We are Nuts

Good morning everyone. Well I just had to say it before you did. Yes, we are truly nuts. Now we have gone and added one more adventure to our already full lives. As you can see she is some cunnin’. We have named her Colby. We had a sign… literally. We were in the car brainstorming names on the way to get her at WalMart (yes, you heard it right) and there at the Waterville exit was a sign for Colby College. Colby just happens to be dear Mary’s alma mater. It is also the name of one of my favorite ledges in Jericho Bay, the Colby Pup. It just seemed to fit just like the way she came to us. Nothing about our Sunday was going to be different than any other except that I just happened to be helping a friend get her generator back in the barn while Jen and the kids met her new puppy Sherman. They fell in love… so easy to do. We called and there were had two pups from the same litter available… no commitments yet.

We had been having the long family debate for weeks about the kids involvement where they swore allegiance to the cause nineteen ways to Sunday (talk is cheap). Finally late in the day Jen called only to discover that another family was going to adopt her, now the last in her litter. Long story short, after several heart wrenching phone exchanges seems that Colby was meant to come to Appleton. And we have some very happy campers on our hands… Colby included. Now Jen will have an office friend for the summer and the real work of training begins.

Have a great day. Be well. Do good.


  1. Congratulations! We have raised 12 Labrador puppies from seven weeks to adulthood, one yellow, two black and tan, and nine black. All were superb animals in health, temperament and willingness to work as guides for the blind. One cannot chose a better breed.

  2. In the course of acclimating to a new puppy, in spite of the frustrations about housebreaking,chewing and obedience, you will find an amazing thing about puppies. They have undying, unconditional affection for their human contacts. Enjoy!

  3. Thanks for the wonderful comments folks. Colby's folks are both bird dogs and have great temperaments. We went for a ride this morning and she was just perfect. She went through stores without mishap and when left in the truck for a few moments she napped peacefully. Whether she comes on the boat or not is yet to be decided. We have lots of training to do between now and when she sails. Jen is looking forward to the company in the office. I would like to show her the ledge that is part of her namesake. Time will tell.

  4. Sailor Colby…hmmm, sounds good.
    I have it on good authority that the 1st mate truly loves doggies…except possibly while varnishing.

  5. CONGRATULATIONS! As a lifetime dog owner, I can tell you that this is the best and most rewarding relationship you will ever have. They say you can choose your friends but not your relatives, but that is not true. Choosing a dog is the best way to choose a relative. I prefer the company of my dog to that of my relatives and people I know. I could not imagine my life if I weren't sharing it with a dog. I'm asking the same question as Carolyn: Will Colby be a boat dog? I hope so. Welcome dear Colby, Bienvenido. Abrazos, Michele

  6. I look forward to meeting and hopefully sailing with Colby. My two lab buddies Mac and Bosco will be so envious of Colby if he gets to sail. They simply love the water.

  7. Guinness at the Shipyard says, "Welcome to the world of windjammers, Colby. You're going to love your new job as office assistant."

  8. Being a cat lover, I must inquire…How does Gussie feel about this new addition?

  9. It is true, A dog is a best man's friend. I had a Border Collie for 16 years, was the best friend I'll ever have, was a best friend to the town's kids, couldn't go swimming without bringing Scottie. He had working parents, just "caught on" to whatever, soon you won't know how you lived before her. So, now you are a family of 6.

    Thanks for naming her Colby, think Mary is pleased, was this a devine intervention? Thanks Mary.


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