Friday, June 18, 2010

Introducing Miss Tula!

Long-time readers of my blog might remember a little guy named Clancy.

Clancy was a puppy that we got exactly two years ago this month. Some of you have asked on occasion about Clancy and how he's doing. I never did blog about it, but the truth is that we were forced to give Clancy away shortly after he came to live with us.

You see, when we decided to get a puppy my wife was a stay-at-home mom, which was the ideal situation for training and raising a brand-new puppy. However, shortly after receiving Clancy, Mrs. Quilt Dad fortuitously received a wonderful opportunity to begin her career as a college-level teacher. All of a sudden a full-time worker again, it became clear that it was unfair to our young puppy to leave him locked up all day long by himself. Luckily, we found an older couple with a big farm that had just lost their dog and were looking for a new puppy to spoil. Trust me, Clancy is a VERY lucky dog.

Fast-forward two years, and my wife is transitioning back out of a full-time job to be a student again. With the summer completely off and a much more flexible schedule starting this fall, she and I both felt it was the perfect time to get another dog.

Meet Tula, the newest member of the Quilt Dad family!:

Tula the puppy | May 2010

Yes, it's Tula ... as in fabric designer extraordinaire, Tula Pink. What started out as a bit of a Twitter joke really caught on -- my wife and kids all LOVE the name. Plus, there may have been a bit of a bribe by Tula Pink herself for some hard-to-find fabric to make a custom dog collar that may have sealed the deal!

Tula the puppy | May 2010

Tula's a golden doodle -- half golden retriever, half poodle -- just like Clancy was. That means no shedding and easy on my allergies. A perfect combination.

Tula the puppy | May 2010

She's a real sweetheart -- very smart and very well-behaved. But she is a puppy nontheless, which means lots and lots (and lots) of energy, and a whole lot of work.

Tula the puppy | May 2010

So now there won't just be Tula fabric sightings on my blog ... there will be Tula the puppy sightings as well!

43 comments:

  1. She's adorable and great name too.

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  2. How cute! I know you all are going to really enjoy her!!!

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  3. I've always only owned cats but...that is the cutest dog ever! I see lots of puppy love in the future. Will she get to be a big dog?

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  4. Way too cute! The name really fits her well.

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  5. I love puppy sightings! Cute, cute stuff.

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  6. Oh My Gosh! Isn't she just the cutest thing EVER?!?!

    That makes me want a puppy like, right now. Not in two years, but now. My boss has a Labra doodle and she's adorable. Sorta like yours (exact coloring) but hers has kinky-curly fur. So much energy to burn!!

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  7. Oh my gosh...I didn't know that about them that they don't shed and are good for people that are allergic...that's great!

    She is soooooo sweet...how old is she?

    Can't wait to see the collar!

    ps....moved yet?

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  8. Ohhh, she's a darling John! That is exactly the kind of dog Alex wants to get when we get one (and he wants to to name it Mordecai) - she's just beautiful!

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  9. What a cutie patutie! Congrats on the new baay-bee! My 2 yr old son approves. Must include Tula posing with all new quilt postings! It's a must :)

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  10. What a little sweetheart! My cat is named Tula...short for Trotula however :)

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  11. Oh the puppy love coming your way Tula!

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  12. She's just precious, John! Enjoy that sweet girl!

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  13. Awwwww, Tula is a cutie pie... I'm so glad you found a home for Clancy to get some major spoilage...

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  14. Dear Tula,

    You have such a sweet face! (I know that you will be able to get away with anything!)

    BTW-You have a great place to call home.

    Stefanie

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  15. She's adorable and I love her name. There is nothing cuter than puppies and kittens.

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  16. Very cute little girl enjoy :^)

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  17. I just love her! she's so precious ;)

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  18. Oooh so adorable! Oooh so much energy!!! LOL I can barely keep up with my 'old' dog. Such a little love, and the name is great. Enjoy her!
    Yvette

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  19. What a beautiful four legged child. I do so hope you'll get a picture of her on one of your quilts, and enter it in my upcoming Pets on Quilts Show in August.

    SewCalGal
    www.sewcalgal.blogspot.com

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  20. She is so cute and I love her name! YAY for a new dog! :)

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  21. That face!!! WOOF! Welcome Tula.

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  22. Nice to meet you sweet Tula! She is adorable John- perfect addtion to your family! Enjoy!

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  23. She is adorable. I love the name. Enjoy, I am sure your children will. Have a great weekend. I don't know what I would do without my 3 dachshunds...I need those daily snuggles to keep me going...LOL! Karen

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  24. She's precious! Congrats on the new addition. :)

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  25. What a sweetie Tula is. You are so lucky re the shedding as we have a 13 year old very large and very hairy Goldie who sheds soooo much. But you know, his personality makes up for that messy side of his life.
    hugs
    Miche'le

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  26. OMG, that sweet little puppy face!! Too cute! Hope she winds up being a great fit with your family, John!

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  27. Oh how sweet! I have heard of goldendoodles, but never seen one. Hope she keeps you laughing and is a great addition to your family!

    Sandy A

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  28. Super cute!! We've been looking ourselves and thinking about another cocker spaniel as we've had 2 previously. But this labra-doodle is so cute, never heard of them before...

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  29. adorable adorable adorable! I have a lab and she is WONDERFUL! I hope youguys have so much fun with little miss tula!

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  30. she is almost as adorable as my dog! ;)
    what a sweetheart!

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  31. She's adorable. I want to come play with her. I have a rescue dog that looks somewhat like her (same color) and I know Callie would love to play with Tula!

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  32. Oh, I'm in love with Tula! She's just the kind of dog I want now since we lost my golden retriever in November. Smaller and doesn't shed (?) but that sweet personality!

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  33. So, so cute. We just lost our family dog of 13 years. Now we are debating whether to get another one or not. Love your blog!

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  34. What a cutie! And love the name. ("Toula" was also the name of the main character in "My Big Fat Greek Wedding"!)

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  35. Oh she's gorgeous!! In Australia we call golden retrievers x poodles, Groodles! Poodle crosses are great for people with allergies and they are pretty easy to train too. We have an adorable Cavoodle- Cavalier X Poodle and he is a similar colour to Tula. Hope she brings you lots of smiles, enjoy!

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  36. just found your blog! i love that a dad quilts! and blogs about it! I sometimes blog about the quilts i make... or think about making :)
    http://www.mikeandrindy.blogspot.com/

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  37. oh and that's an adorable puppy!

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  38. Flat out adorable puppy. Ambrosial like a sweet cotton candy.

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  39. Hi John I wondered about Clancy so I opened your "pup" tag and just read the sad story about having to give Clancy up. I know that had to have been hard but I am glad you found a loving home for him. And now the happy news that your family gets to enjoy little Tula - what a perfectly cute name for a quilter's family dog. We are enjoying our fourth golden retriever Axl who is now a little over 4 months old. He is using his doggie door consistently and learning new skills all the time. He turns into psycho dog in the evening - running in crazy circles even in the house. We have to hold him and calm him - maybe it's a sugar rush after dinner - I don't know. We still don't trust him outside alone - eagles in the area - but soon he will be big enough to be allowed off the deck alone. Enjoy your Tula. Is her middle name Pink? N nanscape47@gmail.com

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