His name is Mack and he's a black and white boxer puppy (same breed as our Lucy girl.)
We decided to get another dog so Lucy would have a companion and so eventually we can leave both dogs in Birmingham when we travel back and forth to the Compound (home of 43 dogs.) Lucy LOVES the Compound - so much, in fact, that when we come back to Birmingham she will lay around and mope for days, sometimes not eating a bite until she's practically starved herself skinny. I wanted her to have a reason to be happy to be at home (and let's face it, walking a dog while trying to keep up with a 5, 3, and 1 year old on their respective bike, trike and wagon just ain't happening.) So I'll admit it was sort of so Lucy would get some extra exercise too without having to be walked up the street every day. And so far it's worked! In fact Lucy doesn't quite get a break unless we put Mackster in his crate. They play and wrestle and roll around all day long. Lucy wasn't too sure of him at first and growled a few times, but once he realized his 'place' he quickly learned what he could and couldn't do to his new big sister. He's doing ok with potty training and I'm hoping having Lucy going out will help him learn. We went ahead and rolled up the rugs in the house and gated the hallways leading to the carpeted areas, so hopefully that will help too. We've certainly enjoyed our first few weeks with this little dude.
Here are some pictures from the last couple weeks.
Riding home in the car after we bought him.
I stopped at a rest area on the way back; I actually stopped at this very same rest area and ate at this same picnic table after picking up Lucy 6 years ago, a couple months after we were married. I can't believe I've got 3 kids in tow now. :)
Mack LOVES the kids' PB chairs. He has taken up residence in Emma Kate's and she's none too happy about it.
First attempt at walking 3 kids and 2 canines. It felt more like a parade. :)