Grizzly and Molly

For those of you who have asked, the puppies are doing very well.  They seem to be very happy here and they love to be involved in whatever is going on.  Here they are helping Rick carry a hose.

rick and dogs w hose

Molly is a sweet dog with a very gentle spirit.


She was definitely the low dog on the totem pole at the breeder where we got the dogs.  I don’t think she got a whole lot of attention or enough food.


In fact, they lady called her an “oops” (which I thought was terrible) and gave her to us for free if we bought Grizzly.  I really don’t see the big deal about being a purebred heeler, but I guess that is very important to some people.

We are trying to teach the dogs good manners.  Not jumping on people or licking them.


Some of us are trying a little harder than others to curb bad behavior.

molly kisses

For the past few weeks we’ve been trying to teach the dogs to play fetch.  They did not seem to be getting it.  We would throw the frisbee and they very enthusiastically run and chase it – then they sit there and bark and wait for us to join them.  They just didn’t understand the bringing it back to us part –  which is ironic since they tried to drag everything else they could find back to us.

dogs w pole

This past week though the whole “fetch” idea seems to have clicked.  Now you throw it and they run and grab it and usually bring it back to you.

dogs fetch 2

Occasionally though they forget and take the frisbee back and head for the shade.

paw on frisbee

They do still love chewing things, I guess all puppies do.  A few days ago we were gone most of the day and when we came home the yard was full of debris.

 front yard debris

This used to be the cover for our firewood stack on the front porch.  I’m glad I never ordered the expensive one from L.L. Bean.  They did seem to be enjoying themselves while they played with all the pieces.

pups in debris

Grizzly is a big baby.

rick and grizzly

He never seems to get enough attention.

grizzly in lap

He is very affectionate and adventurous.

 grizzly nap

 I am really not much of a dog person.  I think most of them are slobbery nuisances.  But these dogs seem to fit with us.

sleeping together

rick dogs w branch

4 comments on “Grizzly and Molly

  1. Tj and Mark says:

    Oh, so sweet. When I first saw Molly’s photo I thought that she was going to be a real sweety and grizzly looks like a fine dog too.

  2. Meg says:

    awww they are so cute! I can’t wait to see them in Aug.

  3. ml says:

    I am behind – I loved the pictures of the flowers on your last blog. The lupine you have in your area is a cousin to the ones in
    Texas, but yours is a perennial meaning that it will last a few years. They grow from Northern Calif to British Columbia and do require a fair amount of water. If you want to see some spectacular (height and color) try the Russell hybrids. Can’t grow them here – too hot.
    Ok, now for the puppies – Russell loved the pictures – Molly is still my favorite and it looks to me that Rick is spoiling them rotten, but I guess that’s what kids and pets are for.

  4. Brenda says:

    I don’t think the dogs are lacking in attention – Rick does spoil them.

    The lupines grow wild and re-seed themselves every year. I have no idea what variety they are, but they do seem happy and well suited to this climate.

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