Thankful for Our Little Norman!

Real Estate Agent with HomeSmart Real Estate AZ Broker BR030809000

Our little Norman (the black and white pup) has been with us for a year now.  And he's doing so well!  He's 3 and Barney is 15 so there has been a lot of adjusting for their age difference but I think they've got it figured out between the two of them.  Barney makes it clear when Norman is being a little too pesky and Norman knows when to back away.  He actually looks after Barney now and let' me know if he thinks Barney needs attention.  So sweet!

Norman had no idea of what 'treat' meant when he first arrived in his new home. It took about 6 months before he really figured out what treats were all about.  And now...............ZOOM..............if he 'thinks' he hears the treat jar being opened, he ZOOMS across the room - or the house - and then sits down, real pretty, waiting for his treat along with Barney. Ht took quite awhile for him to figure out 'sit' but after watching his big brother for months we think he's finally got it!  It's just so cute seeing him snarf down his little pieces of joy, joy joy.

He's brought our home so much joy this past year.  It's hard to imagine life without this little bundle of love!  He previous parents were moving out of state and couldn't take Norman with them. And I'm glad it turned out that way!  I can't imagine having to leave the little guy behind - I really can't.  He's found his forever home.

Did I mention WALK?  OMG Norman and Barney both love their morning and evening walks with their Dad!  It's quite the tug of war between the two of them wanting to take the lead. Drives Gary a little bonkers from time to time but they eventually calm down.

After their evening walk they both get their 'extra special treat!  Oh and they so know it's coming every night!  We set it up so they have to ZOOM around the living room, through the dining room into the kitchen to arrive at their special treat! Nothing better than little cut up pieces of Costco rotisserie chicken.  Yum! Yum!  They're not spoiled - just loved!


This Thanksgiving we are truly blessed with our little 'boys'!  Happy Pups!


                                      Home Depot is the 'Boys'' Favorite Place!

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Comments (19)

Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Hi Anna-I love this and love how Norman is also taking care of Barney. I'll bet if Barney could talk, he may not admit it but he likes having Norman around, 

Nov 05, 2022 05:22 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Oh Kathy Streib Barney has come back to life with his brother in the house!  So fun to see!

Nov 05, 2022 05:36 PM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate

The love we have for our pets cannot be measured.  All the joy they bring into our lives is priceless. Your two boys are adorable. I can see them zooming to get their treats! 

Nov 05, 2022 05:28 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist it sure can't be measured!  So much joy every day,  multiple time a day!!  They're out their enjoying dinner right now!!

Nov 05, 2022 05:37 PM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate (435) 632-9374 - St. George, UT
St. George Utah Area Residential Sales Agent

Norman has such a sweet face, Anna, hope to meet him someday. Barney is a sweet soul who loves it when you share food with him! We get so attached to our furry friends that they grab our hearts and squeeze often.

Nov 05, 2022 05:56 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

You will Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can! either here in Phoenix or at your place! We'll bring the boys!!

Nov 05, 2022 09:02 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  love this post, now we only have one dog, and when Diane goes near the Treat Jar, she hears it opening and her life improves to a new level:) on a side note Morning walk is Diane's I do the evening and night walk:)Endre

p.s.: hard to believe he has been with you a year now, Endre

Nov 05, 2022 10:12 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thank Endre Barath, Jr. never ending cycle of stories with these two fur babies!   And LOL on the 'opening of the treat jar' - life does improve!! It's kind of like an on demand feature!!   Yep a whole year now!  And we've had Barney for 9 years now and we got him at age 6.

Nov 06, 2022 09:52 AM
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

I’m thankful for every little dog that I have like that in my life for sure! Bless it

Nov 05, 2022 11:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

They are all a blessing Laura Cerrano !

Nov 06, 2022 09:52 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You have such great-looking kids and I am sure they both enjoy the spoiling that you bestow upon them.

Nov 06, 2022 03:38 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Oh No Brian England they LOVE all the spoiling!!

Nov 06, 2022 09:52 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Anna... I don't have two dogs, but a dog and a cat... but I could relate to so much of what you wrote in my own house. Norman and Barney are beyond cute and I can understand why you love them so much and I know that love is returned in spades.

Nov 06, 2022 04:57 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Nina Hollander, Broker we had an old cat and and dog at one time and they did great together - after awhile anyway!  That cat could be such a brat cat at times!!

Nov 06, 2022 09:54 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Nina Hollander, Broker I can imagine!  It was chaos around here, at times, when the brat cat would not stop teasing poor little Wookie.

Nov 06, 2022 10:17 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker

Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker you should see how my Mr. Marlow makes Bingo crazy!

Nov 06, 2022 10:02 AM
Kat Palmiotti
406-270-3667,, Broker/REALTOR® - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

Awww, I love the story and the photos!

Nov 06, 2022 06:15 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thanks Kat Palmiotti they are little cuties!

Nov 06, 2022 09:54 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Anna - any introduction to a family dynamic can be filled with mixed emotions.  It seems as if Norman is adjusting well.  And so is Barney.  As for you as well as Gary, both Barney and Norman are continuing to train you.   

Nov 06, 2022 07:33 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Apparently we are doing exceedingly well with our 'training' Michael Jacobs - we're not fired yet!  They do keep us on our toes!!

Nov 06, 2022 09:56 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

Oh, I was right- SUCH cuteness, Anna! I love that Norman takes care of Barney! Like you and Gary, Ray & I are so thankful for the joy our little Madelaine brings into our lives - I'm smiling reading your post and typing this comment! Our Barney is 16 this month and we've had him since he was a puppy. I thought when Duke died, Barney was giving up - that's why we adopted Maddie. She has brought some youth back into Barney, as I'm sure Norman has to your Barney. 

And, the treats - mine LOVE Costco rotisserie chicken too!! I can see Norman zooming around the house to get to his treats! LOL

Thank you so much for your entry in this month's challenge - and for making me smile on a rainy Sunday!!

Nov 06, 2022 10:33 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Hi Debe Maxwell, CRS yes it's so darn adorable watching little Norman watch after his older brother!  Our Barney is doing so much better now with Norman to keep him interested in playing, walking etc.  It's so good to see that, as you well know with your Sweet Little Madeline and Barney!   I wonder how many people that are buying those chickens are cutting them up for dog treats!  I'll have to find out next time I'm at Costco!  Talk about a conversation starter - dog treats!  Glad I could bring a smile to your face on this rainy Sunday!  Stay warm and cozy inside!

Nov 06, 2022 11:03 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Property Manager

Hi Anna,
No, Barney and Norman aren't spoiled at all !!!  Hug them for Aunt Carol. 😊

Nov 06, 2022 12:24 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Done Aunt Carol Williams !  Guess who just strolled into my office :)


Nov 06, 2022 12:57 PM
Cathy Criado
Criado Realty - San Antonio, TX
Making Real Estate Profitable

LOL too cute!!! I love the zoomies! My 13 year old terrior is that way when he hears chip or cheese packaging. Thanks for your enouragement in facebook a few months back.  See you around the rain girl!


Nov 06, 2022 01:27 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Cathy Criado watching them ZOOM around is so funny!  Barney can't quite figure out what's going on but Norman keeps on going! You're so welcome!  Glad to see you back in the rain!!

Nov 06, 2022 03:10 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

Norman is a very adorable pooch, Anna.  You mentioned Home Depot.  Our local Home Depot has a resident cat by the name of Thomas.  Thomas has lived at the store for almost 17 years.  He doesn't look in the best of health lately.  I'm sure many in our community will miss him should he perish.

Nov 06, 2022 02:57 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Thanks Myrl Jeffcoat! That's pretty cool that Thomas is a resident of Home Depot.....where does he usually hang out?  Garden department?

Nov 06, 2022 03:11 PM
George Souto
George Souto NMLS #65149 FHA, CHFA, VA Mortgages - Middletown, CT
Your Connecticut Mortgage Expert

Anna they behave little two siblings .... Don't mess with my brother!!!  😄

Nov 06, 2022 04:30 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Haha George Souto they do act like siblings!  Norman takes good care of Norman.  When Norman first came, Barney would alert me when something wasn't ok for Norman.  So sweet!

Nov 06, 2022 07:46 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Anna:

Now that's a fun gratitude post. Norman and Barney are so cute together - I bet Norman keeps Barney on his paws!


Nov 06, 2022 05:06 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS

VERY cool Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker  The photos certainly reflect the brotherhood!


Nov 06, 2022 07:52 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

I think it kind of goes both ways Jeff Dowler, CRS!  And considering the age difference that is pretty cool!

Nov 06, 2022 07:47 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Yes and I find them sleeping and napping close together every day as well Jeff Dowler, CRS !  I need to find some photos of that. Very sweet!

Nov 06, 2022 07:54 PM
Aura Alex
CloseMyDeal, LLC - Seattle, WA
Specializing in Multifamily Projects Nationwide

Hi, Anna. So sweet to see two little fur babies getting along and taking care of each other. Our little Pie has got us wrapped around his paws!  LOL!! I usually roast a chicken for him since we don't go to Costco that much because it's about 30 miles one way. Everything else except treats are home-cooked!! Talk about spoiled!😁 So, be it!

Nov 06, 2022 08:26 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Spoiled they are Aura Alex and that's a good thing in my book!  I like 'wrapped around his paws', that sums it up perfectly!

Nov 07, 2022 09:35 AM
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
Retired New Hampshire Home Stager

OMG the Home Depot wagon ride. ADORABLE!

Nov 09, 2022 12:44 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Yup!  Sharon Tara they love going to Home Depot with Dad!  Apparently they're rock stars over there will all the workers!  They know them by name!!  LOL

Nov 09, 2022 12:55 PM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Boomer has a keen ear for the treat jar also. Thank you for sharing Norman with us 🙂

Nov 09, 2022 09:04 PM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Oh yes Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS keen ear is what I'll call it from now on!

Nov 11, 2022 12:32 PM
Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216, - San Antonio, TX
Texas REALTOR, San Antonio Military Relocation

WOW! Anna Banana Kruchten CRS, Phoenix Broker. Your post reminded me what is was like when we had Oliver and Kirby. I understand how Norman is so active, and loves getting those treats now. Barney loves having a younger pup around to make things playful. I love that they get along so well together. 

Nov 11, 2022 09:56 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker

Well for the most part Barney likes Norman around but some days he's old grandpa comes out and he doesn't want to be bothered!  All in all it's been so good for both of them Jerry Newman. And you know what I'm talking about from having had two pups - Oliver and Kirby.

Nov 11, 2022 12:34 PM