This page hasn’t been very active the past few months because we have a new addition to the family!
On March 15th, Stefan and I traveled to Sequim, WA to pick up our puppy from his breeder. At the time, our puppy was only 8.5 weeks old and 16 pounds. It was so exciting to meet our new little guy!
We named him “Princeton” after my alma mater. Princeton University is also where Stefan was working as professor when we met. It has a lot of meaning to us. Princeton’s registered name is “Rainshadow’s Old Nassau”. “Old Nassau” is a nickname for Princeton University and “Nassau” is also the family name of the Dutch royal family. We figured it suited him because Drentsche Patrijshonds are a breed native to the Netherlands.
It has been a big adjustment period for us. We got him home and started right away on crate training and housebreaking. Prince did great with both. He is a happy puppy and smart as a whip.
Over the past few months, we’ve been working on basic obedience and socialization. Princeton has been exposed to people of all ages, sizes, races, and physical ability. He has also been exposed to a variety of situations. We have walked him outside with a shopping cart, driven in the truck, ridden an elevator in a parking garage, plus tons of other stuff.
We have a private trainer who specializes in service dogs working with us once a week. We’re still only working only working on basic obedience. Right now, he knows “touch”, “sit”, “down”, “crate up”, “out of the kitchen”, and “leave it”.
Needless to say, it has been a big adjustment. Daphne was not impressed with the puppy and is still trying to pretend he doesn’t exist. Princeton is doing his best to endear himself to her, though.
In the past few months, Princeton has been growing like a weed. He went from a cute, chubby little puppy to an awkward pre-teen. He’s now 19″ tall at the withers and 34 lbs! He should be a big dog like his dad.
I will be updating this blog so you can all follow Princeton’s progress. If you want to know more about the Drentsche Patrijshond breed, check out Princeton’s page!