Then today, while a friend and I (and the kids) were visiting a lady from church, she said that there was a sign down the road that said FREE LAB PUPS! The word FREE jumped out at me - especially because Pat and I have talked about Labs being a great family dog, and, ideally, that's the type we'd like to get, but seeing that they are usually around $400-$500 bucks, we didn't really think it would be feasible. But FREE??? Are you kidding me?
So just for fun - still not intending to take one home - we drove over there with the kids, saw the sign, and I called to ask about them and if we could see them. Apparently, the mama dog gave birth to 11 pups and they hadn't had shots yet, so that's why they were giving them away.
Once I laid eyes on these stinkin' ADORABLE pups and even held one, my mind was flooded with how excited Abby would be, that her birthday was coming up, how Noah would love a dog to romp around with, how much Pat has wanted to get another dog, how waiting one more year was just postponing the inevitable anyway, how cute they were and how much fun it could be for the kids, etc...Not to mention how Noah was just beaming - laughing and playing with these pups.
So, I DID IT. I took one home. It was like an out of body experience. I couldn't believe I was doing it. Noah was so surprised that we were taking one with us...and it completely shocked Pat - like who-are-you-and-what-have-you-done-with-my-wife kind of shock. And Abby was just beside herself - totally ecstatic.
How could I resist? The kids are already HEAD OVER HEELS in love with this pup. He sure seems to have taken a liking to them too.
Now if he would only stop whimpering and go to sleep...
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*4/29 - Couldn't resist linking up & sharing my crazy news with my PSF pals and over at Lolli's place for Give Me Your Best Shot. And in case you're wondering, we haven't decided on his name 100%. The kids and I are calling him "Rocket", but Pat's not completely sold on it yet. Any ideas? I'll take 'em to the table. :)