Friday, June 10, 2011

New Addition


Dexter Shackelford
Born: March 16, 2011
Time: Long past due
Weight: Unknown, though he can eat it in puppy chow



We have all been wanting another Boxer for a long time, but the move (and pure fear) had held us up.  Our next-door neighbors have three dogs and it was actually Rosie's longing at the fence that sent us in search of a new dog.



As with all older siblings, we are telling her that we brought Dexter into our family for her.  She is skeptical, but tolerant.


He's a pain, of course, as all puppies are pains, but also adorable, as all puppies are adorable.  He's all the things that Mr. Blandings remembered as "not that bad."  Up early.  Chewy.  Unhousebroken.  An added bonus is his kicking his bowl around the kitchen when it is empty and he feels it shouldn't be.  And he's incredibly soft, pounces on blowing leaves and sleeps under my chair when I'm working.


The inside of his ears are like the palest pink satin and his coat is the silk tiger velvet that I will never have.  The youngest named him after the Dexter of Dexter's Laboratory and not the mild-mannered serial killer, though he may have qualities of both.  I might have forgotten to mention to Mr. B that his mother weighed sixty pounds and his father eighty, so don't tell him if you see him.  We will just let that part be a surprise.

42 comments:

quintessence said...

Oh SO SO adorable. Congratulations. And welcome to Dexter. Btw - my lab is 95 lbs and still manageable (sort of)!!

Visual Vamp said...

Congratulations to you and Dexter. A match made in heaven.
xo xo

Todd the Bruce said...

And what a lovely surprise.
I actually did get Botetourt for Boisfeuillet, my favorite was another dog, but Botetourt was the only one who wanted to play with Boisfeuillet on our doggie dates. Sly fellow, as now he prefers to sit in my lap and sleep snuggled up against my side, no matter how often Boisfeuillet tries to rouse him. By the way, I know someone who does amazing dog portraits, mine just went up on the wall two weeks ago...I think she'll photograph children, too. :-)

The French Tangerine said...

We use the word frolic a lot when describing our Tucker playing in the grass... it's the perfect description of the word... he is so corny and looks like a cartoon puppy frolicking about... nothing cuter!
Congratulations!

Sherri Cassara said...

Aaahhhhh! What a love ;)

pve design said...

I love new additions, 2 legs or 4 legs!
pve

mary said...

Hi Patricia, Congratulations on the new baby!! I love babies and puppies and dogs and cats and birds (not so much reptiles or bugs). There is nothing more wonderful than a still squishy-soft naughty puppy and don't get me going about puppy breath. Dexter will be house broken in the blink of an eye--but the chewing issue... He is adorable: enjoy. Mary

My Dog-Eared Pages said...

My grandfather loved boxers! What a great introduction to new puppy Dexter... he's a cutie-pie! I love that expression in the last photo and I know it well. It's my dachshund Billy's expression when he's attempting to charm! ; )

Laura Casey Interiors said...

Cute pup!! Bet your boys are loving your new addition too!

Cynthia at Interior Design Hound said...

Congratulations on your new addition! Dexter is one handsome puppy & no doubt Rosie will show him the ropes in no time. My grandpaprents always had boxers... the Dogs never realized they were not lap Dogs!

Pigtown-Design said...

i love that colour of the inside of a pup's ear. i wanted to paint my bedroom "connor's ear pink" but it was too hard to do the colour match, as he wouldn't cooperate.

dexter's a dollbaby!

linda said...

OMG! Congratulations, Patricia.....He is soooooo adorable!
-linda,ny

nancy said...

Oh, what a little love he is! And look at his expression! I'm certain he'll do his best to be good for as long as he can.
Thank you for this lovely post. Thank you also for the mentions of all the less appealing bits that come with living with a puppy. Without them I was about to go beg my landlady to lift her prohibition on dogs in the building. Still ...

Jennifer @ Belclaire House said...

Oh my gosh! He is precious! Congratulations!

The Peak of Chic said...

What a cutie pie! Rosie and Dexter are an adorable duo! This made my day!

Karena said...

Patricia many new events in your life this year!! A new house and now a new pup for your family!! He is as cute as can be!! PST I won't tell Bill...

Linda @ a design snack said...

Congratulations! He's perfect. Don't you just love puppyhood? Like a new baby but no angst about college tuition.

Jen Borba said...

Dexter is just beautiful. We have a one year old Boxer named "Hank" and he is a Reverse Brindle. He is huge at about 75lbs and still growing. He is a clumsy ox and steps on me constantly, but I love him so much. Have fun with your new addition.
Jen

Anonymous said...

He is so cute!!!! I might love puppies more than design! Maybe you can use Dexter as an additional point of view as you make decisions about your home!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** G' morning, and the WARMEST WELCOME to "MR. FABULOUS"!!! He is ONE CUTIE-PATOOTIE, that's for sure!!!

Yessireebob, the JOYS of "PUPPY MAMAHOOD"!!!~~~ We JUST STARTED going thru it two weeks ago... (I am still ALIVE to talk about it, too~~~ shock of shocks!!!).

Your article was so cute~~~ and soo ACCURATE!!!

Licks to Dexter from our Belle & Marnie, and a big HUG from me!

Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

David said...

Congratulations to all of you! And Dexter, you handsome boy, welcome home!

Jennings and Gates said...

The look on Rosie's face is priceless!

Town and Country Mom said...

Enjoy.

beachbungalow8 said...

Congrats! Can't wait to meet him!!!! He's so darn cute.
And you'll find that boy dogs are way less neurotic than girls. Go figure.
I bet Rosie is the best Mamma. How sweet!

peggy braswell said...

+ he has puppy breath..congratulations to you all. xxpeggybraswelldesign.com

Appletree said...

darn it Mrs. B, now I want a another puppy

Kel said...

Absolutely delectable! Rosie and Dexter together make a most handsome pair.

P.Gaye Tapp at Little Augury said...

DARLING! Dog love- Rosie at the fence showing off her little brother. So much more important than the stuff we do. You are the tops-and very Brave. pgt

kayce hughes said...

so adorable! Our Jack is 104....thought that might help 80 feel small.

Karen said...

How darling! What fun to have a new addition to the family.
Karen

24 Corners said...

Welcome 'sweet little' Dexter!!! You have the most wonderful family to get to know and to be a part of, try not to chew and widdle on many of their favorite things and you'll be just fine!
Congratulations...he's adorable, love the last image!
xo J~

JK_in_KC said...

What a cutie! If you spray bitter apple spray on everything that you don't want chewed, that will help.

Janie said...

He's perfectly perfect and your new best friend. Enjoy!

Janie
Romantic Domestic

LPC said...

Cute. REALLY cute.

ABG said...

Aw! Licks & Sniffs from Bacon to Dexter. Enjoy it, as you know it flies by much too quickly! ABG

Cass @ That Old House said...

A warm welcome to young Master Dexter, from another one-dog household that is considering adding a 2nd ... our only dog doesn't like being an only dog.

May Dexter live long and prosper, may he catch on to the whole "manners" thing quickly, and may Rosie become his guiding light.

Best to the newly expanded family -- Cass

Anonymous said...

Welcome to the newest member of the family. Looking
forward to The Adventures of Rosie and Dexter!
BarbaraG

Style Court said...

Patricia,

He's darling and looks so at home in Dream House II

Anonymous said...

Will this baby learn to ring the bell to go out like Rosie? That still amazes me. :)

pretty pink tulips said...

Congratulations on little Dexter...he's adorable!!!

Met some friends of yours on Saturday - my quick trip to KC. Now, out in the Little Apple, soaking up the heat.

We are misisng our new pup....as she's at puppy Sleep Away camp. Between you and me....it's a little breather for me!

xo Elizabeth

Cote de Texas said...

awwww. we just got a king charles cav == 8 weeks. such a baby!!! bella. maybe bella and dexter can get married one day.

katiedid said...

Does one receive quite so many comments as they do for cute sweet little puppies? It goes to show we are all suckers for those big eyes and puppy smell. Congrats on the cutest little addition I have ever seen!