Sunday, August 21, 2011

Meet the Four Leggers!

Kids are listening, always listening, and they will hold you to what they hear! In the spring we talked about bringing animals back into the house after losing our beloved Zipper over the winter. At the time, no one was ready for a new pet, our family commitments were not conducive and my nerves felt a little weak for the adventure. So I moved the issue to the 'parking lot' with one simple statement..."We won't be getting any animals until after we return from our summer holiday." This was a good choice of wording, it left everyone believing that their animal preference was still under consideration, it gave everyone a precise window of time before the topic would be re-addressed, and it stopped my ears bleeding from the incessant 'pet pitching'

We enjoyed a few months free of the pet discussion and a wonderful holiday. Driving on the return from our 10 days of glorious R&R the question was posed..."When can we get our pets?" uugghhhh! They heard me. I said after holidays and well, it's after holidays, time to pay the piper.

Computers began buzzing with pet searches and research. Conversations about when heated up. A cat was found and the search for dogs intensified.

Sometimes, you only have to desire something, and life finds away to bring you to it or rather it to you. A Friend at work needed a new home for 2 of her older puppies and well, that seems like a coincidental fit doesn't it?

So we landed here, a family of 5 increased by 2 dogs and 1 cat. Here they are....

"Cooper" the energetic

"Clara" the camera shy

"Mortimer" the terror. (Mike has nic-named him Morsel)
Funny things happen when you commit to adding a couple of dogs and a cat to your family. Your house smells funny. People space is crowded out by pet beds, toys and dishes. Your house smells funny. You have to keep the bathroom door shut all the time and your house smells funny.

Something else happens when the animals arrive; kids suddenly can't hear you anymore.

Family gratitude today for our new furry 4 legged members.

Spend some moment everyday in reflection of gratitude and happiness. Even if the time found is standing in line for coffee...use is wisely.


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