Greetings, friends! I hope you all are faring okay. It’s been quite a week in the news, and here in the Shane household.

I don’t really care to dwell on the news, so let’s talk about the newest member of our family.

Meet Ozzy

If you’re not interested in puppy talk, you may want to skip this post. #fairwarning

For anyone just tuning in, Ozzy is a mini goldendoodle, and he’s 9 weeks old today. He will be 20-30 pounds, fully grown.

We brought him home on Monday, so we’ve had him now for almost a week. I’m head over heels in love, and all three kids adore him. Paul tolerates him, haha!

Here are some pictures from the day we brought him home.

I’d say he’s doing great, all things considered. He’s very smart. The girls have already taught him to sit and lay down on command, and when I say “git it!!!” he knows that means to grab a toy or ball and play a light game of tug-of-war.

He knows that he’s supposed to do his business outside, and he will usually signal to us that he needs to go out. Some of us are more in tune to those signals than others, so there have been a few accidents, but not many, and they really weren’t his fault.

The puppy pen in the kitchen has worked out pretty well, since there is no easy way to barricade the entire kitchen due to our open floor plan. At first, he wanted someone with him or right beside him at all times, but he’s gotten better about entertaining himself.

Of course, we are never far away, and we play with him a lot — both outside and in the family room, and sometimes we just get in the pen with him.

He plays hard, but fortunately, he also sleeps hard. He loves his bed, and we find him sleeping in all manner of adorable positions. I can never resist snapping a picture . . .

Is there anything cuter than a sleeping puppy? I think not.

He sleeps pretty well at night, and he seems to like his crate. During the day, we move it downstairs and attach it to the pen in the kitchen, so he can go in and out. At night, we take it upstairs to one of our bedrooms.

I know some are opposed to that idea, but it’s right beside someone’s bed, and we don’t let him get worked up. He may whine a little bit when we shut the door, but he always settles quickly if we talk to him.

Of course, he wakes up and needs to go out a couple times a night, but that’s to be expected. He will usually sleep from midnight or 1AM to 5AM or so.

R is totally smitten with her new charge, and she’s been taking great care of him, but she was only able to keep him in her room for a few nights before the lack of sleep finally started taking its toll.

I fully expected that, so C and I each took him for one of the last two nights, and the three of us will probably continue to take turns.

D isn’t interested in being on all-night puppy duty, but he has offered to take Ozzy outside during the night if someone asks, since he is usually awake until 3AM anyway.

I may take him up on that. I don’t mind getting up, but going outside in the dark and the cold is not my idea of fun.

Fortunately, Paul has no trouble sleeping through all of it.

And then there’s Savannah . . .

Our Savannah is about 10 years old, and she’s quite the prissy old lady. She’s not too sure about this rambunctious young pup who has joined the household where she has ruled the roost for the past 8 years.

I love this picture. Look at her looking at him like, WHO are YOU?

If you want a blast from the past, here is the post I wrote when I introduced Savannah… look how little my kids were!

And how short my hair was… and let’s not talk about how young I looked.

Also, remember when we all used those Instagram frames? Too funny.

Savannah is slowly becoming accustomed to having Ozzy around. If he doesn’t approach her, she pretty much ignores him, and when he crosses her path, they will sniff each other and start circling.

From there, it goes one of two ways. Either Ozzy gets distracted with something else, so she moves on her merry way.

Or, he decides he wants to play, and that’s when things go south fast. Savannah only plays with humans. In fact, I’m pretty sure she thinks she’s one of us.

Ozzy does the best he can — he will roll over on his back or get down low, obviously trying to be submissive, but it doesn’t seem to placate her. And when he gets really hyper and playful and bats at her, she becomes agitated and growls and snaps at him.

So yeah, they need a lot of supervision, but I think they will come to accept each other in time.

This happened one night after I went to bed. R took the picture of both dogs asleep on the couch with C.

I mean, if they can both fall asleep that close to each other, surely they will eventually be friends, right?

C is the dog whisperer. If anyone can convince these two little critters to become friends, she can.

Okay, here’s one more random sleeping puppy picture, and then I’m done. This time he was on R’s lap.

In other news, R and I were able to get out of the house yesterday for a few hours, and that was refreshing. She had a drive-by birthday party for a friend, and we stopped at the store first to pick up balloons and a present.

It was a beautiful day for a change — sunny and mild with no wind at all. The rain is back today, but I keep telling myself, April showers bring May flowers!

Fortunately Ozzy seems impervious to the rain, because he’s been out in it a lot. Savannah is a prissy one, and she avoids the rain at all costs, so I was relieved that it doesn’t phase him.

Well, that’s all I’ve got! I won’t be regaling you with Ozzy updates every Sunday, I promise, but he has pretty much consumed our lives this week, and a lot of you have been asking about him.

He’s a lot of work, but it’s been nice to have a distraction during this crazy time, and I’m so glad we found him.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

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  1. Loved the Ozzy update! I am a complete dog person, so I don’t think there could ever be too many puppy updates. 🙂 And even though neither of our current two dogs (boxer rescues) came to us being comfortable in crates (and we did not try crate training them at that point), I don’t see anything wrong with crating them at night. I think it’s a great way to train them at night to let you know if they need to go out, and hopefully is their den/safe place.

    It looks like today might actually be a pretty nice day here. I think it’s supposed to be partly or mostly cloudy, but considering it rained all day here yesterday, I’ll take it. I actually do see patches of blue sky and sun, so it’s definitely a big improvement. Have a great day!

  2. Both of the dogs are so sweet! Puppies are a lot  of work, but so rewarding! Savannah is probably wondering how long she will have to put up with him, but once she realizes he isn’t going away, she will adapt and carry on like the queen that she is! It’s good to keep pampering her and letting her know that she’s still “top dog”…at least in her mind! Haha! Keep sharing the pictures, everyone needs the distraction 😊

  3. Such an adorable baby! You can post puppy pictures anytime. I love him! One thing we found very helpful was installing a doggie door out to our back yard. Both dogs use it night and day. Saves from those midnight trips outdoors. Of course your baby will have to be a little older before using it. Also, the backyard needs to be fenced in. Enjoy your two precious fur babies.

    1. I’ve wondered about that. I’d be afraid for them to be outside too long unsupervised, though. I’ve heard crazy stories about an eagle or coyote grabbing little dogs. I’m not sure a coyote could get through our fence, but an eagle could definitely get him.

  4. He is a cutie! And I totally agree – you can never have too many puppy pictures! Thanks for sharing him with us. I’m sure it’s quite a welcome despite from everything else going on for your family and for us too. Have a blessed day. 

  5. You can never post too much about Ozzy. I have two mini-goldendoodles so I’m a bit partial. Thanks for the update! Things seem to be going very well with the new pup.

  6. Ozzy is adorable!! I think all pets have cute sleeping positions. My cat is 15 years old and I still smile at some of his sleeping positions. Thank you for sharing Ozzy (and Savannah) with us.

  7. Loved getting this Ozzy and ‘prissy old’ Savannah update. From the sounds of it, and pictures, he is fortunate to have been the last of his siblings to be adopted by the Shane family. 


  8. I love the pictures. We have a 10 year old Golden Doodle and she is just great. I am sure that Ozzy will bring so much joy to your family. We are looking for a more local breeder (we are in Monmouth County NJ), would you mind giving me the name for the future? Best of luck with Ozzy!!

    1. Never gonna get tired of Ozzy and Savannah pics/updates ❤️❤️
      What a treat to see your photos and hear how he’s doing…he seems to enjoy his new digs! 🥰

  9. Both of your dogs are beautiful!!!  We got a new puppy a couple of years ago, and it took our older dog (he was 9 at the time) a couple of months to really get used to her. Now he absolutely loves her though. I’m sure yours will come around eventually too. 🙂

  10. Ozzy is adorable and I love the puppy updates. I lost my 15 yo black lab in February. I met a dog to adopt last week, but realized I wasn’t ready yet. So it is fun to see your cute puppy and how he is adjusting.

  11. He’s precious! We have a black golden doodle who is 3 and we all still adore her as if she’s still a puppy❤️

  12. I am another dog person. Just like kids, I always  wonder why people choose names. So, why Ozzy?

    I have Daisy ( my fav flower) and Diesel ( hubby’s family owns trucking companies)


  13. I, too, am a dog person, so I enjoy puppy pictures. My miniature dachshund turns 5 next month. Ozzy has the same problem he does-he doesn’t have enough toys 😉😊. I had to smile at the photo of Ozzy surrounded by his toys. He looked just like my dog. I keep his toys in a basket in my sewing room, and sometimes I walk in and it looks like the basket exploded-every toy out. I think dogs add a lot to a family, and when my kids were at the stage of holing up in their rooms, the dog we had then seemed to bring us all together. Keep sharing updates and pics!

  14. I love the puppy post. Never too many sleeping puppy pictures. I follow more Golden Retrievers on Instagram than humans. The girls need to make an account for him. It’s just a thought.

  15. Such a wonderful post today Jolynne! Thanks so very much for bringing a smile to my face and happy thoughts with your wonderful puppy pictures. I needed it!

  16. Have you really had Savannah 8 years? I remember when you got her and forget I’ve been reading your blog for so long! Ozzy should be a great addition.

      1. We got our border collie mix in August of 2012 too. Our previous dog had died a few months earlier and I felt I wanted a little break from pets. But then as our youngest was getting ready to head off to college that August, I suddenly realized we needed a new dog! So my son and I headed to the shelter and found our wonderful dog. Our son knew right away that she was the one. Even though he was at college for 4 years and now lives 2 hours away, the two of them have a crazy close bond. 

  17. That one of Ozzie sleeping with his head off the bed–sooo cute!! I for one, LOVE puppers and wouldn’t mind at least one weekly coffee talk picture/week.  🙂 

  18. Such cute pictures and nice to see and hear all about Ozzy and Savannah during these times of isolation. I think its a perfect time you chose to get a puppy.  Yes, they are a lot of work, but you all have the time now and all are home to share the responsibilities.  We am emptied nested and when our dog and cat passed away before our last one left the nest, we said we wouldn’t get anymore animals.  There is something freeing about no pets, but I also miss my dog and cat being around.  But, too much work for us now to take care of a pet now.  Have fun.  PS My grand dog is a Goldendoodle, but not mini.  He’s great.  

  19. Ozzy is so cute and Savannah is no dummy that’s for sure.. they will probably become the best of friends in time once Savannah realizes Ozzy isn’t just a guest 😉. Thanks for sharing the cute pics I’m sure this has been a welcomed distraction:) Sunny again today and warm but rain moves in tomorrow.

  20. LOVE the puppy pics! Ozzie is adorable ❤️ 
    We have two English spaniels , a Great Dane and 2 cats SO YES I am a dog lover . 
    The Ozzie update made me smile on this Sunday Morning 😊❤️

  21. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the new puppy pictures! I’ll be curious to see as he grows if he will assume the ‘doodle’ sleeping pose on his back, all paws up! It seems to be a common ‘trait’ with them in cooling their underside. Wonder if he will like your pool too. He’s adorable and welcome to doodle love! Keep the pictures coming now and then. Blessings to you and yours!

  22. I LOVED THIS POST!  Of course, I am a dog lover and extra fond of doodles.  Boy, do you have some cute pictures of Ozzy.  And I love the look from Savannah!  Do you think Paul really likes him, but just doesn’t want to show it?  I’m sorry y’all are having a rainy day.  We are fortunate to finally have a sunny Sunday, but it is very windy, with gusts up to 35mph, but that’s okay.  I hope that y’all enjoy the rest of your day!

  23. Ozzy is adorable! There’s something about puppy breath and puppy bellies! ❤️❤️
    Have fun with him! 

  24. That was the perfect post Jo-Lynne! Who wouldn’t have a smile on their face after seeing pictures of Ozzy sleeping in his bed. Sounds like you all are really spoiling the little guy and who wouldn’t. The cage you put him in looks nice and roomy. I was always under the impression that dog owners put the dog in a cage which was no bigger than an area the size of the puppy with no room for them to move around.
    Thanks for sharing,

    1. No, this is more like one of those play yards for kids, with plenty of room to play. If we were able to put baby gates up to portion off the kitchen, we would have just done that, but it doesn’t work the way our house is laid out. The crate is smaller, but that’s just for sleeping, and it’s still big enough for him to move around.

  25. He’s adorable!  Please post post post!  I love hearing about pets and their antics so no worries!  I think a picture and caption on every post and name them The Ozzy Chronicles!  

    1. Great idea Rosa!
      Love the puppy posts. They are a welcome distraction. Ozzie is adorable. I’m sure Savannah will come around to love him too.

  26. Love reading Ozzy updates. Keep the photos coming! It was a year ago when I went through the puppy phase and it was hard, but worth it. Mine didn’t need to go out during the night by 11 weeks so maybe you all can get more sleep soon.

  27. Ozzy is adorable! We got our mini poodle 9 years ago when he was 4 months old—we had potty bells (hung on a doorknob) for him to ring when he had to go outside. He was completely trained within 2-3 days—poodles are so smart! He still uses them, only sometimes now he’ll ring just to go outside when he sees a squirrel or rabbit haha. He’s too smart, I think! 🙂 

    1. I was planning to get those – but we have to wait till we stop using the puppy pen, I guess, since it isn’t by the door. I wonder if Savannah will learn to use it too.

  28. I agree — never too many puppy pics! Goldendoodles are so great. Ours is 3 years old and 60 pounds but she looked a lot like Ozzy when she was a baby.

  29. Ozzy is adorable!  I wouldn’t mind getting update on Ozzy on a regular basis. He’s just so adorable and very spoiled too 🙂

  30. I have shared your new pup with my husband as we just lost our sweet labradoodle last July and are hoping to get a doodle mix sometime in the future. They are the sweetest, smartest, most lovable dogs!!! Right now we have a cat who is perfectly happy to get all of the attention. When we first lost our Riley, she was very lonely but now we’re afraid to introduce a puppy to her at this time. We got the cat and dog at the same time so they’d be used to each other. Cats seem more territorial so we figured since she didn’t know any different she’d be ok with another furry friend and they were best friends but now she’s 12 and seems perfectly fine being the only one in the house. 
    Anyway… all this to say… we absolutely loved seeing all the pics of Ozzy and we’re wondering if you are able to share the breeder information.
    Thanks and have a great rest of your Sunday.

  31. Ozzy is so cute, and it’s fun to see the pictures. I love to see the pictures of your family when they were younger too. I think you look great now! I also like the way your hair looked then too. I hope that you have a great week!

  32. Love the puppy update. we also have a mini Goldendoodle – he’s now almost 3 and such a great dog!

  33. Enjoyed the post. Such cute pictures. A nice break. I went to CVS for nail products. Nice to get out. Not exciting but nice. Ha.

  34. Such a happy uplifting post!!  The perfect antidote – there’s nothing like a puppy who is soo cute and just wants to play…
    Am sure your lady Savannah will take Ozzy under her paw(?) and they will live happy ever after 🤗Jane x

  35. Puppies are irresistible! I don’t mind if Coffee Talk is full of puppy pictures and all his antics. So cute! I didn’t know there were miniature golden doodles. Ozzy will be the perfect size. 😀

  36. FYI – there are never too many dog/puppy/cat/kitten or any animal (no reptiles) photos for me haha!
    Savannah and Ozzy will find their relationship.

  37. OMG, he is absolutely adorable! Our Golden has been gone 2 years now, so it always warms my heart to see puppy pictures. And yes, sleeping puppies are adorable. Well, *almost* as adorable as sleeping cats. Thanks for the updates!

  38. He. Is. ADORABLE!!!

    Post all the pictures you’d like!

    Our Reggie is a 5 year old Cockapoo, and he is the absolute beating heart of love covered in fur—- of our family!

    Enjoy that little teddy bear 🙂

  39. They’ll get there.  Napping together in week one is fantastic.  It can take weeks or even a couple months but once she realizes he’s here to stay she will give in and at the very least tolerate him. He’s adorable!!!

  40. We have a 4 mo. old mini goldendoodle!! He is the best dog and we just love him!! He trained so easily! Once you get past the initial “watch him every second” phase, it will be a breeze! Welcome to the doodle club!!

  41. Loved the update and the pictures. So fun to also see Savannah’s baby pictures too!  I got my first dog ever three years ago.  She is a delight! I have always loved animals just wasn’t sure about the commitment because we love to travel.  But we have found a work around with friends willing to dog swap! Isn’t that so awesome?!  Unfortunately both my families are moving out of state! I shall miss my friends so much. Thanks for sharing your puppy with us!

    1. Oh, that’s too bad. We found a wonderful young woman who comes and stays here with Savannah and watches the house and pool when we travel, so we were comfortable adding a 2nd dog. Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t have done it b/c it is so expensive to board two dogs. She is super excited to meet Ozzy when this quarantine is lifted.

  42. Ozzy is adorable!  You all look like you are having a great time with him.  Keep the puppy pictures coming!  Savannah, too!  Enjoy! 

  43. What breed of dog is Savannah? We have a rescue that looks like her. People are always asking about his breed and we shrug our shoulders. Just wondering??

  44. This reminds me when we got our second dog – just a year after the first! I think we were just a little bit crazy! LOL! Now they are great together, there are still some times where they fight but overall it has been pretty great. Have fun! 🙂

  45. Sooooo cute! Thank you for sharing. Ozzy looks exactly like our mini GD when she was a pup. She’s 6 years old and 23 pounds now, and still so playful and sweet. Enjoy your little doodlebug!

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