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Tenor was born on November 3, 2005.
We were looking for a playmate for Destin at the time because we realized that Jersey was getting old and probably wouldn’t be around to keep Destin company much longer.
He is part Black Lab (his dad), part Great Pyrenees (his mom).
Here are photos of Tenor’s first days with us…
Don’t Forget About Me!
The day we met Tenor… We actually had our heart set on a different puppy from the litter. But, in his own special way, Tenor begged us to choose him.
Tenor Stepped Up To The Plate
The day we were checking out the different puppies from the litter (Great Pyrenees/Black Lab), we had picked out our puppy and were about to leave when this little guy poked his head through Jim’s legs. He started to become the obvious choice for us. Tenor definitely chose us before we chose him!
The Puppy We Thought We Wanted
This is Tenor’s brother. The only difference is this one has four (4) white paws, whereas Tenor only has 3 white paws. This one had a sweeter, friendlier and more laid-back personality. Tenor remained to himself, until a few moments before we were about to leave. Then he showed his true colors.
Meet Tenor’s Mom
This is Tenor’s mom. She is a Great Pyrenees dog that mated with a Black Labrador Retriever dog. You can also see Tenor’s older brother… a Black Lab born the year before from her first litter.
Tenor’s Older Brother
The big Black Lab with white paws is Tenor’s older brother. They have the same mother and father, but they were born a year apart.
I Choose This One
Jim is picking up Tenor for the first time. Remember, we thought we wanted a different puppy at first.
Yep, This One’s A Keeper!
Even though he was pretty quiet, as a pup Tenor had a good bit of independence about him. He seemed even-tempered and mild-mannered… as far as puppies go!
This is the puppy we thought we wanted (with 4 white paws) kissing Tenor goodbye. Too cute, right?
Merry Christmas, Tenor!
We knew about Tenor’s birth in October/November of 2005. But we didn’t pick him up until the day after Christmas. So he was our Christmas puppy… You may recall that Jim and I don’t really do “gifts” for each other. Instead, we get something that each of us would like. This Christmas, it happened to be a puppy!
Destin Meets Tenor For The First Time
We didn’t do it exactly right… when you introduce a new dog to an existing dog in the household, you should do it on neutral ground. Instead, we just didn’t think about it, so we rushed puppy Tenor right home to meet Destin in the backyard.
Destin Wasn’t Sure How To React
Little Tenor was intimidated by big dog Destin at first. And Destin wasn’t sure what to think.
I’m In A Pickle…
Hours after his arrival at our home, little Tenor felt trapped here on the bottom step. He wasn’t quite comfortable with walking up (or down) stairs yet. So he felt he had nowhere to go, and there was this big dog pulling some weight already around here.
Dog Looks Like A Bunny Rabbit
As cute as he is, I can’t help but think that little Tenor looks like a bunny rabbit here.
Grinning Ear To Ear
We had anticipated Tenor’s arrival for nearly 2 months, and it felt like it took forever for that day to arrive. We were so happy the day we took Tenor home for the first time.
Strutting His Stuff
Little Tenor had all the confidence in the world that first day we brought him home. He was strutting his stuff around Destin without thinking twice.
A Puppy’s First Dog Treats
Tenor gets to taste dog treats for the first time.
Mmm Mmmm Good
Tenor likes dog treats!
Learning From The Big Dog
Little Tenor sits in the background, just scoping out the situation. He’s watching to see how Destin runs up all those steps to get back in the house.
That’s One Big Step For A Little Dog
Tenor decides to tackle the steps on his own…
Whoa There, Little Guy!
On the second go-around, Destin’s not so sure he likes Tenor having this much freedom to roam around his house!
Small Dog, Big Smiles
Tenor looks happy to be in his new home. (…Notice how he’s sitting in the small water bowl we put out for him!)
Tenor Thinks He’s A Big Dog Now
Tenor strutting his stuff around the house… he’s still getting comfortable with his new surroundings.
A Thirsty Puppy
This is still Day One, when we brought Tenor home for the first time. He was really thirsty.
Puppy Catches A Cat Nap
Tenor found a safe place to take a snooze. Notice the bunched-up folds of his chubby cheeks!
We’re Friends, Right?
Little Tenor: “Okay… we’re friends now, right?”
New Friends: Jersey and Tenor
Tenor (underneath the glass table) and Jersey (the white American Eskimo) clicked right away — mostly because Jersey is just about as laid back as they come. He’s never been territorial or bullyish. He’s everyone’s friend. On the other hand, Destin (our Black Lab / Golden Retriever mix) is sweet and laid back too… like a lion!
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