Well, after close to 14 hours of driving and stopping, we're home and getting settled with our pug baby of joy. Seamus was born and raised for his first 8 weeks by Cheryl and Jay Puckett of Puckett Ridge Pugs & Dachsunds. They're about two hours south of god-awful Lynchburg, VA which was a real treat to drive through on the way down. To say that Jerry Falwell has turned that town into the fifth circle of hell is an understatement; it is RIDICULOUSLY confusing to navigate and we stopped out of sheer annoyance at a Sheetz there and feared for our life. We also happened to drive through on the day that Liberty University seniors were graduating, so not only were there young Christian bigots, but their parents and extended family as well! Nevertheless, we plotted on and made it to Seamus safe and unscathed. Cheryl and Jay are a sweet retired couple with a soft spot for pugs and dachshunds. We are very pleased with our experience!
He is the most precious of pups...full of energy and curiosity, and much more so than most puppies I've seen! He loves gnawing on fabric (specifically shirts and Em's Red Sox hat), thinks his puppy pad is a toy and attacks it with growls and gnawing, and has a special place in his heart for a bright fuschia crinkly and squeaky platypus. He carries it around in his mouth, though it is close to as big as he is!
Today we're going to take it easy. He seemed a little overwhelmed by the size of our apartment, so we set up his puppy playpen to give him some boundaries. He spent a lot of time growing up with his sisters in a whelping crate, so he feels safer confined. He likes to touch noses with people, over and over again until he knows who you are. He gnaws and snorgles on things until he falls asleep, and he likes to "chin" things like arm-crooks, his squeaky pig ball and a chew rope we got him. Em's toes are more delicious than mine, he eats like a champ, and is wholly unsure of how to navigate grass. He prefers sunshine to night, loves the color green and didn't have any accidents in his crate. His ears are softer than soft and shaped like mini-tortilla chips, and his tail hasn't yet curled. His belly is plump and soft, too. We are so so happy!
I'm going to continue to post pictures of Seamus in his Flickr stream, which you are more than welcome to visit. There are a few videos there too! Enjoy our little guy...we're already madly in love.
Also, Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there! I guess I'm kind of like a mom now, too!