It was a weak parenting moment. Across the way from our camping lake place we could see little yellow lab puppies all over in our neighbor’s yard on the morning of the 4th of July. Anika, our youngest, who turned six years old days before wants only to be a veterinarian in life, immediately wanted to dash for them. Instead we went to visit Nana and Grandpa in their camper and commented we could see puppies across the way. Grandpa Eldon smiled and said he knew our neighbor’s yellow lab had puppies but hadn’t seen them yet. Before I could get my cup of coffee down, Anika was ready to go visit in her Independence Day dress.
Three months ago, we said farewell to Charlie dog after him being a part of first my husband’s, then in-laws and later our kids’ lives. Nathan and I looked into some lab breeders but decided to wait a year when our son, Hunter goes to college before getting a new yellow lab puppy.
At least that was the plan until last weekend. We were struck with puppy love. Actually Anika was struck with puppy love and then we succumbed to the pressure of puppy love and agreed a puppy could be possible for our family, sooner than later.
There was a female available in the litter of eleven puppies left to be purchased and possibly a male also. The owner would know today on availability.Nathan and I walked back to our place together. We had a talk. Actually it was more like this, “I don’t think we can say no.” We didn’t “talk” long and walked back to our neighbor with a deposit for a puppy, or two, depending on availability.
One puppy was the plan. But the kids had this grand idea of two puppies.
Two puppies? What are we thinking? They are like two years olds that never grow up, right? That is always what my mama told me.
Do we really need two dogs? Maybe only one will be available.
Nathan got the call today.
One girl puppy is available. And one boy puppy is available. Two, it is. There is puppy joy in our household today. The truth is, we could use some joy around here. Puppy love. Puppy joy. We will take them both and all the chaos they will bring.
We are getting litter mates, brother and sister, yellow lab pups in a few weeks. Right now, they are five weeks old and still need their mama. After some summer activities wrap up, we will welcome the Pinke puppies to our home.
Now the naming debate has begun. What to name the puppies? I’ve perused dog name lists like I did with naming our kids. Who does this? A crazy dog lady? Am I becoming one of those? I hope not.
The truth is, Nathan and I didn’t agree on naming kids very well so we won’t agree on naming puppies. We’ll settle somewhere in the middle. Although Anika insists they are family dogs so the family has to agree on naming them.
Agreeing to Anika means “her way” usually. Let the naming begin. Feel free to share your favorite names! We’ll be adding them ALL to the list for the big family naming decisions.In my first step of being a crazy dog lady, I am adding a new category to my blog: DogLife with a tag of PuppyLove. Will I be that person that overshares about her dogs? I hope not.