Hi all! Been a hot minute. Between school and other life stuff, I haven't had a lot of time or mental energy to post here as regularly as I used to, but I still check in. Thought you would all enjoy this announcement.
Introducing Villeokus's Filippo di Yamaha, known around here as Frodo:
Some of you might remember that I've been mooning over Lagotto Romagnolo for a long time now... well, this is it!
We got really lucky with this pup. He's a very nice boy - the breeder wasn't keeping a male, and we were the only family interested in doing a little showing. We didn't even know we'd get a puppy at all for a while, because she had more interested families than she had pups! Besides dabbling in the show ring, we do have plans to try out agility and nosework (good grief can you tell this breed was bred for their nose, he's so much more nose-focused than Samwise already). My wife is also keen on trying SAR with him. She's already a Red Cross volunteer, so it might depend on how much she can juggle, but it'll be a blast to try out!
He only just came home yesterday, eight weeks on the dot, and he's already a hellion. Going to be an absolute blast, I just have to survive the next few weeks of running around after him and getting over the usual puppy hurdles. And a lot of independent socialization. Going to do everything I can to avoid raising another reactive dog, which means both learning from the mistakes I made with Sam and doing more appropriate socialization this time, AND making sure Frodo doesn't pick up his big brother's bad habits. Fun.
Sam is still not sure what to make of him. He's getting puppy-free walks first thing in the morning now, but he's definitely confused and easily overstimulated right now. We're supervising them well, though, and curbing any rude behavior. Frodo has a pen to let us give them regular breaks from each other (and so we can take breaks to, y'know, make food or shower). But things are already calming down, and I really do think they'll get along great once they're both more settled!
And because you can never have too many puppy pictures...
(He's genuinely asleep here)