Happy Talk with Jan McCallum - how digital scrapbooking works in my life at pixels2Pages.netAt this time last week, I was not and had not ever been a dog owner.  Today, I share my home with a frisky little ball of fur, and I fell in love with him from the moment I first held him.  The night before I was to pick him up, I felt like an expectant mother, except for some reason I felt much more inadequate as a potential puppy mama than I had when my first child was about to be born, over thirty years ago.  After all, I had had plenty of experience with babies – changed diapers, soothed their cries, fed them, dressed them, played with them – but I have had very little experience with dogs.  Other than dog-sitting for my grand-dogs, I was a total novice.

I had spent several days puppy-proofing our house, but of course, it was not enough.  Gone now are all of our rugs, except for the one doormat that is now more of a chew toy than a doormat.  There are gates leading to our bedroom, to the laundry room, and at the bottom of the stairs.  Rolls of paper towels and Nature’s Miracle are within easy reach.  I’ve rolled the antique tea cart that served as my bar from it’s place by the back door so that the little doggy door behind it could be used (for a few weeks anyway, at the rate he is growing – the previous owners had a Jack Russell terrier).  There is a new cart near the back door that is full of dog supplies – toys, leashes, grooming tools, poop bags, dog ‘chamois’ cloths, etc.  On the other side of the door is a mat with food and water bowls.  Gone from the family room is a chair; in its place is a crate on a tarp.  Our bad habits of leaving papers lying around and not closing doors and drawers are quickly being replaced with new good habits.  Baby talk is back in full force, and I’m thankful to say that for the most part, nightime wake up calls are infrequent.

Last Friday, armed with a travel kennel, dog treats, water, a leash, and a friend, I drove to Houston Labradoodles to pick my puppy, or to let him pick me.  There were five pups left – two girls and three boys – and they were all as cute as can be.  The dogs are Australian Labradoodles, which means they are a mix of Labrador retrievers, poodles, and Spaniels.   They are smart, funny, and have incredibly beautiful coats.  Two of the boys were light apricot, and the one I chose is a pretty reddish color – about like the letters in the header on this blog.  One thing I didn’t consider is how nicely that color would blend into the color of our hardwood floor!  Anyway, it didn’t take long before I had my new puppy wiggling in my arms.  You can probably guess that I had already chosen a name for my new little fella, and you’d be right.  Crockett is a good Tennessee – Texas name, full of history and folklore.  My daddy was born and raised in Alamo, Tennessee, county seat of Crockett county.  And of course, Davy Crockett is the king of the wild frontier!

Crockett has already proved himself to be a good traveler, which is a good thing in our house!  He cried a bit on the way home (about a 90 minute drive) but settled down and slept before too long.  I am sure he missed his eight brothers and sisters!  Once we got home (after a stop for a smaller collar) he sniffed out his new territory and promptly took a step into the swimming pool – oops!  Then it was up the stairs we went so he could check out his new digs.  The stairs were a bit of a worry for me.  We live on the water, and our house is on stilts, 22 feet above it.  The stairways up are long, open, and metal – very scary for a little eight week old puppy – so I carried him up.  I wondered how many trips up and down those stairs I would be making in the next few weeks….

Once inside, Crockett ran around like a dervish, but thankfully didn’t feel the need to mark his territory.  I could hardly wait until Rex got home to meet him!  And when he did walk through the door, he fell as hard as I had.  Crockett is one cute little pup!  It’s been a fun week.  Crockett now goes in and out of the doggy door as he wants; he can go up and down the stairs by himself; he sleeps in his crate every night; he’s been to the vet; he’s been for a walk every day and met a bunch of neighbors and few of their dogs; he’s grown; he knows how to ‘sit’ and ‘fetch’; and today he had his first bath.  I’m feeling much more confident about my puppy mommy skills and looking forward to showing him off to our friends and family in the coming weeks.

So what does this have to do with scrapbooking, other than that I may have taken a few photos and done a few pages of my frisky little furball?  Well, I guess I’m speaking to anyone who wants to try something new, without being 100% confident that they will be good at it.  If it’s something you love (or want to love) it’s worth the risk, isn’t it?  It’s worth learning as you go and making a mistake here and there.  For me, it’s worth it to pay someone to help me train my puppy now, at the beginning, instead of me trying things and maybe unwittingly starting some bad habits that will be hard to change later.  One thing we try to do here at pixels2Pages is get you off to a good start, and to keep giving you new ideas and pushing you to try new things as you learn more and more about Artisan and Historian.  So, jump right in – push those buttons and be open to fresh ideas.  And have fun with it!

Here are a few pages for your viewing pleasure:

Content used: Seriously Amazing Bundle by Jumpstart Designs
Fonts used: KG Begin Again, Janda Everyday Casual
Blueprint used: #p2PDailyFilesBP

loving puppies and digital scrapping at pixels2Pages.net














Content used: Hey Dude by Fayette Designs

Fonts used: Janda As Long as You Love Me, KG TURNING TABLES, KG Miss Kindergarten

Blueprint Used: #p2PTranzAlpineRailwayBP

Introducing Crockett

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24 Responses to Blog: Puppy Love

  1. Bowder5 Bowder5 says:

    What a cute dog! love the name too! i was going to scrap our puppie (huskie-lab / Nala )pictures like you did but i cant find the BP you used in DailyFiles kit. Did you change a BP?

  2. Kristeen says:

    Congratts! He’s adorable! I started making a list of pictures and videos I need to take if/when I even get a puppy rather than an older dog. SO many new scrapbook opportunities!

    • Jan says:

      Thanks, Kristeen! He is a cutie pie! I just got home from the vet’s office – he’s gained over three pounds since I brought him home – I knew he was growing!

  3. Suzy Dust says:

    Oh Jan he is just so darn cute! He will bring you so much joy and laughter. My two little guys make me smile every day. Enjoy every minute of it.

  4. Brooke Williams says:

    I have never seen this breed. His coat is beautiful. We have a new pup too, she is an 8 month old ~70 pound lap dog. She is fun and learning to be a good girl. My daughter loves to make scrapbook pages of her. She has a whole book of almost nothing but fur-babies. I actually a little tired of scrapbooking the dog, if that is possible. 😉

  5. Shirley Bennett says:

    Puppies are GREAT for the waist line and the good news is that the exercise machine never gets tired!!! Our boys had a Jack Russell who went everywhere – the river was about 3 kms away down the stop bank of a tributary usually dry river – when Murphy got tired he was put in the back pack and rode all the way! Fun fun fun!

  6. jolleyontheroad jolleyontheroad says:

    Love!! So Happy for all of you! Can’t imagine life without my furbabies!!

  7. Nita says:

    Crockett is just so darn cute!!!!!!! 😀

  8. Glenna says:

    Oh, Jan, congratulations! Just wait, if Crockett is only 8 weeks old, you have more “joy” and “mommying” to come forward. Ours is now 4-1/2 months old. Her baby teeth are hurting her so she wants to bite and chew everything she can get a hold of including our hands, toes, etc. Anything on the floor is fair game for her, and be sure to look at something on the floor that may not be of interest to you, but Crockett will be very curious. Our Jasmine is a cockapoo and she is very smart also. I’m told by our obedience instructor it’s the poodle in her. You may want to investigate an obedience class once Crockett is at least 4 months old. The training is more for you and Rex and to how to work with Crockett, but it does help. This is our 3rd dog that we have taken through obedience school.

    Just have fun with him and take lots of pictures as he will grow FAST. Enjoy the puppy time (most of it anyway).

  9. consuelo heyman says:

    Oh, what a cutie pie!! I am in love! It sounds like Crockett really brightens your life! We got our Goldendoode puppy on December 24, 2011, and I am amazed at how much I love my doodle. How big do you think Crockett will get?

  10. Kaye Rhodes says:

    Congratulations on the newest member of your family! He’s adorable and I know Crockett will bring much joy to you. I remember feeling like an expectant parent before we brought our first puppy home, but if you’ve raised children, you can raise a dog, and dogs never for the car keys, or an allowance. Do they talk back? Sort of, yes!

  11. moemc says:

    Congratulations. He is so adorable and there is nothing like the unconditional love of a dog. Have fun.

  12. Lori Morris says:

    Congratulations, Jan
    Your going to love being a puppy momma…… He is so cute and I love the name. Enjoy your new addition to your home. They bring so much joy and happiness to us. I have two Shih Tzu’s. They have been a great addition to our home. Enjoy.

    PS. Love the crop last weekend. Got a lot of pages completed. 🙂

  13. Linda DeLaughter says:

    Crockett is definitely a Keeper, and I am sure you are just over the moon! Your DPS shown above is perfect with the combination of colors. Crockett must be wondering what his “Mom” is doing with that big black thing that clicks whenever he does something cute. The photo of him laying completely flat is priceless! Enjoy your new “motherhood”!

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