The next day (yes, just like that!) they came to get me! We were all scampering around the kitchen looking cute and being goof-balls - there were only two of us girldales left and they really wanted a little girl. When they arrived, me and my little sister (now called Jess) were only trying to squeeze ourselves through the crack between the kitchen cupboards, and generally getting up to no good. In the photo at the top of the page you can see two of my brothers nibbling on daddy's shoe-laces....! After a while we were all sent out into the garden.
I was having none of that. I squeezed my way back through against the flow of puppies and ran up to mummy and put my cute little paws up on her lap and said 'pick me, pick me!!'
That was that - I was picked!! (I think I picked myself!)
In the car on the way home mummy held me tight all wrapped up in a sheet and said 'I want to call her Molly' and that was that too!
Look how adorable I was!
It was raining when I first got home and I managed to put my tiny little paw-prints all round my new house just to show I had well and truly arrived. Our old house was a cottage and we had a lovely warm wood-burner - I loved lying next to that in the evening and toasting my paws.
Below is a photo of my Dale mum Tess - she is a beautiful girl and I really think I take after her. I am really pleased because both she and my brother Harry (who stayed with Tess) have signed my guest-book above, so I keep in touch with my real family. For the first few weeks after I came home we would all get together at the local vets for a puppy party!! Most of my brothers and sisters were there - but at the first party I was a really silly and spent most of the time hidden nice and safely under a chair and I would not come out! After that I realised what fun the parties were (see the video below!)
As I got bigger I started to discover the wonders of the great wide world -
I learnt that I loved to swim and run and chase things and play.
And daddy taught me to be brave and adventurous.
I just kept growing and growing......
In the end, my mummy and daddy even had to get a bigger car just for me!
After a while, mummy and daddy thought how nice it would be if I could have an Airedale friend to play with and take on long long walks. The plan was for me to have my own little puppies....but then......fate intervened again!
Mummy picked up a free newspaper that had been lying on the doormat for a few days - she was about to put it in the bin when she just thought she would have a look at the puppies page. By complete chance - there was an advert for more Airedale puppies in Devon!! (And to think we almost put Gertrude in the recylcing bin.....heeheehee!)
So - that very weekend they disappeared off down some windy roads on a trip deep into the countryside and moorland. Who did they come home with but Gertrude - my Nemesis!!
My puppy plans went on permanent hold (sigh) but instead I had my very own naughty little sister. And what a whirlwind of love, delight and disaster she has brought to our family!!
Here I am curled up with our little pup being the perfect big sister.
I cannot say that she is reciprocally the perfect little sister however...but we all love her. She is our funny little goofy, quirky girl and she adores us all.
Now - we are going to tag Mojo to ask her mum and dad to tell her story. We are sure they will have some stories to tell!
Video clip: my puppy party aged 12 weeks!
Love from Miss Molly and Gertude