Picking a Puppy…

Saturday, I loaded up all the kids that were home and went to look at puppies.  I am going to apologize for the pictures right from the start.  I think we were all so excited that we didn’t pay close enough attention to the camera.

Kelli found this litter of pups through a friend of a friend.

The  family who is raising them lives about a half hour from our house.  Let me tell you…I was worse than a five year old on the entire trip.

The family who had the puppies are beagle lovers.  The guy explained that he grew up with beagles and even hunts with the mom, Jewel.  The dad is his brother’s dog, who also is a beagle lover.  The families little five year old son was taking his role as keeper of the puppies very seriously and was doing a great job loving and caring for them.

As you can see from the photo, there were lime colored beagle and tri colored beagle pups in the litter.  The mom and dad were both lighter colored than Gracie was.  We were looking for a female tricolor.  That left us with two choices…or so I thought….

The puppies had grown LOTS!  They are four weeks old here.  The one in the center is a female and other tricolor is a male.  The kids campaigned and campaigned to pick that male.


They even had me convinced to pick him up.  He is the one I am picking up…the other tri is a female.


Here’s Kayla trying to convince me to pick him….Karl too.  He was the chubbiest and quickest.   He was even trying to chew on one of the kids’ shoes.  They thought that was cute…me I knew I didn’t want the highest energy pup thanks to reading Be the Pack Leader: Use Cesar’s Way to Transform Your Dog . . . and Your Life by Cesar Millan.

Kelli spent lots of her time holding the light colored female.


She had quite a bit of white on her head.  She was mellow and was one of the smallest puppies.  She was real gentle and real calm.  I was tempted to pick her but I liked the coloring on the other female better and the kids were still hounding me to pick the chubby male.


That chubby little boy was everywhere…maybe he would be okay….oh but that calm girl would be nice.  Gosh, I wished that calm girl had darker coloring but wait…I didn’t need to wish that because there was this little tricolor girl…


She a dark tricolor.  She was medium energy and she looks like someone I will easily fall in love with.

I felt very comfortable with the family that was raising her.  She was living in clean comfortable living conditions.  The parents both looked very happy and healthy.  It was the mom’s first litter and she looked to be caring for all seven pups wonderfully.   The family was socializing them with humans perfectly.

The only problem, we have to wait until November to pick her up.  At least we know she is being well taken care of.

We have started thinking of names…right now Ruby, Penny and Dixie are on the list.  I am leaning toward Ruby but am open to other suggestions and I want to really have her here before we completely finalize a name.  My little nephew suggested, PuppyCow (Like Kelli’s Puppycat) or Pupsicle.  This is the same little nephew who wanted to know if it was okay if I was still his “Auntie Jo-Gracie”.  He has two aunt Jo’s and has identified me by my dog Gracie….he’s the cutest kid!!

I am busy reading puppy books.  Right now it’s How to Raise the Perfect Dog: Through Puppyhood and Beyond.  Next I’ll be reading My Smart Puppy: Fun, Effective, and Easy Puppy Training (Book & 60min DVD).  Hopefully between those I’ll glean a little information.  I’ve never raised a house dog…it will be a new challenge!  Feel free to pass along some advice for raising a puppy or some puppy names.

I got a sweet note from Connie at Country Threads…she said, “I always say life is too short to be dog less.”  You know, I think she’s right.

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41 thoughts on “Picking a Puppy…

  1. Monica

    Congrats on your new family member. I love beagles. My mom has one now named Chester and when I was growing up my grandparents had one named Cleo.

  2. Valerie G

    Congratulations on your new puppy! I have learned that Beagles are very smart and will do anything for food. Our Barney is a BIG 15 incher (42 pounds). Watch the treats! We have taught him to put his toys in his toybox at night before he goes to bed – so cute!

  3. Debbie B

    Decisions, Decisions! How do you choose? They are all adorable. Any of them can fill your heart in no time at all. Good luck with the process. November will be here before you know it.

  4. Jenny graham

    Our spoiled 13 yr old jack Russell Jessie adopted us she lived next door. The only thing about puppies I can tell you is if you don’t mind it being chewed to death leave it on the ground. Remember they have a memory span of a gnat and never hit them on the nose when they are naughty. Some people say that if you give their bottom a tap with a rolled up newspaper when they are naughty, don’t be surprised if all your newspaper are chewed and ripped apart lol
    Also house training takes all your time because you have to watch and follow them around. I found having trained 3 puppies over the years if there is a pee on your carpet don’t ever rub get a thick wad of paper towel place it on the wet patch and press to absorb the liquid you might need to do this several times, I normally sit and old cloth on top and stand on it. Once all absorbed give the carpet a good spray with glass cleaner, leave a few minutes then absorb as before . They glass cleaner seems to leave a smell that there noses don’t like and they usually don’t use that part again.
    Hope this helps.

  5. Jackie

    Congratulations on the new puppy. It is nice when you can actually go see the puppies in person. Our dog Maggie passed away in April and I went to the pound in July and brought Bella home. She is the sparkle in our lives now. I’m sure your puppy will bring your family many years of joy! ( I like the name Ruby too).

  6. Donna

    Oh Jo – this news is perfect to start my day! Congrats to you! Looking forward to seeing more of the new addition to the family. Lucky you to have one so quickly! Answered prayer!

  7. Judy D in upstate NY

    Congratulations on your puppy! I have raised many dogs, bred Labs for several years and currently have 5 labs! Housetraining is different for each puppy-some train so quickly others take more time. Just like human kids. Consistency is the key. I have also found that after blotting up “mistakes” if you rub some rubbing alcohol on the spot they tend not to use that spot again and it kills germs and odors. Also don’t give them things like socks to chew on or they will think all socks are fair game. Kong toys are great for puppies they can chew to their little hearts content. And they are bright red or black (usually) so they aren’t easily confused with your things. Good luck and enjoy! Just like babies they are so small and cute for such a short time.

  8. patricia

    She is a beautiful girl! Congratulations! See looks like a Jessie to me, but I love the other names you are thinking about as well. The book I used to train my Eskies and my Collie from pups was, “Good Owners, Great Dogs” by Brian Kilcommons. It has been a terrific guide and reference for me.

  9. Linda L

    We are going to be getting a puppy in the near future, a golden retriever. Already have her name picked out…”Liberty”, in honor of my husbands many years of service to our country. One of the grandaughters has already penned her nickname as “Libby”. I am so glad you decided to get a puppy. You will have so much fun with her.

  10. Toni Anne

    Fantastic! I’m so happy for you and your family. My Beagle, “Bagel” was the runt of the litter, she was so much smaller than the others. I just had to pick her and I’ve never had a regret. When we brought her home I could barely keep her awake but , that changed quickly. To keep her weight down, we gave her cherry tomatoes. Well, she dug holes and planted them. A few months later she harvested her first crop of tomatoes. She was the greatest dog full of energy, we’ll never forget her. I can’t imagine your anticipation, enjoy your new puppy. ;-> Toni Anne

  11. Ann

    Thanks for those yummy puppy pictures. Girl puppies are nice, but my dachshund boy is extra sweet. I vote for the fat little boy. Can’t wait to see which one you picked and what the name will be. Girl dog name suggestion, Vesta.

  12. Janet Currier

    What an adorable puppy, Jo. She’s a lucky pup to have you and your family to love her. We have always started our “dog” families with puppies and I can’t stress enough about crate training. It makes housebreaking a breeze and is somewhere safe and secure for the puppy when you don’t want them under foot or they just need a break from human activity. It becomes their den. All of my dogs eagerly go to their crates at night. It’s their own special, safe place.

  13. Laurel from NW Iowa

    Congrats, Jo! I love the name Ruby. I will second the advice you received above about buying Kong toys. The dog we rescued in June loves to chew, even though he’s 1.5 years old and the only toy he hasn’t destroyed is his Kong Wubba! There is a large selection at Petco (which I know isn’t anywhere near Waucoma!). As fast as the months are flying by, it’ll be November before you know it!

  14. Laurel from NW Iowa

    Congrats, Jo! I love the name Ruby. I will second the advice you received above about buying Kong toys. The dog we rescued in June loves to chew, even though he’s 1.5 years old and the only toy he hasn’t destroyed is his Kong Wubba! There is a large selection at Petco (which I know isn’t anywhere near Waucoma!). As fast as the months are flying by, it’ll be November before you know it!

  15. Kim Paventy

    I’m so happy for you and your family! Pups are a ton of work but it will be worth it! Maybe work on crate training this girl from the get go and she will be a better crate pup! Try to give her some crate time every day when you can’t keep your eyes on her. Take her out to pee as soon as she is taken out of her crate and when you see her starting to circle around sniffing the ground be sure to give her lots of praise when she potties outside and she will figure out the correct place to go!

  16. Angie

    Let me just say, right up front, that I agree with Connie. :D Life is waaaaay too short to be pup-less. Those little ones are all adorable—good thing it was YOU going to see them and not me—I would want one of EACH, please. ROFL I am hopeless when it comes to canine furbabies. :D Enjoy.

  17. Elaine

    All so cute! Ruby is a great name and I like the tricolor girl with medium energy. November will be here soon and lucky they are close enough you can go visit this month. Crate training is a good idea.

  18. Teresa F.

    Due to computer problems, I got way behind on reading blogs this Summer so I didn’t know you lost Gracie until recently. Hugs and sympathies to you and your family.

    The puppies are so cute!. How about ‘Rosie’ for a name for the one you like the best? She has that soft pink coloring on her head and tho it will fade as she grows, that’s what prompted me to suggest that name.

  19. Anne P

    Congrats on the soon to be new arrival. Start crate training immediately – it is a life saver. I actually took a crate to the breeder a week before I brought my puppy home and she had him sleep in it for a few nights before I picked him up. He loves his crate and I know he is safe when home alone.

  20. Jan S.

    Good for all of you! So happy that you found what you are looking for. Personally, I love boy dogs (because they love me, the only girl in the house, best :)
    Couldn’t agree more with Connie!

  21. Lacey

    So happy you found one! Reading this makes me want another beagle. We have a lemon beagle named Dixie so I’m a bit partial to that name :)

  22. Heather

    I have to say I cried when I read about Gracie. It hurts to loose your buddy. I am so glad you found what you wanted. She will bring you many years of joy!

  23. Susan

    I am so glad you have found your new family member!!! They are sooooo cute!!! Love the name Ruby – you could get her a rhinestone collar and call her Rhinestone Ruby! You know how girls love their bling! I’m looking forward to many pictures in the future with your new love!

  24. Skye

    Oh Jo, she is a doll. I think the medium energy one is just perfect & I do like the name Ruby the best also.
    I second about crate training, but as someone said, each puppy is different. My sweet Szidonia took 9 months to fully train because she wouldn’t walk in a circle, sniff, scratch or anything…She would just drop haunch & pee & then look at me with great puzzlement as I would be yelling “No, ma’am” while she was going. *sigh*
    But one day the light went on. On the plus side, she has never been much of a chewer.

  25. Kim W.

    Good luck with the new puppy.
    I don’t know how you can choose just one. They are so adorable.
    Now I want to go get a puppy!!!

  26. Jennifer

    Congratulations on finding an adorable puppy, but I am with you waiting til November is a long time. I am getting a French Brittany puppy and she is only 13 days old. So you will be loving yours before I am loving mine. I am jealous;)

  27. JanetB

    Ruby is the perfect name for the daughter of Jewel. I agree that you don’t want the trouble maker. My son picked the trouble maker of the litter and I ended up with her through her energetic puppy stage. I echo the advice on crate training. I thought putting a dog in a crate was cruel but after chasing our gal around the neighborhood many, many times, I learned the value of crating. Give her a treat when she goes in the crate so that she sees it as a “good” place to be. It will also help to keep her from pottying in the crate as dogs don’t mess in their habitat. Good luck and I’m so pleased you found a new buddy so quickly.

  28. kathy

    i love the name Ruby but i was thinking that it might be Baker since she will be helping you make the quilts. Make sure she is crate trained so that both of you can have a time out when things get hectic.

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  30. Lyn

    Cute puppy pictures! It’s good that they are keeping the puppies that long because they will socialize with eachother and people, as well as learn from their parents. I had to wait a while for my maine coon too(now 8! where does the time go!), but it was better for her to spend that time with her mom.

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  32. Suzanne

    Hi Jo, so exciting for you to be picking out your new puppy. If you’ve never had a beagle puppy before I must warm you- they are full of energy and don’t grow out of “puppyhood” until they are 5 or 6 years old and you really have to be dedicated to train them before this age as they just have there noses to the ground all the time and don’t care about anything else! When my daughter and I chose our Belle she was the calmest and sweetest of the litter- until we got her home. Don’t get me wrong- I love her and would never get ay other breed of dog now but they do have tons of energy. Being on a farm I guess he or she will have plenty of opportunity to run and release that energy. Good luck!

  33. Suzanne

    Hi Jo, so exciting for you to be picking out your new puppy. If you’ve never had a beagle puppy before I must warm you- they are full of energy and don’t grow out of “puppyhood” until they are 5 or 6 years old and you really have to be dedicated to train them before this age as they just have there noses to the ground all the time and don’t care about anything else! When my daughter and I chose our Belle she was the calmest and sweetest of the litter- until we got her home. Don’t get me wrong- I love her and would never get ay other breed of dog now but they do have tons of energy. Being on a farm I guess he or she will have plenty of opportunity to run and release that energy. Good luck!

  34. Tamie

    I don’t know much about beagles but have two yellow labs rolling around behind me on the floor. Our older one, Stella, is 12. The puppy, Luna, is 8 months. Oh my gosh- what a handful she is right now. We are all about crate training. As far as house breaking, every time she comes out of the crate she immediately goes outside- every time. We have had very few accidents. Good luck and have fun.

  35. Barb

    Hi Jo! They are all so cute! I vote for the name “Ruby” -makes me think of the character from “Cold Mountain”…

  36. Shannon

    Oh, I just love dogs, love puppies. When one of our dogs had her first litter of pups my son had this “epiphany” and said, “Oh, I get it! They’re called litters because of the mess they make!” I’ve never owned a Beagle, but one of my good friends has one, and he has soooo much personality. They call him “Chewy”–short for Chewbacca. Just a great family dog. They always have tons of people in and out of their house, always hosting stuff, very hospitable, and Chewy is just the dandiest, happiest, sweetest little thing. You’ve made a great choice. The only advice I have is: remember they’re scent hounds–they have to smell everything, and sometimes their noses will distract them and they’ll wander off after it, but they can’t help that! It’s what they do! I would think that a physical fence is the way to go.

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