Our beloved Tucker died at the end of last February at the age of 13.5. It was sudden, in the middle of the night, and although it was peaceful, it was fairly traumatic.
I wanted another dog instantly. Then I got over it. Then I wanted one again. This went on for 15 months. Wanting and then being okay without.
We finally put in the paper work to donate our remaining embryos to research and I thought it would be a great weight lifted off me but unfortunately it just made things worse.
I am happy to say that I have finally come to terms with this decision and I am moving forward with a fairly final peaceful feeling about us being a family of 3 for good.
My husband did not want another dog and I respected that. We are a busy little family, we travel, we’re renovating the house. So I held off and kept my feelings to myself. Until about a month ago. I finally sat with all of the feelings that had been overwhelming me and evaluated all the things that were making me feel really sad. Not having a dog was in my top 3. I told him that life holds certain joys for people and having a pet is a joy I want and need in my life. He listened and agreed that it wasn’t for him to tell me what joys I can and can not have in my life and he said yes to finding a new dog.
I had been looking for about 8 months off and on. Researching breeds and looking for litters. I contacted a breeder that had a 7 month old PVGB for sale. They were going to breed him so they kept him but his little berries didn’t want to ripen lol so they had to sell him. Let me tell you, some breeders are just down right weird. So after a brief exchange over email we stopped perusing that pup.
I was into the idea of a rescue so I looked on kijiji from time to time. So many beautiful dogs that people had no business adopting were posted and it was heart breaking seeing all of the high energy breeds that were 1 or 1.5 years old that people were trying to ditch because they didn’t want to put in the work it takes to take care of those types of dogs. I contacted a few rescues but none of them recommended the dogs for a family with a toddler. I totally knew a rescue wasn’t in the cards.
A couple of weekends ago I was looking for postings for miniature schnauzers. A tonne of my friends and their families have schnauzers and they are such good little dogs. This led me down an internet rabbit hole and I soon found myself looking at a litter of Soft Coated Wheaten Terriers.
Then I saw “him”.
I knew he would be our next dog instantly. I had a name in mind and instantly I knew that he was our L…
I called the number. Found out we could see him that same day. Waited for Chris to get home from Home Depot. Showed him the pup and we were in the car and making the 2 hour road trip to see (a.k.a bring home) our baby boy.
When I told Maeve we were going to look at a boy puppy she instantly exclaimed “I’m going to be a big sister? I’m getting a baby brother!”
He was the biggest pup in the litter. The shyest, sweetest pup when we met him. He’s been incredible from day 1. He never misses a meal or a treat lol He is 14.4 lbs at 12 weeks (up 2.5 lbs in one week!). He nips like pups do but he has such a bond with Maeve already and she doesn’t get too upset when he accidentally bites too hard. Her maturity and understanding make me so proud. 3 is proving to be a great age for Maeve to be with a new pup. We could not have done this even 3 months ago.
I am not going to lie, there is A LOT of poop and pee going on around here haha. But the pros by far outweigh the cons. I am up and outside with him at least once a night but he sleeps out of the crate and doesn’t chew anything, he has learned to use a bell to tell us he wants outside during the day, he knows his toys to chew instead of our shoes, he naps a tonne and does well in his crate during the day when I need to go out, he does amazing in the car when I can take him places with me, he keeps up with us on walks with Maeve on her bike, he loves everyone he meets and everyone loves him to bits.
So without further a do, I introduce to you – LLOYD Christmas MacM
and yes, we are hardcore Dumb and Dumber fans!