Tuesday, October 13, 2009


Well, the Fluharty family has finally recuperated from the move from the house my family lived in for thirty years to a new house with better dog containment and a swimming pool. People, it was hard! Thirty years of accumulated {crap, treasures, garbage, clothes, books}! But move we did. And six months later there are still tons of boxes in the garage waiting to be unpacked and have their contents moved to their new home. I need to get busy because Stephen says if I haven't used it in six months, I must not need it and should throw it all away. Ahhh!

In this picture, Nicole is standing in my office with Shadow, her long-haired chihuahua.

Stephen is standing on the other side of my office holding Sugar Pie, our tiniest little chihuahua. She was born in early January 2009 and might weigh a pound soaking wet. The vet had a hard time getting her delivered because she had such a big head, so we think she had a bit of oxygen loss as she is deaf {or extremely smart and stubborn, fooling us all}. Her tongue is always stuck out. The vet said it is too long for her snout. She is a doll. We love her to death.

You can see where she likes to hide - mainly anywhere to keep warm, but especially under my shirt. That is her mother sitting on the pillow next to me. She is a long-haired chihuahua as well. Her name is Annie Pie-Pie! We did not really intend for her to have puppies, but she mated with one of our male puppies who looked a lot like Sugar Pie. They are with us almost every moment when we are at home.

When we are playing Rock Band, they are right in the middle of everything. In the picture below you can see our third female chihuahua, LuLu sitting behind me on the top of the sofa...or truthfully, you can see her precious little glowing eyes!

One reason we really love the new house is the grandness of this room. We have a futon in front of the sofa which allows room for all four dogs to be sitting with us while we watch the television or play games. It is also large enough to have another love seat and massage chair to either side of the couch. Still with all of this furniture in the room, there is plenty of space for the dogs to run and play. And the wet bar, and the fireplace. We spend most of our time either here or in my office when we are at home.

Here is a close-up picture of Sugar Pie. Even though it is blurry (hard to get that little bundle of fun to stay still), I love the picture. She has the sweetest little face and looks almost like a deer.
The next picture is a close-up of Sugar's mother, Annie. We were surprised that long-coat chihuahuas seem to have a mix of long and short coats when they have puppies. Annie only had three puppies and two were short-hairs.
The floors in the new house are wonderful - we can sweep and mop frequently in the event of accidents or shedding of too much hair. That is a blessing after our last house with carpet and wood floors.

Another benefit is the large fenced in backyard. The dogs love to run and play. LuLu and Sugar like to find small branches and limbs to chew on - in Sugar's case, they are often twice her size. The pool is just to the right of where they are standing. The first day we moved in, Sugar took a running leap into the pool. It was very funny. She knew how to swim, but we scooped her right out since it was a little cold.

We also have a covered porch on the back of the house. It is a wonderful place to sit and watch the rain. The dogs only see it as a place to run with their sticks so they can fight over them. Again, this is LuLu and Sugar. Sugar is three days older than LuLu and they think of themselves as sisters. Although LuLu is much bigger than Sugar, she is usually very gentle with her. With us however, she greets us by nipping at our hands.
And this final picture is of our friend Mia, who lives with us part-time. She works with me at the library. We like having her come over a few days a week - I mean every house should have at least one redhead!

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