our new puppy

Perhaps my newest pinterest board tipped you off:

jdc pinterest board puppy love


Or if you follow me on instagram, maybe this photo gave away our surprise:

Yep. We finally did it.

We got a dog.

Our family grew this christmas and now includes this sweet pup:


He’s a black labradoodle {labrador retriever + standard poodle} and cute as can be.


We are maybe a little crazy to add a puppy into our lives right now, but we’ve been talking about it for a while – actually a few years.  We always said we would wait until our baby was not a baby and since she’ll be three next month {what?!}, we figured the time was now.


So far, our Atlas {named after Ryan’s favorite book} is a great puppy – frisky at times, but mostly mellow and happy.


You’ll undoubtedly see much more of the puppy here and on instagram – I’m a smitten mommy.


45 Responses to our new puppy

  1. Jade Wilkins December 29, 2014 at 6:44 am #

    I just had to comment! I was Google imaging “black labradoodles” trying to get an idea of what my puppy would look like when he is fully grown and this came up. Your puppy looked just like mine so i clicked and realized they have the same name!! Glad to see I’m not the only crazy mom of 2 that got a big puppy and named him atlas lol

    • emily December 29, 2014 at 10:04 am #

      So fun! Our Atlas has turned out to be a great dog. Hope you enjoy your Atlas!

  2. grace February 9, 2013 at 10:43 am #

    HE is so CUTE!!! I want to hear your talk about him more often in the blog .. the reason because we are thinking of getting a labradoodle ourself (still looking for the right breeder). Did you get him from a breeder? Anyway, looking forward to get our own fuzz-ball .. my son just can’t wait till the day we bring 1 home. Thank you for sharing.

  3. Katie January 10, 2013 at 8:05 am #

    Awww! He is so cute! Reminds me of our black/gray goldendoodle. Congrats on your new addition!

  4. asia@ itsanorganizedchaos.com January 8, 2013 at 7:10 pm #

    I want a Newfoundland…I’m nuts!

  5. tammy Ludlow January 8, 2013 at 9:59 am #

    Emily congratulations!! Check out the show Dog Whisperer!! James and I just started watching it last week and we are completely addicted to it and it is really helping.
    Have fun!

  6. kathy Marty January 8, 2013 at 9:10 am #

    My husband and I have a black labradoodle we got as a puppy and is now 31/2 ,he is the sweetest most lovable and smart dog and we adore him.

  7. Elizabeth January 8, 2013 at 6:23 am #

    Love him! I saw him on your Instagram feed and instantly melted. I can’t wait till our family gets a dog. We probably would this summer, but we’re expecting baby #2 and I think it’s too much for us to handle right now.

  8. Lynne January 8, 2013 at 3:48 am #

    Atlas is beautiful! I LOVE his name!
    He is the perfect match for the sweetest family!

  9. Betsy January 7, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    I am in LOVE!! I love the name. Such a sweet face!!! You can’t go wrong with a doodle! They are THE BEST DOGS!!! We got Reilly Girl, our miniature Golden Doodle when our youngest was 3. It was the perfect time! They were like double trouble for a couple of years – kind of like having twins!! Wishing you many happy days! Love your blog and your style.

  10. Paula January 7, 2013 at 10:24 pm #

    Congrats! You can not go wrong with a doodle! We have two and they bring so much joy into our lives. Our two boys live them like crazy!!! Atlas is a gorgeous pup and I LOVE his name!

  11. Colleen Augustine January 7, 2013 at 7:52 pm #

    Omg, I have been wanting a Laberdoodle for some time!!! Please post updates!:)

  12. Leah R January 7, 2013 at 7:33 pm #

    Congratulations!!!! He’s adorable. Even if life gets hectic and crazy, you will NOT regret getting a new “baby” …. I have 2 and they are the joys of my life. Enjoy and can’t wait to see him in future posts/pics. And, just followed you on Instagram :)

  13. Jennifer Talley January 7, 2013 at 7:31 pm #

    I have Delilah, the Goldendoodle, and Beatrice, the Standard Poodle….Good luck with Atlas! You are going to love this dog!

  14. Glenda January 7, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    He’s adorable! I keep looking and re-looking at his picture because he’s so stinkin’ cute!

  15. Wendy January 7, 2013 at 4:54 pm #

    We have a 3 year old apricot labradoodle who is the cherry on top to our family. He was mellow at first, don’t let that fool ya! We waited till our kids were 14 and 11 before getting a dog for the same reason you did :)

  16. Lindsay at Life of Splendor January 7, 2013 at 2:05 pm #

    Oh Emily, I am so happy for your family and your new member! As a new puppy mommy, I can tell you that they are wonderful. He will frustrate you a little at times with training, etc., but they give so much unconditional love. They melt your heart and make any tiny frustrations worth it. So happy for y’all and I absolutely can’t wait to hear more about him! We almost got a labradoodle because of the no/low shedding factor, but in the end, went with a different dog who does shed. We love her, but that’s a lot. With your love of the home, you’ll love the little shedding. So happy for y’all!

  17. pixie January 7, 2013 at 1:46 pm #

    Such a cute pup! I love the profile photo…very regal. :)

  18. amy January 7, 2013 at 12:57 pm #

    I’m in LOVE!
    We had nine Goldendoodle puppies last fall and it was a complete joy to have them all. Not to mention that every single one of them was black (the dad was chocolate) so our babies look just like yours!
    Enjoy him!

  19. Linda Leyble January 7, 2013 at 12:32 pm #

    Oh my Emily – he is adorable. So jealous. I want a dog so much – but my husband is being a little picky about the whole process. I had a black lab mix that passed away a few years ago…he was the best dog that I ever had (and I miss him so much). Labs have such a great personality and poodles have the smarts and the hypo-allergenic plus. How can you go wrong?

    Enjoy – he is beautiful


  20. Stacey January 7, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    How cute! I don’t blame you for adding him to your family.

  21. Jera January 7, 2013 at 11:42 am #

    He is so cute! I have a 4 year old black golden doodle with so much energy and smarts. Still a ball loving puppy …..exercise it alot.

  22. Emily @ Peck Life January 7, 2013 at 11:28 am #

    He’s the cutest! LOVE the name! We have always been a retreiver/lab family – my parents recently got a yellow lab in November. She is so cute, I want to squish her all the time!!

  23. Angela L January 7, 2013 at 11:22 am #

    love :)

  24. Tracey H. January 7, 2013 at 10:47 am #

    What a perfectly sweet, handsome doodle:0) We have a 2 year old chocolate labradoodle and he is by far the best dog we have ever had, super smart and easy to train.. We have a great breeder and he gave us some fabulous tips, if you need them let me know. Welcome to the dog club!!

  25. April January 7, 2013 at 10:32 am #

    awwww….. so cute!!

  26. Courtney January 7, 2013 at 10:26 am #

    Atlas Shrugged is my favorite, too. Great name for a sweet looking pup!

  27. Jill January 7, 2013 at 10:25 am #

    Well you know I love doodles! He’s adorable and you will be happy he does not shed!!! It really does make you love them more.


  28. May January 7, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    He is absolutely beautiful! Looking forward to more photos! :)

  29. Jessica @ Dear Emmeline January 7, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    what a cutie!

  30. Ranelle January 7, 2013 at 10:13 am #

    Congrats on your newest addition! I love his name & the little wisps of his hair in the pics! We rescued a puppy back in April (a pit mix) and while she’s a lot of work it’s totally worth it! Just make sure to get him in a training class when he’s old enough… we learned so much it’s nice to walk next to a dog and not have them pull the whole time! Good luck with Atlas! I look forward to more puppy posts! :)

  31. Kathy January 7, 2013 at 10:01 am #

    Ahh, he’s adorable! We got the kids a hamster, not sure we are ready to take the next step to dog yet. I will wait to hear about some of your adventures first.

  32. Jan January 7, 2013 at 9:51 am #

    He is beyond cute!!!!

  33. Katy Caldwell January 7, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    LOL! Totally noticed the pins! A dog really adds a special kind of joy to your life. Enjoy!

  34. Carrie January 7, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Congratulations! What a cutie! I love the name, too. :)

  35. Anja January 7, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Congrats! This is the right decision =) We have added a dog to the family last year, and we couldn’t be any happier!

  36. Shelley @ Green Eggs and Hamlet January 7, 2013 at 9:40 am #

    Oh my gosh, how exciting – congratulations on the new addition! I love the name (we’re also big “Atlas Shrugged” lovers in my house) and he’s just so darn tootin’ cute. Can’t wait to hear more about him and of course see more of his photos.

  37. Megan January 7, 2013 at 9:24 am #

    How exciting! We got a little labradoodle puppy for Christmas as well! Feels like having a newborn all over again! Is yours sleeping the night yet! :)

  38. Lynda January 7, 2013 at 9:08 am #

    Oh so cute! I did notice your pins. I was so apprehensive when we got our dog, but it was the best decision ever. Soon it will feel like your new little guy has been a part of the family forever.

  39. ange January 7, 2013 at 8:54 am #

    Ah, congrats! He is a handsome guy!! We have a goldendoodle and she is the best dog ever. Seriously as a puppy she was so calm and didn’t really do anything naughty. My kids just love our Ruby and I”m sure yours love your Atlas which is such a cute name! Enjoy your puppy!

  40. Christi January 7, 2013 at 8:48 am #

    Several of our friends have labradoodles…they are a great breed. Atlas is a real cutie! Happy New Year, Emily.

  41. Beverly January 7, 2013 at 8:13 am #

    What a precious face Atlas has!!! I am sure he will fit right into your home (and hopefully not chew anything with those razor sharp puppy teeth). We love having dogs as a part of our family and I am sure you guys will too. Congrats!

  42. Sarah January 7, 2013 at 7:00 am #

    Congrats! We also have a labradoodle who is by far, the BEST dog we’ve ever had. They have the loveliest disposition for kids, perfect addition to the family.

  43. Sarah January 7, 2013 at 6:58 am #

    Congrats! Atlas is ADORABLE. We have a toy poodle that joined our family about a year ago & has totally stolen our hearts. I hope Atlas brings you equal joy!

  44. Andrea January 7, 2013 at 5:26 am #

    He’s adorable! Yep, you can’t get anything buy us. Noticed your pins and figured you took the plunge. This little guy will bring so much joy to your family. Congrats!

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