A few months ago we found out we were expecting.
We were excited, a little scared.
All the normal feelings that happen when you think about an addition to your family.
Felicity has been begging for a sister for a long time now.
We got her a puppy.
She has wanted one of those for a long time too.
It seemed like a good way to stall for time on the sister thing.
Up until now we have had big reasons why we couldn't have a dog...
- No Pets Allowed
- No yard
- No fence
So when we knew we were looking to buy our own place Bee played her cards right...
- "We have a house..."
- "We make the rules..."
- "We have a large yard..."
- "We have no carpet..."
- "We have a fence"
In the end we gave in and said she could have a dog.
It doesn't help that Mr. Loggerhead's parents raise dogs and every time we visited them we went home with a serious case of the puppy-blues.
It also doesn't help that I grew up with golden retrievers and am therefore a sucker for any dog with that yummy, coppery, apricot colored hair-coat.
Toss in some curls and I'm sunk.
(after his first haircut)
He is a miniature poodle.
- He vies for a place in my lap.
- He must be bathed and groomed.
- Sometimes he smells.
- He has opinions about his food.
- He whines.
- He gets loud.
- He must be taught good manners.
- He requires supervision, correction and time-outs.
- He joins the nightly train of children who make their way from their own beds into ours.
- He pulls out toys and doesn't put them away.
- He gets cranky if he is tired, hungry,bored, too hot or too cold.
- He doesn't like to be alone.
- We can't leave him in the car.
- He needs to be potty trained.
- He likes everybody else's toys better than his own.
- He jumps on the furniture.
- He puts things in his mouth he shouldn't.
- He loves to play games.
- He chases the other kids.
- He wants our attention and our praise.
- Sometimes he has to be carried.
- We hope he doesn't get sick.
- He is another mouth to feed. Felicity ropes him into tea parties and dress-up.
- T-boy wrestles with him.
- Prosper pulls his hair.
- He has his own personality.
- He loves treats.
- He struggles to sit still.
- He's wary of unfamiliar people and dogs.
- He doesn't always listen, obey, or come when he's called.
- We worry about him going in the street.
- He isn't crazy about vegetables.
- He thinks he's bigger than he is.
- He pushes his limits.
- He is loyal and loves unconditionally.
- He makes us laugh.
- We love his silly ways.
- He's wiggled and cuddled his way into our hearts.