by Richard on March 23, 2011

Share photos on twitter with Twitpic I went this morning to pick up Murphy from a local animal rescue centre. He’s about 6 years old, and has been living with neglect rather than cruelty. I hope to be making it up to him. Solo isn’t sure about having him around. No doubt it will take time.

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Mendip Nomad 03.23.11 at 6:36 pm

He looks like a wonderful addition to the family, and I’m sure Solo will adapt to having him around soon enough.

I hope to have a dog or dogs once we get out of College and into a proper house, and they are likely to come from a rescue centre, despite me having a deep love of certain pedigree breeds.

Enjoy spoiling him :)


Bene D 03.23.11 at 7:57 pm

Love the face, love the name. Glad to see the heart healing and I hope Murphy laps up all the attention you Halls lavish on him and gives it back many times over.


Paul Martin 03.23.11 at 8:10 pm

Looks like a super fellow.


Doug 03.23.11 at 8:49 pm

Ahhh, what a cute little boy. What’s it like Richard to have two dogs around? I have one dog and have been contemplating another.


Doug 03.23.11 at 8:51 pm

I should say WE have one dog and have been contemplating another. To my wife and the ladies on this blog forgive me. I’ll be eating crow on this one. Asking forgiveness on this one to ladies is pretty hard. :)


Rachel 03.23.11 at 10:22 pm

Perhaps not wise to have called the first on Solo, Richard. May have left him with false expectations


Kim 03.23.11 at 11:18 pm

Wonderful. Just wonderful. (But maybe you should change his name to Duo!)


Richard 03.23.11 at 11:58 pm

When we got Solo, he was joining a pack that already had two dogs in it. Since Clovis died he has been pining a bit, but I think it will be a bit tricky for him to get used to not being the only dog again. He’s very amiable, so I’m sure he will. Murphy seems to be settling in well: he’s very motivated by food and has already started doing as he’s told to an extent. Getting spooked by the window-cleaner and jumping over a 5′ fence was only a blip, I’m sure!


Patricia 03.24.11 at 8:49 am

What a friendly looking dog with a brilliant name. A well behaved dog would find it hard to fit in to your household! No offence meant


Richard 03.24.11 at 9:13 am

I know exactly what you mean, Patricia. Feeling a bit bleary-eyed this morning as I was up a good part of the night with him. He’s going to need to learn that when we leave him at night, it doesn’t mean that he’s been abandoned. On the positive side, he does seem to have a very gentle nature and appears to be quite ‘biddable’ — unlike the hounds we’ve been used to!

As to his name: until yesterday he was known as “Shaft” but we couldn’t live with that. (One of the volunteers at the Centre practically begged us to change it) Driving home, as we were toing-and-froing the possibilities, Mrs H announced “I think he looks like a Murphy” and all agreed it was a good fit.

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