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Meet Gertie!

Blogstalkers, meet the newest member of the McGowan family… GERTIE!

We picked up this 8-week-old Havanese puppy yesterday, and ohmygoodness, we’re so in love with her! She’s technically a present for Dorothy’s first birthday, which isn’t until April 21, but when we saw a great deal on this dog, we couldn’t pass it up.

Normally, I’m a huge proponent of adopting animals instead of buying, but in this case, we needed something sturdy and hypoallergenic. Gertie fits the bill perfectly! Havanese aren’t as yappy or delicate as other toy breeds, but they’re still good and little and cuddly. This sweet baby likes my lap the best. 🙂 She and Dorothy are getting along really well, and Jack loves her too. We’re so excited about this addition to our family!

You know what’s hard, though? Photographing puppies. You know what’s even HARDER? Photographing a puppy with her toddler human. Jeez, it was exhausting, and the pictures we finally managed to get are nothing to write home about. I’ll be trying again when we do Dot’s 11 month pictures next month. Maybe by then, they’ll be a little more used to life together. It’ll help to have Jack home, too… he’s pretty great at corralling small crazy things. 🙂 Fingers crossed!

When they’re both still this small, Mack can quickly scoop them up out of a potential mess. Dot will eventually outgrow the single-arm carrying method… luckily, Gertie never will.

This seems to be how I’ll be working from now on, and I’m totally fine with that. (You’ll have to excuse the makeup-less face and slouchy hat, that’s just the way Fridays are in the McG office. They’re much like Monday-Thursday, in that respect. 🙂 )

AHH! So sweet! Even with a dirty face, and unwashed eyes, you can’t help but fall in love.

When she falls asleep in her office crate, it looks very much like someone just left a dust mop head in there. My dad called her “a piece of lint with a personality.” In the nicest way, of course.

I hope everyone enjoys this lovely weekend! We’ve got a wedding tomorrow, and you know what that means… lots of blogs next week!

  1. Misty says:

    AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂 What are you talking about, these pics are ADORABLE!!! How could they not be??? And I freakin’ LOVE your red hat!!!

  2. The Nan says:

    Looks like she and Dottie are getting along nicely! Glad you had a good nite and that she is fitting in so well. The first picture of Mack holding the girls looks like they are both thinking “Rats! Foiled again!” She is an absolute doll!!!

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  4. Amber-Lin Loftis says:

    Goodness! What a cute puppy!!! She and Dorothy look like the perfect pair.

  5. Liesa says:

    I can only but agree with all the previous comments, so I’ll spare you the redundancy! Thanks for posting so quickly, I was dying to see pictures!

  6. Stefani says:

    absolutely adorable!

  7. Mike says:

    “It’s so fluffy, I’m gonna die!!!”

  8. Kevin says:

    Dot looks so happy in that first picture! What a cute little puppie!

  9. Arly says:

    She is precious!! I think she should go to every photoshoot. It would make your clients smile extra pretty 🙂

  10. Nicole says:

    “Piece of lint with personality”? I LOL’d at that! Such a cute addition to the already great-looking McG family! Can’t wait for Dorothy’s 11 month pictures!

  11. Ambo says:

    I can’t express how absolutely adorable Gertie is! So cute!!!

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  13. Stephanie Moore Hager says:

    You guys are overwhelmed with little people and puppy loving! All full of personality!

  14. Danielle says:

    Little, fluffy dogs are the best! I miss mine being that tiny…he felt like a cotton ball! Gertie is precious!

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