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Little guy totally knows how to maneuver my cellphone.

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On the Dollar Menu

1642 1642_ () 1642 1642 Elliott is earning money to purchase an item, something spectacular that he has been eyeing that I have no plans to purchase for him.

This afternoon, I offered to pay Elliott a dollar to watch Henry while I cooked dinner. He was happy to oblige. Elliott took Henry into the playroom and started setting up blocks.

A few minutes later, Elliott came to me.

“Can you make it two dollars,” he asked, “cause this kid bites.” 1642″> .

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Name That Dog

1641 1641_ () 1641 1641 Last weekend, we got a dog.

Long-time readers might be thinking, “hey, didn’t you already have a dog?” Yes, and no.

We have actually had two dogs. The first, Ruby’s Sweet Hildegarde, got hit by a car when she was a puppy. This was an emotional experience and I didn’t want to end on such a sad note.

A few months later I tracked down another dog that was the same breed and was born at the same time as Hilde. In my mind, we would be essentially picking up where we left off.

Unfortunately, getting a six-month-old puppy that had been living in the owner’s backyard proved to be a behavior challenge we could never overcome. Gertie, our second GSP, basically tortured our boys. After months of expensive obedience classes and working around the clock with this dog, I had to bring her back to the breeder. Paul was sad to see her go — she had shaved minutes off his mile during their daily run. But Gertie was just more dog than we could handle and I hate to say it but while I missed the idea of her, I never looked back after she was gone.

A few months ago we started talking about getting another dog. Henry had fallen in love with some puppies down the street and every single day he wanted to go visit them. My other boys had been wanting a dog, too, and I started to explore the best breeds for our family. In the end we narrowed it down to two breeds: a Brittany and a Boykin Spaniel. A few days later we discovered that some dear friends had a Brittany that needed a new home.

So, here she is, our new dog. She is about a year-and-a-half and while she still has a lot of puppy tendencies, she is proving herself to be wonderful for our family. Although I think she’s a little freaked out by Henry’s lack of cooth.

The previous owners named the dog “Red” and we haven’t decided if we want to keep the name. Charlie suggested I have a “blog contest” to see if you, dear reader, have a suggestion. I have offered Ruby, and Chick Norris and also Greta (because it sounds like “Red” a bit) but so far the boys haven’t heard a name that really grabs them.

We might just stick with Red, but I’m wondering what you think.

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Do Not Doubt What He Did