12 August 2010

A New Man in my Life

There's a new member of the HZC family that I want to introduce to you:


This is Hartley.  He is an 11 month old Vizsla and he is responsible for the return of joy into our home. 

Since he has taken up residence with us, he has been doing all the things a sweet puppy should do.

Like rolling in the grass:


Getting up close and personal with bugs:



Trying to balance on the windowsill (okay, maybe that's something puppies shouldn't do - oy!):



Eating spaghetti:
video

 Cruising around at the dog park:
video


And napping in the warm afternoon sun:



Each day with him is an experience.

91 comments:

Mary OK said...

I am so happy for you! He looks like a sweet dog. May you have many happy years together.

jaljen said...

Eating spaghetti! I love the way puppies lift their ears to look at things. You know your dog is thinking very hard when he/she lifts his/her ears! Hello, Hartley!

Kristy said...

Hello Hartley - you're totally gorgeous! I'm sure you're going to go a long way in filling a big hole in your mama's heart....

Claire S. said...

Hi Hartley, you've found yourself one awesome home !

Congratulations on your new family member Shannon, he's just gorgeous.

Gail said...

Congratulations!

Linda said...

He is so cute! Love him eating spaghetti. I am happy for you and he will be in a great home.

Jali said...

Hello Hartley. Nice to meet you.
Congratulations, Shannon!

Anonymous said...

Yeah, Shannon! Vizsla's are great and Hartley is beautiful. We are 'hound' people too. Can he balance a banana on his nose?
Martha

meredithp said...

Yay! I knew it wouldn't be long till you found a new friend. He looks adorable, but will be large, huh?

Fran said...

He's beautiful!

Andrea said...

Congratulations to both you and Hartley! Dogs are the most amazing friends!

Biba said...

I'm so happy for you! Wish you both long and good friendship!

Michelle said...

What a handsome fellow!!!

Toby Wollin said...

Interesting choice. A friend of my dad's was a hunter and had one who was very disciplined but very nice (which is saying a lot for me because I was bitten in the face by a dog when I was 4 years old and was terrified of dogs for about 15 years after that). 11 months - still puppy enough for fun, but has the, ahem, important parts already trained in. Good idea.

Linda T said...

What a handsome new man! Who could NOT fall in love with him???? My horse vet has 2 Vizsla's. The female LOVES to sit in one of the waiting room chairs and visit with all the clients. She is a hoot! Sometimes, when things are quiet, she will doze off in her sitting position leaning back in the chair!

Annette said...

No way!!! We just got a Vizsla 4 weeks ago. Our Penny is now 11 weeks old. What a crazy time we are having with her. Enjoy your man.

Rachelle said...

What a lovely guy! Congratulations!

NancyDaQ said...

Oh, he is a handsome one. Congratulations on the new addition.

Debbie Cook said...

Oh how wonderful!! Welcome Hartley! That balancing on the window sill?? OMG! Hilarious! And I love it when hounds eat spaghetti and their jowls just go flapping all over. We play "Lady and the Tramp" with our Chili and Dani and spaghetti noodles. My boys think it's hysterical (and it is).

Nancy K said...

what a lovely animal! Young enough to work with but old enough to be housebroken! Good when you are going back to school soon. Enjoy your boy.

Mae said...

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the pictures. He's gorgeous. I especially loved 'balancing on the window sill'.

Megan Harmeyer said...

What a great looking dog! Balancing on the windowsill?! I don't know that my cats can even do that! LOL

Lisette M said...

Congratulations! Enjoy him!

Reethi said...

Awesome, I'm so happy for you!

Gertie said...

YAY! He's such a handsome fellow! Can't wait to read more of his adventures in the coming months. Please keep the cute photos coming!

Evie said...

Oh hello handsome boy. Welcome. You are just adorable. Glad you're putting smiles on faces again. :-)

gMarie said...

What a beautiful boy. I'm so happy for you and for him. I have a good friend who has a pair of V-dogs and balancing in a window (or the back of the couch) is a very V trait. Give that handsome boy lots of smooches from me and my pack. g

Sewfast said...

Welcome Hartley! I love the picture of him "striking a pose" on the window sill. How wonderful that he has joined your family!

quilteddogs said...

I am so very happy for you. Good for you and good for him!!! Never had a Vizla but know they are wonderful dogs.

amber said...

Man, I have to stop reading your doggie entries at work - I'm all teary (in a good way) for you. :) Welcome Hartley! And yes, please keep the cute doggie photos a comin'.

Jennifer S said...

I'm so happy for you!! I wept when your beagle passed - I grew up with one and now have a Big Black Dog who is 12, deaf, and getting to that stage in life. You are giving me hope that I will be able to adopt another furry family member soon after Shiloh goes to the Rainbow Bridge. Met a Vizla once, beautiful, friendly dog.

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PS Hartley is adorable.I'm sure you will be very happy together.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Aw, what a cutie! I want to rub his ears.

judidarling said...

Mazel Tov! He looks like a silky dream. I don't know this breed, but what a face!

fiberchick said...

Aw... He's gorgeous... Congratulations!

judi.0044 said...

From reading their breed profile, looks like you chose well. Enjoy your new family member!

Jodie said...

What a sweetheart! I'm so glad that you opened your home and your heart to him and he looks like he's thriving.
Enjoy him and congratulations on the new "baby".
School year's coming....what an upbeat way to end the summer!

Leslie in Austin said...

What a gorgeous fellow. Lucky dog....

Jenny said...

Cutie pie! So happy for you and Hartley.

Dana said...

Congratulations! He's beautiful!

Sz said...

Congratulations! Hartley, you have it made! Love the balancing on the window sill. Wait until he decides to balance across the back of the couch!

Viszla are sight hounds - has he learned to leap flights of stairs in a single bound, like our greyhound did?

a little sewing on the side said...

Hartley is one gorgeous dude!

Teddylyn said...

What a handsome little man! What fun to have a new and different puppy face in your lives. Enjoy all of the puppy kisses!

Summerset said...

Wow, isn't he handsome?!? I'm sure he'll have the best life ever with you.

Chris said...

He's beautiful! There is nothing like a warm puppy. I hope we see lots more of him. Congrats!

Janis said...

Oh, I love him. He's such a cutie. Many happy years with your new little man!

Anonymous said...

I'm so happy for you that you have a new furbaby. I'm aching for another but my husband isn't quite ready yet.

Enjoy him :)

Carol said...

Hartley is lovely! I've never heard of Viszlas before, but I look forward to getting to know this one.

Elaray said...

OMG! I think I'm in love! The picture of Hartley balancing on the windowsill is priceless!!!

Jane M said...

Looks like the start of a a beautiful friendship. So happy for Hartley to find such a special home and human....and so glad that you are enjoying his delightful antics.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Congratulations! Hartley is such a beautiful dog.

Tesla said...

Congratulations! What a handsome young man!

It's always nice to have a new member of the family to get to know.

He has coloring similar to my new "young'un," Girl.

AllisonC said...

Well lucky Hartley thats all I can say! I'm sure you are going to have lots of fun together.

Linda said...

So happy for you - love the video of him tearing around happily in the dog park!

Janice said...

Congratulations to you on your new handsome boy! And congratulations to Hartley on finding such a wonderful home and mistress........Janice

Sharon said...

Hartley you are wonderful and you will bring many seconds/minutes/hours/days of fun to your new mum. Congratulations.

Faye Lewis said...

Congratulations Shannon!!!

Gail said...

Shannon, Hartley is just adorable and I'm sure you'll have many years of pure joy together. Best wishes...

Gail D.

Anonymous said...

What a perfect dog! I am SO happy for you!!!!

SherryV

Sandy said...

Hartley, you've hit the jackpot mate. I know you'll be well loved in your new home. Shannon, now you have someone to train with as you do the couch to 5k. I loved Hartley running. That was a run full of sheer joy. Our Sophie runs like that which is unusual for a lab. Wishing you every happiness together. Sandy, Jess and Sophie

Sue said...

Very happy for you that you got another puppy on your life. Can I be ignorant and ask what breed he is?

Sue said...

Sorry - just reread the post and saw the breed noted - not one I am familiar with - will check it out! Enjoy this puppy time...

Helen said...

Congratulations! He's absolutely gorgeous. I'm so glad you have him. Ohhhhh, I'm so happy for you! You're going to have lots of fun times with him!

Helen said...

Make sure you put lots of photos of Hartley on your blog, please!

Carolyn said...

Oooh,so glad you've got a new puppy!! I love the name you've chosen, Hartley. Fun, yet manly!!

gwensews said...

Ooooh, the joy of a new puppy! Enjoy many happy years with him!

Eugenia said...

Oh, how gorgeous is Hartley!!! I'm in love. He's going to bring you so much joy and fun and happiness. And lucky, lucky Hartley to have found himself such a great home.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Wow! See how happy we all are for you...I'm commenter number 68! I'm glad Hartley is bringing you joy! Say hi to Hartley for me!

Anonymous said...

Wow he is lovely! We lost our dog in April and hubby wants to wait a year before we get a new one, it has been to hard on the kids. He will have a great home!

Janice in WI

Sue said...

Oh Shannon, he's gorgeous, so loveable, here's wishing you many happy years together & give him a big hug from me from across the pond.

laura said...

I'm so glad you got another dog. There are so many of them out there that need good homes! What a lucky pup!

jacquiJB said...

What a beautiful boy. Congratulations to all of you!

mochimo said...

Hartley, you're such a beautiful and lucky dog!
I'm so happy for all of you!

Lina said...

He is sooo cute! :)

DDinDFW said...

I've never seen that breed, but he's beautiful. Welcome, Hartley -glad you brought some sunshine into your new home.

Denise@thebluegardenia.com said...

I'm in love again, and I love, love, love it!

Maggie said...

I'm really thrilled for you and your new guy!

Kathleen C. said...

A previous roommate had a Visla... they are a smart, sweet, super loving dog and I know hartley will bring great joy to your life! And keep you on your toes!
Congratulations!

mamafitz said...

congratulations! my husband used to have a vizla. jocko was one of the best dogs i have ever met. enjoy!

Nancy W. said...

awww... what a great dog. Just about every day my daughter points out to me that we have one of the worst dogs in the world = but we still love him.

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Marie-Christine said...

Welcome Hartley! The spaghetti video is too cute :-). Glad you're having a bit of joy... and that you two have some time to get really acquainted before the school year begins.

pink drops said...

Wonderful! Enjoy Hartley :)

ReaderRita said...

COOL!

Heather said...

Congratulations Shannon on the new member of your family! Hartley is a sweetie!

Isabelle said...

Seems Blogger ate my comment from the other day, but I came back to take one more fond look at Hartley. He's such a beaut! Congratulations - I'm thrilled for you :)

JustGail said...

He's a handsome addition to the family. Wishing you all many happy years together!

Karen said...

I'm so glad that Simon thought it was time for you to get a new friend. Hartley will never replace him in your heart, but the best thing with animals is you can always make room in your heart for another.

Welcome, Hartley. And stay off the windowsill.

Pattern Junkie said...

Howdy, Hartley -- what a cutie! We recently adopted an energetic puppy after our other dog passed away (we were devastated.) It's always great to open yourself up for more doggie love!

angie.a said...

Aw, I missed this post somehow! I saw his birthday post and had to go back and figure out what the heck I had missed! I'm happy for you! :)

BeaJay said...

I just found your blog through Diary of a Sewing Fanatic and have had a good hour or so enjoying reading through (most impressed with your new sewing room).

I am new to sewing and enjoying it and am learning from experienced sewers like yourself. I even go through short periods of buying and obsessing over nail polish! But what has moved me to comment is your updates on Hartley and Simon.

I think I'm in love with Hartley.. I live in a small house on a busy road and have lost too many dogs on that road to have another (only cats now) so I am enjoying Hartley vicariously. I then found your blogs about Simon and shed a tear. I am so glad you have found Hartley and have him to bring such obvious joy to your life. Aren't animals great!