Imagine, if you, will a family nestled between the mountains in Virginia. Things were good with that family of eight plus a dog in the month of September 2010. But this sweet boy, Jack,
(Is there a shadow above his lip? Or is that my imagination?)
really wanted a puppy for quite some time. He had Millie, a lab mix. But, Millie was 12 years old and did not play much. Millie spent her days walking around the property, tromping through the woods, bringing home bones from unknown sources. Back in the days of her youth, Jack would write Millie love letters and feed her M & M's. But, as Jack got older, Jack wanted some excitement.
(Millie, avoiding Moxie)
So, we headed to a puppy home. We were all excited about this new addition to our family. We just knew Millie would love the new puppy, and Jack just knew he would take care of her.
Aren't puppies just adorable when they look like little piggies and sleep all day and night?
But wait! That was 3 1/2 months ago! Now we don't have a little piggy, we have a Chocolate Lab from the crazy farm and Jack forgot his puppy duties!
Moxie is trouble. She goes room to room looking for tissue paper to eat. She did this to our bathroom:
She chews wood from our woodpile, tries to climb in the girls bathtub, licks our shower dry. She terrorizes Millie and wants to play all the time. She climbs over Christmas presents to drink from the Christmas tree. She has ruined many of Jack's clothes with her playful biting:
Moxie has jumped in the pond a few times. If something is missing in the house, Moxie probably took it or ate it. She nudges her way to get the closest spot near the fireplace and tries to ease her way onto the furniture, thinking we won't notice a 40 pound puppy sitting next to us. Her jowls overflow with drool and has to be cleaned off before entering the house.
She chases the girls in the snow and rips the hats, scarves, and gloves from their freezing bodies and runs away with them. She causes chaos and confusion. But... Jack loves her. I think Millie is starting to like her. I even caught Millie playing with Moxie one day. Millie acts like she doesn't like her, but we know better. Sometimes they even nap together. It's definitely been interesting having a puppy with all the children. Don't get me wrong. I am getting quite attached to the over-sized drool hound. She behaves just like one of the children. I just hope no one else in the family wants another puppy.