Living with a Puppy Emoji

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

You haven’t been waiting for a puppy update? Gee, that’s too bad. You’re gonna get one.

Wile E. is doing great. She’s about 50% bigger than when we first got her, but she’s still a great size. Mr. Hallock is training her on the recall and how to sit for treats: the important things. She came to us nearly housebroken, though. We had trouble at the beginning with her destroying our power cords of all things, but with the right size chew toys, this problem has cleared up.

However, she may be a bit spoiled. This is our third spoiled dog in a row. I wonder why we always get the spoiled ones? *ahem*

This triptych of a bone steal gives you an idea of what I’m talking about. We were puppy-sitting our friends’ pooch, Shea, who is just a love bug. Notice how unhappy Wile E. (right) is with her small rawhide to start. But guess who ends up with the big bone at the end?

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Shea: “What happened?”
Wile E.: (muffled) “Wuf sa maffer?”

What can I say? She’s an only dog-slash-child. But, never fear, because after playing, playing, and playing, the two curled up together to nap on the dog bed. It was so cute. I hope the pictures give you all the dopamines they do me. Happy (belated) National Puppy Day!

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Wile E.’s First Day in the Good Place

Wile E. Coyote namesake pup for Jennifer Hallock author of Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Today was the big day! We arrived at a parking lot to pick up our Alabama-born pup, Wile E. (“Wiley”). She was safely and carefully transported with 26 other dogs—including her eight littermates—in a single 24-hour trip.

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

First, a littermate was lifted out of the van, and everyone oohed and awed. Then the two-legged reached in for Wile E. and brought her out of the van. This is the first time we got to lay eyeballs on the new center of our lives. “They just keep getting cuter and cuter,” someone said as Wile E. was lifted out.

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Wile E. got to play with her littermates—and others—one last time before we took her home. This little girl has the ability to look pitiful in pictures, but she was one of the happiest, most active players in the pen. Her tail was wagging the whole time. I felt so bad taking her away from them that I set her down outside the pen to say goodbye, forgetting the rule about not letting the pups walk around on public park spaces. (Their immune system is not totally developed yet, hence the bedsheets in the playpen.) Whoops! I picked her back up and took her away to the car. Predictably, she whined.

But not for long. I was expecting her to howl for an hour and a half, all the way home, but she quieted quickly in Mr. Hallock’s arms. She welcomed her new human overlords as easily as Kent Brockman:

Once home, though, she was not so sure about the snow. She tried to stick next to the house, sitting on the leaves.

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Soon she embraced her new New England normal. By the time we walked around the pond a few times, Wile E. learned to love the snow.

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

That high tail means she’s a happy girl. She even came in close to give kisses.

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

And after a long day of getting used to us, snow, and everything else, it was time to drag a big bone by the fire and chew. It’s been a confusing, but great first day. Thanks to the great people at For Dog’s Sake Rescue (the adopting organization in New Hampshire) and Sasha’s Hope Rescue (our pup’s home for the first 12 weeks of her life) for bringing us this adorable girl. Both are tremendous organizations who give every possible dollar and every possible hour to these lucky, lucky dogs. You guys are the best.

Wile E. Dog of Jennifer Hallock author of the Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Wile E. Dog, Super Genius

Wile E. Coyote namesake pup for Jennifer Hallock author of Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

I talked Mr. Hallock into a puppy. He did not stand a chance once he saw this picture. This little pup is about half-ish Border Collie and half-mutt. Many of her littermates (the “Broadway Babies,” with one even called Hamilton!) are still up for adoption, so check out the rescue here. They’ve named this little girl Matilda, but we have a different idea in mind:

Mr. Hallock and I thought that poor Wile E. needed to catch a break, and getting us as dog parents is a pretty big stroke of luck. Our Wile E. (“Wiley”) arrives February 10th from Alabama, and I can hardly wait. Get ready for puppy pictures!

Wile E. Coyote namesake pup for Jennifer Hallock author of Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Wile E. Coyote namesake pup for Jennifer Hallock author of Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.

Wile E. Coyote namesake pup for Jennifer Hallock author of Sugar Sun steamy historical romance series. History ever after.