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A Wheaten Terrier is the best kind of friend

They really are beautiful pups.  And SOOOO soft.

A Wheaten Terrier is the best kind of friend

Since they are in my photos so much, I have to share some information about my two little fur babies.  When we moved back to America after a tour in Germany, we promised the kids we could get a puppy.  I was reluctant, since I knew they were a big responsibility and frankly did not want to clean up after them all of the time.  The housetraining, the fur, the slobber. . . it’s a bit much for a non-dog owner to come to terms with.  We started talking about they type of dog we wanted in our life.  Our list included: low fur maintenance, medium sized, likes family and kids, all around friendly, but trainable.  He or she had to be something my in-laws could pick up and hug, but not so small that my youngest daughter would hurt it by picking it up.

So when we first saw this cute little ball of fur, we had to learn more about her before taking her home.  We had never heard of the Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier breed.  After doing a little research, we found out that this little cutie, a wheaten terrier ,was our perfect fit.  So we took her home. . . I mean who can resist this face??:

Ignore the date and baseboard. . .we were making repairs to our new house!

Ignore the date and baseboard. . .we were making repairs to our new house!

So what made her so special?  She is smart and sweet and snuggly.  Wheaten Terriers are not a “Yippie” kind of puppy, but they do have some Terrier characteristics.  As a puppy, Mini chewed one of our window ledges, dug holes in the yard, and tugged on her leash for every walk.  But she learned quickly with firm and gentle guidance, and is now broken of those habits.  She is very food driven and will do anything for a treat!

Mini doing what she does best. Just chillin'

Mini doing what she does best. Just chillin’

With all the joy Mini brought us, we knew she needed a brother.  So Max joined us soon.  Max is a little different.  He is part Wheaten and part Tibetan terrier, but all heart.  He really completed our family, and where Mini is the calm snuggler, Max if the playful goofball and protector.  He fearlessly cannonballs into our swimming pool and will do laps for days.  We have a cool little summer game where I throw a ball, Mini will fetch it and drop it in the swimming pool, then Max will get it from the pool and bring it back to me.  They are quite the team.  Max will even dive for rings on the bottom of the pool !  These are some hard working pups, who love adventure.  I love taking them everywhere because they are so much fun!

They really are beautiful pups. And SOOOO soft.

They really are beautiful pups. And SOOOO soft.

So is it true?  Are they really non-shedding dogs.  I would say yes!  I shed more hair off of my head than Mini does.  You’d be much more likely to find my hair around the house. HA!  And they don’t smell doggy, like hounds can.  But, they love playing in the mud and must be brushed often to keep their fur from matting.  I just keep them in a summer cut because the swimming pool can wreak havoc on their fur with tangles.  They like having the fur out of their eyes while they are swimming too.

Going to the beach! Look at that smile!

Going to the beach! Look at that smile!

I don’t think our family could have been any luckier with these two pups coming into our lives.  A Wheaten Terrier is the most joyful creature on this earth and aim to please.  They work hard, play hard, and are such good snugglers at the end of the day.  We love our babies.

Wore out after a long day!

Wore out after a long day!

Becca S