Franklin

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Stepping out of the kitchen today so a new family member can have his formal introduction!

Everyone, meet Franklin.

Kevin and I rescued this little guy a couple weeks ago– and I’ve been dying to spill the beans about him. But first must come a slew of cute puppy photos followed by even more mama snuggles. Of course.

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We’ve been wanting a 2nd dog for over a year now, but this past month felt like the right time to adopt. Jude is extremely territorial in our current house, but not too familiar with our new house just yet. After talking to our vet about 500 times, we decided moving into a new home where Jude may be a little more welcoming is the best time to add a 4th family member.

I went searching and that’s when I found our Franklin. (Previously named Martin. I like Franklin better. Like a complete weirdo, I’ve been thinking of a new puppy name for about 2 years. I’d tell you I’m a crazy dog mom, but something tells me you’ve already figured that out by now…? Franklin just seems much more fitting for this stud muffin!!!) Franklin came from Bourbon County Rescue. He’s a shepherd/rottie mix, about 12 weeks old. We’re told his mama was found wandering down a deserted country road this past February, possibly looking for a place to have her puppies.

When we first met Franklin, Kevin picked him right up, I was uncontrollably using my dog voice/melting into a love puddle, then Franklin let out this huge sigh and just melted into our arms. Like, ahhhh. Home sweet home. ♥

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Franklin is a whopping 13 lbs, exactly 100 less than his giant redheaded big bro.

The two of them together? Well, it’s interesting. I researched it like a psycho and obviously called our vet another 500 times about the behavior between the two. It’s only been a couple weeks, so they definitely aren’t friends yet. Franklin follows Jude everywhere, while Jude just ignores him like the diva he usually is.

Just like this, actually.

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Still smiling, though. Always smiling.

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Franklin is a determined little guy! His body moves quicker than his legs so when he tries to run, he just stumbles all over the place. He loves discovering new things and is very thoughtful and generous, often bringing me wet leaves and pieces of mulch when I call his name outside. Franklin also loves to cuddle and will let you know he’s sleeping when he begins to snore like an old man.

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Nicknames for Franklin: Benjamin Franklin, Frankie, Franklinstein, Frances…

That last one is only for when he’s being fancy.

I’m over the moon with Franklin and when I asked you about fun dog-friendly birthday activities, I secretly meant friendly for TWO dogs! I’m excited to unveil Franklin on Jude’s instagram account (I understand how weird I am) and I’ll happily share mountains of Franklin photos with you on the regular.

Until then, here’s one more. 🙂

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I CAN’T HANDLE THE CUTENESS!!

126 Comments

  1. AHHHH the double dog cuteness!!!! A home always needs a dog, and two makes it even better! Mr Franklin is a stud muffin for sure, and I’m sure that eventually he and Sir Jude will get along like brothers 🙂 We rescued our little Miss Penny in February and she is the best thing that ever happened to us! Her little terrier face makes my fiance and I so happy and she is always happy to see us. Hearts over flowing with puppy love! 
    So happy to ‘meet’ Franklin and I can’t wait to see the mischief he and Jude get up to in your new home 🙂

  2. Congrats to both of you plus Jude! How exciting. He is very cute. I am sure in the next months you will be getting him chew toys. Can you bake him your puppy cookies.
      Sally you are just too much!! (in a good way!)  I frickin adore you and I haven’t even gotten a chance to see you yet. 🙂

  3. Oh my, how ADORABLE is Franklin?! Nothing better to lift my mood on this dreary Wednesday morning – thank you! 🙂 I’m sure Jude will come aroung to him and be all brotherly and protective of the little addition to the family! Let the puppy pictures come haha 🙂

  4. OMG Sally!!! I’m melting and cooing away at my laptop screen! Franklin is SO CUTE!! I love how he and Jude interact with each other, that picture is fabulous!! Congratulations on both your beautiful pups, I’m in love 🙂

  5. Congratulations on the new addition to the family! I hope Jude becomes the loving big brother we know he will be soon. I’m looking forward to the slew of cute dog photos 🙂

  6. Congratulations Sally and Kevin. Franklin is so nunuzzz. My husband and I are also looking to get a dog sometime this year but we not sure of the breed and exactly what dog we looking for 🙁
    hopefully after some research, we will make a good decision. xx

  7. YAY for 2 dogs!! We have had our puppy Sage for 12 weeks and we’ve just got a new farm pup (Tilly)..it’s double the trouble but definitely double the cuteness, especially when they fall asleep snuggled up together! Franklin is adorable, as is Jude!

  8. Sally, Franklin is adorable and congratulations to all of you! Please post plenty of dog pictures along with your wonderful recipes. Rescues are the very best!

  9. A puppy was definitely one of my guesses about your news! He is adorable, and I love all his names 😉 The dog I had in high school was the same; I think we had 20 alternative names that we used so much we practically forgot his *real* name. I hope Jude adjusts well and that Franklin brings you and Kevin a lot of happiness during this hard time and great times to come! 😀

  10. Ahh! Congrats on the newest addition to your family, Sally! Franklin is adorable!! I love that you give human names to your animals – I do the same thing! (My cat’s name is Ben) Cannot wait to see more photos in the future! 

  11. Omg Franklin is TOO CUTE. It looks like he and Jude will become fast friends!! Puppies literally make everything better. 

  12. Franklin could not be a cuter name! And don’t worry, I adopted a puppy when my dog was 9 and while the 9 year old HATED the puppy at first they came to an understanding and he eventually appreciated having the puppy around! Have fun!!!

  13. Oh my goodness! How adorable! Look at that little face!! Congrats on your new fur baby and the name is lovely!! Lots of fun times ahead, for sure 🙂

  14. Adorable!!!!! Aw thanks so much for sharing your new family member! I can barely take the cuteness. Those paws! Also, I love that one of his nicknames is Franklinstein. Priceless 🙂

  15. YAY!!! Congrats to you, Kevin and Big Brother Jude on your new family member! He’s absolutely adorable!

  16. Congrats on your new addition to the family! He’s precious!!! <33 🙂 I bet Jude will warm to him (in an older brother way) very soon!

  17. Franklin is absolutely adorable and June will eventually come around and learn to love his baby brother.   

  18. Sally!! I LOVE HIM! He’s so gosh darn freaking cute, I am going to explode. Him and Jude together are so gorgeous! Such great looking dogs! I can’t wait to follow his journey like I follow Jude’s on IG! (I’m a crazy dog lady too, so I get it.). Enjoy the puppy snugs and give Jude a smooch for me.

    P.S. Going to try and make your funnel cakes this weekend.

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