Our Newest Addition: Rhody, our Australian Shepherd Pup :)

by jacin on November 28, 2011

Pat and I have always been dog lovers, and both grew up with them in our families. We have wanted a dog for so so long but the stars haven’t quite aligned for us - we had 7 weddings this year (our friends, not LLD weddings) and had to travel back east for every single one. It just wouldn’t have been fair to leave a little pup behind for all the trips, so we kept putting it off….

Until this weekend, that is!

I found a local breeder for Australian Shepherds (no, he’s not a bernese mountain dog though he does look similar!), and we went to pay a visit on Saturday “just to look.” Yeah right - the second we got in there, this little guy ran right up to Pat and sat right in his lap - we were hooked right away.

We never intended on getting a dog that day, we just wanted to look and see if we connected with anyone. Well, this guy stole our hearts the second we laid eyes on him, and after driving out to Sacramento for a site visit, we called the breeder and asked if we could take him home that very same day. She said yes, and after a quick visit to Petco for some supplies, we were on our way to pick up our new dog, Rhody!

{please ignore the triple chin and “ombre” hair in this pic :)}

Our first night was tough - I felt so bad for the little guy, being taken away from his momma and siblings. And the whimpering broke my heart! But he is right at home and we could not love him any more - he runs around the apartment, going from my lap to Pat’s lap, and providing us with endless entertainment.

Oh and why the name Rhody? Pat and I met at the University of Rhode Island, so it seemed only fitting that our new pup could bear the name of one of our favorite places, Rhode Island :)

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend - see you back here later this week with another video DIY! In the meantime, one last Rhody pic for you :)

We are so in love with this little guy :)

{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

Autumn November 28, 2011 at 12:12 AM

Thats the exact story of how my husband & I got Emma, our now 8 month old Black Lab. We went into the pet store to get some food for Tucker, our now 14 mth old Chocolate Lab & went back to the breeders section, “just to see what they had”, saw this gorgeous little girl & immediately fell in love.

Congrats on the GORGEOUS little man. He’s just simply precious. :)



Brit @ Landlocked Bride November 28, 2011 at 12:39 AM

He’s a cutie! Our dogs bring us so much joy - glad you two can experience the same thing!


Todd h. Page November 28, 2011 at 4:29 AM



Erin * Sparkle & Hay November 28, 2011 at 4:33 AM

oh my word he is beyond ADORABLE!!! Congratulations you two!!! xoxo


Laura *You Stir Me* November 28, 2011 at 4:55 AM

awwww, can’t wait for all the Rhody pics along the way:) How fun is Christmas going to be! Pups love wrapping paper and all the trimmings:) Enjoy every little bit of this new life with him!


Kiele Gregoire November 28, 2011 at 4:59 AM

he is SO cuuuuuuute!!!!!!! congrats!!!!


Kristina November 28, 2011 at 5:12 AM

CONGRATS!!!! I just want to snuggle with him. That face is to much!!! I love Aussies! We have one come to visit us at the program I run. She is a therapy dog that specializes in kids with Autism. They are WONDERFUL dogs!!!


Caitlin November 28, 2011 at 5:23 AM

He is so so cute!! Congrats to you and Pat! :)


lucinda November 28, 2011 at 5:32 AM

Congrats Jacin on your new baby!!


Christina November 28, 2011 at 6:05 AM

i said it on your instagram, i’ll say it again… rhody is so precious!! he is the cutest!! congrats on your new fur baby! :) cant wait to see this little guy grow!


Lane November 28, 2011 at 6:28 AM

How precious! Congrats :)


Sara November 28, 2011 at 7:04 AM

What a cutie pie! Congratulations!


Brancoprata November 28, 2011 at 8:01 AM

OMG, so adorable!!!!!! Congratulations ;)


Keri November 28, 2011 at 8:08 AM

Rhody, awe. :) Great name! Enjoy all that puppy lovin’..


Anni November 28, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I know I’ve said this a zillion times but he is sooooo cute! I love his coloring. Sunday is blue merle, and it strangely confuses people, haha. (In the dark, people are sometimes scared of her. Poor little 35 lb puppy!)

Wish you were closer so we could have doggie playdates!


Alicia {The Charity Wedding} November 28, 2011 at 8:24 AM

SO cute! Dogs are the best! I couldn’t imagine life without mine even if they are a major pain sometimes!


Aleah + Nick Valley November 28, 2011 at 8:43 AM

Love him already! He’s adorable! They just make our lives so much funnier and livelier! :)


Emily Scott November 28, 2011 at 8:53 AM

Must meet him as soon as humanly possible… MURH!


Debbie @ Bridalhood November 28, 2011 at 9:05 AM

He’s adorable! We just got our puppy three weeks ago and are in full on puppyhood mode. I love our little guy and can’t get enough of him. He’s growing every single day and I just want him to stay small. Welcome to puppyhood - it’s the best!


Koru Kate ⎨Koru Wedding⎬ November 28, 2011 at 9:44 AM

Congratulations- Rhody is such a cutie!!!! Yay, you’re a pup mom now- enjoy every sweet moment. I can’t imagine our life without our pup. If I lived closer, I’d offer to dog sit when you & Pat are out of town :-)


Lisa November 28, 2011 at 10:41 AM

Awwww, he is SO CUTE!!!!! I’m looking forward to the inevitable cute puppy twitter pictures!! :)


The Perfect Palette November 28, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Oh MY goodness!!! What a cutie!!!!


bethany November 28, 2011 at 12:48 PM

What a sweetie! I love that breed so much and that name is a total winner! I seriously believe that the best pets in the world find YOU. Even if you’re only “looking”, they definitely make their presence known and you just can’t leave them behind! :)

Gabe and I desperately want a puppy, but given our, uh, trans-Atlantic situation…it might be a while. So, I’ll just be soaking in my google image + youtube “puppy” searches for a while. :)


Liesl November 28, 2011 at 1:25 PM

How cute…congrats on the new addition! Also, you look lovely in that yellow scarf…such a great color on you!

Liesl :)


Nicole November 28, 2011 at 1:37 PM

How sweet, and ya I’ve been in the “just look” stage, it never is “just look” either!


Camille November 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM

I think I just might be in love with Rhody!


Lena November 28, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Can I just say…HOLY SHIT HE’S THE CUTEST?!??!?!?!?!!!!!


Faith November 28, 2011 at 6:04 PM

he is so beautiful! i see why you couldn’t go home without him! love his name too!


Lauren - Southern Aisle November 28, 2011 at 6:20 PM

He’s super presh! Congrats on your new furry family member!


Jaime @ La vie...J'aime November 28, 2011 at 7:36 PM

what a cutie! congrats on the new addition. love the name too!


Leah November 28, 2011 at 9:18 PM

What a cutie, Including his name - I love names with a story behind them! Hope you’re enjoying your new pup!


dancy November 29, 2011 at 3:15 AM

He’s adorable! Congrats!! :)


Lindsay November 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM

He’s adorable!!! Congrats:)


Ghenet November 30, 2011 at 1:56 PM

He’s soo sweet! My friend has one of this breed and they are adorable. Congrats!


Nikki December 1, 2011 at 2:18 PM

what a sweetheart! I love the name too. I have to furry rascals of my own. I love them so much I can’t have babies until they live their lives…


Miriam Corona December 1, 2011 at 10:34 PM

So sweet! Congrats on your new family addition!


claire @ the realistic wedding December 2, 2011 at 12:27 PM

I LOVE!!!!!!!!!! Ps. ombre hair is so in. haha. But your puppy is the cutest thing in the WHOLE WIDE WORLD!!


Ciera December 5, 2011 at 4:44 PM

We have 1 full Aussie, Lola, and our “baby”, Moose who is 1/2 Mini Aussie and 1/2 Border Collie….they looked just like Rhody when they were puppies, so it brings back great memories! I may be a little biased, but they are the very best breed, so loyal, loving, and intelligent! Enjoy all of the fun and love a puppy brings you and Happy Holidays!


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