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.


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