Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Are you ready for this? We got a PUPPY!

I did not wake up this morning intending to become a dog owner. As much as Abby and Noah have talked about getting a dog... As much as Pat has talked about getting a dog, the understanding has been that we would get one when Abby turned seven years old. And even then, we were thinking we'd probably get an adult dog from a shelter. Abby's been counting down the months since she turned five, and being that her sixth birthday is next week, I've been counting on 12 more dog-less months.

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. :)


Chelle said...

Congratulations honey!!! I've been dying for a puppy--after our trips are all done in July we get to have one. I am wanting a golden retriever OR a lab--those are my fave family dogs!

Your puppy is adorable! What did you decide to name him?

Congrats again, hun!!

Jenny Ramsey said...

aw kelli, he is SO cute! name??

Emmy said...

That is a cute puppy! and yes free is always a very good thing :)

Chris said...

I have no intention of EVER becoming a dog owner, but if someone stuck that little face in front of me, and said free -- I'm not sure I would be able to resist either.

So what will happen tomorrow?

amy said...

aren't puppies just so much fun? AND WORK. Holy cow - we got ours 4 weeks ago. I'm not used to the 6 am potty breaks and the nipping yet. luckily we did get him kennel trained pretty quickly.

good luck, he's adorable.

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

Oh there would be a guy green with envy if he read this post.... me, I'm good without a dog. He is cute, congrats! What have you named him?

Mommy of Two said...

He's adorable! My family really wants to get a puppy but my allergies are terrible. One of these days maybe. :)

Lolli said...

For the first time ever as a parent, I came this close to suggesting adopting a pet last weekend. We saw some pretty cute ones. We hardly have space for our 7 let aloe another dog, though (as cute as they might be!!)

Amy said...

Kiddos and puppy all look so happy!

Cecily R said...

That shot of your daughter getting puppy kisses is PRICELESS!!