Sunday, January 22, 2012

Fur for France, Canine Edition (or Canine Addition)

As some of you know, I had to leave my dog, Libby, in the States. She was a giant schnauzer that needed room to roam and was not suited to French city living. I found her a very good home, but still, I cried many tears--it broke my heart to give her up. David, who knows that I am a dog lover, agreed to get a dog here if it is SMALL enough to go wherever we go. I was delighted, but quickly discovered that I was in for a challenge, as I tend to prefer the personality of BIG dogs. I needed to find a big dog in small clothes! After months of research, we finally found a breed that met David's size requirements and my temperament requirements.

Today we reserved a puppy! It is a Cairn Terrier, a breed which was made famous by Dorothy's beloved Toto. The cairn is the essence of terrier; plucky, spirited, bold, inquisitive, hardy, clever, stubborn and scrappy.

To get an idea of how our puppy will look when she is full grown, here is picture of her parents. Her mom weighs about 10 pounds and her dad weighs about 14 pounds--too big for a purse (thank God) but small enough for a lap.

Are you ready to meet our little darling? Here she is! She was born December 9th and will not be fully inoculated and able to leave her sweet mama until the middle of February. We plan to bring her home on February 18th.

Now she just needs a name! In France, pure bred dogs are named according to the year in which they were born. Even though our puppy is not a formally  registered dog, she is a pure bred cairn terrier, and so we will follow their naming guidelines. All dogs born in 2011 are to have names that begin with the letter G. We have narrowed down our list to 5 names, all of which are easy to say in French. If you want to let us know which of the five you like the best, feel free to participate in the survey on the sidebar of my blog. 

Isn't she just the cutest thing you ever saw?


  1. Ohhh, she is SSSSOOOOO cute!! Way too much fun!!! :-)

  2. So glad you are settled and can now add to your family. What a sweetie!

  3. So adorable! Enjoy all the good things about puppyhood!