the new pup

Fritz…Need I Say More?

Today’s weather picked up right where yesterday’s left off. It was such a bright and sunny beautiful day….And so, we traveled to meet my parents and brother to celebrate Ben’s belated birthday.

My parents had such a hard time deciding whether they wanted to get another pup or not…after their Brandy died, everyone was so sad, as he had lived a very long life and was such a good little companion.

Now that little Fritz is on the scene, it is so awesome how a tiny little fellow, weighing less than 8 /12 pounds could have such an impact on my family’s lives.  Since they got Fritz when he was a wee little pupkin,  the bond is just tremendous. He has grown into a very handsome and debonair fellow…a real charmer, with a tail that waggles faster than a metronome keeping time to Flight of the Bumblebee….




Fritz, Again!

Yesterday, we made a little day trip down to Olean, New York, to meet with my parents and brother, Randy. We hadn’t gotten together with them to celebrate Christmas as it seems like there are just so many appointments and activities that keep us so busy! Add to that the threats of winter storms and we just haven’t made any trips that way.

The weather here has been so unusual…..the temperatures are rising every day. At night, the temperatures haven’t been receding, but staying warm, or even rising. So very unusual! We have had many “January thaws” in the past, but they only last a day or two!

Since yesterday was promising to remain warm, we called my parents and they said it would be convenient for them to meet, so we decided on a restaurant and were on our way.

We ate, then exchanged presents. However, the *highlight* of our meeting was seeing little Fritz once again!


I cannot believe how much the little fellow has grown.


When Fritz saw me, he wiggled back and forth, nearly squirming right out of my father’s arms. As I got close to him, he lunged into my face and began a thorough face washing, not missing any area at all! He is such a cute little fellow and just so full of life! My mother chuckled as she told me that instead of doing housework or something that might need attending, she and my dad find themselves getting down on the floor to play with the frisky little pup! He is such a sweet little boy and he just wants to play all the time!

My mom kept telling me that Fritz’s nose was getting longer and “pointier”. Well, in this pose, it certainly is evident she is correct!


We had a good time, talking and catching up on the latest news, but little Fritz really stole the spotlight! Puppies are just so much fun and my mother said it best when she asked what they did before Fritz?

A Quick Trip!

 Yesterday afternoon, we left the Bristolwood for a brief trip to Erie, Pennsylvania. The kids had made plans to attend another wild night at Splash Lagoon!  What is Splash Lagoon? Well, if you had been reading here last November and March, you would know that it is an indoor water park!

Family Life Ministries, located about 40 miles from our home, sponsers this event every March and November.  Kids can take a bus, but Mark and I enjoy the opportunity to escape for a day, so we drive them.  The doors open at 10:30 pm, and the kids have a party until 3 am! During this time, they play on the slides and just have a ball! They are also served pizza and a drink during this time.

As we head to Erie, we pass near my parents’ home, so we usually make it a point to stop by for a visit. I called my mom and told her we were coming, so we went to the Rod and Gun Club they belong to for a fish fry.  This place serves food that is wonderful, and the pricing is almost too good to be true. We visited at my parents’ home for a bit after dinner.

When we arrived at the house, little Fritz was delighted to see us! Michelle and I got on the floor to visit with the tiny “Dashing Hound” and he bounced back and forth, racing like a little bolt of lightening and licking us with endless puppy kisses!


Little Fritz weighs about 2 pounds more than the last time we saw him, but the biggest change in his physique is that hs nose has “stretched” out, making him appear more like an adult Dachshund.

It was nearly impossible to capture the little pup, as he was wound like the Energizer Bunny, hopping anxiously back and forth and jumping up at me with his sweet kisses!

He did light for a few seconds….


Can you believe this face?


We left and began our trip to Erie. As we drove along, we faced rain and at one point, snow.  There is a stretch that we passed through that is the “snow belt” and there were several inches of snow deposited on the ground, likely lake effect snow from Lake Erie.

We arrived at Splash Lagoon with plenty of time to spare. As soon as the kids entered the building, I hopped into the back seat, along with Murphy, and took a nap. I slept pretty much until the kids returned back at 3. 

We drove down to our “usual” parking spot and slept until daybreak. Well, the kids slept, anyway. Mark and I sat and watched Mr. Deeds, which Mark had put on my I-Pod.  I was a bit put off by the senseless innuendos and stupid sexual remarks, but otherwise, the movie was funny.  We watched for quite some time, when the movie just ended, prematurely.

I rarely ever take the time to sit and watch a movie. I just find that there are so many other worthy tasks at hand, it seems foolish for me to sit and watch something that I usually find worthless….I couldn’t believe that I had sat through nearly the whole movie, only to find the end was missing! Ah well, Mark told me the ending.

Daybreak came shortly before 7 am, so when it was 7, Mark and I awakened the kids to let them know we were going to look in a store for a little while. They slept in the pickup bed and upon our return, they looked like twin “mummies”, wrapped in down comforters!

Here is Splash Lagoon by daylight….



And this was on the ground in the parking lot! Erie had gotten socked with some snow last  Thursday, to the tune of a few inches. This was heaped up from the plows and was actually melting.  The temperature averaged about 36-40 degrees during our little “campout”.  


 Yes, I know….we could stay in a motel overnight, but it seems so senseless for only a few hours, and there is something so “special” about this time we spend every few months….

We stopped once again at my parents’ home on the way home. Today was Mark’s birthday, so we had cake and ice cream, along with a delicious lunch! And, of course, little Fritz was such a good little host, kissing us ferociously!

We arrived home again at about 6 this evening. Needless to say, we are all dragging a bit and the thought of snuggling into a warm and cozy bed sounds nearly luxurious!  Of course, the temperature in the house was 55, feeling much warmer than the 29 outside, but I found it rather urgent to immediately make a fire in the stove!

‘Tis so nice to be home again in the Bristolwood!

Meet Fritz!


Today we traveled to meet my parents at our favorite restaurant *and* to meet the new Dachshund puppy…

As soon as Mark parked the truck, I was out in a flash to meet the little fellow. I love dogs so much, and this little fellow is so special!

My parents and brother announced that the puppy now has a name! They began calling him Fritz yesterday!

I took many pictures of the new lad, but was sadly disappointed when many turned out to be mere blurs of a rambunctious little puppy! Trying to photograph this little boy was certainly a challenge, as he never stays still for more than a second or two.





Look how *tiny* Fritz looks walking through that “field” of tall (not!) grass!!!





My brother, Randy, had no idea whatsoever that they were getting the new puppy. You cannot imagine Randy’s delight when he came home from work last Friday to find little Fritz sitting in the dining room. Randy’s face tells all…Little Fritz will never lack love living in his new home!


The New Man at My Parents’ Home!

Back on the first of October when we met my parents for dinner, Mom and Dad confided in us about a “little secret” that we weren’t to share with my brother, Randy.

 In February of 2004, they had to put their dear little Dachshund, Brandy, to sleep. He had been with them for 17 years, and this was just so heartbreaking.  When he was gone, they said no more dogs.  Earlier in the winter, my father fell out back while taking Brandy outside and actually fractured his skull!

As is so common to those who love the companionship of a dog, Mom and Randy both started talking about how they would love to get another little Dachshund. They talked about it so many times, but the timing just wasn’t right.

On 12 October, Randy came home from work, and there to meet him was a tiny little bundle of fur in the form of a long-haired black and tan miniature Dachshund!


I cannot WAIT to get my hands on this little fellow! He is so cute! I can’t wait to meet him and take lots of pictures, too! These photos are some my mother took.


The little fellow hasn’t a name as yet, although I love the name Fritz and Mark and I are voting for that! Any other ideas? German (names)  would be good!