And the past two years that nudge has become more of a push.
Most especially for our youngest girl who is doing exceptionally well with the issues she faces but often-times we feel the desperate need for a loyal companion for her.
Don’t get me wrong, she is the luckiest girl ever to have a group of the sweetest and most loyal friends. But their interests are starting to branch off a little bit so we want to be proactive.
And it’s not just Lucy. Every one of our girls have had stars in their eyes about dogs from the get-go. I’m pretty sure it’s what they have wished for when they blow out their birthday candles every single year. And they get that familiar look in their eyes that I have when I have IWAN every time they see a dog.
So, after much research and discussion between me and Dave, and finally coming to a decision we both felt good about, this was what we surprised them with on Christmas morning:
Ahhhh, our girls are dramatic.
But I’ll admit I was tearing up behind my camera.
And after a little while of baffled and teary amazement Elle announced that she didn’t know why she was crying since she doesn’t even live here 😉
But she was. And everyone oooo’d and ahhhh’d over the pictures of the litter of puppies we were going to be able to choose from the next day in Utah.
I loved this face Elle captured of Lucy thinking about picking out our own little puppy when we were on our way up in Utah:
After much research and investigation, thinking through a bunch of different scenarios with rescue dogs and all kinds of other options, we chose to get a medium-sized golden-doodle puppy. They are smart, easily trainable, hypo-allergenic, can be very great therapy dogs…they fit pretty much all our criteria.
And through the brother of a friend we found this sweet littler of pups up in Utah.
Tell me if that’s not the toughest decision ever!
They were all so incredibly sweet we could hardly bear to choose just one of them!
Here’s a little snippet of our time with the puppies:
After much deliberation and voting, we finally all made a unanimous decision to choose “Pylon.” (they named all the puppies “P” names to keep track of them all before they were “adopted” by their families).
The name that Dave has chosen and has one by one cajoled us all into falling in love with is Bo Jangles. Ha! Yes, it’s a female puppy. But with all these girls around we all figure Dave has to have some say somewhere! We’ll call her Bo. And we love her already.
Here she is:
…along with some pretty delighted girls!
It was hard to say goodbye! She still needed a few more weeks with her mama before we could take her home.
Lots of emotions rolling around here as we’ve waited for this day. When we broke the news to Max (on Christmas when we talked to him) he looked at us with a smile and replied, “I hate dogs!” Ha! I guess there are all kinds of crazy strays where he lives right now and he has learned to shy away from them. But little Bo is going to capture his heart when he gets home I’m sure:) The girls are all just positively oozing with delight. Elle keeps asking for updates from over in Hawaii, Grace keeps counting down the days, Claire keeps telling me all the things she’s going to do with that little puppy, and how she imagines her greeting her each day when she gets home from school, and Lucy is pretty much just worried about the safety of her Legos for now. Ha!
Dave and I are excited, but we are not naive enough to think that this is going to be easy. We know that although these girls claim they will take care of every single thing, and that despite what we teach and what charts we have, etc., there will be a lot of work on our hands. Despite the training we are going to be doing, we know there will be chewing and whining and accidents and probably even tears. What in heavens’ name are we thinking?! Starting tonight I’m sure we are going to be up a bunch with our new “baby.”