Sunday, March 1, 2009

The Hazel behind Hazelnut Designs

Three years ago, I decided to get a puppy dog, and my husband moaned and groaned that he didn't want one. Of course, I put down a deposit (without his saying "yes") on a Lhasa-Apso / Poodle mix, and a month later we were the proud parents of a rambunctious puppy named Hazel. She quickly melted Justin's heart, and now the two are inseparable.




She LOVES to go boating with us in the summer, and enjoys jumping off the swim platform and swimming... and swimming... and swimming. She's had 3 summers on the boat, and she gets more brave every year!




She's got such a fun playful personality... you wouldn't know she's not a puppy anymore. She only has 3 toys, and they're all her favorite to play fetch with.

Last October as I was trying to think of a name for my new Etsy shop, I kept coming back to Hazelnut since that was one of Hazel's nicknames. How could I go wrong with "Hazelnut Designs?" After all, my shop is full of bright, cheery colors that hopefully bring a smile to your face. And thats what Hazel does for us. We haven't yet started a 'real' family, but Hazel has been wonderful to practice on. We're told dogs are easier than babies, which I would probably agree with. The thing is... can a baby be cuter than Hazel? You decide....

7 comments:

Patrice said...

Cristin,
Hazel is really really cute and playful, a possible toss-up butI think a real GRAND pink or blue bundle with take the cake!!
Patrice

HanamiGallery said...

such a cutie! she looks like a really fun dog! i also think she is 100 times cuter than a baby! and lets face it, you dont have to put her through college.

Alex (aka: Baseball Punk) said...

Oh my goodness!!! She is so cute, she looks like a little stuffed animal!

OK, for now I'll go with Hazel but when you have a baby I reserve the right to change my mind:)

Emily

Cristin said...

Exactly! When we have a baby we'll have to compare the two for cuteness :-) I still think Hazel will win, but I'll keep an open mind! haha

RhiannonSTR said...

That is such a cute dog. A non-shedder too, a big plus.

Estela said...

Oh my!!! I want to cry when I look at her! She's too precious! haha! I love the first picture so much! I can't stop gushing over Hazel!

byrheea said...

Awww.. Hazel is soooo cute! The first pic of her looks like a stuffed toy sitting on the couch. So cute!