Sunday, 2 August 2009

And then there were FIVE... Introducing Jackson

As if life wasn't busy enough, now it'll get really interesting. This is Jackson, our 2-month old Welsh Terrier / Border Terrier cross. We decided some time ago that we would get another dog, and it was just a matter of waiting until the right one came along. We picked him up from Llandudno yesterday, combining it with a trip to see Grandma and Grandpa in Radcliffe, so they could look after Lara while we went to collect Jackson.
It was mild chaos when we got back to Radcliffe, effectively we had three kids running around, all needing feeding and looking after. Anyone who thinks that a puppy is easier than a baby to look after, think again! Imagine bringing home a toddler who doesn't wear a nappy, and that's what it's like with a puppy. Mishka is actually the one who needs the least attention, we could leave him in the back garden and just get the little kids sorted out.
I only have time to write this post this morning as Lara is almost asleep for her morning nap, and Jackson is having one of his power naps. He's soooo confident, constantly wagging his tail and investigating places, and goading Lara into playing with him, we really didn't expect that, and it's a big bonus. We were expecting him to be rather shy and down for the first few days, but he's been totally the opposite. I was worried about how Mishka would react to him, maybe he'd see Jackson as a threat and bully him, but Mishka actually ignored him to start with, when we went for a walk on the beach in Llandudno, and then played nicely with him once we got back to Radcliffe.
Jackson and Lara are getting on very well, and first impressions suggest they will be great friends. She copies him already, and can mimic his bark very well. How they share toys might be quite interesting in the next few years!

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