Tuesday, 16 August 2011

meet mabel

Anyone who knows me will know that for many months I have been saying that I cannot possibly have another dog with the house on the market, Northfield Primitives being busier than ever and with the prospect of leaving Early Years Foundation Stage (where I have taught for 10 out of the last 11 years) to go teach a less familiar curriculum in Year 1 in the 'big school'. I have had this conversation aloud with myself, and all my friends and relations *several times!  However with the news from my colleague that Bea was expecting her 2nd litter of labrador puppies, it was probably inevitable that I would end up adopting one...so on Wednesday my little pup had her first vaccinations and was able to leave her 9 brothers and sisters and check out her new home...

Mabel 18/08/11
...and here she is, 8 weeks old, sitting under the willow and fascinated by the noise and movement of the shutter on the camera (enjoying one of her quieter moments!)
Mabel is simply adorable, mischievous, cuddly, inquisitive, and most definitely a thinker - weighing up what is in it for her before she decides to do / not so something!   Luckily my mum and dad (via a friend of there's) introduced me to a series of books by Jan Fennell and so Mabel's training has begun in earnest.

So far things are going well.  She has slept through the night from the beginning after following Jan's tips and we have cracked the toileting in only 3 days (no accidents inside since Friday afternoon).  We are visiting family tomorrow so all will no doubt go pear shaped before long!
My Northfield shops will remain closed for another couple of weeks I expect while I catch up on orders and continue to work whilst Mabel is asleep!  There is also the small matter of getting to grips with preparations for the coming term...but we won't think too much about that this week! 

7 comments:

Helen said...

Oh, she's so sweet! I can see why you gave her a home - just gorgeous! Congratulations on cracking the house training and good luck for Y1!

fee @ chipper nelly said...

Hello - how adorable is she - and I know I'm biased, but great name!
Enjoy the rest of your summer (so glad you are busy with your makes - I've closed for a month to try and find my making mojo).
fee x
did you know Cleggy is an EY consultant? you would no doubt like hos blog www.abcdoes.com
sorry to bore you if I've mentioned it before!

Carol said...

Oh she is lovely, hope you have lots of fun together.
Carol xx

hensteeth said...

Who could resist that pretty little nose and those eyes????
When you have had the wonderful company of a dog for many years, home just isn't home without one.
x

Foxtail Lilly said...

Oh,so sweet!!!Im so glad you got a dog! Txxsurr

Foxtail Lilly said...

Dont know what the surr!! was on the end (in case you thought, id lost the plot??)

Foxtail Lilly said...

Hi,Sarah- tied to email you but no go. I had a wierd email sent to me but I know It was not from you(if that makes sence?) Ring me sometime . Love T -Hope your getting on ok ,with Mabel -she looks adorable!! Txxx