It was Love at First Sight!

Was I ready? Did I want to devote time to raising a puppy? Would I have enough energy to be chasing him around, visiting pet stores, and teaching him how to play fetch the ball?

Meet Finley! He became part of our family on August 10th.


Finley was 2 months old when we adopted him making our home his forever home. He was shy, loved to cuddle with his stuffed toys and with people.


The only harness that would fit him was really for a kitten. The first day I put him in it and took him outside, he stepped out of it, one leg and then the other; leaving me holding the leash.


Finley’s first snow day was in early December. He loved exploring ย the porch and wearing his new green Winter parka.


Finley loves to chew!


Training takes a long time, and Finley’s motivation to learn comes from a lot of treats. He likes rewards for all his hard work. He loves playing fetch the ball, but sometimes when he gets the ball and holds it in his mouth, he won’t give it back to me, which always makes me laugh. On rainy days we play fetch the ball inside. I toss the ball down the hallway and Finley runs after it. Finley is very smart; once he hid in the bedroom. When I found him he was sitting on a chair in the corner of the room waiting for me, with the ball in his mouth. My husband is a golfer, as you can see Finley likes golf too.

Now you know why I’ve been silent these past six months. I’ve been busy!

Yes, it’s been a lot of work. But, it has been fun! Every day Finley does something to make me laugh. He barks at animals on the television. He loves stealing shoes and socks. And he makes sure I get my exercise; every day we go for walks around the neighborhood.ย Finley is not aggressive. He is gentle and loves children, adults and other dogs. He is the perfect pet!



  29 comments for “It was Love at First Sight!

  1. danielle2501
    February 17, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    I like your new post ๐Ÿ™‚



  2. February 17, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    I love Findley he is so cute I understand how busy you must be I bet he will be a good gardening buddy Thanks for sharing your new little friend Love Janie

    M J McCabe-Garden Design



    • February 18, 2019 at 2:47 pm

      Finley loves going outside! Being a spaniel, its nose to the ground and he’s onto a scent.
      I’m loving your beautiful website!


  3. Sandy Narinuzzi
    February 17, 2019 at 7:59 pm

    Toby it looks like you have a new baby Finley keeping you busy and happy! Give Jim a hug! Miss you!
    Sandy Marinuzzi


  4. February 17, 2019 at 8:12 pm

    A real cutie, who is going to reward you many times over.


    • February 18, 2019 at 2:44 pm

      Thank you! He is a joy!
      I love reading your posts and seeing your gorgeous photos!


  5. February 17, 2019 at 8:45 pm

    Welcome Finley! What a cutie.


    • February 18, 2019 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you!
      I love reading your posts. I always look forward to your beautiful photos and writing!

      Liked by 1 person

      • February 23, 2019 at 10:55 pm

        Thank you, some weeks it is easier than others. I get so much from the blogs I follow, they make me think and see things differently. Give Finley a pat for me!

        Liked by 1 person

      • February 25, 2019 at 1:35 pm

        I learn more about writing from reading your blog. Your writing is concise and descriptive.
        I will give Finley a pat for you. ๐Ÿ™‚


  6. Kim Stafford
    February 17, 2019 at 9:50 pm

    He is gorgeous!!


  7. Jeff- Bunty
    February 18, 2019 at 3:15 am

    Cute as a button! Like having a new baby. We can say first handed
    heโ€™s a sweet ball of energy. Lucky puppy, great parents.
    Love B/J


  8. Tony King
    February 18, 2019 at 6:48 am

    He’s a “beaut”….as always love your prose…can’t wait for your next installment…

    Best T.K.


  9. February 18, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    He is precious and just the right fit…for you all!


  10. Marie Marland
    February 18, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    He is so adorable. I want to hold him. What a love. ๐Ÿ’•


  11. shirleysears
    February 19, 2019 at 7:17 pm

    OMGoodness. I fell in love with your latest blog the moment I saw Finley. Isn’t he the cutest ever!! He’s filled out since you got him, making him even more handsome.


    • February 25, 2019 at 1:31 pm

      Thank you! He is cute especially when he looks at you with those big brown eyes, you just want to hold him in your arms and hug him.


  12. Beth
    February 24, 2019 at 9:55 pm

    Finley is one lucky pup!! Puppies bring such love and joy to our lives!!! xoxoxox


  13. Amy
    February 25, 2019 at 5:27 pm

    What a sweet new puppy to love, and what precious photos! Wishing you many years of happy companionship. xoxo


    • February 25, 2019 at 6:17 pm

      Thank you! Yes, Finley is sweet especially after he’s had his walk and nap. ๐Ÿ™‚


  14. Jean Kaminski
    February 8, 2020 at 5:37 pm

    What a cuite – love your blog and enjoy reading about you. Like the connection.


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