Monday, March 28, 2011

Welcome Home Duke!

Lucy and I were so excited and eager to go meet Duke that we couldn't wait until Sunday. So, even though we couldn't start out until late in the day on Friday, we decided that we had to go on Friday.

Lucy didn't think I was moving fast enough, and the 3 1/2 ride to Ohio was way too long for her. There were multiple protests from the back seat of the boxer mobile! And when we stopped for a couple of breaks, she seemed like she was in a big hurry to get back in the car. Of course she was, she wasn't the one doing the driving!

I couldn't wait to meet Duke and neither could little Lucy. She sat so patiently at the corner of Duke's foster mom's house, but when he rounded the corner it was all I could do to hold onto my little pup! I guess she felt that she had waited long enough to meet Duke, and she couldn't wait to give him a proper boxer greeting, and Duke felt the same because we immediately had two boxers on hind legs, front paws boxing!

Our first order of business after pulling the two boxers apart was to take a nice long walk and see how they did together! Amazingly enough, both pups did very well, and I was so excited!

It didn't take long for Lucy and I to decide that Duke was coming home with us! I fastened both dogs into their car harnesses and tried to round em' up for a photo op!

I was a little nervous about it, but my two boxers did very well on the 3 1/2 hour ride home. I could tell that Lucy was very pleased with her human's decision to return home with Duke. She was barely able to contain her excitement, and I'm sure that she dreamed about all the wonderful things that they were going to do together once we got home! They snuggled in the back seat most of the way until Duke decided to rest his beautiful head on the console and grumble for about 30 miles before falling back to sleep!

Of course we're making some adjustments at our house and doing a little bit of learning- especially Lucy, but her human and Duke too. Lucy has to learn that Duke just doesn't like her "rude" puppy antics and that jumping all over Duke isn't permitted. Her human is learning to pay attention to both dogs for signs of stress, and Duke is just learning to live in a house with a crazy one year old boxer puppy!

Everyone in our house is thrilled to have Duke with us! And we're all enjoying getting to know him!

We found out last night that he prefers STEAK for dinner, and he grumbles a little bit when it takes too long to prepare (which probably means that he prefers it rare!).

He loves to hog the bed, and he snores like a freight train!

Duke is a leaner and a cuddler, but not a big kisser. He loves to sit next to me, or on my lap, and he loves to hold my hand. Duke is also extremely photogenic!

... He's also very good at jumping the baby gate. Looks like we're gonna need a taller gate and probably some agility classes for sweet Duke!

P.S. Definitely thinking about a new blog title!... Suggestions welcome about what the new title of the blog should be! (Maybe we'll have to send a special thank you to whomever comes up with the best title!) Some thoughts that I'm having:

Lucy & The Duke (And their "Hoomans" too...)

The Adventures of Lucy, The Duke and Their Hoomans


  1. I just had to quickly comment on the pictures before I even read your post...they are so amazing...Lucy and Duke are two beauties and they'll have such good times together. LOVE the picture of you holding on for dear life...and the FACE SNUGGLERS...perfect! Now I must read...Cheers!

  2. :) We see a change you're gonna have to make right away! It's not One Girl...One Dog anymore! Yay! Lucy has a playmate! Congrats to all of you. Duke is one handsome boy!

    The Road Dogs

  3. I'm so glad they liked each other! Congratulations!

  4. Wow, it has been a long time since I've gone to your site and boy have I missed out on a lot! How wonderful that you have a 2nd boxer in your life! I think Duke is a handsome boy and it looks like he thinks (and knows) he has the best home pawsible! Congratulations!

  5. Congratulations!
    Big warm welcome to Duke, you are a cute adorable pup.
    Lucy now has a great play pal, both of you will make a endless double happiness, cheers!

  6. Khongrats!!!

    They look perfekht together!!!


  7. Oh. My. Goodness! You've got your hands full, girl!

    I LOVE the picture of the two of them with their heads together! How sweet! And the one of Duke sitting on the steps made me laugh. Does Lucy do the same thing? Our Boxer-Bull always beats me to the stop of the stairs, and then sits there, just like Duke, waiting for me! :)


  8. Congratulations and welcome home Duke! How exciting to have a wonderful furever home :) We hope that you and Lucy become BFF's like Maddy and I. We also had to change our blog title when Owen came along and we like the first suggestion you gave for a name. Can't wait to read all about the adventures you two will have!
    Maddy and Owen

  9. Looks like brudder Duke is a perfect fit for the family. Congratulations!

    Wags N Kisses,

  10. What a happy family tale!! So glad it all went well. What a wonderful big brother :)

    Wyatt and Stanzie

  11. What an awesome picture of you two
    Benny & Lily

  12. Welcome Duke! We are so happy for all of you.
    All the happiness and love,,, we cannot get enough of it.
    How about "the tales of Duke and Lucy"

  13. Welcome to the Duke. He looks like he's right at home. And they looks so cute together.

    XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

  14. cute. I just got a new sister (an American bulldog) about 3 weeks ago and we are still making some adjustments but doing ok. Just takes some time. How about the Antics of Lucy and Duke??

    Jazzi and Addy

  15. Welcome Duke....the picture of he & Lucy is definately a framer! Cute beyond words!

    My friend is owned by a beautiful boxer, named Harley! She has a sign in the master bedroom that reads, "Before owning a Boxer I never realized that sleeping was a contact sport"!

    We will put our thinking caps on to see if we can come up with a catchy bloggie title...our Dad is pretty good at that...we will ask him to help out!

    (((Hugs)) your friends
    Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

  16. Lucy, put up your Dukes!!! haha He is SOOOOO handsome. A perfect brother for your pretty Lucy.

  17. Congrats for you, Lucy and Duke!!!!!!! I'm so glad everything worked out for you!

  18. Congrats on the new addition! I have no doubts you'll give him a wonderful home.

    Welcome to Blogville, Duke!

  19. Aww another pup!! Congrats! Yes you need a new title! ;)

  20. I'm so glad that Lucy and Duke get along so well! Congratulations to all of you, plus special kudos to you for the fabulous photographs.

  21. Welcome, Duke! How exciting! :)