There’s a baby in the house.

And it feels like it! We got baby chocolate lab girl, Ellie Claire, on Saturday. She will be 8 weeks old tomorrow. She weighed 7.3 pounds on Saturday. We got her from a guy who had both mom and dad. They were super friendly and in fine shape. Ellie, however, had a horrid flea infestation. We drove directly to the vet clinic and Ken bathed her and combed hundreds of fleas off of her. I feel so bad for her, but so glad we got her out of there. She has some bald spots from the dermatitis. I was worried that she was going to be sick or anemic, but she is eating great. Sleeping a lot and having two  or three wild and crazy play times where she is all teeth and baby fat tearing around the house. So, she’s doing great.

Ellie with cobwebs on her nose.

Ellie with cobwebs on her nose.

Ha. That’s the first time I have “captioned” a picture. She is a very happy girl and I can only imagine how much her energy will increase in the coming weeks. She is learning so fast that after naptime (and about every half hour) we go outside to pee. Well, we go outside, she pees. So smart!

Someone fell in the koi pond and sank like a brick.

Someone fell in the koi pond and sank like a brick.

It didn’t scare her, though, she was right back trying to get at that water.

I love toys!

I love toys!

She plays and plays and plays and then gets sooooo tired.

012035019There. Doesn’t she look like a chocolate Ellie Claire?


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37 Responses to There’s a baby in the house.

  1. M-----l says:

    That right there is a cute dog with a very clever name.

  2. Lily says:

    Poor wee girl! She’ll learn! I think it’s HILARIOUS that Orion’s now a babysitter!

  3. crankypants says:

    eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!! (claire!)
    She is SO cute. when this came up in my feed I assumed it was Cute Overload!
    What a lucky little girl, ending up at The Happiest Place in Michigan (if not On Earth).
    oh man, my uterus is aching! she is so cute, I am so happy for all of you.

    • Lauri says:

      Lol! Sorry about the uterus ache!
      Yep….a house just isn’t complete without a Boston (I still read my Bodacious Boston picture and laugh) and Great Dane and a lab.

  4. Laurie says:

    So adorable! Mazel tov!

  5. Beautiful.. youngsters always bring something wonderful and loving to a home.. sound corny?.. maybe.. but ain’t it wonderful how they show love?.. thank you.. Peace Tony

  6. amelie says:

    That pup is very lucky. You guys definitely have a dog-friendly house. Nice toys and bed, and how the hayl do you keep that carpet so clean?

  7. You did explain to Orion that he was not to eat the new puppy, right?


    • Lauri says:

      Orion’s nose is a bit out of joint. He has been the “puppy” for two years. We are definitely having to give him and Shel some extra loving.

  8. Oh, when she’s a bit bigger, she and Orion are going to be the best of buddies, and absolute terrors. What a cutie! But apparently she’s got a bit of Biggie Bigs in her if she’s jumping into the water and sinking.

  9. AuntieBellum says:

    Orion is looking for the dippin’ sauce!

  10. Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Squeeeeeeeee! Oh Myyy, she’s adorable – have fun and keep the pictures coming!

  11. kimkiminy says:

    More like a chocolate eclair. 🙂

  12. Lurkertype says:

    Squeee! (and a zillion more eeee)

    What an adorable puppy. She’s already had a whole kids’ book worth of adventures and it’s only Wednesday!

    • Lauri says:

      You are right! She’s having an adventuresome evening. Growling at the handles on the end-table drawer. Tearing around and around the chairs.
      She slept all afternoon so she is full of beans tonight.

  13. Mr. Guilt says:

    Congratulations on the new pup! She’s adorable!

  14. phantomxii says:


    That is one cute little puppy.

  15. lauowolf says:

    Nothing like a puppy to show you all the FUN there is to be had in your house!
    What a little love.

  16. Awweee Ellie’s are good dogs! Well most of the time mine is!
    Have fun with her!

  17. Jaypo says:

    Puppppeeeeeee breath!!!! Oh my gah!!! And she’s Buzzy colored–are you sure she’s not part bunny?! What a doll.

  18. littlemiao says:

    Awww, she is adorable and so teeny! She’s smaller than Sprocket right now, but I’m sure she’ll quickly make up to 2 lb difference.

    such squeeful photos!

  19. stevebetz says:


  20. MsRedPen says:

    She is adorable. How fun!

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