In July, we got a dog. If you know me personally, you will realize this is a huge deal. I’m not an animal fan. I never wanted a pet. Ever.
Things changed for me a bit in France. Caleb had a lot of meltdowns but anytime he was around animals, he was (for the most part) calm and docile. This got me thinking about introducing a pet into our own home.
I started researching even while we were in France. I checked out humane society sites and researched good breeds for kids. When we got home, I took the kids to the humane society to look at some and I had been checking craigslist to see what came up.
One day, I read a post about a shih tzu mix (one of my preferred breeds) that needed a home. It wasn’t a new puppy (one of my requirements) and it was already house broken and came with a kennel and food. I called right away and within 20 minutes, we were over there meeting the dog. She was a little scruffy but warmed up to us immediately. I was cautiously optimistic that this dog would work out for us. Caleb was on the ground and this dog went right up to him, snuggled against his face and started licking him. I was sold. We packed her up and brought her home! Oh, and then I called Carl and told him we got a dog!
I can’t believe how quickly we all fell in love with her (even Carl!!). She is such a sweet addition to our family. We decided to keep her name, Dakota.
One thing that we did right away was set up an appointment with the groomer. That big mop had to be tamed!
She came home a different dog! She was a little more hyper after that grooming as well. It was like half her body weight was removed.
I have no regrets at all getting this dog (like I thought I might). Caleb is always good to feed her (and so is Eva!) and he loves to cuddle with her. She’s so good with him. She lets him hold her and cuddles with him whenever he wants.
Dakota is here to stay.