The Big Day

girl sliding down water slide

I mentioned in the Respecting Boundaries post that a little over 2 years ago our cat Callie passed away. Callie was 17 years old, completely blind and deaf by the end. The boys were roughly 4 and 8 at the time. Callie was more my pet than theirs, simply because I’d had her since she was a kitten.

The boys immediately began requesting a new pet. Because of allergies (mine, some extended family members, and some friends) to cats, Hubby insisted that we wait 2 years and see how things went. My health improved dramatically: I only have to take allergy meds for seasonal concerns instead of daily. I love taking less medicine.

Even a year ago, I was more than ready to just go without having pets from then on. It’s really nice to not have to clean up behind a critter, and the freedom of being able to leave the house without worrying is pretty great.

That said, I see tremendous value in kids having animals. Aaaaand, I may be a bit of an animal lover myself. Since I’m not allergic to dogs, we decided to go ahead and look into getting one. We researched and pondered for months before deciding on a breed and a breeder.

Which brings me to today. This is it: the big day. We’re in Ohio, having driven here yesterday with the boys and friends. One promise we’ve made for years was that we’d take a mini-vacation to a hotel with a water park, so this was an ideal time to fulfill that commitment.

The boys are still snoozing as I type, worn out from all the playing last night. They’ll be up soon for breakfast, a game, and then 2 hours in the water park again before we head out to get our new puppy.

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Earnest Parenting: help for parents of new puppies.

The editor-in-chief of Earnest Parenting, Amy is the mother of two sets of twin boys. Yes, they drive her crazy, but they also make her laugh occasionally. Amy enjoys writing, quilting, reading, and working on her burgeoning cyber empire.

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  • Sourav August 26, 2009, 8:09 am

    Wish you all the best for your new puppy.
    Enjoy too with your friends and family.

    Thanks

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  • nmd August 27, 2009, 8:08 am

    Wish you all the best for your final day…Anyway I noticed that your blog is at PR 2. congrats for that.

    Thanks

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  • Louise | UPrinting.com September 1, 2009, 11:02 pm

    Yeah! We all have been waiting for that moment. I think that was almost 2 months ago when you said you want to purchase a new puppy.
    We’ll be looking forward to the boys’ reaction. 😀
    .-= Louise | UPrinting.com´s last blog ..14 Business Card Designs in Dark Colors =-.

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  • Amy September 12, 2009, 10:56 pm

    Thanks everyone! I’m over 2 weeks behind on replying (but catching up!!). So far, so good with little Keely. 🙂

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