I think it only fair that our puppies, who are such a big part of our life get a page of their own.
First up there is Puppy! Yes, his name is Puppy! He goes by many other names (Yeti, Frog, Jack…the list goes on) but Puppy is his official name. He is our poodle that no one believe is a poodle. I just can’t seem to let him have a poodle haircut (note the blue mohawk in the picture)! It doesn’t fit him. He is nearly 10 years old and he is an absolute sweetheart. Calmest dog you will ever meet! If it were up to him, he would do nothing more than sleep on the couch all day…in fact, that’s pretty much all he did until we got Violet… and needless to say, he doesn’t get much chance for that anymore.
VIOLET/FACEY/THE FACE/MS. FACE
And second we have Violet. Oh Violet… we love her dearly but she has to be one of the most difficult dogs on the planet (and yes we did read Marley and Me!)! Violet was born deaf…although we didn’t find out until she was about 6 months old. We had our suspicions and so we took her to get BAER tested and sure enough! Totally deaf! That definitely explained a lot. Her nickname is Facey (she got called things like Butt Face and Monkey Face a lot early on) and these days, it’s rare anyone calls her anything BUT Facey. In fact, I’m fairly certain Matthew would have no idea who
“Violet” is but he absolutely loves his little “Cacey”. Dealing with a deaf dog was not easy for us, training took significantly longer and the lack of professional trainers that have ANY experience with deaf dogs is suprising! We stumbled through it on our own though (and with the help of Google) and so these days everything is sign language. We are proud to say she knows all of her basic commands, plus how to shake and roll over. She’s a smart girl! Unfortunately she is also the reason for the destruction of everything in our house! Seriously, you turn your back for two seconds and this girl can get into anything! She has the SWEETEST personality but sometimes it’s hard to see past the craziness. We love her anyway.