The Newest Resident of Farmhouse38

Hello, Phoebe!

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'

My nephew also says hi!

We didn’t set out to get a puppy.  I knew we would bring home another little soul sometime (I was thinking, perhaps, in the spring), but the universe had its own plans.  We got wind that this little girl was on her way to the shelter; here was this bright-eyed, sweet-faced puppy, complete with all original parts (no tail docking–joy!!), and the Texan and I both knew we were done for.  She was not going to the pound on our watch.  I just wish we could take in more.

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'

How could we say no to the sad puppy eyes!  Kryptonite!  Put them away!

She is now ten weeks old (by best guess) and full of piss and vinegar.  The White Dog has been uncertain; afterall, the puppy is so tiny that she is virtually squashed by only one boxer-bop (in Abbie’s world, your worth is measured by how well you can wrestle).

Here’s a short video that shows the mortal peril the puppy faces just from being tiny:

But Abbie is slowly coming around.

The Newest Addition to the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'

It’s a big deal when Abbie shares her bed.

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'.

Puppy spooning.

While I have struggled emotionally with taking this step (it is still a bit soon for me), she has won me over with her shenanigans.  I would expect nothing less from a boxer.  She is also very willing to learn, to cuddle, to roll up into a wiggly kidney bean when she’s excited, to keep your lap warm, and to deliver an endless, stinky supply of puppy kisses.

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'.

Here’s a short video showing Phoebe’s domination of the stairs (at first she was afraid, she was petrified…but then she got the hang of it after Abbie showed her a thing or two):

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 'Barnyard'.

Funny how the only photos I can get of her are while she is sleeping. Otherwise she is a blur of floppy ears and tail.

Here is an example of the blur:

The Newest Member of the Farmhouse38 Crew

And then we must rest.

She’s been doing great with the cats and the chickens (although the ginger-chicken has chased her off a few times, but that’s what the ginger-chicken do).  Nix already calls her by name (although, for the record, when the bird says ‘Phoebe’ it comes out sounding like ‘Seebie’, but she gets an ‘A’ for effort. Well, maybe more of an ‘A-‘).  She has even gotten the stamp of approval from cousin Milo, the Frenchie (who is not too big to wrestle with).

All-in-all, I think she’s a great fit for us.  I look forward to when she is big enough to box because there is just nothing more joyful than two boxers duking it out for fun.

Welcome to the chaos, Feebs!

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59 thoughts on “The Newest Resident of Farmhouse38

  1. cindyricksgers December 11, 2013 at 4:46 pm Reply

    oh, she’s a cutie! And lucky to have you!

  2. Dianne December 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm Reply

    How could some one even think of sending that baby to the shelter? I think you were
    hood-winked! Looking forward to seeing lots more of Phoebe!

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm Reply

      I don’t understand how any dogs wind up in shelters! She had actually been passed around to several people who decided they couldn’t keep her before she found us.

  3. Kathi December 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply

    OMG! Cuteness overload! Thanks for sharing, it made my day:)

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 5:37 pm Reply

      Awww, thanks for commenting, Kathi!

  4. Deb Weston December 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm Reply

    There is nothing more of a joy than new life. She is beautiful and a very lucky girl! And sooooo much entertainment! lol Congratulations 🙂

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

      Thanks, Deb! She is definitely entertaining. And my nephew’s expression in the first photo just says it all, right? 🙂

  5. Susan Pleasant December 11, 2013 at 5:38 pm Reply

    She is precious. She will be bring much joy. Merry Christmas from the Pleasants.

    Sent from my iPhone

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 8:08 pm Reply

      Thanks, Susan! Same to you and yours! 😀

  6. Susan December 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm Reply

    I did the same thing after we lost our dog in April. Went on the pounds website and even though I knew it was too soon I did it anyway. We now have 2 rescues and it’s been great. It is difficult right after you lose a pet you loved so much, but there’s never a bad time to rescue a pet from the shelter. She’s so adorable!

  7. Julie's garden blog December 11, 2013 at 6:11 pm Reply

    Magic photos .. Gorgeous pooch!

  8. Heidi Dennison December 11, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

    Congratulations on the new addition to your family…she’s adorable! She will definitely help you heal emotionally. Looking forward to reading of and seeing pictures of all her crazy antics…. Merry Christmas to you all! 🙂

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 8:09 pm Reply

      Aww, thank you, Heidi! Same to you!

  9. Luisa December 11, 2013 at 6:38 pm Reply

    I love her! Yaaay! Thank you for sharing her with us. Looks like your hubby is quiet smitten with her as well 🙂

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

      He definitely is. Thanks for commenting, Luisa! 😀

  10. Evelyn December 11, 2013 at 7:16 pm Reply

    Congratulations! Boxers are wonderful companions. We are a boxer family and we are on our fifth one. They just need to live longer lives like cats do. I said after we lost our last one, I didn’t want to get another because I thought I was going to loose my husband too from heartbreak but I gave in again. They have all given us much joy. I am so glad you saved her! Enjoy and Merry Christmas.

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm Reply

      I totally agree, Evelyn. They definitely don’t have the longest lifespans. Sigh. But they pack a whole lotta punch for the time they are here. 🙂

    • Su December 16, 2013 at 3:45 am Reply

      Such a BEAUTIFUL boxer baby girl! She surely will help with the heartache. God bless you for your rescue and opening your home and heart!
      And, Evelyn, you sound like you live here with us! We are also owned by our fifth boxer – our first boy! All but one have been rescues. He was a year & a half when we got him and weighed 25lbs! He is now 6yrs old and a good 72lbs. He is NOT the typical boy – Harley is very calm – which is probably because of the abuse he endured. Even with all the love and kisses he gets, he is still VERY afraid of loud noises and raised voices. He will not eat until we tell him it’s ok. We still had our Roxie boxer when we got him, and he would never eat until she was done. (and she wasn’t bossy with him at all – like she knew he was “special”) I also keep saying that I don’t want any more after we loose him (hopefully not for a loooong time!) – but every time I see one…like beautiful Phoebe…!!! Ahhh well, it’s all in God’s hands. If he wants us to have another one, He will send one our way! We have never paid for one yet. Each one was given to us – a gift from God.

      • Su December 16, 2013 at 3:54 am

        BTW, our first rescue was a WHITE boxer!! That was back when breeders would kill them because they weren’t “recognized”. Taurus lived 15yrs!!!!! She still acted and played like a puppy til the day she died – which was during surgery for a benign lump on her shoulder. (the vet let it go too long and it got too large and HAD to be removed)Grrrrrr!!

  11. Grow A Good Life December 11, 2013 at 8:24 pm Reply

    How sweet is she! I loved the photo at the very top and the videos had me grinning from ear to ear. It looks like Phoebe has wiggled her way into your hearts.

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 10:26 pm Reply

      That is the truth!! Lol, thanks for commenting.

  12. Patty Lucas December 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm Reply

    Bless you for taking in that little beauty. Remember “Saving just one dog won’t change the world but surely it will change the world for that one dog.” I believe in Karma and boy did you just get a lot of points. Thank you for doing this.

  13. Patti December 11, 2013 at 11:00 pm Reply

    I was having a pooper of a day and then came home to see this. Perked me right back up. She’s a doll. So glad that she found you! She’ll have a wonderful place to live out her doggy life. Many blessings to you and your family this holiday season!!

  14. suzanne morse December 11, 2013 at 11:04 pm Reply

    That little baby will be forever grateful to you and your family…we only have rescues…both feral cats and one little old Frenchie…my life would be so empty without them. Thank you for your kindness and Merry Christmas to you

    • farmhouseK8 December 11, 2013 at 11:23 pm Reply

      Thanks, Suzanne–same to you and yours! 😀

  15. Debbie December 12, 2013 at 12:53 am Reply

    Thank you for giving that sweet boxer a home! We aren’t ready for another boxer yet so I understand how you felt.

    • farmhouseK8 December 12, 2013 at 1:30 am Reply

      Thanks for commenting, Debbie! 🙂

  16. lyn moon December 12, 2013 at 2:30 am Reply

    She is just too cute. Have a Merry Christmas.

  17. Maureen December 12, 2013 at 9:52 am Reply

    Your chuckles prove she found exactly the right home. I’m so glad she never made it to the shelter!

    • farmhouseK8 December 12, 2013 at 3:26 pm Reply

      Us too, Maureen! Lol, thanks for commenting. 🙂

  18. Charlotte Zweigoron December 12, 2013 at 2:32 pm Reply

    So many adorable pictures of Phoebe!! I think there is a correlation between the length of this presentation and the love she has at your house… Lucky dog!! I look forward to lots more adventures of Phoebe at the Pharmhouse. (Sounds like a children’s book…?!)

    • farmhouseK8 December 12, 2013 at 3:28 pm Reply

      LOL, Charlotte! It does! We’ve taken to calling her Feebs– Farmhouse Feebs! LOL. Awesome.

  19. Jon December 12, 2013 at 4:45 pm Reply

    Great photos and pics! I’m a big fan of your chicken posts but a good cuddle puppy post every now and then is good too. That is a lucky dog for sure!

    • farmhouseK8 December 13, 2013 at 2:08 am Reply

      LOL–thanks Jon! Don’t worry, there will be plenty of chicken posts still–and probably plenty of chicken-and-puppy posts. 🙂

  20. Christa December 12, 2013 at 4:55 pm Reply

    What a joy and she is adorable. She is meant to be if all the animals are accepting her. I look forward to more of her escapades!

  21. Katja @ Shift Ctrl Art December 12, 2013 at 11:16 pm Reply

    Such a sweet dog you got there. I am so happy for you! Love the videos 🙂

    • farmhouseK8 December 13, 2013 at 2:09 am Reply

      Thanks, Katja! 😀 She’s a doll. And a troublemaker, too. LOL.

  22. Jenn | Near and Far Montana December 13, 2013 at 2:54 pm Reply

    Oh the adorableness! Such a sweet little face! So much fun is coming your way and keep those puppy videos coming!

  23. Cate December 14, 2013 at 11:51 pm Reply

    I LOVE puppies. She is adorable. Thanks for sharing the videos

    Cate <

  24. Sarabeth December 16, 2013 at 5:54 pm Reply

    Puppies on stairs = so cute! My 6 month old dachshund still hasn’t mastered this task. 🙂

  25. Shannon December 16, 2013 at 9:35 pm Reply

    Congrats Kate! Such wonderful news, and Phoebe is such a perfect name. We’ve been saying that word a lot around here (because we’re seeing them outside!). I didn’t get a chance to view the videos but will come back when I have some time.

  26. jean December 18, 2013 at 2:38 am Reply

    Abbie just couldn’t help herself, I think. Baby puppy just brought out that mama instinct 🙂 I’m glad Phoebe came into your home ’cause all we bloggers know she is going to be much loved.

  27. jean December 18, 2013 at 2:39 am Reply

    By the way, I just had to say, your nephew is such a darling! Love those eyes!!

  28. leighgoodstuff December 18, 2013 at 6:56 am Reply

    Adorable! Every home should have a dog!

  29. Isora December 21, 2013 at 1:46 am Reply

    God bless you, We are a boxer family we are number four we lost 2 and we have 2 more one was rescue we love them they are self- assured ,affectionate regal playful and loyal she is beautiful and lovely

    • farmhouseK8 December 21, 2013 at 3:08 am Reply

      They are the best, aren’t they? 🙂 Thanks for sharing, Isora.

  30. kirbycarespodi December 22, 2013 at 10:08 pm Reply


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