... our new puppy, "Lucy".
Lucy came into our family this Sunday. On our way to church, we were actually EARLY for a change. That happens so rarely I have to blog about just so I won't forget. :)
On a street in our neighborhood, there was a sign that read: "FREE PUPS". The kids begged me to turn down the street and check it out.
No sooner did I pull up near the house slowly, than a little girl came out with a cute ball of fur in each arm. The kids were instantly enamored, of course, and I didn't want to be rude to the little girl and just drive off without a word. As I stepped out, right next to another "FREE PUPS" sign, I saw a sheet of paper trampled on the ground that had "Pups for 5 bucs" scrawled on it in a young child's cute lettering.
Between the funny sign, the sweet little girl, and the adorable pups, I found myself rather defenseless. I asked the girl if her mom or dad were at home, and she called out her older sister. All our kids liked the same one of the two pups better, so I held that one for a minute and asked the girls some questions about the mother, where the pups came from, etc.
I told the girls that we would come back by in a couple of hours after church and let them know if we wanted to keep the puppy. My husband agreed to drive by their house with us on the way home from church, and of course he couldn't resist the cute little fuzzball.
Lucy has been a great addition to our family. Becky really does not like our black Lab (who is as gentle as a lamb with the kids) because she is so much bigger than herself. But she LOVES this little puppy. All day long, she comes up and asks: "Can I hold the huppy?" As I am typing this, she is pushing Lucy around in her play shopping cart. Earlier, she was filling her food and water dishes. When Lucy is sleeping (which she does a lot), Becky keeps asking: "When will the huppy wake up?"
Isaac has mostly been the one in charge of taking the doggie out to go potty, something he is doing great with. Lucy is smart as a whip, and has only had a couple of accidents in the house. She is not allowed in the bedrooms or the kitchen, so when she "crosses the line", we turn her around, say "no, no!" and set her down just outside the room. Only two days later, she is already catching on. She is also learning to "come" and "sit."
Our other dog, Bella, is getting along great with Lucy. For now, we cannot allow Lucy in the back yard unsupervised, though, because she is still small enough to fit through the slats on the pool fence - I am afraid she might fall in and drown. Can puppies drown like that? I don't know, so I didn't want to risk it. She likes the front yard, but as soon as she is done going potty she runs right back to the front door and waits to be let back in.
Oh yeah, and even though the pups were free, we gave the little girls "5 bucs"... :)