Since then the kids have been asking (begging, really) for a dog. I knew I could not handle another breathing thing to take care of, so my answer was always no.
As Christmas drew closer, the kids kept asking over and over for a dog. They even made sure to ask if I’d be mad if Santa brought one. I told them that as long as they weren’t mad if they didn’t get one. Then they went on to pick out names for their new dog.
When I say I had no intention of getting a dog, I mean NO intention AT ALL. Not one iota of doubt about my decision. One afternoon, I went on Craigslist and other sites to view dogs up for adoption. I’m still not exactly sure why, but I did. There were no dogs that would fit our family, as I have one with extreme allergies and another with asthma. Plus, I was surprised by the price of the dogs… even those up for adoption. It just wasn’t an option and life went on.
A few weeks later when I was bored, I looked at Craigslist again. There was a picture of a toy poodle who was 13 weeks old and the owner was selling him for 1/3 to 1/4 the cost of other poodles. I emailed and got a response within 5 minutes and I called to talk to the lady. She was incredibly nice and said that she knew this dog needed children to play with. In fact, she had just turned down an older couple looking for a poodle, because she felt strongly he needed to be with kids.
Even though I was interested in the dog, I was not settled on getting him. Later that evening, a friend sent me a text asking if I would like company to go meet the dog. Immediately I responded YES!
On our way to meet the puppy I asked my friend to let me know what she thought of the dog before I made a decision. I didn’t want to rush into something that was not right for our family. (I knew that many people fell in love with the LOOKS of the dog, but regretted their decision later.)
A few hours later I was the owner of not only a dog, but a PUPPY (I said I’d never do the puppy training again… especially now with life so overwhelming). My friend offered to keep him until Christmas at her house, which was another HUGE blessing and of course I took her up on that offer.
Well… I couldn’t wait until Christmas so TODAY I surprised the kids with the puppy as an early New Year’s gift. Something new to start a new year.
I sent a text to my friend asking if she could have Milo at The Pawty Palace (my friend Jenn’s place that you have to visit if you have a dog) within the hour. She was out running errands, but said she would make it happen. Excitement does not even begin to explain what I was feeling during lunch!
An hour later, we walked in to see my friend holding Milo. When they found out that he was THEIRS the looks on their faces was priceless! In fact, I have not seen ANY of them glow with happiness like that in literally a YEAR. Their giggles, hugs and excitement were a site to see.
I am so thankful that God somehow got me to buy that puppy. I have NO idea how He did it, but I sure am glad He did! I would gladly clean up pee and poo every day to see that light in my kids’ eyes.
Today was MY Christmas. It has literally changed this holiday for me, as it started out extremely depressing. My heart could not be more full. SO like my Creator to dazzle me with his love just when I needed it…. just never thought it would be in puppy form