Meet Romy

We are going to take a break from all things quilting related today to take time to introduce you to our new puppy.

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Her name is Agent Romanov, aka Romy.   If you aren’t an Avengers fan, you probably don’t know who Agent Romanov is, but let’s just say there is a certain 40-year-old male that lives in this house who is a BIG fan of practically all comic book movies.  And, no matter how much fun is made of him by a certain female that lives in this house, he still watches all the Marvel comic book movies over and over (and over again.)   So, after the puppy went almost a full week without a name, we decided that Romy was the favorite  – and not because Scarlet Johansson is our favorite actress – but we thought the name was unique and cute.  (A special thanks to SIL Andrea for the idea).


Romy is a German Shorthair Pointer.  She is the same breed as our last dog, but this time Joel decided to get a black one instead of a brown one.  They are a little more unusual and so far many people have confused her with a Springer Spaniel.  Those of you who are GSP people probably won’t have that trouble, as you will recognize the GSP build.  We even had one little girl think she was a Dalmatian.  Whatever she is, you may recognize the family resemblance – as she and Joel have matching white chins.


This is the first photo of Carter meeting Romy.  He was pretty excited when Joel brought her home!


He’s always excited to see her  – Though it is usually followed by this face, as Romy goes in for a lick and Carter tries to get out of the way.  (sorry for the bad iphone photos)



Romy is now 12 weeks old and has already grown quite a bit from when this picture was taken (about a month or so ago)



Carter and Romy have gotten along pretty well, but there has been a little of this . . .  Carter does not always want to share his toys.


There has also been a little jealousy on Carter’s part – mainly where Dad is concerned.  When Joel is holding or petting the puppy, Carter comes running and says “Catch” – That means he wants to be held or picked up.




This picture has nothing to do with the dog – I just thought it was so cute.



The main issue with the dog has been nipping.  This isn’t a very good photo, but check out those teeth.  They are super sharp and Romy is constantly jumping on Carter and grabbing hold of whatever she can.


Initially it was Carter’s ears  – thus the big cap with the flaps in a previous photo.  Now it is usually his shirt – thus many t-shirts with holes in the back.  We are constantly after her to get down.  In fact, if you ask Carter what his new puppy’s name is, he says “Sit Down, Puppy”.  Every. Time.  It’s pretty funny.  Joel’s sister warned us that we need to make sure that Romy understands that Carter isn’t his litter mate, which is exactly how she acts with him.  We have a local “dog whisperer” coming in a few days to help us out with this issue, but otherwise it is going well.


One last photo of something for Joel and I to remember.  Carter was playing Playdough, with Romy perched up on the table watching.   It was cute until Carter leaned forward, stuck his face into Romy’s food dish and took several large licks.


As you can see, I was knitting so it happened before I could get over there to stop him.  It was empty, but still.  Yuck – and I’m sure it won’t be the last time!





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33 Responses to Meet Romy

  1. Romy is a beauty hope it all works out with new puppy in your lives. Great to see the smiles of Carter and Joel.

  2. Susan Wilkerson says:

    your new puppy is adorable!! and about Carter licking at the dog bowl…..heck that kind of stuff just happens when you have kids and puppies!!

  3. Carrie says:

    Love! I’m so happy for all of you – Romy is a lucky girl!

    I expect lots of Carter, Romy and Joel pictures – though I don’t know how they’ll top these. Puppies and little boys – even the grown-up ones – just go together.

  4. Mary Schettle says:

    Thanks for sharing the story and such fun pictures

  5. Cindy krelle says:

    When he “nips” take your hand and put it over his snout and press his upper lips onto his razor sharp teeth and say, “NO BITE”. He will feel the sharp teeth and pull away. It’s like tucking his lips onto the upper teeth. Hopefully he will stop the biting! Stick with it. This is a common puppy trait.

  6. Cathy says:

    Precious moments!

  7. Candie says:

    Romy is adorable. I have a new pup the same exact age who I named Rudy, a French Brittany Spaniel. Rudy, aka Razor Mouth who also uses me as his litter mate and it hurts. I’ve tried everything the books and internet says to do. We visit the vet tomorrow and I am going to ask for help with the same problem. I look forward to hearing what the dog whisperer suggests… Boy they take a lot of time don’t they! I told a friend it was like having a new baby in the house and she said, Babies don’t bite then run off. True that!

    • Candie says:

      I wanted to pass along the information that our vet gave us. Along with a name for a pet psychologist, she strongly suggested that I use the products and YouTube videos by Sophia Yin, in two days we have made greater strides with those than all the other put together. I bought her puppy book for my Kindle and got right to work. Today is the second day and Rudy has not bit me at all, he has licked but not bitten. If you are interested, her web site is and I got the puppy book from I hope this is helpful for you, it has been for me! Good luck.

  8. Mary Ann says:

    Love the family photos. The dog is very cute. Will be fun to watch the dog grow along with Carter! What a cutie.

  9. Patty Fowl says:

    Welcome to your newest family addition! I hope Romy brings the entire family as much love, companionship, and kisses that Daisy did!

  10. Jessie S. says:

    What a cute puppy! I love the shots of Carter with her. Every boy should have a dog.

  11. Carolyn says:

    Congratulations on your beautiful new puppy! Those little teeth are for sure killers, and Romy’s look like razors. I’m so happy for you and what a lucky little girl to be part of your family now. Love the pictures with Carter.

  12. Susan J. says:

    Congratulations on the new addition! What a busy year this will be for you! Your comment about the t-shirts brings back lots of memories. When our golden retriever was a pup, nearly every t-shirt I owned had holes in the back from her jumping up and grabbing ahold of my shirt as I walked away. I thought it would never end, but she got through the teething phase and turned out to be the best dog we could ever have hoped for. What a fun and exhausting summer you have in store for you. Enjoy every minute!

  13. Marsha Nelson says:

    Your new puppy is a doll. The’re baby teeth are soooo sharp though they are only playing. Your pictures are very cute. At least Carter didn’t eat the dog’s food like my little boy did (twice). It was disgusting.

  14. kitty says:

    Congratulations on your adorable new family member! Loved your pictures!! The companionship of a child and a dog is a wonderful thing! I hope this teething phase will soon come to an end, although I can see in one of your pictures that, for now, you’re trying to get ahead of the situation by inserting holes in your knitting!!

  15. Jean says:

    Thank you, Heather. What a day brightener!

  16. Pat D says:

    Cute pics and thanks for sharing!!!!

  17. Tina in Nevada says:

    What a beautiful, darling puppy and the pictures are wonderful!!! I’m so happy you guys got another puppy!!!!!

  18. Diane Sheckells says:

    What a doll! We have had Shorthairs for more than 40 years…our most bitey puppy grew up to be one of the sweetest boys of all time…our children’s palmate and pal ….

  19. Four dogs and one quilter says:

    What a beautiful puppy! How wonderful that Carter and Romy will grow together.

  20. Debbie says:

    What a beautiful face! Romy and the boys will make great memories together.

  21. Karen Shackleford says:

    What an adorable puppy! So glad you found another beautiful dog. And so fun to see Romy and Carter getting acquainted. Will be fun to hear how the dog whisperer does with her. Maybe learning to share dad with the puppy will end up being good prep for Carter and his new brother : ) Hope all is going well on that score too.

  22. Megan G says:

    I remember puppy teeth (aka needles!). I had a few shirts/pants that were ripped too. It is a hard phase but my two grew out of it (they are both 3 now… yes, I had two puppies at once). Hope your dog whisperer works out (my little dog failed her puppy obedience class)!

  23. Auntie Pami says:

    Very nice to see a new puppy at home. I know you were heartbroken. And Carter is so big!

  24. Jennifer says:

    Love, love, love your pointer! Reminds me of mine, who was also black and white. She was a nipper as a puppy too, but grew out of that (and had lots of chew toys). She has been gone 10 years, but I still miss her – hope Romy finds the same place in your heart <3.

  25. Bev says:

    Love your new puppy. Kids and dogs bring lot of laughter and memories into a home.

  26. Jane says:

    Sorry to tell you this but my little brother napped under the car with the dog and barked at strangers in the driveway for one very long summer…Good luck with the puppy!

  27. Moya O'Keeffe says:

    Dogs and children – a magic combination.

  28. Jan says:

    SUCH a beautiful puppy!
    LOL~ last photo~licking the bowl! It’s ok!

  29. Rebecca says:

    I’m so happy for you!

  30. Claudia Voorhees says:

    What a cutie !! Looking forward to more pics of the growing puppy.

  31. lepowell says:

    LOL!!! Looks like a perfect combo – kids and puppies!! Romy is beautiful and will soon settle in, and looks like Carter does approve, even if he “thinks” he shares affection. I always adore seeing what your family is doing!!

  32. Gale lavers says:

    Romy looks like a sweetie. I am sure once the teeth become permanent, Carter will enjoy the play time more. Our 11 month old granddaughter has just started trying to eat dog food as well. I am sure it won’t hurt them.

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