November 28, 2012

Baby or puppy?

by Shelly

Boy, has it been a bit cah-ray-zee over at the Van Rozeboom house!  Business is busy with clients wanting last minute touches done to their homes before the holidays.  And there is never a dull moment with our rambunctious five year old, but then we went and recently added to the chaos….JUST before we were about to go out of town to the inlaws for turkey day. Not great timing!

Without getting too much into details, the hubs and I have been trying for a second baby since about 2009.  After a very scary ectopic pregnancy in May of ’09 , our dream of baby #2 has been squashed a bit.  We’ve been trying for the past four years and it hasn’t been easy as we watch friends around us easily have baby #2 and 3, while I remain in the one kid club.  This could probably roll into a much longer emotional post about that, but don’t worry..I’ll save you from that. Haha!

In any case, when you are as big of an animal lover as I am, a pet IS a child in your eyes.  So getting another dog to me is like bringing a child into our home.  Not totally the same, but my baby cravings are satisfied just enough with a pet.  Our Lab Zipper and our bitchy kitty Diva are totally family to me…well to US!  I tell Ellie all the time that Zip is my “dog-ter”. Get it?  Dog-ter…daugh-ter?  I’m a dork.  But seriously, I’m crazy for animals, much like Jeff Lewis from Flipping Out!  I totally get his crazy..not all of it…but his animal crazy..TOTALLY!

Ok, so on to the story….  I wash our dog at the local SPCA self service wash at least once a month.  After I finish with her I usually stick her back in the car and then I head over and check out the animals.  You know, just to see if one pops out at me and looks like they can should join our home.

They look like they are in dog prision huh? Poor guys. :(

Usually it’s all small yippie dogs….not our type.  Or pit bull, pit mixes, large and way too scary looking dogs…not with our 5 year old.  We have an amazingly AWESOME Labrador who is quite possibly THE best dog ever.  Well in our eyes she is. So this quest for a second dog has not been easy.

Then I found these eyes…

I wanna come home with you PLEEASE!!!!

A week later she came up for adoption, we brought Zip in to see if they would get along, that went well and she was ours!  Zipper for the record is a people dog, not a dog dog.  So this whole new puppy thing has taken our 9 year old for a loop!  The cat? Well she HATES the poor new girl. That part is going to take a while I’m afraid.

Here she is a few days after we brought her home. We named her Birdie…she’s a pure bred Cocker Spaniel which are bird dogs like our Lab and she’s SPUUUNKY!!!  So we thought a 1950s-esque name would be cute. And she’s about a year old, although that is just a guesstimate. She’s definitely a puppy though.  Chews on everything, NOT potty trained (my poor living room rug) and she wants to play ALL THE TIME.

NON STOP!

But that face!

And then this morning I caught this….

I think Zipper is starting to warm up.  This melts my heart.

So…I got my second baby. Well, sort of.  She’s a lot furrier than I imagined she’d be, but she sleeps all night!

And what’s better than a new puppy at Christmas time?

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Suzanne Barnes November 28, 2012 at 8:13 pm

Wonderful story – probably the best you have written. I can only guess how you are feeling but everything has a reason.

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Jana Hunter December 21, 2012 at 4:26 pm

Just catching up on your blog and love this story! I’ve been there and miraculously baby #2 came 4 years after #1. You never know what God has planned! In the meantime, the new addition to your family is absolutely adorable. Love the Christmas card idea too!

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