I got a dog to distract me from eating and encourage walking!!
Monday, November 14, 2011
For the last few months I've been contemplating getting a dog. My goal was to get a small, adult, housebroken dog. The reasons for this search criteria were 1)small - I have a 5 and 7 year old that are terriefied of any animals, but they seem more receptive of small dogs. 2)adult - the last thing I need is another responsibility and puppies are like having babies. 3) housebroken - housebreaking a puppy is like potty training a baby and I just don't have the time.
Well, the first challenge was to get my husband to agree as he is not what I would call an animal lover. He more or less tolerates animals and has never really been open to the idea of a family pet. That challenge didn't take long to conquer. He agreed pretty quickly and without much persuasion on my part. After recovering from the shock, I got started looking for a dog.
The kids and I visited several pounds and dog adoption facilities with absolutely no luck. Searching high and low, we could not find a dog we all agreed on. So, I stopped looking for a little while. My 12 yr old son would make comments about us never getting a dog and I told him not to give up - we'll find one eventually.
A few weeks later, my husband came home with a smile on his face as he had found the "perfect" dog. Well, this perfect dog did not fit 2 of my 3 requirements. Yes, she was small, but she was a puppy and not housebroken. But, I decided to keep an open mind as it was rare for him to be enthusiastic about any animal, so she had to be cute.
We took the kids to meet the puppy and they fell in love with her. We talked to the owner of the puppy and she assured us she could get us one just like her. Well, that didn't exactly happen, so she sold me hers for $20. She handed me the puppy on Tuesday and then proceeded to tell me that she has "some fleas".
I took the puppy and surprised the kids with her. They were so excited and happy (it felt like Christmas). I then surprised my hubby with her as he thought we were getting a different puppy. We named her Baby Girl, although the hubby calls her Cujo.
We've taken care of the fleas, gotten her 1st round of parvo shots, and purchased everything under the sun for this puppy. I feel like a new mom all over again and I'm loving it. I've definitely been distracted from the kitchen and I'm keeping busy trying to housebreak her. I'm so thrilled and cannot wait to see what's in store for us.