Our puppy is just two days shy of eight weeks old. She has taken over the house and our lives. We couldn’t be happier. We’re both very proud of her. She lets us know (most of the time) when she wants to go out. I don’t recall our other puppy being so consistent. In fact, Daisy kept having accidents in the house until she didn’t. One day a switch seemed to click, and that was it. Accidents from then on were unavoidable. Willow is learning much earlier.

Apparently, I’m not as easy to train. Of course, Mrs. Lion expects more than just using the toilet. It’s an unavoidable-if-unfair comparison that is bound to come out. I’m writing this on Monday afternoon. Mrs. Lion wrote in her post today that I’m getting a “just because” spanking later today. I’m not looking forward to it. I know; nobody asked for my vote on the matter.

I also learned from her post that she only plans to work from home today and tomorrow. I had hoped she would spend a week here. It would be a big help to have at least a couple more days of her help. I wonder if she has vacation time she can spare. I’m not too worried about dealing with the puppy. I’m just really tired and can’t explain why. I’m sure I’ll be able to manage on my own.

Have you noticed that there are a lot more pictures of white golden retrievers? The color is known as English Cream. Willow is that color. The American Kennel Club (AKC) disqualifies any golden retriever with even a hint of white anywhere on its coat. It also disqualifies dogs with a straight back or large head. This standard is not shared by the KC, the English, and Canadian clubs. In fact, everywhere in the world, other than the US, dogs that look like Willow can be shown and regularly win championships.

Willow is registered with the AKC. Her color is listed as “light yellow.” the lightest allowed by the AKC. Until recently, English Cream colored golden retrievers were very rare here in the US. Apparently, there is a surge in interest. One factor may be because Gus, the English Cream golden on the sitcom “Mom,” played a prominent role. Mrs. Lion and I fell in love with him. It’s the reason I looked for dogs that looked like him.

Willow’s father is from Ukraine. Her mother was born here in Washington. Breeders are responding to the demand for this color dog. Willow is all golden retrievers. She may have creamy white fur, but she is every bit the same as Daisy underneath it. Well, not the same. This breed exhibits a lot of individuality. It’s one of the things I love about it.

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