugghhh puppy bellies. I can’t stand it.

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19 Tiffany @ Simply Shaka March 28, 2011 at 6:19 pm

This is very exciting news!!! I love that they look like little piglets, how adorable.

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20 Ashley Breton @fromashleywithlove.com March 28, 2011 at 6:24 pm

ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh zomgggg!!! :)

so cuuute!

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21 Ashley March 28, 2011 at 8:37 pm

Ahhh so jealous! I want a puppy soooo bad!

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22 klh March 28, 2011 at 10:47 pm

Ohmygoodness! So cute!! How fun…new living arrangements and new little puppers!

Katie : )

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23 Kristina @ spabettie March 29, 2011 at 2:07 am

oh!! SO sweet… so SO sweet… I have no more words :)

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24 Lindsay March 29, 2011 at 6:22 am

I completely think that 2 is the way to go! We had one dog for about a year and when we got the second one it was so much easier, they played together and wore each other out.

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25 Deva (Voracious Vorilee) March 29, 2011 at 6:27 am

they are so adorable! I want to rub their bellies.

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26 Christina March 29, 2011 at 9:08 am

I love terriers!!!! Yay :) You will fall in love.

Congratulations Mommy!

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27 Another Christina March 29, 2011 at 11:13 am

Just curious (not attacking you) but there are some really great dog shelters in Houston, why did you decided to get your dogs from a breeder instead of adopting?

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28 Rachel March 29, 2011 at 11:26 am

Long story short, we wanted this specific breed and we wanted a puppy that had papers so we could insure how it was raised for the first 8 weeks of its life, health, breeding, etc. — meeting all that criteria at a shelter would have been nearly impossible.

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29 Olivia March 30, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Hi Rachel!
I’ve been following your blog for a while and it’s easily one of my top 5 niches on the internet. So your blog + puppies (which is easily in my top 5 favourite things EVER) = so much love for this post!!!! My family recently adopted a 5 month old doberman and he’s a handful but I’ve found Tamar Geller’s book “30 Days to a Well-Mannered Dog” an oasis of helpful information. I really really recommend you pick it up – especially if you’re getting two puppies, both from the same litter! Trust me, you’ll be doing yourself and your pups a mega favour :)

Keep blogging and keep owning!;
Oliva

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30 David April 1, 2011 at 9:29 am

To be honest…

It’s never a good idea to take two dogs from the same litter.

It can stunt their socialization and lead to them being over-protective of each other. Usually you’ll have one develop to be super dominant over the other as well.

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31 Mary (A Merry Life) April 4, 2011 at 3:18 am

Ah! So cute! I’m anxiously awaiting more puppy photos.

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