Our almost 7 week old Cavalier/Dachshund puppy. Adorable, huh? :-)
For quite a while hubby has wanted us to get a small dog, a companion to keep me company during the long hours he works six days a week. We did not go into this lightly, as we have had to rehome a dog once before, and that's not a fun thing (even if it is best for the dog). Being mindful that we're older now, and this neighbourhood is not safe for walking around, we decided on a very small breed, one which would think our quarter acre to be a huge place of adventure and exploration, and also be happy to spend much of the day inside cooling off from the tropical sunshine.
We looked at a few breeds, and a few pups, but it was little Harry who felt 'just right'. A true Goldilocks moment.
Our little boy has a Cavalier King Charles father, and a Miniature Dachshund mother. So far we see him looking more like his dad, apart from the fur which is like his mum. His body is not as long as a dachshund, and he doesn't have the long snout either. His chest has that lovely white V which we've seen on many Cavaliers.
Harry is so tiny, and won't grow a lot, but he's full of energy and mischief, whilst also loving cuddles. Since we picked him up last Saturday he has already adjusted to sleeping in his crate, to the point of collapsing at 8pm and waking around 3- 4am each day...which of course has left hubby and I very tired during the day, for Harry is full of beans in that early hour.
He spent much of Sunday morning following hubby around the yard while he did chores...
...and late afternoon as my shadow while I watered the gardens.
We have an almost bare patch of garden opposite the back undercover area (seen above) which is his potty, and I'm amazed at how quickly that training fell into place. In fact he'll cry in his crate when he wakes up so he can get out there. Bless him.
He has a few good sleeps during the day, and I'd love to nap through one of them, but there is a bit much to do around the home/garden right now...but I am hopeful of catching an hour this afternoon. My husband and I look like zombies at the moment from lack of sleep...reminds me of early days with my babies (when I was a lot younger!). Such long days now. But eventually this will settle and we might enjoy sleeping in till 6 again.
This very hot and humid early spring has knocked us all about too. I'm pulling out the vegetables that have finished in the raised beds, moving pots and things around to give them shade cover, and generally trying to prepare the gardens for a long hot spring/summer and early autumn with cardboard and sugar cane mulch, to keep good things happening underneath in preparation for planting again in mid Autumn (April).
Something lovely in the garden right now are the sunflowers! I threw a handful of seeds to the wind, and they're popping up under trees already, their joyous yellow faces a sight to behold.
I've cut some and have them in a vase on the dining table. So bright and cheery, I hope they keep growing under the trees.
Inside, I've not had much time to do any baking with a new puppy at my feet who needs playtime and cuddles, but in the few little breaks while he naps I do keep on top of the housework. Meals are simple, the house is clean, washing and ironing are done, and if I have an extra half hour or so I'll pick up a bit of hand stitching.
At the moment I'm working on a little design to share with you later this week, or early next week (all depends on my sleep and energy). The fabric was a gift from my lovely friend, Jo, and inspired the small design I drew.
I hope you're getting enough rest? To be honest, I haven't had my energy topped up since before having Covid in early July. Some days I do feel as though I'm recovering and get excited, but having our puppy has assured me I'm not refreshed and gathering energy yet. Most days it feels like I'm wading through mud...but I do believe this shall pass, so in the meantime I'll continue doing what most needs attention and let other things be tackled when I have the time and energy available.
Are there any new happenings in your life? I'd love to hear about them. And if you've got a Cavalier or Miniature Dachshund (or a cross breed of both, like Harry), perhaps you have some advice or tips for us?
Harry has been playing at my feet since I started writing this post but has now taken himself to bed in the crate, so I will sign off and go finish the stitchery (this is usually just a short nap for him). I'm think of using it in a simple mug rug or snack mat...haven't made one of them for a long time.
If you're in a season of weariness, I am praying that it is temporary, that you can feel the Father's arms carrying you along until you're able to stand again. Just as I am trying to do, nourish your body with good food, rest when you're able, and spend quiet time in the presence of God - for that has more restorative power than anything else. In fact, that's just what I'm going to do right now. The stitching can wait...
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