How could I forget to tell you? We’ve had a new addition since a few days before Christmas!!! A puppy!!! Another miniature Brussels Griffon. (When I got my first one, the breeder said that they’re addictive and I’d never be able to have just one. Ha!!! I thought….yeah, right, sure….just what I need, two dogs…..well, she was right. I had my second one within the year, and eventually had three of them at the same time. I have a little princess now, named ‘Gracie’, her photo is in the section about my dogs. I added 2 more a year after I got her. And now this is my fourth!!! Uh oh!!!).
She is really adorable and very tiny, and I think she’ll stay smaller than the others (most adult Griffs are about l2 pounds, I think she may stay more in the 8 lb range). Brussels Griffs look like creatures from outer space, like Ewoks, with squashed faces. This one has a funny black patch on her face, right in the middle, and looks like a monkey. I got her in New York on my way through from Paris, and I just couldn’t resist her. I was going to ‘just look’. You know how that goes. I ‘looked’ her right out the door and took her home. And she is soooo cute (an opinion not shared by Gracie, who is NOT amused by the new arrival, but she still has senior status). She will be four months old on Thursday. And just as it happens with babies, you forget how much work a puppy is!!! I have a short memory for things like that, which made it easier to have nine children!!! She arrived with a ton of equipment. I kept her in a playpen to keep her from getting into trouble when I was busy, and from getting hurt by the other dogs or stepped on, when she was still too tiny. And she rapidly learned how to catapult herself out of it. (She must have some kind of unseen spring mechanism, because you turn your back for one second, and she is out of the playpen and happily marching down the hall to see what mischief she can get into.). She’s really cute. I love the breed because they are loving, very affectionate, not aggressive, not barky, (don’t shed), and they sleep a lot, which makes them an easy breed to live with. They don’t need constant entertainment. She’s teething, so she chews on everything right now, most of all me. She has toys, blankets, beds in all corners of the house, gets lots of attention, and seems to have a sweet nature. And she looks a little like a bird just hatched out of an egg just now, with that still surprised look to be here.
We had a hard time finding a name for her, and decided to call her Ruby. I’m not sure the name suits her yet, and I seem to call her ‘monkey’ more often than Ruby. She looks like one, and has a very impish nature. She has reddish blonde hair (Griffs come in black too, like my Meg) and a black face. She takes lots of time, attention and energy….but…..she’s a keeper!!!!!