So - a few months ago - my kids decided to hold a special Family Home Evening where they try to convince dad that we need to get a dog. Landen actually spent lots of time and effort researching and making lists and costs breakdowns and even a big power-point presentation on the benefits of pet-ownership for children, etc. It was classic!
|Landen working on his power-point.|
|Sadie even joined the fun by making a cheering sign that was PRO-DOG! (And she is the most scared of dogs of anyone I know!)|
Well - It was just an all-around funny FHE and we had lots of good laughs and memories from that night. At the end of the night - he agreed.
Due to Viki having terrible allergies to most dogs, we had to find a hypo-allergenic one. Also, because I really don't want to deal with ANY shedding or dog hairs anywhere, we wanted to find a completely non-shedding one. We had been eyeing a little bichon-frise puppy and had even been to see it a few days before. So, the very next day after that FHE - we went and picked her up!
She was a fluffy soft little white ball of a puppy - so we named her Cotton Candy! But - she is always just called C.C. for short! She has so far been, well.... see for yourself....
|Bringing home baby CC the first day...as she is stepping out of the crate into her new home. She only weighed about 2 1/2 pounds at 8 weeks old when we got her!)|
|Maelynn holding CC for her first real picture!|
Lane was a little apprehensive to hold her without a 'towel of protection' between him and the dog!
So - how did Emerson handle all of it, since he is the baby of the family?
Welll....see for yourself......
|C.C. attacking Emerson in one of their 'wrestling matches'.....|
|Emerson laying down to play with CC......|
|CC jumping up and over Emerson....|
|Emerson just sitting on CC....|
|Emerson trying to lay on TOP of CC....|
|Emerson deciding to go ahead and get INSIDE the kennel with CC....|
|(He is such a little cutie pie! Love that kid. And this is a rare picture to have of him without his fingers in his mouth!)|
First trip to the vet for shots...
She was still so tiny - weighing in at only 2.9 pounds at 9 weeks...
And how is she adjusting to the family???
|Emerson still holds her as much as he can....CC is not so sure how much she likes this and has begun to nip at him more and growl at him sometimes....|
|Someone rescued CC from Emerson and placed her on the back of the couch where he couldn't reach her!|
|Trying to pry CC away from Emerson...|
|The death-squeeze hug....|
|Poor little CC. She had NO CLUE what she was getting into....|
|Lane warming up to her and is now happy to hold her without the towel!|
My thoughts on owning a puppy....
All in all it has been a learning experience. There are moments of frustration when she needs to be taken out at night, or when she runs around like crazy bitting everyone/everything in sight and you can't catch her or get her to stop - BUT, she has taught me a lot of patience and she has been showing me how much one little animal can affect a family and she has for sure been a source of joy to us. We are happy to have her in the family. And we hope that we will be able to endure the puppy stage and enjoy the 'many benefits of pet-ownership on children' that we were promised in the Power Point Presentation!!