Christmas marks my year with Rosie. We put our sweet Ruby to sleep the Sunday before Christmas in 2019 and Rosie came a day or two after.
These were the first photos I saw of her….
…and these are the first photos we have of her once she was mine.
She was a handful by the time we got her as she was already 16 weeks old. What happened was that Rosie got ringworm on her ear and she couldn’t be sold until the ringworm healed.
By the time we got her, it was all good. Below she is giving five to Georgia when she was a baby.
Here she is on Christmas Day of 2019. Little did I know what I was in for.
Rosie has been the most challenging puppy I have ever been around. Looking at Rosie’s behavior, I wonder if part of her problem was that she was taken away from the litter because of the ringworm. They didn’t want it to spread to the other pups. I wonder if she missed out on some socialization because of that. She was VERY much of a biter. She was always nipping at my hands.
Sitting down on the couch was a nightmare. She would nip at my hands the whole time. I spent so much time correcting her.
I remember the day Karl and I celebrated her for sitting on his lap on the couch without biting.
Buck came to visit shortly after Rosie came to my house and he quickly said, when he gets a dog, it likely won’t be a puppy. Rosie was just too much…especially when he has kids that are little.
Over the year I’ve had Rosie to the vet a lot. Between purchasing her, spaying, and the other vet bills, I think I spent $1500 in the first four months I had her. Thankfully, that has all settled down. Puppies, at least for me, are not cheap.
Rosie had so many problems with house training. I was home all the time and still, there were so many accidents. She has been doing wonderful lately. I am hoping this is the new trend.
Rosie has done some good here…She gets me out walking.
The second she sees my shoes, she is all excited and wanting to go.
Do you remember the story when she overate on dog food? Oh, Rosie. You can read that story HERE. Oh, she’s been a challenge.
Rosie is a bit of a terror when I’m working on a quilt. I have to watch her so she doesn’t bit the batting.
She loves toys and anything with a squeaker is her favorite. This little penguin that a blog reader sent had to be retired. He had been unstuffed so many times by Rosie and sewn together by me, there was nothing left of him. By far, to date, it was her favorite toy.
One of her best qualities…she can pose for pictures magnificently. She’s a natural and I don’t even need treats to get her to do it.
Over the course of the year, I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought in my head, “Rosie, you are not Ruby”. Beyond being a beagle, there aren’t many other qualities that the two have that are the same. Wait, they both thought I was their human. Both were super attached to me. Both prefer me over anyone.
It’s been a long year…I’ve spent so much time trying to get in a rhythm with Rosie and figuring her out. I totally love her unconditionally but I have never had any dog test my love as much as Rosie has.
When 9 pm hits. I sit up on the couch and she completely redeems herself for whatever nonsense she was up to during the day.
I can honestly say…she’s getting better but I’m really looking forward to a year from now when she’s two…by then more of the puppy spunk has to be gone, right??
She’s lucky she ended up with me, anyone else might have given up on her. Not me…she’s my dog for forever, puppy and all!! To be truthful, any other dog might have given up on me.
Here is our latest picture together from Christmas Day.
oops…there she goes, testing the unconditional love again. She’s ringing the bell to go outside and she was out there 5 minutes ago. There must be a squirrel trying to tempt her…and so goes life with Rosie.