Winnie the Aussie at 12 Weeks Old

A whole month has gone by since we welcomed this freckle-nosed rascal into our lives. I just really, really love her. She’s still small and mischievous but she’s slowly learning more and more commands, and she hasn’t had an accident inside in at least two weeks. Thank ye, gods of potty-training. She rings a bell by the door when she has to go out and she fixes me with the most impatiently sassy look while I pile on my boots, scarf, hat, gloves, and coat to let her out.


Our obedience class instructor recommended we institute short “time outs” whenever the puppy play-bites human skin. Well, Winnie’s favorite pastimes are nappin’, poopin’, and nippin’ at my ankles, knees, and toes. I give her two warnings where I yell, “OUCH!” and redirect with a toy. The third time she comes in for flesh (she’s like the shark from Jaws with my tootsies), I have to say, “Timeout!” and I hook her up to a short leash in the hallway and ignore her for two minutes. The first time I did it, I felt terrible. She whined and moaned and when I unhooked her after 120 seconds, she gave me this look like, “You traitorous, good-for-nothing bitch!” and ran away down the hallway. OH, TO BE A MOM! ;)

Anyway, here’s some new photos of Winnie, who is now 3 whole months old. Time, feel free to slow down. Kthanks.


laundry day!



the wolfpack

the wolfpack


a levitating puppy

a levitating puppy checks in on me during a late-night writing session




  1. Adorable, adorable, adorable!

  2. She is such a cutie!

  3. The hamper picture cracks me up, but the floating Winnie vine? Died. So glad you are having fun with the new pup!

    • Thanks, Maura! I’m sure everyone thinks we’re nuts but we are having TOO much fun with her. One of our friends said, “You guys act like she’s a prop!” A really cute prop, yes.

  4. Awesome photos (“most interesting dog in the world” in the laundry is my favorite), glad to see things are going well. I have no idea how the science behind it works, but puppy teeth must be made of jagged steel, they are absurdly sharp. I was happy to see those suckers fall out during teething.

  5. I don’t think it’s possible that she could be any cuter!

  6. literally could never get enough of that face! so funny because in another 12 weeks that little thing will be growing!

  7. Such a sweetie pie!! Omg. Sounds like you are doing great with her!!

  8. I cannot get over how beautiful she is!!!!

  9. I cannot decide which is cuter the nose or the eyes – what a sweetie pie – getting so big too:) Happy Hump Day!

  10. I just love her! She is way too cute. She reminds me so much of Max when he was little!

  11. Oh she is so adorable

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