Friday, 20 December 2013

Christmas shopping is cancelled ...

At the moment. 

Because a chance meeting and conversation with a friend in TKMaxx resulted in a life changing decision for us...

"Do you know anyone who wants a labrador puppy? "


But which one? No chocolates in the litter so decision made.

This one.

8 weeks old and a little sweetie at the moment. Getting more adventurous as she settles in...

As her kennel name is taken from the salmon pools of the River North Tyne in Northumberland it seemed fairly appropriate to call her Otter.... Or Ottie 
A country girl from A Northumberland Farm near the River Tyne.

3 days now and it's like having a baby all over again...sleeping... And not sleeping.

But she is a clever girl and is getting the hang of her routine already.

Currently zonked out on the sisal mat with chewed edges .....head under the radiator in the kitchen to my shoes..

I know it is not as attractive as an AGA,  but she likes to play there next to the warmth..... The living room and the stove are out of bounds at the moment until she realises it is hot and not to be explored.... Also the zebra skin on the floor with mane and tail would be too exciting and perfect for chewing.

So if you don't receive a card or present this Christmas's because I am otherwise engaged!

Julie x


  1. Hi Julie what a perfect reason to stop Christmas shopping, you will have to change our sidebar now as you have a black lab. My son has one who is now nearly a year old and he is mad as a bag of spanners but gorgeous. You will have a lovely snuggly Xmas with Ottie

  2. No contest! ha ha I would dump the shopping any day, in preference for this hot bundle of delight.
    Pleased for you xxxxxx
    Lynn xx

  3. And what a perfect way to be engaged.
    I shared life with a yellow lab for almost 14 years and I'd have to say it was some of the best years.
    Merry Christmas.
    Susan x

  4. Ottie is so sweet, I love it when they just collapse in a heap and sleep the afternoon away. I think she needs a red collar with a tiny jingly bell, merry christmas wishes x

  5. all the best things are found in TKMAXX!

  6. Des petites contraintes mais tellement de bonheur !
    Une très jolie découverte que votre blog
    Bonnes fêtes de fin d'année.

  7. Enjoy those happy, crazy, puppy days! She is adorable! Happy Christmas, Belinda x

  8. a gorgeous new addition to the family Julie, and what a way to be sidetracked! The shopping can wait! Wishing you and yours and Ottie of course a very happy Christmas time. Jayne x

  9. I'm SURE we will be seeing Ottie, unless you have a baby-sitter. How exciting! Happy Christmas to you all.

  10. OMG, Ottie is such a cutie. If you ever need a puppy sitter, let me know :-)
    Have a great Christmas!

  11. Julie she is gorgeous and so glad she is settling in. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and New year. Jo xx