29.12

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S A Y   H E L L O ,   E L S I E !

We picked this handful of cuteness up on Sunday, and have been pretty busy on puppy-watch ever since! But I thought, since the lady herself is currently napping on my feet, it was probably about time I seized this moment of quiet, and introduced her properly here to you all!

So, meet Elsie! The newest, sweetest, and most mischievous member of the Chappel household!

She’s an 8 week old springer spaniel puppy, and so far is behaving pretty beautifully, on the whole. For those who’ve been asking, Teddy is a working cocker spaniel, which is a slightly different type of spaniel to Elsie- the two are very similar though, and we’ve been assured that if we can train a stubborn cocker we’ll be able to handle a springer!

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I think having Elsie’s crate right next to Teddy’s bed and her being close to him whilst she sleeps is helping ease her separation anxiety, because we barely heard a peep from her the first night!

We’d been bracing ourselves for a repeat of 8 week old Teddy’s howling, (it was ear splitting!!) but touch wood- we’re lucking out so far!

And speaking of Teddy, he’s been *so* good with Elsie!

True, he was pretty furious with both Jason and I for bringing her into ‘his’ house that first afternoon, but since then has been getting better and better at being brotherly to that naughty pup who keeps bouncing around him, and *even* tolerated her sleeping almost nose to nose with him last night! It was the sweetest thing!

Though you should’ve seen the looks he gave her when he first spotted her playing with his cuddly sheep toy…

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We’re working on her not using our hands/feed/slippers/clothing as a place for teething (not *too* dreadful, but still a little nibbly…), and having to fend off her attempts to scale the sofa every 5 minutes (LOTS of time outs happening over here!), but aside from that, she’s just a total dream!

We’re totally smitten.

So, now you’re fully acquainted with our new littlest love!

We’re so excited to watch her grow, and to start taking her out on walks as a foursome…but right now we’re happy to soak up as much of her milky puppy smell as we can.

More puppy snapshots on Snapchat, if you’d like to find me over there! I’m ‘ciderwithrosieb’…

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Did you all have fabulous Christmasses? :) It feels as if I’ve been away from the internet for days! It’s not been long at all, I suppose, but Christmas always make the days and time kind of warp, doesn’t it?

I hope you’re all happy, content, and very well-fed! :) Do you have exciting NYE plans? I bet yours are more exciting than the puppy snuggle-fest we have planned! Though it’ll be pretty special in its own right…

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04.12

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His current favourite toy is an empty peanut butter pot. He kicks it around the living room like it’s a football, and then puts it on my lap when he gets bored of playing with it by himself as a way of asking me to throw it for him.

He’s kind of obsessed with the ladies at the moment. The poor lamb’s hormones are really raging, and make him fall head over heels in love with every ladydog we meet whilst out walking. One day little man, one day…

Every morning when I come downstairs after putting on my makeup, Ted attempts to lick it off my face. He sniffs along my cheeks if I’m wearing blusher, and makes mad attempts to lick any eyeshadow off my eyelids. I’m certain he thinks I go upstairs, smear my face in filth, then come downstairs for him to clean it off for me. (Oh, and I do NOT let him lick my face. I’m not one of *those* dog owners…yet ;)

He still loves to dig in the garden. We’re working on it. He still would eat every poop he does if we let him. We’re working on that too.

He’s slowly ridding our garden of fallen beech nuts, by scoffing them every chance he gets. Oh and speaking of the garden, he stands on pigeon watch most days just in case a pigeon dare land in his precious territory. When they do venture into our garden, he charges out at them, barking and huffing and puffing like a mad dog.

He’s obsessed with licking metal, and has been since we first met him at 5 weeks old and he sat licking my belt buckle. Watches, earrings, the metal detailing on my handbag…it’s all good stuff to Ted.

He’s a true lapdog, and will climb butt-first onto our laps any chance he can get.

The other day I had three raw chicken skins that I was going to throw in the bin, but instead I cooked them up and fed them to Ted. He looked at me with love in his eyes the whole rest of the evening.

When I cook, he stands at my feet with his eyes fixed on the floor, just waiting for things to fall from the counter. He also comes running at the sound of the peeler being used, because it usually means he’s about to get fed carrot peelings.

We call him Spud a lot of the time. And also Bunny, since he hops like one when he gets excited.

The little fuzz around his mouth is super soft, and super tickly. It almost makes up for the loss of that darling little tuft of hair he used to have on the top of his head, that sadly disappeared when he shed his puppy coat. Sob.

In the past few months I’ve caught him attempting to eat: Blue tack. A Pantone colour chip. A needle. A rusty nail. Deer poop. Several slugs and snails. Many, many pebbles. Many, many sticks. A Biro pen. Feathers from a dead bird. The squeaker from one of his toys. The case from my camera remote. A kirby grip. And a sock.

He gets antsy if I haven’t taken him out for a walk by 10am during the week, and sneaks up to the second or third step to try and get my attention.

Yep, I guess we love that little woof of ours a lot. He’s the greatest.

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28.02
since recently i’ve had so many requests to dedicate a whole post to teddy (that may or may not be a complete fabrication), here we are! ;)
ted is now almost seven months old, and we think he’s ever so handsome :) we haven’t experienced too much of the terrible ‘they turn into monsters at six months’ phase yet, although his selective deafness is coming on a treat and yesterday i caught him trying to reach up and steal food from the dining table…
his paws still smell all puppyish and popcorny, but other than that he’s oh so grown up now! where did our puppy go?! 
here are some (far too many) photos of the stinky little man who we love so much…:)



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11.12
…he gets his lip caught on his tooth, and my hearts melts just a little bit more. 
that wonky smile is my favourite :)
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