Life With a Newfoundland Puppy

On Sunday night the Santa Ana winds roared through the canyon where I live.

They were loud.

For those of you who have never experienced nights in a Southern California canyon during the Santa Anas …

Well, my east coast and southern friends (who have) tell me “it’s worse than tornado winds.”

I’ve never been in tornado winds so I can’t say.

In any case, the sounds of the house groaning, debris flying outdoors, etc. must have kept Fred awake all night.

I say this, because Fred kept me awake all night.

By 6:05 a.m. (before the sun had risen), I collapsed on my couch in exhaustion.

At exactly 6:10 a.m. Fred, who apparently didn’t want to be ignored, brought me a box of kleenex and dropped it on my face.

“No, Fred,” I said weakly.

Fred barked at me and wagged his tail.

Fred was over his fear of the wind noises and was ready to play.

I left my family room back door open, for Fred to go in and out as he pleased, while I went to make coffee.

In the meantime, Fred discovered the wind had somehow unlatched the pool gate.

Fred went in the pool for a swim via the pool beach/ramp.

I discovered this minutes later … my freshly made coffee forgotten.

I made Fred get out of the pool and re-latched the pool fence shut.

Fred was dismayed with me.

What’s wrong with a morning swim after an all nighter?

Clearly, I am the least fun Newfie mom in the world.

“Oh, Fred!” I said for about the millionth time in a 24 hour period.

Fred promptly got over his dismay and snuggled into me, as close as possible, for love and cuddles.

Um … Fred was soaking wet.

“I LOVE you!” Fred seemed to say (his tail thumping wildly) in his eagerness to snuggle closer.

I sighed.

Obviously, I love Fred too.

I mean, I wouldn’t snuggle ANY wet dog, right?

Then Fred decided he’d show me his new trick.

He’s been listening, very carefully, to the coyotes each night.

They roam the hill right behind my house.

His ears perk up when they howl.

He decided to show me his best coyote imitation.

And, okay, maybe it was wrong of me to laugh.

But …?

Seeing twelve week old Fred try to do a coyote howl is a pretty funny sight.

16 Responses to “Life With a Newfoundland Puppy”

  1. Mj

    As tired as I would have been being up all night there would be no way I could be angry at his antics with that cute face.

    • Suzanne

      That’s the thing …
      You can never get angry at Fred.
      He’s just too darn cute.

  2. Denise

    Okay, where were you with your phone in video mode???? You can’t just tell us how cute that howl was, you have to let us hear it too!

    • Suzanne

      I didn’t have my phone in hand … just my camera.
      It also has video capability, but I think I was too tired from the all nighter to remember it!

  3. Judi

    I’m going through some similar fun times with my 10-month-old boy kitten. We’ve only had him a month, and we’ve never had a boy cat before. He’s so rambunctious (and nocturnal!). He loves to bring me his favorite toy to play fetch at 2:00am. Yes, I have a cat who plays fetch. I lost track of the number of times per day I tell him “it’s a good thing you’re so cute!” He has the loudest purr and the sweetest face, but I can’t wait until he grows up and settles down a bit.

    Fred is obviously loving his new home!

    • Suzanne

      Yes, baby animals are adorable … but exhausting.
      I think that’s true for all species!

  4. Alexis

    Sigh. I miss your blog. Now that I don’t have my Google Reader I don’t touch base with my bloggers NEARLY as often as I used to. Fred. Double sigh.

    • Suzanne

      You should try feedly! I miss google reader too, but I get all my news and blogs via feedly now.
      It’s very helpful!

  5. kim

    Love this! hang in there, many many …many more crazy times to follow. We own two Newfies and they’re brothers from the same litter. You can only imagine

    • Suzanne

      I bet it’s a lot of fun …. and a lot of work too.

  6. Jane

    I am so in love with Fred! Howling like a coyote makes me think he’s a great mimic. I want to hug him tight, wet and all!

  7. Gina

    The Newfie/coyote pose is priceless! Pets just make a family complete, don’t they? Exhausting when they’re babes, though.

    I see that someone asked if you would share your amazing lasagna recipe when you have time. I, too, would appreciate that. Thanks!

    • Suzanne

      I will try to share the recipe once my son leaves and things slow down.

      Pets are great.
      I’ve missed having a dog in the house.

  8. Elaine

    I just have to tell you that I’m not an extreme dog person by any means, but I have totally fallen in love with Fred. I just want to hug him so bad. A dog like that almost makes me wish I had one again.

    • Suzanne

      Thank you.
      Fred is very sweet and I think that comes through to people in his photos.
      I’m glad you’re getting to know him a little via the blog.
      He’s really a special dog.


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