Maltipoo Madness!

Let the fun begin! I have just posted about Pixie, and how we were going to pick her up on 1st February, well that post was actually written a few days ago, at the time that was the story.

However, on Tuesday evening, Bruce came into the kitchen just after 7pm, with a glass of wine, asking what I’d like to do the next day, as the weather had perked up so we should have what we call tourist day, take the day off doing any work and do something nice together. I said that’d be great, but I know there were only a couple of dry days before the rain comes back at the weekend, so if he wanted to cycle that’d be ok, or finish painting the house, I could find enough to keep myself busy. But is there anything I needed he asked, no, came my answer, I think we have everything, except Pixie. … so where would I go in an ideal world he asked, to collect her was my answer…. . .
Unbeknown to me, he had been arranging this for weeks, since we saw her….as he knew I’d not be patient! So…. On Wednesday we drove the whole day up to France, did a bit of shopping on the way, and found a hotel go to stay in Vitrolles.

Then yesterday morning, at 8.30am, we went to collect her! There was an emotional handover, as she has become quite the favourite, but we promised to send photos of her progress. Then we drove the whole way home again , with Pixie! She was a little gem in the car, perfectly behaved, we stopped a few times so she could ‘do her business’, and I fed and watered her, and had lots of cuddles, but she slept really well in her new bed. 

I had taken up a blanket when we met her before, which I had with me, so she had the smell of the litter and her mum and dad with her.

We eventually got home about 6pm, and although she was a little timid to start with and nervous, she soon started to show her true character, and was up and down the stairs quite easily after the first go.
Bruce had arranged with Deb and Jim to have Mutley for us for a couple of nights, so we could get Pixie settled in a bit before meeting him, so he is due back this morning. So because we were alone the firsg evening I made sure that she had a good play before bedtime, and then swaddled her to me for a cuddle while I got a few bits sorted out,before we put her down to bed. We were prepared for alot of crying, but although she gave a little whimper, within about 15 seconds she had stopped and settled. I woke in the night about 3 am, and couldn’t hear anything, thinking maybe something had happened, but when I went to the bathroom, I heard her shake her head,and a movement, then nothing again…. so she had gone back to sleep.
Amazingly she slept for 8 hours, probably exhausted from the trip, and trauma of change. So when I woke just after 6am, I got her up too, and we’ve been building our relationship this morning. She is currently asleep on my chest as I type this out!

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So excited!   

Normally this time of year we are away! in Portugal and the south of Spain. However this year we have adapted our plans, as towards the end of the year we thought we might be loosing Mutley, as he had a really bad night, but in the morning when I woke up with him, on the sofa, he was quite perky.
This made us realise his age, 14 in 2017, and also think about how wonderful he has been and how lucky we were to find him.
How to follow in his shadow? Well, we love the poodle side of him he doesn’t shed much hair. He is crazy pup, even at almost 14! If anything I would say something just a tiny bit smaller would be ideal, and even better a bitch that wouldn’t cock her leg at everything she walks past!
As we honestly thought Mutley would be leaving us soon,I started looking around at pups available for adoption, but anything even vaguely along our checklist got snapped up really quickly. So I widened my search to Portugal and France, as we don’t mind travelling for the perfect pup. I found 4 female maltipoo pups looking for homes in the south of France…… So we’re talking a toy poodle crossed with a Maltese. The mum isn’t pedigree maltese, but both parents could be seen, which was perfect.
We sat down and talked,as we’d not really planned on having 2 dogs at the same time, but Bruce said he would like to get her for me and she could be my 10th wedding anniversary present, to complete our family. How romantic!!!
So the mission was on! It wasn’t easy trying to get information considering how bad my French is,but we finally managed it, after a week or so. As we wanted to make sure that we could see both parents, we drove the 954km up to Vitrolles, near Marseille, and it took us 9 hours. We did this on New Years Day, after Bruce had a gig the previous night at the Chinese Buffet.
Crazy times, but that’s what we do….. we stayed overnight in a motel, and met the pups the following morning. They were totally gorgeous, very good condition, with shiny curly coats. Playing well with both parents, who were both in good condition and friendly. There was only one pup left without a home, by the time we got to see them, as we had said we would like to reserve one, so we met Minnie, who has two white back feet, a white bib and a white tip to her tail…. and she caught our hearts!
This story could go into more detail, but the shorter version is that we said we would love to have her in our family, so our Pixie puppy adventure begins! As our life revolves around cartoon characters, Mutley and Mr Ben, we’d talked about a pup being called Pixie…. which suits her very well, more than Minnie mouse!
We arranged to collect her on 1st February, she will be almost 10 weeks old, and will have had her chip and 1st lot of vaccines completed.
She is totally gorgeous, jet black with the little white features , curly coated, probably will be about 2/3rds the size of Mutley when adult, around the 3.5 – 4kg to his 6.8-7kg. She seems very playful and I think she’ll make a great playmate for Mutley, who seems a bit bored lately and playing more with his toys.
Bruce has made a puppy pen to put in the lounge for when we go out, so Mutley has his own space and she will be safe too, and away from my shoes!
On the flip side, Mutley has been fine recently, only seeming down and Oldmanish when the weather here has dramatically failed to be dry and sunny….Which plays up on his arthritis. The past few days we have had everything except a plague of locusts! SNOW, and hail, followed by 4 days of torrential rain which is still going ! So this is the time we thought we might pop away in the van before we collect Pixie….. our new baby! But instead we have been holed up in the house and I doubt we’ll get away now before we pick her up.