Friday, January 25, 2008

Can it really be the day?????

So it is day zero!!! Leben is on his way now in the cargo from West Virginia and he will be here at 4:25pm but we're getting to the airport alot early just so if he is early, we are there to be with him. We don't want him waiting around more than he needs to. He would have gone through so much stress by then. Kelly, the breeder called to let us know that he is at the airport, and that he is a big hit with everyone there. Brandon and I can't wait!! Brandon was suppose to fly today but unfortunately, there is a fire light so he's stuck on base. I don't know exactly what that is but he was suppose to be home at 12:30pm, and it's now 1:10pm. So hopefully he won't be too much later because we still have to make some errand runs, like getting Leben his proplan food from petsmart before we go to the airport. I guess we have a couple hours still but I'm so anxious!! I woke up at 7am to go work out and have been cleaning the house up till now, so everything will be clean and less stressful for Leben.

I've been meaning to post this but you know how life goes. When we got back from our christmas trip, we headed to pensacola to the naval base because Brandon wanted to show me the forts. I hate to say this, but I really didn't know what a fort really looked like. My idea of a fort, were the mattress forts my sister and I used to make when we were younger. hahahaha. So when he verbally described it to me, I pictured a wet floored, stinky dungeon. It wasn't until we got there that I realised how cool it was!

Here's a part of the hallway of the fort, it's fully lined with bricks. On the right side are narrow windows (without glass of course) for when the men would fire at the enemies. Then on the left side the wall stopped half way and the rest was filled with dirt on a slant. Not really sure what that is for.

Here's a picture of the narrow windows looking out to the beach.Unfortunately without a tour guide, I suspect that this was a jail for the prisoners that they caught, though it could be a gun powder barrel storage room.
This is the scene from the back end of the fort looking out to the water. PURTY!!!!!!
The front of the fort is really interesting. I wish I could have gone right up to it to take a picture of how old the bricks are.

And lastly, this area is in the back of the fort also where the men would sleep and where more storage was available for their supplies.

It was really fun, though we got there an hour before it closed so it was a quick tour and the lady that was there was so nice and told us all the things we could do here in Pensacola like the hiking and camping. It's top secret though, we're not allowed to tell others so that the area is not raided by tourists. Sorry folks. :-(

Thursday, January 17, 2008


Now weighing in at 12 pounds! We're so glad that he is coming this friday because if it was any longer he would not fit in his crate. Boy he is a big guy. We are so antsy that when we do go out, most of the time it's to a pet store and we have to stop ourselves from buying ANYMORE toys for this ready-to-be-spoilt little one. We went to Pace Veterinary Clinic today to check it out as a possibility for Leben and we were definitely surprised at the clinic. It was incredibly sterile and clean. The guy that gave us the tour, took us everywhere, even into the staff room, where they have a exercise room and a huge break room and staff are allowed to bring their own dogs and cats in. Amazing. They have blood donor dogs and cats there also. The boarding kennels were SO clean. There was NO smell of poop at all like usual kennels you visit. They have a separate building for animals recovering from surgery where is quite and tranquil. They have a comfort room also (which is very very beautiful but I don't want to ever have to think of doing that). The facility was huge and you wouldn't think of that just by looking at the front building. So we are going to give this place a try and see where it leads. Hopefully it is what we are looking for. The head vet was very nice and he talked to us for a couple minutes. Very friendly people.
I was staring at this picture of Leben this morning, and I was like...boy...he REALLY reminds me of something. Then all of a sudden it dawned on me. He looks like an know from Starwars minus the whole white beard on the old ewoks. How ADORABLE. I won't call him Ewok though - just doesn't seem like a steadfast stury name for a rotti. lol. So, Leben it is.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Puppy Love

9 days to go until the new addition arrives. He is only 6 weeks old and look how enormous he is!!!!! He is double the size of Zoe when she was 8 weeks old. We are definitely excited and Brandon has even made a leash for him. The past two weeks have been really slow! just waiting for him. It's a good thing we are both so busy most of the time though I know these next 9 days will drag on, but it will come. :-) and we are definitely more than ready!

Thursday, January 10, 2008


Many times I have wanted to blog about other things occuring in my life than just cooking and baking and with the new addition of our Rotti puppy coming on the 25th of January, this is the perfect time to do so.

Incase you are not fluent in German (which I am not whatsoever), Leben means Life. We decided on this name because our previous puppy girl was named Zoe which means Life also. She was only 6 months when she passed away in August. It only seemed fitting to name our new boy Leben.

Leben at 5 weeks old, looking over his pen

Leben at 5 weeks old posing for the camera

We went to pick out our puppy when they were 4 weeks old and here he is. He has such a large head!

At 2 weeks old and just opening their eyes

Finally at 1 week old, the litter all over each other snoozing. :-D

15 days till our little one arrives!!!