The newest members of the clan.

The newest members of the Thiry household, aged 10 weeks, arrived today:

Digby, a Golden Doodle:



Mmm, yummy flip flops…


Hey, why’d you take my flip flop away!? I was chewing on that!!

and Ruby, a Shiba Inu:


What, me chew your flip flop? Never! I was just guarding it for you, that’s all.



A lap for the princess.



She fell over sound asleep right in the middle of a game of tug of war.

Some information about Golden Doodles as a breed:

…a cross-breed/hybrid dog obtained by breeding a golden retriever with a poodle…Because poodles and golden retrievers are both highly intelligent, golden doodles are also very trainable. Goldendoodles are usually very affectionate with people and other pets. They are human-oriented dogs, and tend to develop a strong bond with their owners and companions. Most goldendoodles are calm and easy going, but they are active dogs that do require exercise. Some goldendoodles like to swim, but not all. They tend to be great family pets and are known to be especially good with children.

And Shiba Inus:

A small, agile dog that copes very well with mountainous terrain, the Shiba Inu was originally bred for hunting…It is one of the few ancient dog breeds still in existence in the world today…Recent DNA analysis confirms that this Asian spitz-type dog is one of the oldest dog breeds, dating back to the 3rd century BC...Originally, the Shiba Inu was bred to hunt and flush small game, such as birds and rabbits.

Ruby, the Shiba Inu, housebroke herself as soon as we brought her home.  Shibas are very clean dogs and it’s not unusual for them to take to house training immediately.  Digby, the doodle, should be easy to train, but he hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet.

I like having dogs around; they make me feel safer.  Even though we live in a rural area, I like knowing that no one could enter the house while we are sleeping without the dogs alerting us to that fact.

Plus they’re just ridiculously cute! 🙂

image      Ruby2