Posted by Lourdes
It's been exactly one month since my life and family
changed. Some families choose to adopt a pet after long,
careful research, others decide on a whim. I feel like our
family experienced a little of both.
On the morning of Feb. 1, I got an e-mail from a Chicago Parent
colleague with a photo of a sweet 10-week-old puppy that
needed a home after "not working out" with another
family (note: this worried me a little but when I saw the
photo my heart melted!). I could not resist forwarding it to my
husband, who has been petitioning for a puppy as a
playmate/companion for our 10-year-old Golden Retriever for
Within an hour, I suddenly had that deer in the headlights look
realizing that my life was going to dramatically change. What
had I done?
A month later indeed my life has changed - for the
better! The first 10 days were pretty foggy. Those middle
of the night "outings," accidents and puppy cries when he went to
his crate were rough, but I survived. What I learned was
that our 20-pound bundle of joy wanted to be
loved, kissed, snuggled and babied. Luckily, puppy kisses work
as a bribe for me, especially in the middle of the night. I
couldn't believe how much having a puppy reminded me of having an
infant. In the middle of the night my husband and I would hear
his cries (after he already went out to do his "business")
and try to "wait it out." Oh how I remember my children
Our puppy didn't have a name for about a week. With five
strong-headed family members, no one could decide or agree on
a name. Once word got out about him, everyone who saw his photo had
a suggestion. In fact, the suggestions were so good that it
made it very difficult to select a name. Finally, we came to a
decision - Mousse (the chocolate moose) it was. It fits him
Seeing my children with Mousse has been one of the most
rewarding pieces to observe as a parent. My husband and I
recall our childhood dogs fondly and are happy to see the bonds our
children are creating. I hope they look back and tell
their children about the day they came home to learn we were going
to pick up a puppy. I have seen my children work as a
team, make sweet suggestions to each other and honestly "step up"
to the plate much more than I ever expected. There is never a
shortage of love when it comes to Mousse and our dog Abby is
warming up to her (I snapped a photo of them "spooning"
yesterday. This is a big step!).
Despite the initial shock of "Yes, we are getting a puppy," it
has been pure pleasure and joy. Mousse came around at the perfect
time for our family despite the snow on the
ground. Spring is around the corner and we look forward to
"Mousse Tracks" for a long time.
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