Two years ago when Derek and I were just dating we were emailing while he was deployed. We were finding out what each other imagined a future family would be like and what we each wanted. He told me a dog was a requirement. So here we are married and living in a 4 bdr house with a backyard in the English countryside and surrounded by footpaths. All our neighbors walk their dogs in their wellys. We both have the wellys, now we just needed the dog.
We even picked out names for each gender. Rugby for a male. First for the obvious English reason and also because Rugby, ND is where Derek’s grandparents met and where his father was born. It’s the geographical center of North America if you remember from our trip to ND. The female name, Lola, is after Derek’s favorite chef, Iron Chef Michael Simon’s restaurant in Cleveland called Lola Bistro. We started looking for a litter of boxer puppies. We finally found a breeder in Derbyshire (pronounced Darbyshir).
On Sunday we drove an hour and a half to pick one out of the litter. This litter only has one male and 5 females. So odds were we’d be choosing a Lola. Here are some photos of the littler and our Lola. They are two weeks and 3 days old in the photos. They just started opening their eyes and are beginning to get up on their legs. It was so much fun to watch them pile on each other, yawn, stretch and try to move around. They were a lot heavier than we thought and sooo cute!! The breeder had named the puppies and the one we choose she’d been calling Rosie. I kinda like Lola Rose. Now she too would have English connection in her name.
Lola will come home with us on December 23rd right in time for Christmas! We’ll have so much fun playing with her on Christmas weekend! We might go back and visit again in a few weeks. We’ve been reading lots of puppy training books and preparing ourselves for being up the first few nights. We’ll keep you updated.