One of the reasons that I have been absent for the past few months is that I got a puppy at the end of October.
Meet Charlie. I went to meet Charlie after hearing all about his sister, Azzy, who lives next door to my parents. He was born on August 28, 2010 and came to live with me on October 29, 2010. I love having a dog and I think Charlie likes how quiet our house is after being born in one with 5 children (to clarify, I mean 5 human children in addition to the 5 other puppies).
Here are the responses to the most common questions that I’m asked about Charlie:
- What breed is he? – His mom is a Shih-Tzu Yorkie Cross and his dad is a Miniature Poodle. I like to call him a York-Tzu Poo.
- How big will he get? – Honestly, I’m not too sure. Right now he’s almost 19 weeks old and is about 9 lbs. He’s gained about 4 lbs since I got him. Charlie’s mom is more Shih-Tzu sized than Yorkie sized, and he’s already not a tiny dog. I think at most he will weigh 14 lbs when he’s full grown. So he’ll be small but not super small.
- Where did you get him and are there anymore? – I got him from a private breeder in the Cowichan Valley and all the puppies have homes. Charlie and Azzy are the only dogs in the litter of 6 that took after their mom more than their dad, the rest have curly poodle hair, so Charlie’s a fairly unique puppy.
Yorkies have a tendency to feel the cold when outdoors and Charlie has inherited that in his mix. So of course I’ve made him something to keep him warm. The first sweater I made was Easy Dog Sweater by Talking Tails. It lived up to it’s name as it was very easy to make. I did Charlie’s in all rib so that I could make it a bit bigger and he could wear it for longer. I made it smaller by using the directions as written but using sport weight yarn instead of worsted. It’s a good sweater but it is set up so that you need to put on over the dog’s head and then put his feet through the leg holes, which is not always the easiest. Lucky for me Charlie is good about having clothes put on him as he played doll with the kids at the home where he was born.
There are a few different pics of Charlie in his sweater on the Ravelry Page for this sweater. The first photo in the post was taken this morning and the one below was taken when I first brought him home. I can’t believe how much he’s grown!