Saturday, March 10, 2012

Life with The Guppizzies

I think it's time for an update on life with The Guppizzies. In a nutshell: it is SO much fun!

A family portrait on top of Monkey Hill (Bear is behind me)



mr smrp and The Guppizzies

Itty Bitty Izzy B is SO dang smart and is quickly learning the rules of her new family. But Jesse Guppie has stolen the show in terms of stepping up and being a wonderful big sister-she has been so sweet and welcoming! Bear Guppie is a riot-he knows that I will forever be his devoted slave so he isn't the slightest bit bothered by having a new family member in the house. Silly Beah. 


Doesn't Jesse Guppie look SO proud of herself?

Izzy arrived with some crazy insane energy after being fostered with a group of VERY rambunctious german shepherds. Her play style was to LEAP on top of other dogs while making wild growling noises. You can imagine that those antics were a bit unsettling to all of us the first few days!

We were worried about our sweet, gentle, soft J Guppie but we should have known better. Animals are amazing creatures and in just 3 weeks our little silly pointy eared black fox has gone from being a whirling tasmanian devil to being a mirror of our zenful gentle Guppies. We are so proud of all three of them! Jesse and Izzy have begun to play gently with one another and we know that in no time they will have found a play style that includes running and romping.


I LOOOOOVE my silly Jesse Guppie!

Our strategy to help bring about Izzy's inner buddha was to manage and control the situation to keep everyone as calm as possible while we taught her to be more gentle. We also live by the motto that a tired dog is a good dog so we have hiked, hiked, and hiked like crazy people and sure enough we proved that a Tired Izzy is a Sweet Izzy :)

can you all see the different types of leashes dangling off of me in various directions?
hiking The Guppizzies is quite a process but so much fun!

When we first started hiking her she practically knocked us over with her strength-holy moly that little girl can pull! We did not think that I'd ever be able to walk the three of them together so for the first two weeks mr smrp hiked Izzy and I hiked the Gups-but we knew that was not a long term solution.

So after some creative brainstorming and the right tools we came up with a strategy that worked and in no time The Guppizzies and I were winding our way through our beautiful wooded trails like a caterpillar all in a nice row with absolutely no pulling. What a joy! I love hiking with my fuzzy monsters and feel so lucky that our new puppy tries SO hard to do what we ask of her.


The caterpillar heading home! (I'm waving at mr smrp)

Thank you for being such a wonderful addition to our family little girl! We adore you! And a special thank you to the bestest Guppies on the planet for being such great, calm, sweet siblings.

Living by the motto; tired dogs are good dogs...

After a terrible year full of loss and heartbreak we are grateful beyond words to see our Guppies so happy and to welcome such a sweet doggie into our lives.


Nothing like a nice evening snuggle after a long day of hiking...

8 comments:

Nancy J said...

I can read the happiness in your words and see it in your smiles.W have sadness only when we have loved and cared, and you did that with all your hearts, and now are sharing it with another.Izzy will be so happy with you, that I can see also in all the photos.What is your temperature outside today? I see in Fairbanks it is ---0.0F, or minus 18 C, which we use here. I am off camping for 2 weeks, with Hugh naturally, no internet where we go, so comments and posts will return in 2 weeks.Meantime all good wishes for 2012 to you, Mr smrp, and all the guppies. From Jean in NZ

Maery Rose said...

Oh, to have places to hike and wear out pup energy... Of course, I think I'd wear out before they did. Any other key advice? I've got the reverse going on in that Latte incites Java to rough play. Even Java's warning pins do not deter the ever energetic Latte. At least no one ever gets hurt. I'd also like a close up explanation of your leash system and if part of your energy spending is to put packs, perhaps filled with bricks for Latte, on the dogs. I am just so dang demanding with my questions but inquiring minds want to know...

Lori Skoog said...

Happy times at DVR. (And more to come).

lori ninja pony mom said...

Awwww! So glad she is settling in. But I still fully expect videos of the caffeinated Guppizzies at (gentle) play....

Terry said...

What wonderful guppies to welcome Izzy and not take offense at her boisterous form of play. I like your "a tired dog is a good dog" philosophy!

Grey Horse Matters said...

Looks like so much fun with the puppies. Glad it's all working out between them. Just wondering who took the family portrait, do you have a trained "real" bear around.

dogsled_stacie said...

I LOVE IT!!!! Dogs are awesome and seems like you found another extra-special member of the pack. Love the stories of her adapting to the pack. The gups have proven once again how awesome they are. Keep sharing! :)

Jed and Abby in MerryLand said...

We also want to know your 'no pull' secrets. Looks like you have one of the Guppies at the head of the line, Izzy in the middle, then you and another Guppie as anchor. Does that let the lead Guppie set the pace and you and the anchor Guppie enforce the pace if Izzy gets too eager? You ALL look very happy, and we're glad to see Izzy seems to have lost her fear of cameras. How does Izzy get on with the horses?

Jed & Abby