Tyke the Dog

 Tyke our Dog

Ladies and Gents, I am pleased to introduce to you Tyke the dog.  He is man's best friend.  Or perhaps more accurately, Jed's new best friend.

Yes, we now have a dog!  I can't really believe it myself.  We have officially crossed the threshold into typical American family status: a home, two kids, and a dog.  When I mentioned that to Bron he just smiled and said, "I like it."

We had been contemplating getting Jed a dog for his second birthday when my neighbor, Amy, called me up and asked if we'd like a one year old-ish Black Lab mix her sister was giving away.  (Mix with what?  We're not sure.  Border Collie?  Greyhound?)  And just like that, the next day we had a dog living at our house.  I'm not sure who's more excited, Bron or Jed.  Jed doesn't hide his feelings of excitement though, so I may have to bet on him.  Jed points and squeals with delight, pats the dog, hugs the dog, follows the dog around, and tries to feed the dog a bone.  I'm pretty sure he is dreaming about his dog as I type.  The kid is thrilled!  It is darling.

Jed and Tyke playing in the dirt together.
I really think dogs and toddlers think a lot alike!

As for me, I'm still getting used to the idea of having a dog.  I've never had a dog of my own in my life.  I'm not quite sure what to do.  Bron just tells me to love him.  And so, after a trip to the store for some dog essentials, here Tyke quietly sits next to me while I type this post.  I felt bad leaving him all alone outside in the dog run.  We're his new family and he belongs with us.  It's like I suddenly have another toddler.  Tyke follows me around everywhere!  He's becoming my third shadow.  Jed is my second shadow.  Perhaps Tyke will make an excellent running companion?  That would be cool.

Tyke is surprisingly mellow for such a young lab.  I expected him to run around and destroy.  Instead, he's content to just be around us... and eat Jed's lunch leftovers.  Tyke came to us already trained in so many things.  What a relief.  It's so nice!  (We still have some training to do though, like learning to fetch.) 

I think this is a beginning of a good relationship.  So here's to you, Tyke!  Welcome to our home!
 My boys and Tyke.  
The wind was whipping and it was so cold yesterday!


  1. He seems like such a great dog!Congratulations!

  2. Randomly came across your blog and had to say hi- what a wonderful feel this site of yours has! Happy to have found you and can't wait to read more... off to check out some previous posts! Have a wonderful week, sugar! xo

  3. Jessie! That's so awesome! I think all little boys need a dog. I love the picture of the boys and the dog, especially Jed face. He's too busy looking at his new best friend to bother looking at the camera:)

  4. Aww so sweet! I love labs congrats on the new dog! You made a wise choice :)

  5. I didn't grow up having any pets, but Jeff insists that we will have a dog like he did. I think I could definitely go for a cute lab like yours. It is really sweet to see those pictures of Jed with the dog. Also, I loved the pictures from Easter. Your family is so cute!

  6. He reminds me our our black lab Bud. Labs are great dogs and so well behaved and good with kids. Good choice! Oh, and congrats!!

  7. I love reading up on your blog and getting to hear and see what exciting new things happen with you and your family! Congrats on the new family member...Tyke. He looks like an amazing dog, and you'll love having him around. Labs, whether mixed or not, are such wonderful dogs! I have a 5 yr old pure bred lab that my family adores. She's such a great, loving dog.

  8. Good looking dog! We want one!!

  9. good for you! we have a dog, too, a lab mix. he's totally a part of the family, and we keep him inside with us. i think he likes to be with his people, it makes him better behaved and more in tune with what we want from him. tyke looks awesome!


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