Getting Comfortable

Hi!! My name is Murph! I’m super handsome (everyone tells me so anyway) and working on getting comfortable with my Mom. She’s only had me a few days so I’m still checking her out, making sure she’s not like my old people. They weren’t very nice to me. but I think she loves me.

I still need to work on my braves but Mom took me on some field trips this week which were way fun!!

I don’t like getting in the car – don’t you know that those big machines with wheels trap you inside and have doors?!? I don’t know why Mom gets all excited about them. But she does pick me up and insist I sit down while it’s moving. The insides are very comfortable and all I want to do is look out the window….and touch/lick/kiss/nudge Mom to make sure she’s still ok driving. You never know when the car could have a mind of its own! Mostly I stick my nose in the air for all the smells and try to feel the wind from the sun roof (Mom should really open that more than just an inch…) while grinning ear to ear. I have to make sure she knows I like it so she’ll keep taking me places.

Speaking of places – I made two new friends on Tuesday – Phoebe (5 month old wiener/terrier mix) and Mickey (small white mix). Mom really needs to get me my own fenced yard because Mickey’s fenced yard is so much fun! I get to roll around and wiggle and chase Phoebe and Mickey and roll around some more. I even got to lay down inside and watch wheel of fortune with Mickey’s grandma (Mom says she’s 80+ years old). I was super gentle even though her walker thing is scary. Mom kept telling me it was ok until I started licking it. Apparently it’s not edible.

I also got my first bath. I’m not real sure how I feel about it actually. Mom said I was a great dog for just sitting still and letting her and my Aunt Jan bathe me. I definitely smell better!! Baths mean bones too. I got two for being such a good boy. It was also funny to watch Phoebe trying to jump out of the tub during her bath. I don’t know what her problem was. She was getting all the attention from both humans…

Yesterday Mom took me to the Vet. I’m ok with the vet. Lots of other dogs to greet and everyone told me how beautiful I am. I weighed in at 46.5 pounds but their scale is really scary. I tried to spread my legs as far apart as possible so I would melt into the floor and they wouldn’t be able to put me on there but it didn’t work.

Dr. Saunders is a very nice man even though he cleaned my ear and that burned a little. He quit when I whined though. Mom is supposed to put some anti-fungal ointment on it to make sure I don’t have ringworm. I don’t want worm fungus on my ears! The doc said I was perfect in every other way! I don’t even have to come in to have him mess with my neuter stitches because they will dissolve by themselves. I’m just not allowed to nibble or lick them.

The weird air-sucking sounds I make that freak me out are apparently normal. I’d say anything that makes my whole body convulse shouldn’t be normal but all the youtube video research agrees, I just reverse sneeze. Mom said she’s never had a dog that does this – I’m special! Instead of blowing snot out of my nose, I suck it in. Doc says it’s gross but normal.

I was super brave about my heartworm preventative shot! Didn’t even flinch 🙂

Because I was so brave at the vet, Mom took me to Petco afterwards. I was supposed to pick out a “toy.” I’m not sure what a “toy” is yet. Mom said that was ok because I’m going to meet some of my other cousins in Houston next week and they play with “toys” all the time and they’ll teach me. She did buy this round blue spiky thing called a “ball.” She gets excited about it but I don’t get what the big deal is. It just rolls away and stays across the room…Now I was a little bit scared when we left Petco but that’s because there were big cars and it was dark outside. Mom carried me though and I even jumped out of the car when we got home!

I gulped water before bedtime which meant I had to wake Mom up at 1am to go outside. I kept russling around and she kept telling me quietly to go to sleep but I couldn’t. I even cried a little because Mom will pay attention to me when I do that but she didn’t turn on the light so finally I barked. It was the first time I had barked and the sound startled me. I tried to back up but was in my crate and couldn’t. Mom turned on the light real quick and took me outside. She was happy I let her know I needed to go outside even though she was kinda groggy and sleepy.

Well, I’m going to go back to sleep now. Mom is watching me from the security camera to make sure I’m ok while she’s at work. I sleep most days while she’s gone. She told me she’s taking me to group doggie classes tonight but I don’t know what that is. Hopefully it involves a car ride…

Introducing Murphy

When I decided to quit my job in Kansas City and accept my current job in Baton Rouge, I would often answer the inevitable question of why I was quitting and moving across the country with a half truth – because I wanted a dog. It was only a half truth because I was truly miserable at my old job and was looking for any escape route but also because I wanted to be home enough to have relationships, including one with a dog.

I love block-headed dogs. Our family Labrador was block-headed and gorgeous. I also like unusual coloring like orange or blue or brindle. I was exposed to a wonderful lady who fosters dogs in Kansas City. You can read her blog at Our Waldo Bungie. She had an amazing pit bull named Moby who I adored. The timing wasn’t right for me and he ended up with his forever Mom – read their blog here. But I was hooked. I wanted a pit bull.

Insert new life in Baton Rouge – house, steady hours at the new job, and the pit stop rescue group. I’ve been looking at their adoptable dogs for several months now and decided to fill out the application last Friday. I was thinking this process would take a little while (read: a month or more) but it came back approved the same day! It was also good timing because they were having an adoption event on Sunday so my friend and I decided to go.

The original dog I was thinking of adopting wasn’t able to make the event which turned out to be quite alright. He is a little more high energy that what I really wanted. When we walked up, Murph was laying very still in a kennel and taking in the whole scene. He alternated raising his eyebrows are me when I would make eye contact – our old Lab used to do this and we called it the railroad crossing eyebrows because they look like the alternating blinking lights of a train crossing. We looked and played with several other dogs but I came back to Murphy.

I don’t know a lot about his past and maybe I never will but he is shy. In fact he is named after Audie Murphy, a famous WW2 army soldier because he army crawls to get around. I think I’m going to call him Murph – also after a heroic solider – this time Navy SEAL Michael Murphy. He must have had some terrible experiences on a leash in the past to be like this. He’s submissive, not aggressive and actually gets along with toddlers and other dogs quite well (both were at this event and he was giving kisses).

I was hooked.

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We had the home visit yesterday afternoon and he is now on his 7 day sleepover with me! If all goes well (and I think it will), I will sign official adoption papers next week 🙂

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