Saturday, April 4, 2009

Meeting Murphy

(Post from last Tuesday)

Howdy-Ho from Californ-i-o!

The girls and I are visiting my parents here in the beautiful foothills of the Sierra Nevadas in a tiny town called Magalia.

It's absolutely gorgeous now that Spring has Sprung -- the trees are budding and blooming, the tulips are popping up, there are fields of wildflowers on the sides of the freeways.

And it's truly amazing to see all the new growth in the areas that last year's horrible fires affected. Fire is a natural process (although this particular one was arson) and so the earth is turned and various species of plants grow where they weren't before.

But the highlight of our visit (and the original purpose) was to meet Murphy, my parents' new dog. Murphy is a three year old Doxiepoo. He is seriously the most unique looking dog I've ever seen. Check him out...


He's got four inch legs and long, long body that tapers towards his backside. His head is huge and his snout is loooooonnnnggggg. Murphy's crowning beauty, though, are his gorgeous golden curls!

My girls, Hayley especially, have been having the best time playing with Murphy. They've been playing with, training, feeding, brushing, cuddling and loving up this mellow little guy! And he seems to love every minute of it! (I'm not sure, though, who's loving it more -- him or Hayley!)

I do believe that when we leave on Thursday afternoon, I am going to have two very sad daughters.


Brushing Murphy's teeth....





Teaching him to sit...





Teaching him tricks...













Cuddling in the sun...






Lovin' him up...



















and....


trying to take him home!