Month: April 2007

  • Freyja, 9 Weeks

    Freyja had a good third week with us. She had a vaccination last weekend and already weighed 16 pounds, so she is growing by leaps and bounds. She is definitely taller than she used to be, and can’t fit under the sofa anymore, though she is still running behind it. Freyja’s fear period is pretty…

  • Puppy in the Rain

    It rained harder yesterday than it has since before we brought Freyja home. The pup has gotten more used to the rain, puddles, and to a lesser extent, the cold at night, but she had never seen Jeremy using an umbrella before. It took quite a bit of coaxing to get her to approach him…

  • The Great Outdoors

    Freyja is 8 weeks old now, so she’s in her fear period and is no longer a fan of going on walks. Our yard, however, is a great source of fun, in more ways than one. Sometimes we’re tempted to think we brought home a billygoat instead of a dog. The moment we take her…

  • Spielen

    Freyja wasn’t particularly interested in toys for the first day or two after we brought her home, but as soon as she found her confidence, it was all play all the time (until naptime, at least). So here are some pics of her playing with some of her toys. This mini-tennis ball is actually one…

  • Close Encounters, Continued

    After we had a few successful interactions between Niki and Freyja, we decided to introduce her to Ajax. Now, Jaxie has shown that he is not a friend to cats, and since he also antagonizes Pandora, we were a little more cautious when it came to him. We first did it when Freyja was a…

  • Close Encounters of the Fuzzy Kind

    We’ve been eager to find out how Freyja’s interactions with the ferrets would go. The fuzzies have met dogs before, so we anticipated a good response on their part, but we were unsure of how rough the puppy might want to play with them. We started off introducing Freyja to Nikita, who is pretty easy-going…

  • Freyja Day 2

    Well, it’s been an exciting few days, and Freyja’s doing great. We’ve gone on a dozen walks, played with toys, walked all around the front yard waiting for her to piddle, and cleaned up the carpet when we didn’t notice the tell-tale signs quick enough. Freyja really missed her littermates when we first brought her…

  • Freyja Sparks Vom Holtzberg

    Meet the newest member of the Sparks family: 7-week old Freyja Vom Holtzberg, a purebred German Shepherd Dog with a red sable coat. We picked her up this morning from Holtzberg K9 near Eugene. Many more pics to follow in the coming days…

  • Some Things…

    …are too good not to share. An example of this is the lamb kefthedes I made for dinner last week, which came out to be the best meatballs I’ve ever eaten, bar none. The photo doesn’t do them justice: They were perfect fresh from the skillet (crisp outside and succulently moist inside), tasted just as…