Meet the Noodle

After almost three months we finally decided it was time to find a new little dog.

Our criteria were:

  1. Small – 15lbs or less
  2. Terrier MIX  – a pure breed seemed to be too health fragile
  3. Had to PLAY BALL!
  4. On the young side – being a puppy was optional but under 2 years at least
  5. Trainable – being a terrier pretty much assured that.

As I had with Tucker and Buddy I went to the internet to seek the little critter and I found him on Craig’s List.

The add read:

Rat terrier mix looking for a loving home. He is neutered and crate trained/housebroken. He is very intelligent, easy to train, and knows simple commands (sit, stay). He is a great pal to take out for runs and he loves to play fetch!!! We have a full year worth of flea/tick prevention and heart worm medication and we have all of his vet records. He is in excellent health. Unfortunately he is dog #3 in our home and his Alpha-male tendencies do not jive well with our dominant male French Bulldog. We are sad to see him go, but he would be better suited in another loving home.



a long drive.

(200 miles round trip)

We didn’t mind.  I drove approximately 500 miles round trip when we lived in California to go get Buddy.  He was worth it and so is the new little pup.

This is the Noodle


At 17 pounds he is about 2 pounds bigger than Tucker, but he fits in the little dog’s bed even with his favorite toy in there with him.

However, it must be said that his favorite place to sleep is…


My seat!

I get up, I come back, and there he is.


The Noodle has some highly skilled parts that come standard with this breed and are controlled by a very high dose of canine intelligence!

Noodle Parts Chart

(click for larger view)

Noodle-Parts-ChartA fun time is guaranteed with this pup!


Oh yes, and why name him Noodle?

Tucker had a docked tail that we called the stinger when he wagged it.  He moved it so fast that the little white tip would blur in a visual trail.

Noodle has his whole tail ~ yay!  When he wags, it is wiggly, and looks a bit like a wet noodle.

Ergo his new moniker:  Noodle.


A good dog is hard to find.

A good used dog?  Almost impossible.

We think we found a great one!

39 thoughts on “Meet the Noodle

    • Lynda says:

      Kate, you have a very full life and being able to travel is a wonderful thing, with or without a pup!
      From this side of the fence your life looks very full. ❤

      • katechiconi says:

        I miss having a little mate around. I never had children, and I know what everyone says about pets as fur babies, but sometimes, I’d like a small companion when the Husband is at work…

        • Lynda says:

          I totally understand you, Kate. ❤

          Maybe if you get a small enough little fur baby? Did you know they make goggles for dogs? The brand we got for our Tucker was called "Doggles". Just a thought. 🙂

  1. Deb Weyrich-Cody says:

    Hmm… Did he think that he was “in Trouble” in that second shot, Lynda?
    being an “Alpha” he’ll need a firm hand. Bu, then again, perhaps he’s a little unsure of how he’ll be treated when/if he’s “bad’? A little too much correction in his former residence, perhaps?

    • Lynda says:

      LOL! Deb, I had been chasing him with the camera and flash all morning trying to get some good shots of him (He moves FAST!). In that shot I had just woken him up, and to boot – yet another flash! Would you look any happier? 😀

  2. shoreacres says:

    Good for you! And good for Noodle, too. That name makes me laugh. And I have to ask — has he been crossed with a dachsund, or is it just the angle from which you took the photo that makes him look elongated? I wouldn’t say he looks like a noodle: maybe more a canneloni. 🙂

    Seriously, I’m so glad you have him. He’ll be fun, especially since he likes to play ball. I hope everything else is going well. Any signs of fall up that way, yet?

    • Lynda says:

      Linda, he is good for us. We have been remarking on how the last two years of Tucker’s life were so draining. We never noticed it at the time, but they were. Now that the Noodle is here we are having so much fun with his antics and his energy is rubbing off on us too!
      Canneloni! LOL, from the right angle I think he does look a bit like it, but that was a trick of the camera angle! 🙂

      As for fall, yes, the weeds in my yard are starting to turn crimson and yellow. (Erg! 😛 )

  3. pattisj says:

    Uh-oh. The Mind Control Devices are already working on me. Thanks for pointing out the parts of a noodle dog. 🙂 It appears there’s happy on both accounts–yours and his. I love that he takes your seat–probably nice and warm.

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Patti! We are very happy! The Noodle seems very happy too. Just have to get him used to kitties, but that will come with time. I suspect you are correct about the warm seat. Little dogs have less body mass and being nearer to the floor must make them crave the heat of a warmed place to sleep. 🙂

  4. Littlesundog says:

    Aw, congrats on finding just the right fellow for your family. How is Buddy doing with Noodle? He appears to be of Indian descent with that dot on the top of his head! He’s handsome, Lynda. A real keeper!

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Lori! He seems to have blended with Buddy very well. Although,there was that one moment, the second night, when out of the blue the two of them went off on each other…

      Suddenly there was this ball of legs, tails, barks and growling happening right before our eyes. Both of us were so startled that all we could think to say was NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo! Bob’s booming voice seemed to shock them out of it and the little guy rolled over onto his back and peed himself. 😦 Meanwhile, Buddy just sat down and looked at us with his lower lip trembling. Buddy has never been yelled at like that before. We felt really bad after the fact but it has seemed to work. There have been a few little growls over toys and sleeping spaces, but nothing like that since. 🙂

  5. wildninja says:

    Welcome Noodle! I know he doesn’t replace your beloved Tucker but he’s a whole new story waiting to be written. He has a look of mischief about him… and I LOVE the Noodle parts chart!

    • Lynda says:

      Wildninja, he has definitely got the Rat Terrier genes! He is so much like Tucker in so many ways I have to check myself when I start to call him Tucker. LOL! Mischievous? Oh heck yea!

  6. Boomdeeadda says:

    Awwww, that’s positively awesome!! I’m so happy for Noodle and you. A good home is hard to find. I’m sure his previous family was worried for him, so they must be really relieved. He’s cute as a button and love his spot too! Best Wishes to all ❤

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Boomdee, he has been a real shot in the arm for us both. His very high energy has even begun to rub off a bit onto Buddy too! Guess he needed a new pal as well. 😀

  7. evilsquirrel13 says:

    Noodle is a cutie! I’m sure he’ll enjoy his new home and get everything he wants with those mind control devices!

    Pssst, keep him away from the squirrels with those fast trotters and that retrieval device! 😉

    • Lynda says:

      Thank you, Jane, I am certain we will. He gives new meaning to the term hyperactive. He’s even a bit OCD. He likes to gather ALL his toys and put them in or near to his bed! 😉

  8. Mary Strong-Spaid says:

    I read your previous post and felt the sadness there. It is extremely difficult to lose one, much less two, in such a short period of time. I’m so glad you were able to find another great “fur-kid.” Noodle was patiently waiting there 100 miles away (200 mile round trip)…..hoping that you would come…and you did !

    • Lynda says:

      Mary, Noodle has been with us just over a week now and he is true to his terrier heritage. Spunky, incredibly bright, and just a little bit brat. He thinks cats are for the taking… sigh. But he is learning that the kitties are not to be chased. 😀 It is funny about Rat Terriers, they are so easily trained because of their intelligence and that very intelligence is what gets them into mischief! Nevertheless, each day we remark on how much we love the new fur-kid. We are so glad we brought him into our lives.

      PS: Our joke about little Tucker was that he was a “Brat” Terrier. Having Noodle in the house proves that it is in the breed’s genes! ❤ ❤ ❤

    • Lynda says:

      Laurie, thank you, he is such a character! Eerily like Tucker in so many ways and utterly different in so many others. That cat issue is a real challenge. We think it has to do with them running to get away. He takes after Miss Dixie our wild chicken for the same reason; she runs. The other chickens just go about their business and they are seemingly invisible to him. 😉

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