For Exacto's and Fluffy's birthdays this year, Nana and Grandpa gave them a very exciting gift. (This was with prior consultation and approval from me and DC, thank goodness.:))
She was born on February 12, 2008 in Snowflake, AZ. When Nana and Grandpa came to visit in late March, they brought pictures of her and her parents and siblings. The boys were SO EXCITED. We decided to follow Grandpa's example of selecting an element from the Periodic Table--his dachshund is Molybdenum "Molly"; we picked Rubidium "Ruby."
It was a little tricky figuring out how to get her from her native land to our house, and the ante was upped when she weaned and came home to stay with my parents! We looked into airfare, but that was ridiculous, even if someone was already flying and just wanted to carry her on. So finally it was settled that we would both drive halfway, meeting in Amarillo, TX. Here's our first meeting, on April 18, 2008. And arriving home - April 19, 2008.
She was so tiny, DC said that we would need a sign that said, "Beware of stepping on dog"!! The first few days were a little rough, since she had tendencies to leak out one end and bite from the other. She was awfully cute, though. Here's a shot of her in her favorite spot during the early weeks.
Now she's 4 months old, and she has grown super fast. I think she must be at least 3 times the size she was when we got her. Exacto and Fluffy have begun training her, and she's catching on quick! (They have a lot of motivation, because they earn computer minutes for the minutes they spend training her. :)) I wonder if we should have named her "Mercury". She is in CONSTANT MOTION! We love our little Ruby-Roo, as Hummer calls her.