Not just a Min

Mrs Roo and I picked up a Labradoodle puppy yesterday. We have named her Amiina (after one of our favourite Icelandic bands), but she is already also known as Min and sometimes Minnie.

Amiina - ready to pounce

Her mother is a chocolate brown lab, and her dad a black show poodle. At 11 weeks old she is very labrador-like. Whether her coat will remain so dark and straight is unsure. First generation (F1) labradoodle’s vary greatly, but one this is for sure: she’s staggeringly cute and it’s already clear she is a lovely dog. Playful yet gentle, intelligent and calm.

We picked Min up from the breeder yesterday, stopping at the vet on the way home. She was weighed, vaccinated, ID chipped, and given a worming tablet, none of which she seemed to mind at all. We’ve been house training her, which just involves a lot of watching, instant removal to outside at the appropriate moment and lots of praise. It’s going well. After less than 24 hours she’s already letting us know she wants to go outside when she needs the toilet. Even better: she didn’t wake us last night (no mess to clean up in the morning. Hoping that continues). I’m quite enjoying the responsibility, as well as the fun, of having a puppy.

I have to leave Rachel with Min all of next week, so I’ve been getting my share of play in this weekend. I had a lovely moment earlier when I introduced her to the beautiful music of the band whose name she shares. The dog has taste, and listened attentively with me, gradually relaxing on my lap and falling asleep.

I wonder if I can sneak them both into California with me in my suitcase?

Update: ‘Amiina’ soon became simplified to ‘Amina’. She’s still “Min” most of the time.

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  1. Congratulations! She’s beautiful, and will bring much joy, I’m sure.

    I finally got a dog after wanting one all my life, and now I can’t understand what we did BEFORE the giant bozedorfer entered our lives. :-)

    Comment by kelly — December 17, 2006 #

  2. Congrats! We can’t wait to get out of a flat and into an environment more condusive to having a couple of dogs. BTW, you aren’t the only person on my blogroll to recently get a Labradoodle :-)

    Comment by Aidy Spender — December 17, 2006 #

  3. […] Amina (who you’ll remember was previously named ‘Amiina’, and has subsequently lost an ‘i’ but fortunately not an eye) is 17 weeks old today, and is growing fast. […]

    Pingback by What’s Next? » Blog Archive » Puppies grow up — January 22, 2007 #

  4. Congratulations. She does look beautiful.

    When I got Harry I really enjoyed cooking for him my homemade dog treats. They really helped me with training as it was a fun way to give him a reward.

    Comment by Justin Bryce — February 10, 2007 #

  5. […] Amiina (Ray and I even have a dog named after this band) […]

    Pingback by Roo Reynolds - What’s Next? » Blog Archive » Iceland Airwaves 2007 — October 9, 2007 #

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